Eoin Morgan hasn't been in great form this season. Image courtesy of thesun.co.uk
England and Australia meet in game one of the two-match T20 International series between the pair on Friday morning (AEST), with the hosts looking to extend their unbeaten run against Australia to 12 matches. Not only did the tourists fail to win a match in the recently completed Ashes series, but they also lost the five game ODI series between the pair last year and the Champions Trophy clash in June.
Paceman Stuart Broad returns to captain England in the short format series after being rested against New Zealand in June and is one of just three players that featured in the Ashes to be named in the squad, with the others being Joe Root and Steven Finn. Big Bash stars Alex Hales and Michael Lumb are expected to open for England after performing well against the Black Caps earlier this year, while Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan will also have a key role to play at the top of the order. Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry earnt an international recall after more than two years in the wilderness by scoring 502 runs in just 11 innings during the domestic season and will be determined to make the most of his opportunity if given a chance.
Australia has named an 18 man squad for the limited overs leg of the tour but Test skipper Michael Clarke is unlikely to play having last featured in a 20 over match for his country three years ago. Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh opened for Australia in its most recent T20 match against the West Indies in February and could be given another chance despite the presence of David Warner and Shane Watson in the squad. Limited overs captain George Bailey is expected to bat at number four while Pakistan born refugee Fawad Ahmed could make his debut for the national side as the slow bowling option.
Neither of these sides has enjoyed much recent success in T20 cricket, with England winning just one of its past three completed matches in the format and Australia trying to break a five game losing streak. Each side has won three games apiece in six Twenty20 International meetings between the pair but the hosts won by 100 runs when the sides met at this ground in 2005.
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