Australia win over New Zealand will keep England's final hopes alive
Last Updated: 17/02/18 6:47am
England's hopes of reaching next week's Trans-Tasman T20 Final depend on Australia beating New Zealand in Friday's Sky Live clash, at Eden Park.
Eoin Morgan's side can still reach Tuesday's finale in Hamilton but need Australia to see off the Black Caps convincingly before then securing victory over the hosts in Hamilton themselves, on Sunday.
New Zealand looked in good form as they despatched England by 12 runs in Wellington on Tuesday, inspired by Kane Williamson's 72 from 46 balls after Martin Guptill blazed 65 at the top.
With debutants Mark Chapman (20 off 13) and Tim Seifert (14no off six) making solid starts, few changes are expected, meaning Anaru Kitchen and Ben Wheeler may again miss out.
Australia, already through to the final after three straight wins, welcome stand-in captain David Warner back after the opener was allowed home to Sydney for a short period of rest.
They could recall leggie Adam Zampa or Travis Head for the encounter, while left-armer Ben Dwarshuis still waits to make his debut.
Watch New Zealand take on Australia in the Trans-Tasman T20 Series live on Sky Sports Cricket from 5.30am on Friday.