England skipper Eoin Morgan has declared his Three Lions side the underdogs in the upcoming T20 International series against Australia, who have not played a competitive match in six months.
The three-match series is Australia’s first white-ball match since the first ODI against New Zealand in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while England have played three ODIs against Ireland and two-and-a-half T20Is against Pakistan in the past five weeks.
But Morgan says Australia, the No.1 T20 side in the world, should be considered favourites for the T20I series because they have brought over a full-strength squad, while England will be without guns Jason Roy (injury) and Ben Stokes (personal reasons).
“Probably Australia because they have their strongest squad here, so they’ll probably be putting out their best XI,” Morgan said on match eve when asked who he considers favourites for the series.
“If you’re to go on that I’d say they’re just favourites.”
England drew the T20I series with Pakistan 1-1 having previously beaten Ireland 2-1 in the one-dayers.
The last time Australia and England met in a T20I was in a one-off match at Edgbaston in 2018, which England won by 28 runs to cap off a miserable tour for the Australians, who were swept 5-0 in Justin Langer’s first campaign as head coach after he was hired in the wake of the ball tampering incident.