Australia choked from a comfortable position to lose the first T20I by two runs at the Rose Bowl against England. With the series on the line and their top ranking at stake, the visitors will be gunning for revenge.
England looked ordinary for the most part of the match but hung on until the closing stages. Credit to their bowlers to have created a win out of nothing. Regardless, the fantasy choices remain tough, as there are a number of options for every spot.
Jonny Bairstow endured another flop, but Jos Buttler (44 off 29 balls, 5×4 2×6) played like a dream. He looked set for a big score but his dismissal followed by a mini-collapse in the middle meant England slowed down. Dawid Malan (66 off 43, 5×4 3×6) played himself to yet another T20I fifty to reach a respectable score.
Malan is fighting for his spot, but Buttler remains a strong choice for your side. Adil Rashid (4-0-29-2) had yet another strong game and presents a good bowling option for you. Jofra Archer took two wickets and presents a strong case for selection.
Australia were dependent on David Warner (58 off 47 balls, 4×4) and Aaron Finch (46 off 32, 7×4 1×6) in the chase. Beyond them, there was very little and that proved to be their downfall. Marcus Stoinis played a valiant hand but could be replaced by Mitchell Marsh for this crucial match.
With the ball, there were strong cases for selection from Ashton Agar (4-0-32-2) and Kane Richardson (3-0-13-2). Glenn Maxwell (3-0-14-2) was also amongst the wickets, but Australia would be keen to see him score runs.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jos Buttler averages 42.44 and has a strike rate of 161.18 when opening for England in T20Is. With his strong powerplay on offer, England’s wicket-keeper batsman is a strong pick.
Aaron Finch enjoys playing England and once again showed his thirst in the first match. With the series on the line, the Australian captain could be gunning for a longer knock.
Adil Rashid is one of the premier wrist leg-spinners of white-ball cricket at the moment. He underlined his importance with yet another two-wicket haul. Rashid remains a strong pick for your fantasy side.
England: 1 Jos Buttler 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Dawid Malan 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Tom Banton 6 Moeen Ali 7 Tom Curran 8 Jofra Archer 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adil Rashid 11 Mark Wood
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch (C) 2 David Warner 3 Steve Smith 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Mitchell Marsh 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Ashton Agar 8 Adam Zampa 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Pat Cummins 11 Kane Richardson
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