With the ICC T20 World Cup upon us, we see a barrage of preparatory tours. Take, for instance, Australia touring the Caribbean Islands for a white-ball series, featuring five T20Is and three ODIs. The West Indies is amid a hectic schedule, having hosted South Africa just a few days back and slated to host Pakistan once the Australia series is over. Both teams would all out to gain some momentum
leading up to the big event scheduled in the UAE in October 2021.
Per the latest news about cricket, the T20 and ODI series are crammed into eight and five days respectively. The five T20Is are understandable, as the series is a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup where both teams would be trying out different combinations to zero in on the final eleven. The entire series would be played on just two venues to discourage infections.
|1st T20I||July 09, 2021||Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||11:30 PM|
|2nd T20I||July 10, 2021||Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||11:30 PM|
|3rd T20I||July 12, 2021||Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||11:30 PM|
|4th T20I||July 14, 2021||Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||11:30 PM|
|5th T20I||July 16, 2021||Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia||11:30 PM|
|1st ODI||July 20, 2021||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados||06:30 PM|
|2nd ODI||July 22, 2021||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados||06:30 PM|
|3rd ODI||July 24, 2021||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados||06:30 PM|
The Aaron Finch-led Australia looks strong on paper even in the absence of some key players, including Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Marcus Stoinis, and Jhye Richardson. Nursing an injury, Steve Smith would also miss the tour. The West Indians, led by Kieron Pollard, have a strong line-up with a fair share of big hitters and T20 specialists.
Here’re the two squads –
|Aaron Finch (Captain)||Kieron Pollard (Captain)|
|Ashton Agar||Nicholas Pooran|
|Jason Behrendorff||Fabian Allen|
|Wes Agar||Dwayne Bravo|
|Alex Carey||Sheldon Cottrell|
|Dan Christian||Fidel Edwards|
|Josh Hazelwood||Andre Fletcher|
|Moises Henriques||Chris Gayle|
|Mitchell Marsh||Shimron Hetmeyer|
|Riley Meredith||Jason Holder|
|Ben McDermott||Akeal Hosein|
|Josh Philippe||Obed McCoy|
|Mitchell Starc||Evin Lewis|
|Mitchell Swepson||Andre Russell|
|Ashton Turner||Lendl Simmons|
|Andrew Tye||Kevin Sinclair|
|Matthew Wade||Oshane Thomas|
|Adam Zampa||Hayden Walsh Jr.|
Where to Watch?
Cricket buffs, fantasy leaguers and punters love to place a cricket bet online. West Indies board streamed the recently concluded series against South Africa live on YouTube. Though we are yet to come across a notification in this regard, chances of the series being streamed on YouTube run high.