England vs Australia 2020 1st T20I at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, When and Where to Watch and Live Streaming Online and on TV: Denied a Twenty20 World Cup this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, cricket fans might have the next best thing in the upcoming days. A series between England and Australia. They are the top two teams in the T20 world rankings Australia is No. 1 and their fierce sporting rivalry is deep-rooted. They also have some of the most explosive batsmen and fastest bowlers in world cricket. What more could you ask for? "I hope its a preview for the final," Australia captain Aaron Finch said Thursday, referring to the next T20 World Cup that will now take place in India in October-November 2021. The England-Australia rivalry is always huge, he added, regardless of who you are playing in front of and where you are playing. You could play in a street and it would still be there. This three-match series is taking place at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, starting Friday, and will be special because it is being played without spectators in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Then again, thats nothing new particularly for the English, who have managed to fit in a full international summer of cricket in all formats against the West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan despite the pandemic. Australia is the latest nation to fly to England and stay in what is termed a bio-secure bubble, essentially meaning its players have done no more than practice and spend time in a hotel since they arrived 11 days ago.
WHAT: England vs Australia First T20I
WHEN: September 4, 10:45 pm IST
WHERE: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
TELECAST: Sony Network
LIVE STREAMING: Sony Liv
After a few intra-squad matches, their players are itching for the real thing something they havent had since mid-March when the scheduled ODI series against New Zealand was abandoned."The way the players have hit the ground running has been really exciting," Finch said. "I know not just me but everyone is just absolutely pumped to be playing international cricket again." Having won both of their test series against the West Indies and Pakistan Englands focus is totally on the white ball now. A 1-1 draw with Pakistan in a three-match T20 series was a good way to prepare for the Australians, and England will have a stronger squad at its disposal now the likes of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are out of the test bubble. The hosts are missing key players in allrounder Ben Stokes, who is unavailable for selection following his return to New Zealand to be with his father who has cancer, and opener Jason Roy, who has a left side strain. Joe Root, the test captain, has been left out of the T20 squad but is in the ODI squad for the three-match series starting Sept. 11.