Well, the T20 fun heads to the Gabba for the 2nd match in the three-match series. The Aussies crushed the Sri Lankans in game one, firstly producing a batting display that was simply breath-taking, then backing it up with the ball with the Aussie pace attack dominating early, then Adam Zampa taking wickets through the later overs. Mitch Starc won’t be available for this match, however he’ll be replaced by the 204cm tall pacemen Billy Stanlake who’s added bulk and pace to his game since last summer, so the batting task isn’t going to get easier for Sri Lanka.
On the batting front, the Aussies are unlikely to make too many changes to the top order, with Finch (64 off 36), Warner (100 off 56) and Maxwell (62 off 28) all dominating the Sri Lankan bowling. You know you are going well when Steve Smith isn’t required to bat and you still go at better than 11.5 runs an over. I can’t see changes being made to the middle order, especially with so few actually getting hits. Whilst they will all be keen to sit back and watch the top order smash plenty again, they T20 world cup is just 12mths away so players will be keen to use these games, and the ones against Pakistan to keep their names in front of selectors.
Stanlake comes in to the bowling line-up, and it will be interesting to see if we make any further changes. Kane Richardson went wicketless the other night but was economical, so you’d think he’d stay in.
I’m tipping another Aussie win, but it will be a lot closer.