After England’s 5-0 ODI series win against Australia this one off T20 match takes place at Edgbaston (6.30pm) ahead ofa longer series next week against India
All-rounder Ben Stokes has been left out of England’s 14-man squad as brothers Tom and Sam Curran are included.
Bowler Jake Ball is recalled and Mark Wood rested. Batsman Jonny Bairstow and all-rounder Moeen Ali return after being rested for the T20 games in the winter. Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson and James Vince drop out.
Stokes is having treatment for a torn left hamstring that kept him out of the second Test against Pakistan.However, he will be with the England squad as he continues his recovery.All-rounder Chris Woakes also misses out with a knee injury.
Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran, 23, has played six T20s for England but his younger brother Sam, who was in England’s squad for the T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand this year, has yet to make his international debut in the format.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire)
Aaron Finch will serve as the captain of Australia’s Twenty20 team. Australia faces England in this one-off T20 before the squad flies to Zimbabwe to face the cricket minnows and Pakistan in a tri-series.
Out-of-form slugger Nick Maddinson also earned a re-call to the Aussie T20 squad, despite facing the prospect of being without a Sheffield Shield team next season after being dumped by NSW. Maddinson is one of many prospects to have their careers given a giant shot in the arm by new coach Justin Langer’s influence over the new look limited overs squads.
Accepting that T20 is a short high variance format, even so the 4/6 about England with Bet365 can be supported against struggling opponents