No one knows what exactly came into the minds of the two boards when they approved a T20 games after the Ashes test matches and five match ODI series between Australia and England. There is always a tendency to add more to the number but this time not for Australia and England.
England have played only one T20 game in the last 12 months while Australia have not entered into the shortest format against any nation since last November. The rapid changes in T20 format and names of players taking part in them are inevitable.
Many of the players who played for Australia in their last T20 game will not be seen today along with the Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch who suffered an injury during the county season and had to fly back to Australia.
Steven Smith will be filling his boots for this match. Australia is yet to feel the mojo of the cup while England had won the world T20 championship back in 2010. As the World T20 is almost nearby both England and Australia lack the number of T20 matches before it.
English board is making all sort of changes in the ODI and T20 squad as they feel pretty much comfort level in not making too much moves with the test squad. The primary focus is towards building a strong team for the short formats.
Australia on the other hand are under the hammer these days. They are in a developing stage in all the three formats of the game. They have replaced new captain and vice-captain and will surely take some time to open up their inner persona in this format.
Out of the last 5 T20 the both teams have played individually, England have won 2 and lost 3 while Australia comes with a very decent stats here as they won 4 and lost one game. But then again it is the past we are talking about. Now things have changed in the two benches.
Australia recently survived a narrow loss against the Irish men and their performance against an associate team was quite questionable. England on the other hand won their last T20 against the New Zealand so they will come up on a high node of confidence.
The wicket is a crafted to assist both the batsmen and bowlers. It will be a typical T20 22 yards and the Glamorgan ground staff has made sure that they continue their international standards which they have been following in the past.