1st T20I of England vs Australia T20I series 2020
First meeting of the series of three T20I matches between England and Australia is going to be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on September 4th 2020. The teams will play the first bilateral T20I series in England, which contains more than two matches, and the second one between the teams.
Australia Tour of England History:
This is going to be the ninth bilateral series between the teams. England won the series thrice, whereas Australia won twice with one draw. Though England has the upper hand in series victory, the team lost the series in 2013-14, which is the only series with more than two T20Is between the teams till date.
When touring England by the Australian team, the home team’s performance is pretty good. Out of 5 T20I series, the home side won thrice with two draws. Visiting team is still looking for the first series victory, while visiting.
The teams completed 17 meetings in the shortest format of cricket, till date. Out of them, the host won just 6 times and lost 9 times with one without any result and one abandoned.
On the soil of England, the teams faced each other 7 times. Out of them, the English team won 4 times, and the Australian team won just once. In fact, the visitors won only one T20I in English soil out of their 11 encounters with eight defeats including against non english-team as well.
Victory brings points:
The series is the comparison between the second rank team (England) and first rank team (Australia) team, almost a perfect series. The host is 10 points behind the visitors.
The host has a chance to reach on the top position in T20I rankings. If the team could manage to win by two-nil or three-nil, then the team could reach on the first position. The team will stay in the same position with increased points if the host will be able to win either the series with the difference of one win or drawing the series. In case of losing the series with the difference of one defeat, the team will lose the points but stay in the same position. In case of series defeat without any win, the team will lose the position as well.
On the other hand, the visitors are in a position that the team has to win the series with any combination to increase the points. Even if the visiting team will lose the series with not more than one defeat difference, then the team will lose the points but stay on the top of the table. In the only situation, when the visitors will lose the series by two-nil or three-nil, the team will lose the position.
The result of the first match will impact the team’s points, as if the result will go in favor of the host then the team will gain three points and the visitors will lose the same points with no position changes for either team. On the other hand, in case of reverse result, the visitors will gain two points without any impact of position but the host will lose the same points with losing the position with one rank.
Weather forecast for Southampton shows the weather would be cloudy and the possibility of light rain during the match. The precipitation percentage would be around 35% as of now, so there would be a chance of rain during the match. The temperature would be around 15 Celsius. The wind would be between 10 to 15 kmph throughout the match.
Toss and Pitch:
Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 4 times out of 5 matches. The selection wasn’t against the teams, though the teams lost twice but won twice as well. On the other hand, the team chose to field first after winning the toss just once and lost the match. Though, the last time the team won the match after winning the toss was in 2006.
Particularly, for England, the team won the toss just twice out of 5 times, and the teams won just once with the other one lost.
The first batting team won the matches thrice. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won twice. Last time, the team, won after batting first, was in 2013.
The lowest defended total was 163 on the venue. On the other hand, the highest successful chase is 143 on the ground. Interesting to see, if the target will be set in between the scores.
The first inning lowest total was 140 and the highest total was 248 runs. For the second inning, the lowest total was 79 runs, whereas the highest was 209 runs.
The batting average of the first innings is 23.56 and 30.66 is for the second innings.
History Between the Teams:
Both the teams faced each other at the venue just twice. Both the teams won one each.
T20I History at Venue:
The home side has an above average record at the venue, and won thrice out of 5 encounters and lost twice. Last time, the home side couldn’t win the match in 2013.
Tentative XI for both the Teams:
The home side could pick pacers and a spinner, as the team have a batting all rounder, who could bowl
England Eleven: T. Banton, J. Buttler, D. Malan, J. Bairstow, E. Morgan, M. Ali, S. Curren, T. Curren, J. Archer, A. Rashid, C. Jordan
The visitors would prefer to go with pacers due to the same reason. The team has a couple of spin all rounders and a couple of pace one. The team would introduce their left arm pace allrounder D. Sams.
Australia Eleven: D. Warner, A. Finch, S. Smith, G. Maxwell, M. Stoinis, A. Carey, A. Agar, P. Cummins, M. Starc, A. Zampa, D. Sams / K. Richardson