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Twenty20 - Cricket: Australia vs England second T20I preview

England landed the odds in Perth in game one of their three-match series with Australia, who will be looking to level things up in the second T20 international at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

The Aussies, under-strength in Perth on Sunday, will be desperate to turn the tables on Jos Buttler's men, go in at even money and set up a decider, also in Canberra, on Friday.

As for England, they are 4/5 at the Manuka Oval but acutely aware that Aaron Finch is going to welcome back a number of T20 superstars who sat out the trip to Western Australia at the weekend.

The bigger picture is getting ready for the T20 World Cup 2022 which is just days away, but matches between England and Australia are never anything other than spicy, and this promises to be a belter.

WhatAustralia vs England, 2nd T20 International
WhereMaunka Oval Canberra
When09:10, Wednesday 12th October, 2022
How to watchBT Sport 1 & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsAustralia 4/5, England 1/1 

Buttler braced for Starc reality

The margin of victory in Perth on Sunday was only eight runs, though in all honesty, from a long way out England looked the better team.

After signing off from the Pakistan tour with a pair of wins to clinch that series 4-3, claiming a well-deserved success in Perth must have felt good for Jos Buttler, especially as he looks to have pretty much his first team identified for the upcoming World Cup.

A fourth straight win would keep confidence on an upward trajectory, but Buttler is acutely aware that this will be a very different Australia taking to the field at the Manuka Oval.

A host of Australia's East Coast aces didn't travel to Perth, including pretty much their first-choice bowling attack of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa and arguably the best death bowler in world cricket, Mitchell Starc.

Give that quartet the ball and four overs each and suddenly the game is a very different one. Australia will be delighted to welcome them back though England, too, should relish taking on an attack of that calibre, offering a real indication of where they stand as a batting unit on the eve of the World Cup.

In two matches against West Indies on the eve of this series, Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood combined for 13 wickets and it's Starc, deadly, especially in the last couple of overs, who appeals at 11/4 to be top Aussie wicket-taker.

Floundering Finch heads back to the top

The Aussie bowling attack is an obvious threat to England though there are still unresolved matters in the top six.

Skipper Aaron Finch hasn't been in the greatest nick for a while and even dropped down to No.4 in Perth, a punt that didn't come off.

A brutal hitter and pretty much unstoppable when he's firing, Finch will return to his usual spot alongside David Warner at the top of the order and England's attack probably won’t mind chucking some early darts at the Aussie skipper.

Glenn Maxwell is also set to return to add some X-Factor fireworks in the middle order where Steve Smith may also appear.

Maxwell is 6/1 to be top Australia runscorer, Finch 9/2, though it's very hard to look beyond the magnificent Warner, player of the series against the Windies with a strike-rate of almost 190 across two matches.

And he backed that up with 73 off 44 balls in defeat in Perth at the weekend. He turns 36 later this month but the fire has definitely not gone out in Warner just yet.

Buttler and Hales set to cement opening partnership

As for England, the Alex Hales story looks to be ending up with him opening the batting at the T20 World Cup, three years after pretty much everyone was writing his international obituary.

He's needed a few helping hands to get here, notably the retirement of Eoin Morgan who he fell out with in the first place, an injury to Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy's disappearance off the radar, but Hales has grabbed his chance with both hands.

On Sunday in Perth, Hales was pretty much told 'get some runs and you're in' and shrugged off the pressure with a delightful 51-ball 84 as he and Buttler piled up 132 for the first wicket at over 11 an over.

Dawid Malan should return at three to allow Ben Stokes to slot in at four and with Harry Brook absolutely flying England's top five looks in a really good place.

Buttler, the biggest six-hitter in this year's IPL who walloped a destructive 68 off just 32 balls on Sunday, is 3/1 to be top England batter in Canberra; Hales is 3/1.

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New territory for new-look England

England's trip to the capital is their first for an international match. Australia have played nine matches in Canberra - across all three formats - and won nine of them.

The weather forecast is good, the pitch is dry and this promises to be a lower-scorer than the Perth affair, with an overall economy rate in the matches played at Manuka Oval of 7.3.

It seems, therefore, an ideal opportunity to rest Mark Wood, who took three for 34 and enjoyed hard, bouncy conditions in Western Australia.

This looks like the perfect opportunity to give Chris Jordan a game for the first time since August and a finger injury. David Willey will presumably slot in for Reece Topley, as well. Jordan looks real value to be top England wicket-taker at 5/1.

Australia will feel they have a point to prove and will come out all guns blazing. It's not the World Cup but it's a clash with the old enemy and that still means a lot.

Also, Sunday's eight-run defeat in Perth was the first time in 14 matches, dating back to last autumn's World Cup win, that Australia had failed to win when batting second.

They hate hearing things like that so expect a backlash and another sparkling showdown between two well-matched teams.

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