After having successfully hosted the likes of West Indies and Pakistan in full-fledged series, England will now lock horns with old Ashes rivals, Australia, in a series of white-ball internationals, which includes three T20Is and as many One-day Internationals.
The series will kick-off with the shortest format of the game taking precedence at the bio-secure Ageas Bowl in Southampton. England have bolstered their squad with the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Sam Curran and it will be interesting to see the playing 11 that they field in the 1st T20I on Friday.
Here’s a look at England’s predicted XI for the 1st T20I against Australia:
Jos Buttler [WK]
One of the greatest limited-overs batsmen going around in world cricket at the moment, Jos Buttler will be featuring in England’s limited-overs team for the first time this season.
Buttler was phenomenal with the bat during the Test summer against the West Indies and Pakistan and he will be looking to carry it to the T20I series against Australia. It will be interesting to see if England plays Buttler as an opener, given the fact that Tom Banton is available as an opening option, or will they use him as a finisher.