Australia’s tour of the West Indies hasn’t gone the way they would have liked it to go with the visitors struggling against a solid West Indies side in the T20Is. The Aussies lost the first three T20Is in the five-match series and surrendered the series without much fight following some loose cricket on their end and some fantastic show from the hosts.
The five-match T20I series was the chance for Australia to look at the players and combinations for the World T20 in October and November in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. However, with a sorry showing, they would now aim to come back strong in the next two T20Is and the ODI series that follows to come out of their tour with some hope.
All the ODIs will be played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados with the first of the three ODIs being played on July 20.
West Indies will go into the series and game with much more confidence than the Australians following their series win against the Men in Yellow with two games to go. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer have shown good form with the bat for Windies while Mitchell Marsh has been the only source of light for the Aussies with the bat.
In the bowling department, Hayden Walsh Jr. has risen above others with 8 wickets in the three games already in the T20Is with Obed McCoy taking five.
However, West Indies’s ODI squad is likely to be different from the T20Is and will see the return of Shai Hope, Roston Chase while Gayle and Russell miss out.
West Indies squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Shai Hope (VC), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Anderson Philip, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glen Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Tanveer Sangha, D’Arcy Short, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Betting on Steve Smith and Shai Hope can be good choices as they are one of the most dependable players in the 50-over format for their side. Darren Bravo and David Warner can also be good shouts.
In the bowling department, Sheldon Cottrell from the Windies and Mitchell Starc along with Adam Zampa and Fabian Allen can also be good options.
Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran are your best bets for most sixes hit because of their aggressive batting style and their time of arrival in the crease mostly.
Australia does look the heavier of the side between the two going into the ODI series because of their experience. While West Indies did beat them in the T20Is, Australia had a much better squad and depth for the fifty-over format overall than the home side.
Expect Australia to win the first ODI on July 20.