Assessing England's T20 Squad to Face Australia in Two-Match Series
With England facing Australia in two Twenty20 internationals this week, starting on Thursday at the Rose Bowl, we give you the lowdown on the home side’s 13-man squad to take on the tourists.
The hosts will be captained by all-rounder Stuart Broad, one of only three players who featured for England in their recent 3-0 Ashes series win over Australia, the other two being batsman Joe Root and paceman Steven Finn.
Meanwhile, in-form Hampshire opener Michael Carberry is the only player named in England’s 13-man squad that was announced last week never to have played a T20 international for the home side.
Stuart Broad (C)
Pld: 46 Runs: 71 Ave: 5 SR: 95 HS: 18* Wkts: 55 Economy: 7.37 BB: 4-24
Key all-rounder with both bat and ball, the Notts man will open the bowling against Australia and as England’s most experienced squad member, will also take the death overs too.
Pld: 24 Runs: 395 Ave: 21 SR: 101 HS: 59 Wkts: 9 Economy: 7.3 BB: 4-10
With confidence having returned to his game following last summer’s off-field issues, the 28-year-old is now one of the first names down on England’s team-sheet in the limited-overs format. His batting nous has improved and he remains a canny medium pacer.
Pld: 4 Wkts: 2 Economy: 10 BB: 1-16
Depending on whether England opt to play two spinners or not, Danny Briggs may get a game in the first T20 on his home ground. If so, it will be interesting to see how the young slow left-armer gets on against Australia’s powerful looking batting lineup.
Jos Butler (WK)
Pld: 23 Runs: 259 Ave: 25 SR: 148 HS: 54
The Somerset stumper is a potential match winner with bat in hand, capable of some outrageous shots. In particular, his ramp shot that can at times defy belief, although he still needs it to come off a little more often than it has in the past.
The 32-year-old is in line to make his T20 debut against Australia this week after what has been an outstanding domestic FPT20 campaign this summer. The dynamic and hard-hitting opener plundered an impressive 502 runs for Hampshire, helping the Royals to Finals Day in the process.
Pld: 23 Runs: 17 Ave: 5 SR: 121 HS: 12 Wkts: 27 Economy: 7.9 BB: 4-22
The Surrey paceman can be both brilliant, and wayward, all in the space of the same over. The key to the 27-year-old’s bowling can often be the use of his much-loved and well-disguised slower ball as his surprise delivery, rather than a stock ball.
Pld: 16 Runs: 14 Ave: SR: 73 HS: 8* Wkts: 23 Economy: 6.86 BB: 3-16
The 24-year-old will be itching to have a go at the Aussies after being dumped unceremoniously following England’s first Test win at Trent Bridge in July. He failed to earn a recall to the Test side and this could very well work in England favour in these two contests as he looks to take his frustrations out on Australia’s top order as he steams in with the new ball.
Pld: 16 Runs: 318 Ave: 21 SR: 132 HS: 53*
The 33-year-old may miss out in these two fixtures, although he did open the batting in England’s last series in New Zealand. The Johannesburg-born opener was also a successful member of the side that were crowned world T20 champions in 2010.
Pld: 36 Runs: 878 Ave: 35 SR: 131 HS: 85*
This is an important two-match series for the Irishman. Not so long ago he was regarded as England’s most important, and destructive T20 batsman, before a real drop in form in both limited-overs forms of the game of late.
Pld: 17 Runs: 13 Ave: 7 SR: 33 HS: 7* Wkts: 18 Economy: 6.15 BB: 3-20
The giant Irishman made an eye-catching debut for his adopted nation against New Zealand in June, despite the tourists ultimately winning the match. He is sure to be given a run-out against the Aussies at some point this week as he is the nearest thing England have to a Chris Tremlett in their 13-man squad.
Pld: 2 Wkts: 1 Economy: 7.5 BB: 1-15
Despite having already played two T20s for England, the young Yorkshireman has still to actually walk to the crease for his country. That will most likely change this week, even though Root is set to remain batting down the order against Australia.
Pld: 7 Runs: 23 Ave: 10 SR: 45 HS: 16 Wkts: 3 Economy: 9.16 BB: 1-20
England’s Mr. Reliable, the Kent off-spinner rarely gets taken to the cleaners as he cleverly varies both his flight and speed. He is also a more-than-useful lower-order biffer and a competent slips fielder to boot.
Pld: 44 Runs: 701 Ave: 20 SR: 139 HS: 99* Wkts: 16 Economy: 8 BB: 2024
England’s most improved player in the shorter form of the game of late, the Sussex all-rounder benefited enormously from his successful stint playing in the Big Bash Down Under in 2012. He scored the fastest-ever ton in domestic Australian T20 cricket, needing just 44 balls.