Australia win toss, elect to field against England in 2nd T20 International at Chester-le-Street

Australia lead the series 1-0 © Getty Images

Aug 31, 2013

Australia won the toss and elected to field against England in the second T20 International at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

Steven Smith is ruled out of the limited overs series after suffering an injury to his left quad strain. Australia, meanwhile, are unlikely to tinker with their eleven. England, on the other hand, might consider bringing in Michael Carberry, either as a replacement for one of the batsmen at the top of the order, or as Root’s replacement in case the injury he suffered in the 1st T20I keeps him out of this game. England may also look at bringing in James Tredwell for Briggs, who had an expensive outing in the first game.

Talking about Root’s injury, Stuart Broad said, “He’s got over an inch laceration inside his mouth which is quite a nasty one. He’s being treated now. I don’t know the treatment he’ll need but he was spitting out quite a bit of blood.”

Meanwhile Finch said that Australia have put the Ashes defeat behind them.

“There have been a lot of new players who have come in and a lot of guys are ready to go, so there hasn’t been a lot of baggage carried over from the Ashes. Everyone is really confident,” he said.


England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler (wk), Stuart Broad (c), Steven Finn, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach.

Australia: David Warner, Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, George Bailey (c), Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), James Faulkner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Johnson, Fawad Ahmed.

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