Aaron Finch smashed 156 from just 63 balls in game one. Picture: Getty Images/Paul Gilham
Australia will be looking for its first T20 series win in more than three years when it faces England in the 2nd Twenty20 International at Chester-le-Street on Saturday night (AEST). The tourists won game one at the Rose Bowl by 39 runs during the week for their first victory in 13 matches against the old enemy and will have taken plenty of confidence from that result.
Aaron Finch smashed a world record 156 from just 63 deliveries in Southampton and will again open the batting for Australia, although he may have a new partner at the top of the order. Shaun Marsh could be given a chance at the top of the order if David Warner is rested with a view to the upcoming ODI series, while Adam Voges and Phil Hughes could also be given a chance. Mitchell Johnson collected two wickets but was erratic and Clint McKay could be brought into the squad if selectors decide they want more control with the ball.
In pursuit of Australia’s massive 248, England’s top order batsman made little impression on the scorecard, with Eoin Morgan continuing his poor season after being dismissed for a duck. Michael Carberry could be given a chance after scoring in excess of 500 runs in the recently completed domestic Twenty20 competition.
Chester-le-Street is unlikely to provide the same sort of wicket that produced such high scores in the season opener, with the Durham pitch to provide more assistance to the bowlers. England scored just 118 from their 20 overs against South Africa here twelve months ago and another low scoring affair is more probable than the high scoring shootout that was seen in Southampton.
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