Australia tour to England 2020 [Preview]
Australia is scheduled to tour England in the month of September to play three T20Is followed by three ODIs. The visitors will play two intra-squad matches to make adequate preparations for the tour. Aaron Finch-led unit will start their tour with three-match T20I series that is slated to begin from 4th September at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
All the three matches of the T20I series will be played in Southampton on 4th, 6th and 8th September.
For England, pacer Jofra Archer and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler make their return to the T20I and ODI squads. Joe Root has been named in the limited-overs squad, while David Willey has dropped from the T20 squad.
Opener Jason Roy has been ruled out of the home series after suffering from side strain. Mark Wood and Sam Curran have been included in both the squads against Australia.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan to deliver the bulk of the runs. The batting department looks quite strong as Tom Banton, Sam Billings and Jos Buttler have shown excellent form with the bat in this home summer.
England Captain Eoin Morgan has been standout performer for the side in the T20 format. Left-hander has consistently produced notable scores for England in different playing conditions.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan to make crucial breakthroughs.
Sam Curran and Tom Curran are other pace bowling options for the side for this series. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and off-spinner Moeen Ali are two premier spin options for England for this three-match T20I series.
On the other hand, Australia will be looking to spring a surprise over England in this three-match T20I series.
Earlier this month, Australia have named 21-member squad for the upcoming tour of England. Aaron Finch will lead the side for the T20I and ODI series against Eoin Morgan’s England.
Wicket-keeper batsman Josh Phillipe, pacer Sean Abbott and bowling all-rounder Riley Meredith have earned their maiden call-ups to the national side for the tour of England.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the experienced batting trio of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steven Smith to deliver the bulk of the runs.
Since February 2018, Captain Aaron Finch has topped the batting charts for Australia in the T20 format. In 26 T20I matches played, Finch has accumulated 801 runs at an average of 36.40 with a strike rate of 162.14. He has smashed one century and five half-centuries during this period.
Besides, David Warner has shown tremendous form since his return to the T20 format. He has scored 440 runs in 10 innings at an average of 110.00 with one century and four half-centuries to his name.
Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and Marnus Labuschagne will make up the middle-order for the side for this T20I series.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to make crucial breakthroughs in this contest.
After the culmination of the T20I series, Australia will take on England in a three-match one-day series.
The opening game of the three-match series will be played on 11th September at Manchester. The remaining two games of the series will be played at the same venue on 13th and 16th September respectively.