Australia have a pretty woeful record in England in the shortest format, too, winning only one of five completed games, and last time out Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece in 2018 to bowl them out and complete a 28-run victory.
England welcome back Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Sam Curran from the red-ball bubble. Buttler has just had his most successful summer with the bat as a Test cricketer but now the boot is on the other foot for once, could the changes he has grooved to tighten his technique prove detrimental to his white-ball prowess?
Just as purists lament the degradation of Jonny Bairstow’s defence because of the placement of his left foot, which has made his fortune in the white-ball game and helped England win a World Cup, who will lament Buttler’s unique, generational talent as a ball-striker is stymied by his Test game? If the price of a good Test wicketkeeper-batsman is muzzling a great one-day batsman, is it one worth paying? I would say not. But then I like cricket, not only Test cricket.
The match is scheduled to start at 6pm and the weather looks OK until 1pm when there’s a filthy cloud on the MetOffice radar which rates the chances of a downpour at 90 percent. There’s a one in 10 chance, at worst one in five chance minutes before 9pm, before that.