England sealed the three-match T20 series for good against Australia in the second game against Southampton on Sunday. They won the first T20 international by two runs while winning the second comprehensively by six wickets. Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan had chief roles to play with the bat and secured the man of the matches in both the games – one each.
With Jos Buttler opting out of the dead rubber, England have Sam Billings in their repertoire, who performed exceptionally well in the ODI series against Ireland. Eoin Morgan suffered an injury to his finger; however, he is expected to play the final T20 international before the three-match ODI series. In Buttler’s absence, Jonny Bairstow will keep wickets while Tom Banton would get back to his favourite batting position.
For Australia, little has gone their way, especially in the second T20 international. The English bowlers hurt them with wickets every time it looked like the tourists’ ran away with the game. The likes of Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins dragged their side to 157 in 20 overs. However, English batsmen were too good to be kept down and quiet. The visitors will look to clinch a consolation win in the final game ahead of the three-match ODI series.
England vs Australia – Weather forecast:
After two uninterrupted games, the third game will also most likely pan without rains. On Tuesday, there remains a five per cent chance of showers while the temperature will stay at 15 degrees Celcius. Hence, Australia will get a fair chance to chalk out a consolation victory.