England vs Australia: Third T20 international – LIVE!

England vs Australia – LIVE!

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the third T20 international.

England wrapped up the series with a convincing victory over the Aussies on Sunday afternoon as they moved to the top of the world rankings at the expense of the visitors.

To stay there, the hosts must complete a whitewash but they will be without star man Jos Buttler, who has left the team to be with his family.

We have Will Macpherson providing updates from the The Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground, while Malik Ouzi guides you through the action.

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Live Updates

Good evening and welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the first T20 international between England and Australia.

It’s the world’s best team in this format visiting the second best, with Australia boasting a full-strength squad while England are without Ben Stokes and Jason Roy.

We have Will Macpherson at the Ageas Bowl Cricket Ground, while Malik Ouzia guides you through the action.

Return of the big guns 

For the first time this summer, Eoin Morgan has his multi-format stars available for selection, following the end of England’s Test commitments. 

Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Jos Buttler are all in the squad for tonight’s game, while Joe Root and Chris Woakes will be back for the ODI series which follows this three-match run. 

We’ll find out exactly what team Morgan has picked at the toss at 5:30pm, but he has already confirmed that Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow will open the batting. 

The big question then is who will be at three – Dawid Malan batted there in the Pakistan series but it was Tom Banton, who opened, who probably had the more impressive series. 


Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Well it’s currently a pleasant evening here in Southampton. There was a suggestion it could rain but hopefully we are ok. Should be a good series this, between No1 and No2 in the ICC rankings.

Both top orders are packed with hitting, but Australia might just edge the bowling stakes. It will be fun to see Jofra Archer back in an England white-ball shirt; this will be just his second T20i. The toss is a couple of minutes away.

Australia have won the toss and will have a bowl. 

Well then. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow do indeed open, but both Dawid Malan and Tom Banton are in, at three and four respectively. Eoin Morgan slides to five. 

Full teams to come…

England XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid

Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson


Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Interesting selection for England. They’ve gone without the Sams, Billings and Curran, in favour of the Toms, Banton and Curran. Dawid Malan makes the cut at No3 too.

It’ll be very interesting to see how Jos Buttler goes today. He was in such good form by the end of the Test summer, having started it actually under quite a lot of pressure.

But this will be his first white-ball outing and there’s still so much debate about where he’d be best utilised in this England T20 side. 


Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Buttler and Bairstow opening up for England. I wonder who will take first ball? Not sure I’ve ever seen either of them do that…

Here we go then. Aaron Finch leading his yellow-clad men out onto the field, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow in that new red kit, which I rather like. 


Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Mitchell Starc to open up for Australia; he’ll be bowling to Jos Buttler. Lot of IPL team-mates out there – Buttler with Steve Smith, Jonny. Bairstow with David Warner.

ENG 8/0 (1.0 overs)

Buttler 3, Bairstow 4

Rancid from Starc, a wide to start. Full toss a couple of balls later but it catches Buttler a little by surprise and he can only push to mid-off for no run. 

Buttler chips through the air into the leg-side for the first runs off the bat, bit of inswing from Starc. 

Bairstow’s off the mark, not perfectly timed, but it’s got enough to beat the chase and brings the first boundary of the innings. 


ENG 24/0 (2.0 overs)

Buttler 19, Bairstow 4

It’ll be Ashton Agar from the other end and Jos Buttler welcomes him to these shores by dancing down the track and whipping him straight down the ground for six. It’s gone a long way back, too, and Richardson has to go climbing in the seats to find it. 

Oh, he’s getting the treatment here. One bounce four next up. 

Oh my word. He’s got after him again, another huge six off the last ball. 16 off the over. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

.64..6 for Jos Buttler against Ashton Agar. Seemed a strange choice to bowl the second over.

ENG 35/0 (3.0 overs)

Buttler 29, Bairstow 5

Marcus Stoinis is in the wars in the field, Bairstow drilling into his leg but he’s saved a boundary for his side. 

Jos Buttler looks in lovely touch. A couple of heaved sixes in the last over but this is all about placement, beautifully driven through point for four. 

Four more! No idea how he’s got this away, decent yorker from Starc but Buttler digs it out and squirts it wide of gully for four. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Superb start for England. If these two could bat for 5 more overs together, Australia will be in strife.


WICKET! Bairstow c Starc b Cummins 8 

ENG 43/1 (4.0 overs)

Unsurprisingly, Ashton Agar is not back. Pat Cummins into the attack. No difference – a little check-drive that’s chipped over cover and it races away for four more. 

Bairstow’s a goner, though! Some extra bounce, off the outside edge and third man is up to take it in the bread basket. 

Will Macpherson is at the Ageas Bowl

Slightly strange wicket first up! Big cross-seamer from Cummins pop off the pitch a little and he edges to Mitchell Starc, who is stationed at a strange spot, sort of in the gully on the ring.

ENG 48/1 (5.0 overs)

Buttler 35, Malan 4

Kane Richardson is the next man handed the unenviable task of bowling to Jos Buttler, the batsman just nudging down the leg side for one. 

That brings the new man, David Malan, on strike and he’s straight up and running with a boundary, tucked away behind square. 

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TV: The match will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket (Sky: 405, Virgin: 504) and Sky Sports Main Event (Sky: 401, Virgin; 501).

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