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Toss Winner - Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first
Australia beat West Indies by 3 wickets
Australia's key players return for the home series against the Windies
Our prediction is for Australia to win the match
Tournament: West Indies tour of Australia, 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Carrara Stadium, Queensland, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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This is an all-important T20I series for both teams ahead of the T20 World Cup. West Indies have to finish in the top 2 in Group B of Round 1 to qualify for Super 12 of the World Cup.
And this series will help the Windies get acclimatized to the conditions and find a rhythm that they’ve been lacking so far. In what can be considered a big blow to the 2-time T20I champions, Shimron Hetmyer has been left out of the T20I squad for this series and the World Cup.
However, Hetmyer’s replacement, Shamarh Brooks has been in great form playing match-winning knocks for Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL. This can be a blessing in disguise.
While Australia lost the T20I series in India, there have been some big positives for the side. Cameron Green has proven his match-winning abilities as an all-rounder and is a new gem in the Aussie pool of all-rounders.
With Warner back in the side, there will be questions over Green’s role in the playing XI. The all-rounder scored two half-centuries from his last 3 innings against India.
Mitchell Marsh, who was one of the pillars of Australia’s T20 World Cup winning campaign in UAE last year, also returns to the squad. Marsh is a batting all-rounder who’s been very effective with the ball.
Be it on the international stage or the BBL, Marsh has proven to be an effective bowler in delivering breakthroughs. While he’s back from an ankle problem, Stoinis also makes a comeback to the side after recovering from a side strain.
A key bowler who was missing from Australia’s squad on their tour of India, Mitchell Starc has recovered from his knee troubles and is fit for the home series against West Indies. The trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc will pose a tough challenge to the visitors. In addition, there is Zampa, Maxwell, and Marsh add more variety and strength to the Australian bowling attack.
In the batting lineup, everyone has their roles cut out. Warner and Finch will go out all guns blazing at the top while Smith and Marsh can build partnerships in the middle. The likes of Wade and Tim David can ensure a big finish towards the end.
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Tim David, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Timothy David, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Many of the players in the WI squad have recently finished a successful CPL season. And they will bring a lot of confidence into this series and the T20 World Cup.
Shamarh Brooks is a notable selection in the squad. He’s coming in as a replacement for Hetmyer who missed his flight to Australia twice due to family reasons.
Brooks played some fine knocks against NZ in the recent home series and also impressed one and all with his brilliance in the CPL. He scored 109 not out in Qualifier 2 for Jamaica Tallawahs and 47 runs each in the Eliminator and the Final.
Odeon Smith bowls fast and delivers breakthroughs and is a very handy batter lower down the order. He has the ability to hit the long ball and does it on a regular basis.
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, and Johnson Charles, the top 3 run scorers in CPL are all part of the WI T20I squad. In the middle order, skipper Nicholas Pooran will play a key role for the side. While his natural style of play is to go after the bowlers from the get-go, it may not be the right thing to do on a pitch that doesn’t offer a lot of bounce and carry.
Also, he is the skipper and needs to play a captain’s knock when the team needs one. In the bowling department, Alzarri, Holder, and Obed McCoy along with the spinner Akeal Hosein will be the ones to watch out for.
Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (c) (wk), Jason Holder, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Obed McCoy, Akeal Hosein, Alzari Joseph, Johnson Charles
Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Johnson Charles, Raymon Reifer, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Yannick Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Odean Smith
The weather is expected to be cloudy with a high of 22 degrees Celsius. The pitch at this venue is a balanced surface though it may be difficult for batters to get going early in the innings.
The ball moves around quite a bit and the new ball bowlers will be crucial. Also, the pitch is a bit on the slower side and hence, we don’t expect a massive total to be scored by teams batting first.
The Carrara Oval in Queensland will host the 1st T20I of the 2-match series. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 155 runs. Of the total 15 BBL matches played at this venue, 13 of them had teams scoring less than 170 runs.
Of the 15 domestic T20Is played at this venue, teams batting second have won 9.
Australia would likely choose to bowl first if they win the toss. Their quick bowlers can put the visitors on the backfoot with early wickets and Zampa and Maxwell can make things difficult in the middle overs. The same goes for the Windies with Holder, Hosein, and Joseph who can play similar roles to put Aussies on the backfoot.
Considering the squad strength of both teams, we would say it looks like a well-matched contest between the two sides, at least on paper. However, the current form of Windies in T20Is tells a different story. Whether the recent success in CPL for some of their key players converts into international success needs to be seen. At the moment, Australia looks like a much stronger team and with home advantage, they will start as our favourites to win this match.
Our prediction is for Australia to win the match
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