WI vs AUS 1st T20I – West Indies vs Australia LIVE: Kieron Pollard out with injury, West Indies to bat first – Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to field first in the 1st T20I against a Nicholas Pooran-led West Indies at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia. West Indies and Australia commence a five-match Twenty20 series on Friday under lights at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia with both teams in pursuit of a winning momentum as the countdown to the World T20 continues. Follow LIVE Updates as Kieron Pollard’s West Indies meets Aaron Finch’s Australia. The match will be broadcast & live streamed on FanCode.
As for Playing XI:
West Indies (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w/c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ben McDermott, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
4:35 AM IST: Toss Update – Aaron Finch wins toss, opts to bowl first. Nicholas Pooran will lead as Kieron Pollard is out with a hamstring niggle.
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WI vs AUS 1st T20 Live Score: Kieron Pollard’s West Indies vs Aaron Finch’s Australia ready for big battle, follow LIVE Updates
WI vs AUS 1st T20I – West Indies vs Australia LIVE: Title-holders for the global tournament set for October-November in the United Arab Emirates, the Caribbean side started a home run of 15 T20Is with a 3-2 loss to South Africa in Grenada.
That highlighted their continuing challenges of coping with high-quality spin bowling while conceding a high proportion of scoreless deliveries in their five innings.
This series will be followed by three One-Day Internationals against the Aussies in Barbados, after which Pakistan come to the region for another five-match T20I series, also to be played in Bridgetown.
WI vs AUS 1st T20I – West Indies vs Australia LIVE: For Australia, whose best effort in the World T20 was as beaten finalists to England in the 2010 event in the West Indies, this assignment follows consecutive narrow series losses in England, at home to India and in New Zealand.
That last campaign was almost five months ago and with the visitors missing a number of key performers like David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins, this series represents an ideal opportunity for some of the fringe players to make a strong claim for inclusion in the World T20 squad.
Those seeking to make an impression include all-rounder Dan Christian, who was among the runs with a score of 47 in an intrasquad warm-up fixture at the match venue on Monday.
“Everyone had a good hit, bowlers had a good bowl and we got to see what conditions will be like, so all-in-all a pretty successful night,” was Christian’s assessment of the workout ahead of what is expected to be his first appearance in national colours for four years.
Should the pitches for the five matches behave similarly as for that warm-up hit-out then the West Indies can expect to face another searching examination of the adaptability of their batsmen who failed on three occasions against South Africa to reach targets just below 170.
That series reinforced shortcomings in the home side which head coach Phil Simmons hopes can be corrected in the coming days.“We’ve got to think a little bit more. We’ve got to be smarter in our cricket – smarter especially in that seven to 14-over period” – said Simmons.
West Indies are expected to stick with the nucleus of the squad which faced the South Africans while the Australians’ biggest challenge appears to be establishing a settled middle-order given the absence of so many regular names.
With the series being played in one of the rainiest months of the year in the Caribbean, there is no guarantee that the matches will not be significantly impacted by the elements.
However, both teams remain hopeful of getting enough action in which would assist in formulating their World T20 squads three months away from the main event.
WI vs AUS 1st T20I – West Indies vs Australia LIVE:
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (captain), Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Obed McCoy, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Sinclair
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Josh Philippe, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Ashton Turner, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Follow LIVE Updates as Kieron Pollard’s West Indies meets Aaron Finch’s Australia. The match will be broadcasted & live streamed on FanCode.