The second game of the Australia-England T20 series will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, January 14. England had won the first game after it went down to the wire and that meant that they have a 1-0 lead in the series.
Australia did have a decent game first up but it was the crucial moments that failed them. First, when Shane Watson was going great guns, the usually ebullient Dave Warner struggled to put bat to ball. Then, the middle-order did not accelerate as much as the side would have liked from them, which meant that they fell 15-20 runs short of the expected total.
This calls for a change in the batting order. While it does make sense for someone to build the innings through David Hussey in case of an early wicket, sending him at 80/1 after ten smacks of no-logic. Cameron White and even the hard-hitting Tim Paine can be sent up the order.
Australia’s bowling, despite being hit all over the park should remain the same, with Brett Lee and Shaun Tait expected to be given another chance to get a move on.
As compared to that, England would be feeling heady after winning their 8th successive T20I. Where the side needs to probably improve is their batting as the side looks over-reliant on Eoin Morgan in this format of the game. Kevin Pietersen and captain Paul Collingwood need to fire.
The bowling could be changed around with Graeme Swann being given a break while James Tredwell would be allowed a game. The Aussies can be expected to take him on in the same manner as Swann was taken on by Watson in the first game.