Australia v West Indies T20I series preview
After an exciting 5 match T20I series vs South Africa, the West Indies is getting ready to host Australia for another 5 match T20I series, which promises to be a gripping contest between the top teams in T20I cricket.
Australia is back in international cricket since their T20I series against New Zealand last March. However, 7 of their top stars have skipped this series due to personal reasons, which could be mental fatigue after frequent stays in bio bubbles.
David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson are the players who are missing out.
Steve Smith has an elbow injury and hence was kept away from this series. Pat Cummins has rested due to mental fatigue. Moreover, as a fast bowler, he plays all the formats and is vital to Australia’s chances in the forthcoming ashes. As for the rest, they had been in bio bubbles in the IPL and therefore wants rest.
One of the main areas for Australia is to find a hard-hitting batter in the lower middle order. With Maxwell not playing this series, this is a great opportunity for any of the squad members to plug that spot. Australia v West Indies T20I series preview.
With the pitches being slow as we found in South Africa vs West Indies T20I series. The spinners can come into play and Australia have 3 good frontline tweakers in Agar, Zampa & Swepson.
Even without Cummins and the two Richardsons, the Australian pace attack looks lethal with Hazlewood, Starc and Meredith.
The probable Australia XI could be :
Finch, Wade, Phillipe , McDermott , Carey , Mitch Marsh , Ashton Agar , Starc , Hazlewood , Behrendorff & Zampa
West Indies will be determined to win this series. After their loss vs South Africa 2-3 in a series in which they were favourites. Poor execution at important moments and ordinary temperament have harmed their chances vs South Africa. The team looks strong with a fine array of stroke players and bowlers. Who can take the pace off on the slowish pitches of the West Indies. Skipper Kieron Pollard will look for more consistency from his batters and Nicholas Pooran needs to come out of his poor run with the bat.
At the same time, the West Indies will hope for Evin Lewis to continue with his brutal form and Fidel Edwards to sign with the ball.
The probable West Indies XI could be
Evin Lewis , Simmons , Gayle/ Hetmyer , Pooran , Pollard , Russell , Allen , Holder , Bravo, McCoy , Edwards
This promises to be an exciting series and has generated some interest in the cricket world.
All the T20I matches are to be played at St Lucia. And will start at 5 AM India standard time which is under lights in West Indies.
The live streaming of the series will happen on the Fan Code app for Indian fans.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
West Indies T20 squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr