England dominated Australia in the second T20I to win by six wickets with seven balls left. The series is already won by England, but there is still so much at stake. The new World no. 1 in T20I rankings England will look to keep their spot with a win. Australia can end the series on a high with a win and also get their top ranking back.
The hosts will miss Jos Buttler who was left out for personal reasons. Will that spur the visitors to action? Southampton will play host to this exciting day-night match on Tuesday and promises great fantasy selection battles.
Buttler’s absence throws a lifeline for Tom Banton to move up the order. Dawid Malan looks a definite at number three, while Sam Billings could earn a recall. Captain Eoin Morgan could be a doubt after he dislocated his finger in the second match. Be careful while selecting him!
Bowling will once again be in the hands of Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid. Moeen Ali could get the captaincy armband and will be crucial with his all-round abilities. Jofra Archer continues to enjoy tormenting the Aussies with his pace. He could be a darkhorse pick for your side.
The visitors choked in the first match with the chase, while failing to contain late runs with the ball in the second. All eyes will be on David Warner and Aaron Finch as they look to end the series on a high. Marcus Stoinis’ place remains a question mark, although he did well in the second match to earn another shot.
There is a chance that Australia might rotate their fast bowlers. Pat Cummins could bear the brunt of being their spearhead in the ODIs. Mitchell Starc is also in line to be rested, while Adam Zampa could definitely find himself sidelined.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Dawid Malan continues to score runs in the T20Is like a dream. He has 661 runs @ 50.84 avg. in his 15 T20Is. That includes 7×50 and 1×100. Grab him in your side!
Chris Jordan has been a consistent strike bowler for England over the past few seasons. He needs two more wickets to draw level with Stuart Broad on 65 T20Is wickets.
Aaron Finch has 86 runs in 65 balls so far in the series. However, he is yet to deliver that one big score worthy of his status as a T20 hitter. This match could see that special knock.
England: 1 Tom Banton 2 Jonny Bairstow (WK) 3 Dawid Malan 4 Sam Billings 5 Joe Denly 6 Moeen Ali (C) 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 Marcus Stoinis 6 Alex Carey (WK) 7 Ashton Agar 8 Nathan Lyon 9 Sean Abbott 10 Josh Hazlewood 11 Kane Richardson
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