Australia will square off in their first international game since March, taking on hosts England in the first of the three T20Is in Southampton. It would also be Australia’s first match since they climbed to the top of T20I rankings as they are on a five-series unbeaten streak, stretching back to November 2018 against India.
The tourists don’t have a dearth of talent in their squad as they have opted for their full-strength team alongside some fresh faces. The likes of Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, and Riley Meredith will have roles to play at some stages in the series. Southampton will play as hosts for the T20Is while the three ODIs would take place at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
We take a look at the predicted playing XI for Australia:
Aaron Finch (c):
Aaron Finch, the captain of Australia, is one of the most level-headed batsmen in their ranks. He took over the limited-overs captaincy full-time in November 2018 and guided Australia to the summit of the T20 rankings. A veteran of 61 ODIs, he will open the innings.
The 33-year also finds himself only 11 short of 2000 T20I runs that he should reach in the opening game. It was also at the Ageas Bowl that Aaron Finch slammed 156 off 63 deliveries against England seven years ago. Two years ago, he broke that himself by smashing 172.