West Indies defeated Australia in the T20I series by a comfortable margin of 4-1. And now both teams will clash in a three-match ODI series starting with the first ODI on 20th July at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown.
The momentum is in favor of the West Indies who had completed a whitewash over Sri Lanka in their last ODI series at home. Kieron Pollard, who missed the five-match T20I series due to a hamstring injury, is expected to be back leading the side.
Darren Bravo will continue in the middle order while Jason Holder will return in the playing XI after missing a few T20I games. Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph are likely to form the pace trio for the two-time World champions. Windies are at eighth position with 30 points in the ICC World Cup Super League table.
Australia has won both their last two ODI series against England and India and are currently placed third with 40 points in the Super League table. Australia would be favourite in usual circumstances but they’re missing a few of their key players, making this a balanced contest.
The visitors are without the services of their few top players which gives youngsters a chance to prove their worth. Skipper Aaron Finch has a knee concern and his availability for the first game is in doubt. Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has hinted that he’d be playing only if Finch is unavailable.
- Evin Lewis– Windies opener has been excellent at the top of the order for the West Indies in white-ball cricket. The left-handed batter has 1791 runs in 51 ODI innings at an average of 37 and a strike rate of 83.
- Nicholas Pooran– The wicketkeeper-batsman has been in sublime form for the Windies in 50-over cricket, scoring 982 runs in 25 innings at an impressive average of 49 and strike rate of 106.
- Jason Holder– The tall Windies all-rounder has been a valuable part of the one-day set-up for the hosts. Holder has taken 139 wickets in 114 innings at an economy of 5.57 while scoring 1837 runs with the bat averaging 25 including nine fifties.
- Mitchell Marsh– The all-rounder was the only saving grace for the visitors, scoring 219 runs and picking 8 scalps in the series. Marsh has 1615 runs averaging 34 in ODI cricket with 49 wickets to his name.
- Josh Hazlewood– Hazlewood has taken 88 wickets in 54 ODIs at an average of 26 and an impressive economy of 4.79. The pacer has taken 14 wickets in the last 8 ODIs at an economy of 4.75.
- Adam Zampa has proven to be Australia’s wicket-taking option in the middle overs and his form in the last 12 months has been good when it comes to the 50-over format.
Stats (WI vs AUS)
- Head to Head-140
- Australia – 74
- West Indies – 60
- Tied – 3
- No Result – 3
- Australia has beaten West Indies in 10 of the last 11 clashes.
- Darren Bravo is 76 runs away from completing 7000 runs in international cricket.
The Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados has been a batting-friendly venue. The batters should enjoy the surface while pacers are likely to get some movement with the new ball.
Probable Playing XI (WI vs AUS)
West Indies– Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (captain), Jason Holder, Jason Mohammed, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hosein
Australia– Aaron Finch/Matthew Wade (captain), Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Josh Philippe, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
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