After beginning the summer as hosts against the West Indies and Pakistan, England will now face a formidable Australia side in the first of three-match T20I series, starting on Friday in Southampton. England have done a commendable job to host consecutive series after the hiatus due to the pandemic. The hosts are still unbeaten across formats after cricket resumed with their last result in the T20I series against Pakistan being a 1-1 draw.
Eoin Morgan will however know that his side will have a much more difficult task in their hands in terms of facing traditional rivals Australia. Opener Tom Banton will look to continue from his brilliant performances against Pakistan while all-rounder Sam Billings will be a vital cog in the side. England have also gained a boost as their rising fast bowler Jofra Archer is back in the hunt and might share the ball with Mark Wood. The spin department will be overseen by Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid.
Aaron Finch-led Australia will have all-rounder Glenn Maxwell back in their ranks, who can damage an opposition, with his brilliant striking ability. David Warner and Steve Smith who faced a lot of jeers last time they toured but it did not effect their game will be the key for Australia and can produce match winning results. Mitchell Starc will be the key in the fast bowling department with plenty of youngsters looking to leave their mark.
England vs Australia 2020, 1st T20I: Weather Forecast
Rain has been a major concern in England. It has spoilt a lot of matches. During the first T20I, the weather is Southampton will remain cloudy throughout the day. However the chances of rain will be as high as 60% throughout the day. AccuWeather predicts that there could be light showers soon after the toss which can see the match losing some valuable time. The will however might not result into losing the entire match as the showers are expected from a passing cloud.