Setting the sights on 3-0 whitewash, Australia will take on England in the third and final T20 international in Sydney on Sunday.
Australia have already claimed an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series by registering 13-run victory in Hobart and a thumping eight-wicket victory in Melbourne.
For England, who lost the preceding ODI series 1-4 and Ashes series 0-5, it is the final chance to snap up their nightmarish losing streak and have a happy ending of this disastrous trip.
|What: Australia v England, 3rd T20||When: Feb 2, 2014|
|Start Time: 19:35 local | 08:35 GMT | 13:35 PKT||Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney|
|Live Streaming: Sky Sports|
Batting woes continued to haunt England in the second T20 as nine of their batsmen failed to reach 20-mark and tourists hobbled to 130-9. Australia rode on the whirlwind half-centuries of skipper George Bailey and Cameron White to overhaul the modest target.
The back-to-back victories pushed Australia from eighth to sixth on the ICC rankings, meant they swapped positions with England. It was a massive boost for Australia ahead of ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in March, and they will have a chance to further improve their rankings before global event when they will meet South Africa in a three-match series early next month.
England will also have an opportunity to perk up their rankings ahead of World T20 when they play three-match series against West Indies.
With boards of both Australia and England due to announce their World T20 squads within a week after today’s game, the players’ individual performance in this series will have a deep impact in the squad selection.
Australia are unlikely to tinker their batting-order, however, in bowling either Ben Cutting or Kane Richardson could be included at the expense of a seamer, most probably Nathan Coulter-Nile. No other change is expected.
England are expected to drop expensive Jade Dernbach to pave way for uncapped Chris Jordan. Luke Wright had been downgraded to the No.3 position to let Michael Lumb open the innings in last game but the reshuffle couldn’t stop top-order’s miserable streak, thus Wright is expected to be reinstated as opener.
George Bailey (Captain), Aaron Finch (vice-capt), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Daniel Christian, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Ben Cutting, Chris Lynn, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron White.
Stuart Broad (captain), Tim Bresnan, Ravi Bopara, , Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, James Tredwell, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Danny Briggs, Ben Stokes, Luke Wright.