With seven World Cup wins between them and a rich ODI H2H history (Australia: W73, D3, L60, NR3), Australia and the Windies lock horns in match #10 of CWC19 at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Australia registered their ninth ODI win in a row to continue their resurgence after a seven-wicket demolition of competition outsiders Afghanistan on Saturday.
Bowling first they skittled out the Afghan team for 207 in 38.2 overs with Adam Zampa (3/60) and world #6 bowler Pat Cummins (3/40) taking three wickets apiece. They then comfortably chased the total down with 91 balls remaining with David Warner – who shrugged off the expected ‘sandpaper gate’ jeers – continuing his excellent IPL form with the bat, top scoring with 89 off 114 balls.
The Windies also come into the match on the back of a seven-wicket win by trouncing a below-par Pakistan team. Jason Holder won the toss and watched his pace attack pepper the Pakistan batsmen with ‘chin music’, to which they had no answers. Oshane Thomas (4/27) bounced out the tail for his four wickets and Holder himself ran through their top order with 3/42 off his five overs, as Pakistan stumbled to just 105 all out in 21.4 overs.
In reply they polished off the runs for the loss of just three wickets with Chris Gayle top scoring with 50 (his 52nd in 290 matches). That makes it four wins from their last nine matches (L4, NR1).
Both teams came out of their respective matches free of injury and will be able to field their strongest elevens. With Trent Bridge the home of the highest team score in ODI history (481/6) and with both teams packed with big hitters, could we see that record under threat here?
AUS vs WI – Probable XI
Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
AUS vs WI – Players to watch out for
Glenn Maxwell (Aus) is a renown match winner. He has a strike rate of 122.07 across 101 ODIs and has smashed 87 sixes in his 2,704 runs scored.
Andre Russell (Win), the self professed all rounder, has a strike rate of 130.45 in 53 ODIs and has smashed 54 sixes in his 998 runs scored. If that’s not enough, he bowls at 90mph and has taken 67 wickets at 31.82 apiece.
Aaron Finch has captained Australia in 19 ODIs and won the toss eight times (42.11%).
Australia have won six of their last eight ODIs against the Windies played at neutral venues.
Australia have won their last eight completed ODIs played at neutral venues.
Gayle’s seven scores of 50+ in the UK is the second-most of any West Indian batsman. Darren Bravo has returned just 55 runs from five innings in the UK (avg 13.75, SR 49.55).