Australia and West Indies will go head-to-head in a limited-overs series in the West Indies ahead of the World T20 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman later this year. The Aussies will travel to the island nation to play five T20Is and three ODIs to brush up their skills from July 9 to July 24.
The World T20 starts on October 17 and will go on till November 14.
Australia have named a strong squad for the series and will look to test the players on some slow pitches in the Windies, which are similar to the ones in the UAE.
West Indies will also have the chance to test themselves against quality opposition like the Aussies. The current defending champions have named a strong side led by Kieron Pollard and feature the likes of veterans Chris Gayle and Fidel Edwards along with Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell as well. However, Sunil Narine continued to be overlooked by the West Indies Cricket Board selectors.
The third T20I as well as the other four games will be played in Sr. Lucia while the three ODIs will be played at the Kensington Oval.
West Indies squad: Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran (VC), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmeyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Evin Lewis, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
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 the likes of Chris Gayle and Glenn Maxwell for most sixes hit can be a good option to go with because of their big-hitting prowess. Andre Russell can also be a good option as he loves to deal in sixes.
Keep an eye out on Edwards from the Windies and Mitchell Starc with the ball as they can really hurt the opposition with their pace and pick up wickets. Spinners Adam Zampa and Fabian Allen can also be useful bets if the pitches are slow.
For most runs, betting on Aaron Finch to get most runs looks like a safe pick from Australia. West Indies’s Shimron Hetmyer can also be a good choice if the southpaw gets enough time to bat
Australia are favourites going into the series and we back them to win the games and seal the series.
The visitors overall are a better side and might just win the T20I series 3-2 against the West Indies.
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