Welcome to the MCG for the second leg of our T20I double-header on the OBO today. England did the job over New Zealand this afternoon in their series opener this evening, Australia have the chance to sweep Sri Lanka, who have been hapless in their two outings to date – hammered in Adelaide and Brisbane.
There will be at least one change to Aaron Finch’s XI with Glenn Maxwell announcing yesterday that he is taking some leave from the game to manage some mental health issues. Justin Langer has already confirmed that Ben McDermott will take his spot.
With a view to the T20 World Cup in this country twelve months from now, the home camp will also be fairly keen to give Ashton Turner a hit. But given they have lost only three wickets in the two games so far, there is only so much they can do in this respect.
For Sri Lanka’s part, it is hard to believe that this is the same team that swept the world-leading Pakistanis before coming here. It’s anyone’s guess how they shake things up here before flying home.
Looking out across the ground, it could be a grotty old night. It was hot this afternoon but now, it’s windy and cloudy. Rain isn’t forecast but we know how the weather works in our glorious Melbourne. I’m looking forward to your company throughout. Drop me a line, yeah?