The Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia presents the first T20 International (T20I)f the series of five matches between the West Indies and Australia on Friday (July 09).
This will be Australia’s first series since their New Zealand Tour in March early this year. As the T20 World Cup is not far enough, the visitors will try to solve all their problems before the mega-event, especially in the absence of senior youngsters who do not play this series.
On the other hand, the hosts will try to bounce back after a 3-2 loss by South Africa because they also want to defend their T20 World Cup title in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The track at Daren Sammy National Cricket Ground usually helps a little bounce and swing. Therefore, the pacemaker will have some advantages in the initial phase of the game. The field will also help spinners as the game progresses.
Head to Head record:
Matches Played: 11 | West Indies Win: 6 | Australia won: 5 | Tied up: 0 | No result: 0
Along with like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, Windies is probably the most dangerous T20 unit in the world. However, they must show consistency to prove their worth. Only in the series against Proteas Evin Lewis was able to reach the benchmark for the home team over 100 runs in five matches.
Alom player Jason Holder is at ease as part of the workload management, so Bravo, who took 14 wickets in the match against South Africa, will lead the bowling attack along with Obed McCoy, which picked up nine scalps in the recent series.
WI XI: Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosain, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards.
Australia entered the Caribbean with one hand tied behind its back, as some well-known names are missing in this series. The likes of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson and Daniel Sams made themselves unavailable, while Steve Smith was injured.
T20 veteran Daniel Christian intends to return to coach Justin Langer tips given regarding his return. Christian last played for Australia in 2017. Mitchell Starc will lead the bowling attack, with Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar both get a chance in the final XI.
FROM XI: Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.