The anthems roll around the Gabba, still daylight over the ground as the teams line up in front of their flags. Feel free to drop me a line anytime tonight: email is [email protected] or @GeoffLemonSport on Twitter.
Unchanged for England from their Ireland loss.
Jos Buttler * +
Devon Conway +
Kane Williamson *
That is an interesting call from Jos Buttler. England are often so good chasing, knowing what is ahead of them and mowing it down. But he says that with a used surface, they want to set a total. It may also have to do with avoiding Boult and Southee under lights, when swing may be more pronounced. So it will be Buttler and Hales to the middle in half an hour.
Hello around the world from a very pleasant evening at the Gabba, as England’s T20 World Cup hopes hang in the balance. Heavy rain this morning had some people worried, but in Brisbane the rain tends to pass through quickly, and the skies were clear and sunny by the afternoon. Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have just played out their match without trouble, and the two teams for the evening fixture are warming up in the late daylight.
New Zealand can lock in top spot with a win tonight, and the way they have been going, who would argue against them? If it isn’t Finn Allen and Devon Conway making runs at the top of the order, it’s Tim Southee and Trent Boult wrecking teams with the new ball.
England, meanwhile, staggered to a win over Afghanistan and lost to Ireland, while evading Australia thanks to a washout. They’re an excellent team on paper while looking less convincing on grass in the last couple of weeks. Tonight is when they need to turn all that around. With a spot of paraphrasing, fearless cricket has been the mantra of the modern England white-ball team. They’ll need some.