Australia will aim to make a strong comeback in the ODI series after losing out to West Indies in the T20I series. The visitors have suffered losses in the first three games of the five-match series and lost the series without providing much competition.
The likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Hayden Walsh Jr. have been very good for the hosts while none of the Australian players has quite performed to their potential barring maybe Mitchell Marsh.
All three ODIs will be played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. The second ODI will be played on July 22.
West Indies will go into the series with much more form and confidence despite having a different set of players mostly. The ODIs will see the return of Shai Hope, Roston Chase while Gayle and Russell are not selected. Australia will however have the same squad but they will be hoping to play like the ICC ODI rankings suggest, where they are much ahead of the West Indies. Australia are currently second in the rankings while Windies are eighth.
Following the defeat in the T20I series, the visitors would aim to make a strong comeback in the fifty-over format and stamp their authority on the game. These games will also count towards the ICC World Cup Super League and will hold some importance as well.
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
Steve Smith and Shai Hope are good choices in the ODI format with Darren Bravo and David Warner also good picks. Aaron Finch can also be considered as the Australian captain who will aim to get some runs under his belt before the World Cup.
In the bowling department, Sheldon Cottrell, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins can be betted on while Adam Zampa and Fabian Allen can also be good picks for wickets with their spin bowling.
Nicholas Pooran, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell are the best choices for most sixes hit because of their batting style and strike-rate.
We predicted Australia to win the first ODI and we do the same for the second ODI as well. Australia have the better squad overall and more match-winners when it comes to the ODI format. Moreover, following the loss of the T20I series, they will look to come back stronger and win the ODI series and perform at their full potential.
Expect Australia to win the second ODI on July 22 and take the series.
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