England and Australia are all set to play the final T20I of the 3 matches series at Southampton. The hosts have already wrapped up the series and will be looking to whitewash Australia 3-0.
Star performer for England so far in the series, Jos Buttler will miss the final T20I match to spend time with his family. As a result, Sam Billings will make the playing XI in his place and Tom Banton will bat as an opener.
As far as Australia is concerned they will like to get on the board and win their first match on tour. The batting line-up of Australia hasn’t quite clicked collectively in the series and they will look to make amends in the final T20I.
The Aussie will look to introduce the exciting wicket-keeper batsman Joshua Philippe in place of out of form Alex Carrey. The top order of Australia consisting of Steve Smith, David Warner and Aaron Finch will also look to make match-winning contributions before the ODI series.
Match Timing and Venue
Much like the previous two T20Is, the final match will also take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match will begin at 10:30 PM IST as it is a D/N match in England.
The pitch is again likely to be on the slower side and spinners might get purchase if they bowl in the right areas. The average first innings total in the series so far has been around 160 and it is again expected that the side batting first will once again post a similar score.
The rain has had a major impact on the England summer playing a spoilsport in every game. However, we have so far seen uninterrupted action in the previous two matches. The rain gods will again stay away from the final T20I as the conditions are likely to perfect for playing with no chance of rain.
Australia vs England 2020: 3rd T20I – Fantasy Tips
It is important to pick a balanced side as it will make your team stronger. Now that you can fix your team even after the toss, it makes your job easier.
If we talk about England their number 3 batsman Dawid Malan must be included in your side as he is in red hot form. After missing out in the last game Morgan too will be looking to contribute and should be picked in your team. Go for Jofra Archer as he showed glimpses on being at his best in the last match.
Whereas from Australia, skipper Finch and his opening partner can always be trusted to score big runs at the top of the order. In the bowling attack, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins too will be assets in your fantasy XI.
Predicted Playing XI
England: Jonny Bairstow (wk), Tom Banton, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Tom Curran.
Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Joshua Philippe (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Fantasy 11 picks
Captain Options – Dawid Malan, Aaron Finch
Vice-Captain Options – Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow
Batters – Dawid Malan (c), Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan (VC)
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa
Jos Buttler’s absence will make a huge difference as Australia will now be fancying their chances to win the final T20I. England also will be keen on winning the series 3-0 and emulate the fine performances that they executed in the last two matches. However, Australia may rise to the auction and the series scoreline maybe 2-1 after the final contest.