The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips for Australia’s second match of the tournament against the dangerous West Indies.
19:30 (AEST), Thu 6th Jun @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History: Played 139: Australia 73 V West Indies 60 (3 Ties, 3 No Results)
Last meeting: June 26, 2016: Australia d West Indies by 58 runs at Kensington Oval
Final Thoughts: Australia and West Indies square off aiming to keep their respective Cricket World Cup rolls going.
The Windies made short work of Pakistan on Friday. Australia made short work of Afghanistan 24 hours later.
Oshane Thomas (4/27), Jason Holder (3/42) and Andre Russell (2/4) terrorised Pakistan, bowling them out for a measly 105. Quickfire innings from Chris Gayle (50 from 34) and Nicolas Pooran (34* off 19) saw West Indies to the target for a seven-wicket win in the 14th over.
Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa took three wickets apiece in skittling Afghanistan for 207. A swashbuckling Aaron Finch (66 off 49) and a patient David Warner (89* off 114) took the initiative as Australia won by seven wickets with 15 overs to spare.
Australia have won nine of the last 10 ODI matches between the nations. Remarkably, they have not played since mid-2016, when Australia claimed a 3-1 series win in the West Indies.
Their last Cricket World Cup meeting was in 2007, with Australia powering to a 103-run Super Eights victory.
The Windies will look to unleash another short-ball barrage, which brought Pakistan undone. Finch and Warner need to see off that early threat. Meanwhile, limiting the damage Gayle inflicts is always crucial to subduing the team from the Caribbean.
There’s a hint of an upset about this showdown. But $1.45 favourites Australia carry the confidence of 11 straight 50-over wins and should get the job done. Cummins is in outstanding touch and is sure to cause the Windies plenty of problems.