Charge down the wicket with cricket tips for the ODI series opener between confident West Indies and out-of-sorts Australia in Barbados.
04:30 (AEST), Wed 21st Jul @ Kensington Oval, Barbados
History: Played 140: Australia 74 V West Indies 60 (3 Tie, 3 NR)
Last meeting: June 6, 2019 (World Cup): Australia d West Indies by 15 runs at Trent Bridge
Final Thoughts: Following a comprehensive T20I series loss in the Caribbean, Australia suit up for the first of three ODI at Kensington Oval.
Mitch Marsh was the tourists’ clear standout in the 4-1 T20I defeat. The all-rounder top his team’s batting and bowling charts, scoring three half-centuries among 219 runs at 43.80 and taking 12 wickets. Aaron Finch (127 runs at 25.40) was the only other Aussie to top 100 runs in the series and the bowling attack had a largely unhappy time.
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle and Shiron Hetmeyer all had their moments with the bat for West Indies. Meanwhile, Hayden Walsh Jr was a constant threat with the ball, taking a series-high 12 wickets.
Finch is in doubt with a knee injury – a potentially crucial blow for a side already missing the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. The bowling ranks were also thinned by the decision of Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Pat Cummins not to tour.
Australia’s last ODI foray was in November, beating India 2-1 at home with Finch at the forefront. They also won a three-match rubber in England last September.
West Indies swept Sri Lanka 3-0 in a home ODI series in March. Shai Hope, Lewis and Darren Bravo all picked up centuries. It was a handy bounce-back from a dismal 3-0 series loss in Bangladesh in January.
Aussies dominated ODI rivalry
West Indies have won just three of their last 27 completed ODIs against Australia, who have won 10 of the last 11 clashes. The nations most recently met in England at the 2019 World Cup, when Nathan Coulter-Nile (92) and Steve Smith (73) starred in a 15-run victory.
Australia, third in the ICC’s ODI rankings, head into the series opener as $1.80 favourites against the eighth-ranked Windies. Matthew Wade – who could lead the team if Finch is out – hasn’t played an ODI since 2017. It’s crucial for Australia that the veteran steps up after a getting a few starts in the T20I series without kicking on.