Australia will lock horns with West Indies in the first game of the two-match T20I series on Wednesday at Carrara Oval in Queensland.
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Australia are coming into this series after losing their last T20I series to India 2-1. A few important players were missing in the recently concluded series against India but David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, and Mitchell Starc are set to return to Australia’s squad for this series against the West Indies.
Aaron Finch mentioned in his pre-match press conference that Marsh will not be bowling for now as a precautionary method before the T20 World Cup.
David Warner will most likely replace Steve Smith in the side that playing against India.
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Cameron Green has been picked in the squad to play the two T20s against West Indies but he hasn’t been included in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, despite his brilliance against India.
Shimron Hetmyer has been replaced by Shamarh Brooks in their squad after he missed his flight to Australia, which may come as a surprise to many.
Andre Russell and Sunil Narine were ignored by the selectors yet again, they failed to make it in the Squad.
Brandon King and Evin Lewis will occupy the openers slot, Johnson Charles will probably bat at No.3. Captain Nicolas Pooran will have an important role to play in the middle order alongside Shamarh Brooks.
Sheldon Cottrell will be the leader of the bowling attack and will be expected to deliver the goods in the T20 Series and the T20 World Cup as well.
Australia is currently placed at the sixth position on the ICC Men’s T20I rankings while West Indies is placed at the seventh spot on the rankings.
These two teams have played 17 matches against each other in this format so far where Australia managed to win 7 matches while West Indies won the remaining games. Another great cricketing series is anticipated here between these two sides.
The temperature is expected to hover around 21°C on the matchday with 75% humidity and 16 km/hr wind speed. There are 42% chances of precipitation during the game.
The surface at the Carrara Oval is a bowling-friendly one and offers great assistance to both pacers and spinners throughout the game. Batsmen will have to spend quality time in the middle to get going here initially. The Team who wins the toss will most likely choose to bowl first.
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