Australia Tour Of England 2020
International cricket’s return continues in September when England take on their old rivals Australia in three T20 matches and three one-day games.
England has been the standard-bearer for staging cricket in a post-COVID world, having hosted the West Indies and Pakistan in Test matches and Ireland in an ODI series.
As with the Tests, the cricket matches will be played at the only two major grounds in England with hotels on-site, creating a bio-secure bubble. The Ageas Bowl in Southampton will host the three T20 matches, with the one-dayers at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Australia has named a 21-cricketers squad for the tour, including possible debutants Josh Phillipe (Western Australia/Sydney Sixers/Royal Challengers Bangalore), Daniel Sams (New South Wales/Sydney Thunder) and Riley Meredith (Tasmania/Hobart Hurricanes).
Because of the COVID rules, and the cricket clash in schedule, 50-over world champions England couldn’t include any of their Test players for the ODI series with Ireland, which they won 2-1. However, the likes of Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer may return for the Australia games, by which time the Tests will be out of the way.
T20 Cricketers To Watch
Eoin Morgan: The England captain is the seventh-highest run-scorer in the history of T20 international cricket, and was in imperious form in 2019-20. The english cricketer scored 328 runs from 179 balls across eight matches against New Zealand and South Africa, cementing his place as England’s all-time leading scorer in the format. He will be a key wicket for Australia.
Ashton Agar: No Australian has bowled more overs or taken more wickets in their last three T20 series than Agar, who took a career-best 5-24 against South Africa in February and followed it up five days later with his second-best performance of 3-16. He went wicketless in his only previous T20 game in England, but that was back in June 2018 – the australian cricket player will be determined to shine this time.
ODI Players To Watch
David Willey (England): The Yorkshire left-arm paceman, son of ex-England batsman and international umpire Peter, was cut from the 2019 Cricket World Cup squad to make way for the newly-qualified Archer. That was harsh on a proven white-ball performer, and the cricketer demonstrated his all-round quality when he returned to the team against Ireland, taking eight wickets and hitting 98 runs in the three-match series.
Marnus Labuschagne (Australia): The batting find of the last couple of years, Labuschagne only made his ODI debut this year but took to white-ball cricket as well as he took to Test matches. In six ODI innings, the cricketer has amassed 305 runs, with fifties against India and New Zealand, and a century in March against South Africa. He will be part of a formidable batting unit, alongside David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.
What To Expect From Australia Tour Or England?
Australian national cricket team has won seven of the last 10 T20 matches between the two sides, but only once on English soil, back in 2013. Their lack of cricket compared to England may cost them in the shortest format. But the ODI series was eagerly anticipated – Australia won the Cricket World Cup pool match, but England gained comprehensive revenge in the semi-final, and Morgan’s team have won 13 of the last 16 ODI games between the rivals. However, both cricket squads have star performers throughout the team, so expect some exciting cricket.