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Australia and England’s enduring cricket rivalry never disappoints! The English prevailed by a narrow 8 runs in the first of three T20 games pitting the Australians against the English.

It was surprising that England didn’t utterly destroy Australia in the T20 match given that Australia rested several of its top bowlers, but a victory is a win! With the help of Alex Hales’ 84 runs and Jos Buttler’s 68, England amassed a magnificent 208/6.



Many people were shocked but not entirely taken aback when it was revealed that Australia will rest all of its key bowlers for the opening T20 match against England, including Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Glenn Maxwell.

After all, Australia wants to make sure that its players are well-rested for the T20 World Cup, which is just around the horizon. However, you must anticipate a defeat when great batsman Steve Smith and all those outstanding bowlers are on the sidelines (not to mention Maxwell’s skill with the bat).

And lose they did, with Buttler and Hales pounding the Australian bowlers all over the field, making it quite evident that Australia needed seasoned bowlers against a formidable opponent like England.

The fast-medium bowler Nathan Ellis took a really remarkable 3/20 in four overs, which was a ray of sunshine. Ellis is hardly a stranger to Australian cricket fans, although he has only participated in five T20 matches thus far. He has, however, taken wickets in each game and has a respectable 15/128 record in T20 matches.

Australia very almost defeated England owing to their batting even though they rested several of their star bowlers. David Warner, as expected, kept things tight with his 73 runs from 44 balls (8 fours and 2 sixes). Also making significant contributions were Stoinis (35) and Marsh (36).

One of the biggest letdowns was Cameron Green, who completed the game with a pitiful one score, allowed 38 runs, and had no wickets to his bowling credit in three overs. Green may not be selected for the T20 World Cup team, but those statistics need to improve.


The fact that Australia rested several of its top bowlers for the opening game may have caused English players to raise an eyebrow, but the victory was no accident.

It was fantastic to see skipper Jos Buttler make a strong comeback from injury, scoring 68 runs off only 32 balls (8 fours and 4 sixes). The career-defining effort by Alex Hales, who scored 84 from 51 balls, comfortably turned the tide of the game (12 fours and 3 sixes).

Hales continued to add to his strong T20 career while looking amazing at the wicket. In 67 T20 games, the opener has scored 1,858 runs at an average of 30.96.

The middle and lower order batters for England didn’t reach 15 runs, but they hardly needed to since Buttler and Hales were carrying the most of the load.

Stokes and Brook weren’t particularly outstanding, but the second T20 game could give them a chance to improve and get a feel for the Australian wickets.

Mark Wood, a quick bowler, finished the match with 3/34 in four overs, so we’re eager to see more of what he can do in that area.

Wood has already amassed 35/699 in 22 games, but if he continues to play at this level, it’s impossible to predict how deadly England’s bowling will become.


Given that the pitch favours batting later in the match, any side that wins the toss will probably choose to bowl first.


The Manuka Oval doesn’t host many games, but when it does, the games there often feature huge run totals, and the batting surface is excellent. The likelihood of rain is high since the forecast for the game day is for a few showers and a high of 18 degrees.


The fact that England won the first T20 was not particularly surprising, but the second match will be different. One of Australia’s advantages is the return of excellent frontline bowlers like Cummins, Starc, and Zampa. These bowlers have the ability to change the momentum and lead Australia to the next two victories in the best-of-three match.

The batting order will undoubtedly be strengthened by the return of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, but one significant change is that skipper Aaron Finch will once again begin with Warner instead of Cameron Green, as he did in the first game. Always putting on a show, Finch and Warner are making the correct choice with this.

Although Buttler and Hales put on some incredible batting efforts, it is unclear whether they will be able to repeat such performances in back-to-back contests. If so, England could have a chance, albeit we have to think that Australia will be the favourite in the second game.

Many of Australia’s stars were absent for the first game, which it almost won, but they are now there and prepared to defeat England with a decisive victory. Against its fiercest cricket opponents, the home team won’t mince words and will instead come out swinging.

Speculate on Australia winning.


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