T20 international – Australia v England Hobart – Preview & Tips
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Game 2: Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Wednesday, February 7: 7.40pm AEDT
Bookmaker.com.au odds: Australia $1.66 England $2.20
Betting Top 10 Australia Best Bets: Aussie newcomer D’Arcy Short to take advantage of his local knowledge of the Hobart pitch to score 50 at $4.00 or Chris Lynn to hit a six at $1.53. All odds with Bookmaker.com.au
England: England come into the match after pounding the Cricket Australia Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra in their only T20 warm-up match. Whilst the form was encouraging, it may prove to be a less than ideal warm-up.
After England’s struggle against pace in the Ashes, they will have to find a way to combat giant Aussie quick Billy Stanlake.
On the plus side, expect England to pounce on the spinners as David Willey did whilst smashing 34 off one over from test spinner Nathan Lyon in the lead-up match in Canberra.
Australia: Giant Aussie quick, Billy Stanlake, who checks in at 6-foot-8 in the old language, announced himself on the international stage as Australia cruised to a seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the opener to the Twenty20 tri-series. Excellent hitting from Chris Lynn (44) and Glenn Maxwell (40 not out) powered Australia to a revised target of 95 with more than 3 overs of the allotted 15 to spare.
Playing only his fourth international match, the 23-year-old Queenslander Stanlake, regularly nudged 150kph throughout against the Black Caps. A violently rapid in-swinging delivery to remove Martin Guptill was his best, beating the Kiwi star all ends up and clipping the top of off-stump as Stanlake finished with 3-15 from his four overs.
If England are to stand any chance of a victory they must overcome Stanlake and look to cash in on scoring against the other Aussie bowlers.
Look for D’Arcy Short to lead the powerful Aussie batting line-up, taking advantage of his local knowledge of the Hobart pitch.
Betting Top 10 Australia’s Tip: We expect David Warner’s young side to upset England and continue their rise up the rankings.