England Hoping to Cause a T20 Upset in the Southern Hemisphere
There is unlikely to be enough room on the packed cricket schedule to host a regular tri-series event but this one-off should be a thoroughly entertaining watch and despite being considered the underdog in their opening contest against Australia, England should not be underestimated. They will compete in five games over the space of the fortnight during a hectic two weeks which will test the player’s stamina. Eoin Morgan, who relishes the shorter format, admitted that he is looking forward to the event and wishes it was a regular fixture. Morgan is set to be joined by Jason Roy and Alex Hales, who both return to the side with the latter recovering from a hand injury in time to make the squad. Roy is the 3/1 favourite to be the top batsman for the visiting side.
William Hill have priced England up as the 5/4 outsiders for the match but their strong line-up of short-form players should not be underestimated. They are far from one of the deadliest teams in the world having lost five of their last nine games in this shorter form of the game but showed plenty of ability and power during their recent 50-over meetings with this opposition. The unsettled nature of their T20 squad hasn’t helped matters but with three all-rounders absent, a consistent line-up throughout the tournament is likely to occur.
Australia Start the Tournament with a Flourish
It was advantage Australia during the opening clash of the tri-series as they won by an impressive seven wickets. The Kiwis hit 117-9 but it wasn’t enough to stop the rampant Aussies, who are now the 6/5 favourites for the series with 888Sport. Chris Lynn and Glen Maxwell were truly influential with the big-hitting duo helping their side get off the mark in the competition. The former is the 10/3 favourite to repeat his heroics and finish as his side’s top batsman once again.