With cricket staging a comeback during an ongoing pandemic, Australia would travel to the Caribbean Islands to feature in a bilateral white ball series. Stretching between 09 July and 24 July 2021, the tour features five T20s and three ODIs. After being thrashed by India at home, Australia would like to salvage some pride by winning the series convincingly. West Indies, on the other hand, will be keen to put their act together and gain some momentum. Mind you, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is around the corner and these are crucial matches for preparation.
Australia versus West Indies Schedule:
|Match||Venue||Date & Timing|
|1st T20I||Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia||09 July 2021, 19:30 (N)|
|2nd T20I||Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia||10 July 2021, 19:30 (N)|
|3rd T20I||Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia||12 July 2021, 19:30 (N)|
|4th T20I||Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia||14 July 2021, 19:30 (N)|
|5th T20I||Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia||16 July 2021, 19:30 (N)|
|1st ODI||Kensington Oval, Barbados||20 July 2021, 14:30 (D/N)|
|2nd ODI||Kensington Oval, Barbados||22 July 2021, 14:30 (D/N)|
|3rd ODI||Kensington Oval, Barbados||24 July 2021, 14:30 (D/N)|
Cricket Betting Tips:
If you are keen to make the most of the series as a punter, here’re tips to help your cause.
With both teams having enough firepower in batting, expect high scoring matches. For the Most Sixes bet, choose between Maxwell and Gayle. Andre Russell can be considered if he bats up the order. The Aussie skipper, Aaron Finch could be the right choice for the Top Tournament Batsman, Top Team Batsman and Man of the Match markets. He can score big, consistently.
Australia, ODI Favourites:
For the Match Winner market, Australia could be the safe bet. Aussies are likely to seal the ODI series 2-1 even if they start badly. The T20 series could go either way, as West Indies have what it takes to topple even the best in the business. They also have the home advantage.
If Aussies have to win the series, the pace attack has to come good. After a long layoff, Mitchell Starc would be raring to go. If he strikes form, he can be your pick for Top Bowler, Top Team Bowler, and Top Tournament Bowler bets. However, don’t ignore the young pacer, Wes Agar.
Fantasy Cricket Predictions and Ideal Team Combination:
The results are likely to be in favour of Australia 3-2 and 2-1 in ODI and T20 series respectively even though it’s missing key players. West Indies would announce the team for the series after the ongoing series against SA, but Kieron Pollard is expected to lead the team. He can be your pick for the fantasy team captain as well. Andre Russell can be designated as his deputy.
Aaron Finch should be a part of your fantasy team, as he’s likely to score big. Maxwell, Pooran and Hetymer walk into any middle order for their explosive stroke play. Chris Gayle might be past his prime, he still can play a big knock on his day. For bowlers, Mitchell Starc is likely to be the standout performer. Josh Hazelwood, Zampa and the debutant, Wes Agar can be considered.