The last time England and Australia locked horns, the former thrashed the latter by eight wickets to enter the 2019 World Cup final and eventually won it. The way England have played in white-ball cricket in the last few years, very few would dare to not give them the favourite tag in any match.
However, England captain Eoin Morgan believes Australia are ‘just favourites’ for the upcoming T20I series, starting on Friday. Eoin Morgan said Australia have arrived in England with a full strength squad and will be favourites if they put out their strongest XI.
At the same time, he stated that the hosts also have nearly their best side in the ongoing season. England had to play the limited-overs series against Ireland and Pakistan without most of their big names as they were playing Tests. However, the big names have returned for the series against Australia which will conclude the English summer.
“Probably Australia,” he said on the eve of the seroies-opener when asked which team had the edge. “They have their strongest squad here, so will probably be putting out their best XI. So, if you’re to go on that, I’d say they’re just favourites.
“For the first time this summer we are seeing the majority of our best team on the park and that’s great.
“Bar injury and absent players, which is only a couple, we are at full strength and that is a nice place to be every now and then.
“We don’t have to pick our best XI every series that we play because we can’t put all our eggs in one basket. We need 16 or 17 players in the lead up to World Cup selection all vying for selection in the best 15,” he added.
While Eoin Morgan has given Australia the favourite tag, one can say the hosts have slight edge over the visitors. While Australia have not played any game since March, England enter the series well-prepared. After the T20Is end, both the teams will play three ODIs.
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