ENGLAND face rivals Australia for the first time since lockdown as the pair clash in a T20 series at the Rose Bowl.
After drawing against Pakistan, Eoin Morgan’s men are quickly back in action as they welcome the Aussies to the South Coast.
England fielded an inexperienced side against Pakistan but performed well[/caption]
The last time the sides met in this format, England won a thriller at Edgbaston in 2018 by 23 runs following a terrific knock from Jos Buttler.
When is England vs Australia T20?
- All three matches will be held in Southampton behind closed doors.
- The first game is set for Friday, September 4.
- It will begin at 6pm BST, which is 1am in Perth and 3am in Sydney.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
- You can catch this match live on Sky Sports Cricket.
- Coverage will begin at 5pm GMT.
- If you’re not a Sky customer, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.
This game will be Australia’s first since the coronavirus lockdown struck [/caption]
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What is the team news?
England have recalled a number of their World Cup heroes to the white-ball squad after leaving them out against Pakistan.
But there is no place in the T20 squad for Test skipper Joe Root.
Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Mark Wood are all back available after resting following their exploits in the Test arena.
Opening batsman Jason Roy remains out with a side strain, while Ben Stokes is unavailable due to family reasons.
Glenn Maxwell returns to the Aussie setup for the first time since November 2019, while Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith are all expected to play.
- England to win – 4/5
- Australia victory in first game – evens
- Jos Buttler to be England’s top run scorer – 11/4
- Aaron Finch to be Aussie’s top run scorer – 3/1
*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.