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Smith powerless to prevent England victory

Steve Smith’s highest international T20 score of 90 off 53 balls was not enough to give Australia victory, as England secured a narrow win over the tourists, in front of a boisterous crowd at The SSE SWALEC.

The Australian captain led from the front, hitting seven 4s and four 6s, slaying England’s bowlers to every corner of the ground, as the visitors set about chasing England’s total of 182/5. Smith’s partnership with Maxwell, who hit a fine knock of 44, was worth 112 and looked to have put the tourists in a dominating position.

Maxwell eventually departed thanks to a stunning catch in the deep from Ben Stokes, before Smith chipped the ball straight to Sam Billings at long-on, to leave Australia in the lurch.

After a fine penultimate over by David Willey, Stokes then bowled yorker after yorker, as Australia crumbled. First Matthew Wade was run out, before Nathan Coulter-Nile was caught by Adil Rashid at short third man and then Pat Cummins was dismissed to give England the narrow victory.

Earlier, an exhilarating partnership of 139 off 75 balls between Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan powered England to a total of 182/5 – recovering from 18/2.

Morgan blazed blistering 74, off just 39 balls to announce his return to the international fray in typical fashion. He smashed three 4s and seven 6s – including a couple that flew into the River Taff – to put England in a commanding position after they were put into bat by Aussie captain Steve Smith at the toss.

Morgan was ably assisted by Moeen Ali, who blasted an unbeaten 72 off 46 balls, including six 4s and three 6s. The pair’s contrasting styles were hugely effective in putting Australia to the sword. While Ali preferred to flick and flay Australia along the floor square of the wicket, Morgan went aerial, repeatedly smacking the ball down the ground.

Jos Buttler came and went, hitting a bright and breezy 11 off 4 balls before being caught by Pat Cummins off Mitchell Starc and Sam Billings made 2 before being run out.

Cummins’ pace had been too much for openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy in the early exchanges. Both batsmen were dismissed in the same over, as England only managed 27/2 off their powerplay overs, before Morgan and Ali staged their fightback.

Despite the odd misfield and Smith’s onslaught, England held their nerve to secure the win by 5 runs amid wild celebrations at The SSE SWALEC.

Selection of best tweets from this morning

We pick out a few of your tweets @GlamCricket as England’s women took to the field against Australia.

What the papers say: Monday 31 August

A quick round-up of what the newspapers are writing about, as England kick-off their limited overs campaign at The SSE SWALEC today.

Morgan re-charged ahead of T20

The Mirror’s Dean Wilson reports that Eoin Morgan’s month-long rest from country cricket ought to stand him in good stead ahead of the upcoming series – and raring to go ahead of the T20 in Cardiff. They also reveal how Morgan spoke with Middlesex director (and England selector) Angus Fraser ahead of the proposed rest period which Morgan says has made him feel fully refreshed.

“The England one-day and T20 skipper downed tools after a miserable run of form for Middlesex left him tired and jaded,” Dean Wilson, Mirror Online.

Stoinis ready for Aussie debut

Marcus Stoinis’ international debut is the subject of the Sydney Morning Herald’s focus this morning. Their reporter Jesse Hogan writes that Stoinis has been backed by captain Steve Smith after his suprise inclusion in the team ahead of the likes of George Bailey and Joe Burns.

“Stoinis has not played in the Big Bash League since February 2014, having missed last season’s tournament due to injury. He was an unused member of Delhi’s squad in this year’s IPL,” Jesse Hogan, SMH.

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England's Test team

Moeen Ali will try to earn an opening berth in England’s Test team

Exciting One Day series in prospect

Vic Marks, writing in The Guardian expresses hope that the ODI and T20 matches could be tighter than the Test series, which swung one way and then the other, with landslide victories for both teams. Nonetheless, Marks says England will be determined to build their momentum in limited overs cricket and their opening pair of Moeen Ali and Alex Hales could excite.

“Moeen is designated to open with Alex Hales, which is an appetising prospect. Should one of them be significantly more successful than the other then his chances of opening the batting alongside Alastair Cook in England’s next Test are likely to be enhanced,” Vic Marks, Guardian/Observer.

Who are Australia’s new faces?

As England prepare to take on a rather different looking Australia team in the NatWest International T20, we take a look at a few of the less familiar faces in the tourists’ ranks.

Steve Smith named seven players who took no part in the Investec Ashes series. Here is a brief round-up of the new faces.

Nathan Coulter-Nile

The 27-year-old fast bowler has played 21 times for his country – all in the shorter form of the game. Originally from Western Australia, he has played Big Bash cricket for the Perth Scorchers and in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils. A clever and effective bowler who will use plenty of variations to make it difficult for the batsmen in T20 cricket.

Nathan Coulter-Nie bowls against Ireland

Nathan Coulter-Nie bowls against Ireland

Matthew Wade

An experienced wicket-keeper with Test credentials, Wade will take the limited overs gloves from Brad Haddin, while keeping an eye on the five-day team and the performances of Peter Nevil. Wade has two Test centuries to his name and an impressive strike rate in T20s, where he occasionally opens the batting.

Matthew Wade of Australia takes a catch during the ODI cricket game between Ireland and Australia

Matthew Wade of Australia takes a catch during the ODI cricket game between Ireland and Australia

Marcus Stoinis

A former teammate of Steve in their under 19s days, 26-year-old Stoinis is set to make his international debut against England at The SSE SWALEC. A batting all-rounder whose useful medium-pacers will be difficult to get away in the middle overs, he will be something of an unknown quantity for England.

Marcus Stoinis appeals

Marcus Stoinis appeals

Glenn Maxwell

Most followers of English county cricket will be all too familiar with Maxwell and his exploits in the NatWest T20 Blast. Maxwell has been part of the Yorkshrie side who look set to win a second successive LV County Championship and his explosive hitting has made him one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket.

Glenn Maxwell while batting for Yorkshire

Glenn Maxwell while batting for Yorkshire

Pat Cummins

The right-arm quick was part of the Australian Test squad this summer but played no part in the series. At 22, he is still very raw but possesses the kind of pace that could trouble England’s top order if Cummins gets it right. He has 19 iT20 wickets to his name, with an economy rate of less than 7 runs per over.

Pat Cummins of Australia prepares to bowl during a nets session

Pat Cummins of Australia prepares to bowl during a nets session

Cameron Boyce

Another player that England may not know too much about, Boyce was described by Steve Smith at the pre-match conference as a “very consistent leg spin bowler”. Boyce has jetted over from Australia for this game alone so will be hoping to repeat the feature of his iT20 debut when he came away with figures of 4/10 off his allotted 4 overs.

Cameron Boyce bowls for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash

Cameron Boyce bowls for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash

Preview – England v Australia T20 double-header

As an another sell-out crowd descends on The SSE SWALEC, England’s men and women prepare to face their Australian counterparts once more.

For Eoin Morgan’s men’s side, the T20 marks the beginning of an exciting couple of weeks of limited-overs cricket, after their exhilarating performances against New Zealand earlier in the summer. The game also sees some of the victorious Ashes-winning side return to the ground where England hit the ground running with a brilliant 169-run victory over Michael Clarke’s Australia.

England team huddle prior to training at the SSE SWALEC Stadium.

England team huddle prior to training at the SSE SWALEC Stadium.

For Charlotte Edwards’ women’s side, they will have to face up to surrendering their Ashes mantle to Meg Lanning’s triumphant tourists who romped to an unassailable 10-4 points lead in the Women’s Ashes. Their match starts at 10.30 am, preceding the men’s clash.

Limited overs captain Morgan – who played no part in England’s 3-2 Ashes win – lauded the achievements of Alistair Cook’s side. He and Head Coach Trevor Bayliss will hope to use the momentum of that win to launch a successful One Day series, beginning with the T20 in Cardiff.

EoinMorgan during fielding practice at The SSE SWALEC.

EoinMorgan during fielding practice at The SSE SWALEC.

Morgan said: “I think this summer as a whole so far has been amazing for us, considering the winter we had. The Ashes win did contribute to that, the guys deservingly winning the series.”

And Morgan expects Steve Smith’s side to come roaring back in true Australian fashion in an entertaining and evenly-contested T20 game.

He added: “Playing against Australia is a tough task and tomorrow is a matter of looking ahead to opportunities that might fall in guys’ laps. The ideal scenario is that we don’t change the One Day team that much from the T20 team.”

With Joe Root joining Stuart Broad and James Anderson in being rested for the rest of the international summer and Ian Bell announcing his retirement from the shorter form, Morgan stressed limited overs cricket was still a priority for England. The sixth ICC T20 World Cup in Inidia looms large with England only playing seven T20 internationals between now and the start of the tournament.

Morgan was keen to look to the bigger pictures and targeted improved England displays at the major tournaments.

He added: “We haven’t spoken about ranking points at all. Resting players was obviously a priority this summer, given it was a huge summer for Ashes cricket. But now priority turns to the T20 world Cup and driving our One Day cricket forward.”

England, who endured a miserable 50-over World Cup down under in the winter, came out fighting with a squad full of young, vibrant talents against New Zealand and fans can expect the trend to continue.

Morgan said: I suppose from the World Cup we’ve tended to build a new team and a new squad of players, so you might see a few new faces over the series.”

Morgan also admitted England’s T20 form has not been good enough since they won the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2010 – something they will look to rectify before India next year starting in Cardiff tomorrow.

With both Australia’s men and women holding their respective World Cup titles in 50-over cricket, England’s teams can expect a tough contest.

The action starts with the women’s game at 10.30am, before the men’s game at 3.00pm. Tickets are sold out and expect another lively atmosphere at a jam-packed SSE SWALEC.

GALLERY: England train at The SSE SWALEC

See our gallery of pictures as England train on the outfield before taking on Australia tomorrow at The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff.

The squad were joined by Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, David Willey and James Vince, who missed yesterday’s session while playing in NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day.

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