HOBART - Having beaten New Zealand in the opening match of the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-series, Australia will hope to make the most of the momentum when they face England in the second match of the tournament.

The Australians are without Steve Smith and the rest of the men who will play the upcoming Test series in South Africa with the exception of David Warner, who is leading the side. The pressure will be on Warner after he scored only 73 runs in the recent five-match One-Day International series against England and also fell cheaply in the first game of the tri-series.

However, with Aaron Finch around and a hard-hitting middle-order – Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis – in place, Australia do have an explosive edge. The pace department will once again be led by Andrew Tye, the star of the game against New Zealand, and Billy Stanlake, who also put on an exceptional show. With Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson also in the mix, there is enough variety in Warner’s ranks.

But, in terms of momentum and confidence, England score big, having beaten Australia 4-1 in the ODI series recently. The major concern for England will be Jason Roy, who might not be available after picking up a back spasm during a warm-up game. However, should Roy not be ready in time, they do have reliable options in James Vince and Alex Hales.

The paceman produced a stellar show as he finished with figures of 5/46 against England in the last ODI. He carried his form into the T20I against New Zealand and ended with brilliant match-winning figures of 4 for 23. Tye has taken massive strides in recent times and has become one of the most reliable bowling options for Australia.

Curran’s brilliance with the ball as he returned 5/35 meant that Australia couldn’t pull off a chase of 260 in the final ODI and he could again be a big factor because of his ability to move the ball at pace.

The last T20I played at the venue was in 2014, when Australia beat England by 13 runs in a high-scoring game.


AUSTRALIA: David Warner (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

Match starts at 1:40 PM