The Ageas Bowl hosts the seemingly bizarre one-off T20 game, which concludes Sri Lanka’s tour of England. The tourists have had a dismal time of it and haven’t really competed in any format so far.
Lack of quality with the ball has led to them being blasted away in the ODI’s and out-skilled in the Tests. Will the T20 be any different? I certainly don’t think so and neither do the bookies, with an England win at best price 2/5. A banker but not great value.
Tymal Mills looks set for great things in the shorter formats of the game and should be making his debut for England. He has been touted for many years to be a high-class, international-standard operator, but has struggled with a back injury which has caused him to give up the longer formats and focus on the shorter game. Mills is a 92mph plus bowler with several good slower balls, which have already accounted for Chris Gayle in the domestic game this year. I can’t see the Sri Lankan’s being able to cope with the pace and skill that Mills brings so despite being on his international debut, he is my pick to be the top England Bowler at 7/2.
With so many England batsmen in the runs and/or looking in good nick, any England batsman to be the Top Scorer looks to be the way to go. Jason Roy has been scoring for fun and the T20 arena is more his scene, along with Joe Root who looked backed to his best and Eoin Morgan who, despite being relatively quiet, looked good last time out before being expertly grabbed at backward point. I’m backing skipper Morgan to come good in his preferred format of the game at best price 9/1.