England will begin its preparation for the 2014 edition in Bangladesh with a three-match series against Australia
ICC World Twenty20 2010 champion England will begin its preparation for the 2014 edition in Bangladesh with a three-match series against Australia from 29 January in Hobart.
England, currently ranked sixth on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table with 112 ratings points, will battle eighth-ranked Australia on 102 ratings points with one eye on the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, just 46 days away.
Should England win the series it has the chance to move up the table, however a series loss for Australia will not lead to a change in the side’s ranking.
If England wins all three matches in the series, it will move up a place to fifth with a gain of five ratings points to finish on 117. A 2-1 series result in favour of Stuart Broad’s side will see the side retain its number six spot but gain one ratings points to 113. This would put the side on par with West Indies, but Darren Sammy’s side would be ranked ahead when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point,
For Australia to move up the table it needs to win all three matches in the series. If Australia wins all three matches, it will swap positions with England. Australia will move up two places to sixth with a jump of eight ratings points to end on 110, whereas England will drop to eighth with a loss of seven to finish on 105.
If Australia wins the series by any other margin there will be no movement in the table.
All eyes on Alex Hales and Aaron Finch
Australia and England’s power-packed openers Aaron Finch and Alex Hales will be the top draw in the Twenty20 International series between the two sides.
Hales, ranked number-one in the world in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen, leads the way for his side, while Finch in eighth place is the only other batsman in the top 10 featuring in the series.
Outside the top 10, batsmen to watch out for are Eoin Morgan (16th), Luke Wright (31st), Cameron White (37th), Michael Lumb (47th), George Bailey (61st), Ravi Bopara (69th), Joe Root (75th) and Jos Buttler (76th).
Meanwhile, Jade Dernbach in seventh position is the only bowler in the top 10 of the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for T20I bowlers featuring in the series.
The other bowlers to feature in the series are Stuart Broad (18th), Boyd Rankin (25th), Mitchell Starc (42nd), Tim Bresnan (45th), Luke Wright (71st) and James Faulkner (91st).
Australia v England
29 January: 1st T20I, Hobart (d/n)
31 January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne (d/n)