Australia v England 1st Twenty20 - Adelaide
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Wednesday 12 Jan 2011 06:54:00
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England will bid for a world record eight consecutive Twenty20 wins when they take on Australia in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Fresh from retiring from test cricket, Paul Collingwood will lead the team as they aim to continue the momentum from the 3-1 Ashes win, secured just a few days ago.

Seven of the England squad for the two Twenty20 clashes, featured in the Sydney test win, which gave England their first series win down under for 24 years.

Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Kevin Pietersen, and Collingwood himself are sure to feature, whilst Ian Bell’s unbeaten century in the warm up game in Canberra may nudge him ahead of Michael Lumb at the top of the order, and he could well open with wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

Chris Tremlett and Jonathan Trott are the others to make the squad, but could well miss out in this opening encounter.

Warwickshire quick bowler Chris Woakes is in line to make his international debut, but if England do opt for experience then Tremlett may well get the nod.

England (from): Collingwood (capt), Davies (wk), Bell, Pietersen, Trott, Lumb, Morgan, Wright, Yardy, Bresnan, Swann, Tredwell, Shahzad, Finn, Woakes, Tremlett

Collingwood himself is determined for England to make their mark by setting the record, he told the BBC "We've won seven on the trot and will set a new record if we make it eight," said Collingwood. "It's not easy to win that many on the trot in Twenty20.”

"We've got the momentum and obviously don't want to let Australia back in."

"The guys are focused and ambitious and these are two huge games for us" he concluded.

Whilst England have the luxury of being able to pick on a host of upcoming youngsters in all forms of the games, the hosts are turning back to Brett Lee and Shaun Tait to stop the England juganaught from ploughing through their limited overs team as well.

Both Tait and Lee are expected to be the new ball bowlers in the two games, as new captain Cameron White turns to pace to stop England getting away to a flyer with the bat.

They could also hand a debut to fast bowler James Pattinson.

Australia (from): White (capt), Paine (wk), Warner, Watson, Finch, Hussey, Smith,), Johnson, O'Keefe, Lee, Tait, Pattinson.

Play gets underway in Adelaide around 08:30 GMT, with live coverage on Sky Sports.

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