Cricket Betting: Australia v England – Second T20

Australia v England Second T20

Wednesday February 7 – 7:40pm AEDT

After kick-starting the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-Series in dominant fashion, Australia will be hoping to maintain their momentum against England in the second match in Hobart on Wednesday night.

 


Australia

Things could not have gone better for Australia in the tournament opener as they executed a comprehensive seven-wicket win against New Zealand at the SCG. After winning an important toss and electing to field, towering quick Billy Stanlake (3/15 off four overs) routed the Black Caps’ top-order to have them teetering at 4/34 and while the Kiwis managed to stage a mini revival, Andrew Tye did what he does best by closing out the innings expertly as the visitors could only splutter to 9/117 off their 20 overs.

The intervention of rain at the break saw the target reduced to 95 from 15 overs and there may have been some nerves in the hosts’ camp when openers David Warner (6 of 8 balls) and Darcy Short (4 off 4 balls) both departed for single figures, however the destructive Chris Lynn quickly wrestled back the momentum with 44 off 33 deliverers, combining with Glenn Maxwell (40 not out off 24 balls) to see the Aussies home comfortably.

Aaron Finch could come into the side provided he has recovered from a hamstring complaint, but otherwise it seems unlikely that Australia would want to make too many changes to a winning side.


England

England will be looking to maintain their form from the ODIs and inflict more white ball agony on the Australians, having taken out the 50-over series 4-1. The nucleus of that side will form the 20-over outfit, however there will be a few changes, starting at the top of the order where either Alex Hales or James Vince seems likely to partner Jason Roy with Jonny Bairstow out of the equation.

Test captain Joe Root has opted to skip the series, opening up a position in the middle-order for the likes of Dawid Malan and Sam Billings alongside skipper Eoin Morgan and ‘keeper-batsman Jos Buttler. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid will again form a key plank of the bowling attack, however he could be partnered with bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson in place of Moeen Ali who has also been left out.

After an impressive conclusion to the ODI series Tom Curran looks set to claim a place in the pace battery alongside the likes of Mark Wood and David Willey, although having been brought in for this series alone Chris Jordan will be hoping he can make an impression.


Bellerive Oval

First innings scores at Bellerive Oval were very consistent in this season’s BBL with four out of five landing between 164 and 170. The side batting first won three out five matches, while Hurricanes opener Darcy Short will be hoping for a chance to impress his home crowd in Australian colours, having averaged 49.20 here for Hobart.


Key Stats

  • Australia haven’t won consecutive T20Is since September 2016.
  • Australia haven’t won consecutive T20Is at home since November 2014.
  • England have won only two of their past six T20I series’.
  • However England have won five of their past eight T20Is away from home.

The Verdict

The market hasn’t got too carried away with Australia’s opening victory, though they remain warm favourites against a well-established England side.

One can’t say too many negative things about Australia’s performance at the SCG on Saturday night, in particular the effort of their undermanned bowling attack which made the most of some early inroads to strangle the New Zealand batting line-up and set up a comfortable victory. However nor should we get too carried away with one solitary victory in which an important toss was won and the opposition essentially capitulated, plus given their record over a long period of time in this format it’s hard not to consider that the home side look a tad short here again.

England’s recent record in T20I cricket can only be described as inconsistent and you might expect more from a team who have radically transformed the way in which they play the limited overs formats for the better. However they do have the advantage of having been in the country and already chalking up a significant win in the ODI series, plus man for man they certainly stack up well against this Australian side.

A single, albeit dominant, win cannot paper over the cracks that this Australian side has a long-standing issue with T20 cricket and are missing some key players such as Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and regular captain Steve Smith. They face an England side who are now well and truly familiar with the conditions and well versed with winning so therefore I will begin by taking on the hosts, although an impressive performance first up and the visitors’ own inconsistency in this format is enough for me to advise a lay-to-back strategy where I will hope to lock in some profit regardless of the final result.


Betting Strategy

  LAY-to-BACK – Australia at 1.80 or better for 1 unit (trade out at 2.35 or bigger).


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