The start of the February will see England, Australia, and New Zealand battle it out in a first-ever tri-nation T20 series. The series will be played in New Zealand and Australia as the action is all set to begin from 3rd February. The first game of the series will see arch-rivals Australia and New Zealand face off in a game played at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Kane Williamson and co. will be keen to bounce back after losing the T20 series against Pakistan. The side will be determined and usually produce their best cricket against Australia as trans-Tasman rivalry will resume in this series. Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, and Ross Taylor are bankable players in the lineup for New Zealand who have produced superlative performances in the last few months in the format.
Australia will also try to change their fortunes in the format with the new-look side under David Warner. The selectors have decided to go T20 specialist and selected Alex Carey, Andrew Tye, D’Arcy Short, Ben Dwarshuis, Kane Richardson and Chris Lynn. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar are two spinners selected in the Australian T20 squad for the tri-nation T20 series.
England is the third team that will take part in the series besides Australia and New Zealand. Eoin Morgan will lead the side for the competition. The side will fancy their chance of winning the tri-series after beating Australia by a comprehensive margin in the five-match one-day series. England has a plethora of batsmen in the squad who are capable of decimating any attack on their day. Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, and Sam Curran will try to make an impression in the series while Joe Root and Ben Stokes might not take part in the competition due to various reasons.
It is going to be a closely contested series as all three sides will fight it out to win the first-ever tri-nation T20 series.
2017-18 Trans-Tasman Tri-nation T20 series Schedule
1st T20 – Australia vs New Zealand
Saturday, Feb 3, 2018, at 08:20 GMT
2nd T20 –Australia vs England
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018, at 08:40 GMT
3rd T20 – Australia vs England
Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 at 08:20 GMT
4th T20 – New Zealand vs England
Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018, at 06:00 GMT
5th T20 – New Zealand vs Australia
Friday, Feb 16, 2018 at 06:00 GMT
6th T20– New Zealand vs England
Sunday, Feb 18, 2018 at 06:00 GMT
Final–TBC VS TBC
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018, at 06:00 GMT