England v Australia tips, best bets for 2nd T20 International
Welcome to our preview of the England v Australia Twenty20 International at Southampton on Sunday, the second match of the Australians’ six-match limited overs tour.
England conjured a miracle escape in the first match, with Australia cruising in their pursuit of a modest total before some clever bowling, poor shots and a middle-order collapse left them two runs shy of their target.
Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch put on 98 and victory seemed a formality but the Australians, who were playing their first competitive match since March, wilted under the English pressure.
Friday’s match started at 6pm but this 2.15pm start may make things a little easier for the batsmen.
Neither team is likely to make wholesale changes, though England must surely consider opening with dasher Tom Banton alongside Jos Buttler, while the Australians may bring in another quick scorer such as Matthew Wade after their innings became bogged down.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell was panned for a reckless shot that brought his dismissal but he was not the only Australian guilty of poor shot selection. One of Warner or Finch should have stayed the course.
Marcus Stoinis struggled with the willow and would be the most likely to make way.
England v Australia limited-overs schedule, results 2020
September 4: First T20I: England 7-162 (Dawid Malan 66, Jos Buttler 44; Kane Richardson 2-13, Glenn Maxwell 2-14, Ashton Agar 2-32) d Australia 6-160 (David Warner 58, Aaron Finch 46; Adil Rashid 2-29, Jofra Archer 2-33) by 2 runs. Man of the matchL Dawid Malan (Eng). The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
September 6: Second T20I, England v Australia, The Rose Bowl, Southampton, 2:15pm local time
September 8: Third T20I, England v Australia, The Rose Bowl, Southampton, 6pm local time
September 11: First ODI, England v Australia, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1pm local time
September 14: Second ODI, England v Australia, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1pm local time
September 16: Third ODI, England v Australia, Old Trafford, Manchester, 1pm local time
Squads for England-Australia limited overs series
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Read on for our England v Australia betting tips for the 2nd T20 International at Southampton on September 6.
England v Australia odds
|Start:||2.15pm local time (11.15pm AEST), September 6|
|Venue:||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|Head-to-head odds:||England ($1.85) v Australia ($1.95)|
|Top run-scorer:||England: Jos Buttler 3.25, Jonathan Bairstow 3.50, Dawid Malan 4.25, Tom Banton 5.50, Eoin Morgan 6.00. Australia: David Warner 3.25, Aaron Finch 3.50, Steven Smith 4.50, Matthew Wade 5, Glenn Maxwell 5.00, Josh Philippe 7.00, Marcus Stoinis 7.50, Mitchell Marsh 9.0.|
England v Australia tips – 2nd T20
Here are our best bets for the second T20 between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl:
Steve Smith top-score for Australia at $4.50
Smith looked in great touch on Friday before an errant shot brought him undone in a fairly soft dismissal. We were impressed wit the way he was striking the ball and it’s hard to ignore his form in English conditions in recent history. We expect him to be the dominant batsman once the one-dayers start and he is certainly good enough to bash a quick half-century here, especially if Australia bat first.
Jofra Archer top England wicket-taker at $4
The speedster took two wickets without breaking a sweat in the first game and he also will be better for the hit-out. We are expecting him to remove one of Warner or Finch early; he is just so dangerous, though the pitch at the Rose Bowl has been somewhat spin-friendly.
England v Australia prediction 6/9/2020
The Australians outplayed the home team for three-quarters of the match but let it slip in the crucial final overs. We will put that down to rust and back them to be better for the first T20. Their top-order batsmen looked in decent touch and the bowler were OK, though spearhead Mitchell Starc needs a better showing. England need Jonny Bairstow to provide something if they again stick with him at opener. Be sure to check the line-ups closer to the match. Our final England v Australia prediction? Australia to win at $1.95.
England vs Australia details
2.15pm local time on the 6/9/2020
England: Sky Sports Cricket; Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV; Australia: (Kayo), Fox Sports; New Zealand: Sky Sports
Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Yes, all of the top cricket betting sites will have markets available on the England v Australia contest.
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