Preview: England ready for T20 showdown with Australia

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England host Australia this evening in the first of a T20 double header against Australia with the opener starting at 6.30pm at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The second and final clash takes place at Durham on Saturday with England looking to continue their momentum from the Ashes although a very different looking side will line up in Hampshire this evening.

Only three players remain from the team that lifted the urn and one of them, Steven Finn only played the first of the five match series. Stuart Broad will lead the side while Joe Root is also expected to line up in the shortest format of the game.

The Natwest International T20 is a sell out and the home crowd could well be cheering on their very own Michael Carberry after the 32-year-old earned an international recall after over three years trying to force his way back into the three lions fold.

The opening batsman averaged 56 and was the second-highest run scorer in this year’s Friends Life t20 to help Hampshire reach the finals day for the fourth successive year.

The two-game series is a crucial part of preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Bangladesh and with only eight games to go until the tournament gets under way in March places for selection are very much up for grabs.

Carberry has only ever played Test Match cricket for his country and scored 64 runs in his sole appearance in Bangladesh and he admits he never thought he would represent his country again.

"About six weeks ago it was beyond my wildest dreams I guess, it’s nice to be back in the England fold.

“I'm thoroughly looking forward to the series ahead,” Carberry admitted.

"It's all about dealing with the pressure and hopefully I can do that.

"I don't see how I'm going to change anything much from what I've done before. I'm pretty experienced now so I'll just stick to my game-plan, what's worked for me over the past couple of years, and hopefully it's good enough."

The former Kent man scored an unbeaten century against Lancashire in the quarter finals of the t20 this month at the same ground where the hosts take on Australia this evening and Carberry is desperate to debut on his home patch.

"It's been a very kind ground to me over many years. It'll be great to play for England in front of my home crowd.

“I've had tonnes of support since the news came out that I've been picked so I'm really looking forward to it."

England team from:

Stuart Broad ©, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

Australia team from:

George Bailey (c), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

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