One of England’s most extraordinary seasons will end as they face arch-rival Australia, as both sides try to strike a balance between playing their strongest limited-overs teams and keeping an eye on the future. The coronavirus pandemic threatened to wipe out England’s entire home season, but they are now ready to complete all 18 scheduled men’s internationals, even though the games have been played behind closed doors. They will face Australia in three Twenty20s in Southampton from Friday, before taking on their oldest foes in a further three one-day internationals in Manchester later this month.
The Twenty20s should have served in preparation for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, but the Covid-19 outbreak means that the next edition of the global showpiece will take place in India in 2021.
That gives both teams time to fine-tune their line-up, but they may also want to give their strongest XIs as much time as possible in their midst.
Australia is currently the world‘s top ranked T20 squad, with much of their success built on top order with Captain Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith.
So while Marcus Stoinis and Marnus Labuschagne were in the lead during Australia’s warm up matches in England, they are unlikely to replace the three main batsmen.
“We’ve had a pretty settled T20 squad over the last 12 months and all we can ask is for guys to bang so hard they put pressure on the guys there,” said Australian coach Justin Langer, who can also call. on Glenn Maxwell in the middle tier after taking a break from dealing with mental health issues.
England beat Australia in the semifinals on their way to winning last year’s 50-over World Cup and cue ball captain Eoin Morgan believes consistent selection is important if they are to repeat that victory in the T20 equivalent.
“I don’t think we can have a scenario where we can play the majority of our matches with a half strength team and then expect to go to a World Cup as contenders when guys don’t know their roles or haven’t been familiar with them. , ‘he said.
England were without several multi-format players during their recent T20 series with Pakistan, which ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
21-year-old opener Tom Banton played against Pakistan, but Jos Buttler was now able to regain his place at the top of the order.
World Cup-winning fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood will lend extra firepower to an attack that still lacks star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who stays on leave with compassion while spending time with his ailing dad.
“Dangerous … that’s what I made England,” said Langer.
“I’ve watched Eoin Morgan play, it’s exciting to watch, he just comes out and smacks it off ball one.”
“They have been the best one-day team in the world for a few years now.
“They are a very good cricket team, well managed. We know what to expect and we will be ready.”
Meanwhile, Wood hopes to get into the minds of a few batsmen ahead of Australia’s 2021/22 Ashes.
“There is an added incentive when you play against Australia, your biggest rivals,” said Wood.
‘They are desperate to beat you, you are desperate to beat them. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Ashes, the white ball, T20. ‘
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