Australia vs. England, 1st T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Australia vs. England, 1st T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Australia and England have one more chapter of their lengthy tour to complete. It takes the form of a three-match T20 series and begins in Hobart on Wednesday. 

 

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Commences: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Start time: 8:35 a.m. GMT (7:35 p.m. local)

Live on: Sky Sports 2

Weather:  After a couple of scorching days in Hobart, the weather will cool slightly on Wednesday, according to Accuweather. It should be a perfectly reasonable 21 degrees celsius with no rain threatening to interrupt proceedings.

 

Overview

England will head into a game as slight favourites for perhaps the first time since the first Test of the Australian summer. Many of the Australian regulars have already been posted off to South Africa to prepare for their upcoming Test series so there is no David Warner, Shane Watson or Mitchell Johnson to torment England in the T20 format.

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England, meanwhile, still have a handful of their players who started the tour remaining. Stuart Broad, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan and Boyd Rankin all remain out in Australia in an attempt to salvage something, anything positive from this awful tour. 

All T20s currently being contested are done so with March's upcoming World T20 in the back of everyone's minds. Finding the right combination of first-choice players with solid back up is crucial. 

Australia's captain, George Bailey, was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as admitting that for the Aussies, that is one of their biggest challenges.

It's a challenge that every team faces, that there's no continuity through Twenty20 series. You come together at the end of a summer or you tend to be between Tests and one-dayers and it's over in four or five days. Quite often there's a big turnover and sometimes it's tough to remember who played in the last Twenty20 let alone what sort of role they played.

There can be a tendency for guys to maybe put their hand up and try and play for themselves but we'll be making clear to them that this is a great opportunity to play the way that we want to play and that will be just as important as the result.

The Hobart track has been good for batting in the Big Bash League with scores all over 160 in the three games played there. Whoever keeps their cool and stays patient will come up trumps. 

 

Key players

Australia

Aaron Finch is likely to open the batting in the absence of David Warner. Following his hundred in the one-day game in Perth, Finch should be confident heading into the match. Setting the foundation at the top will be key.

 

England

Luke Wright has been doing well in the Big Bash League. He's the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament with 275 runs in eight games at an average of 34.37. His familiarity with the conditions and having his eye in T20 mode already will be key for England.

 

Squads

Australia

George Bailey (capt), Aaron Finch (vice-capt), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Cameron White.

 

England

Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

Stats and squads from ESPNCricinfo.com

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