Australia vs West Indies Match Preview – Back in the 80s, a contest between the West Indies and Australia was always taken as a final even in the league stage. With the fade in the stars of West Indies Cricket and the rise of Australian Cricket, the contests reduced to mostly a one-sided affair where West Indies has not beaten Australia even once in a world cup match since the 1990s.
What makes me talk about the past is the confidence with which the West Indian cricket has risen in the past couple of months with that of a decline being seen in Australian cricket as well. This makes for an exciting match when West Indies takes on Australia in the world cup having won their first match quite comprehensively against Pakistan. Australia, who could not quite bully Afghanistan, would be faced by a tough opponent filled with confidence and desire to make a name for them.
Australia vs West Indies Match Preview – Australia Team
Before the world cup started, Australia inducted their former greats Steve Smith and David Warner into the side which meant that they had put behind the Sandgate incident. But the English crowd to didn’t seem to have accepted them as they came out with sandpaper gowns with the word cheats written on it. However, this was a fierce criticism for a crime they had repented enough; it did not deter Warner and Smith to perform double of their potential. While Warner scored a not out 89, Smith was involved in a runout.
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The batting looked solid with Finch and Warner giving Australia a solid start in their pursuit of 208 runs scored by Afghanistan adding 96 for the first wicket. Finch departed after a well-made 66 off just 49 balls with 4 sixes. However, Warner went on to score another fifty for the team and remained unbeaten on 89. Khawaja and Smith could not spend more time on the field but would definitely like to spend some more when they take the West Indies on.
The bowling too looked strong and worked excellently under the able leadership of Mitchel Starc whose pace was enough for a competent Afghan side. But it was Pat Cummins who gave the bowling impetus by picking three wickets.
When they field against West Indies, expect great combat between the top-notch bowling of Australia with the hard-hitting Caribbean who finds fences easily than most other teams.
Australia Team: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Australia Expected XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa
Australia vs West Indies Match Preview – West Indies Team
The West Indies team management could not have asked for a better start to their world cup campaign than that against Pakistan on the second day. Andre Russel started it with a bang and was followed by other bowlers who bowled on the similar lines to unsettle an already undone Pakistani side. The short balls were followed by straight middle deliveries to which the Pakistani side had no clue about.
There is uncertainty about the West Indies side this time which was not expected of them in many of their previous world cup appearances. There is a visible change in the body line up and their movements on the field. They look confident and agile while their batting and bowling looks balanced as well.
The batting seems to be in good control with Gayle contributing right at the top with his sixth consecutive fifties and when he attains form, it becomes very difficult for the other team altogether. His company Shai Hope would want to make more of the opportunity given to him and make his presence felt in the team. When they take on the field, expect some high scores as well.
West Indies Team: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas
West Indies Expected XI: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas
Australia vs West Indies Match Preview
Match: AUS vs WI, Match 10, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
When: Thursday, June 06, 2019 09:30 AM GMT
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Average 1st inning score: 251
Average 2nd inning score: 219
Highest Total: 481/6 (50 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest Total: 83/10 (23 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Highest Chased: 350/3 (44 Ov) by ENG vs NZ
Lowest Defended: 195/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs ENG
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