West Indies vs Australia Dream11: West Indies will face Australia in the first of the three-match ODI series on 21 July at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. Earlier this month, both these teams fought hard in an incredible T20I series where the hosts Windies team registered an impressive 4-1 win. Australia will be without their regular skipper and premier batsman Aaron Finch who has been ruled out for the opening game with a knee injury.
1. Matthew Wade
Australia’s senior batsman Matthew Wade will have to take the responsibility of leading the batting line-up in the absence of Finch. Overall, in 94 ODIs so far, the left-hander has notched up 1777 runs at an average of 25.75 which includes 10 fifties and 1 hundred. He had not been in the best of forms during the five-match T20I series against West Indies but he would definitely want to make a comeback in the ODI matches. Matthew Wade is expected to play as an opener in this first ODI and will be a key player for his team at the top.
Matthew Wade in ODIs
2. Shimron Hetmyer
For the West Indies, Shimron Hetmyer has performed sensationally well in 50-overs cricket in the recent while. With a mighty strike-rate of 106.88, the southpaw batsman has smashed 1430 runs in 45 ODIs at an average of 36.67. The 24-year-old has hammered 5 centuries and 4 fifties in his short ODI career so far. While playing in the middle-order, Hetmyer has been the backbone of the West Indies batting line-up and he will be expected to play the same role in this three-match ODI series against Australia.
Shimron Hetmyer in ODIs
3. Kieron Pollard
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard is an important member of the limited-overs set up due to his effectiveness both with the bat and ball. The veteran all-rounder has smacked 2564 runs in 116 ODIs that includes 11 fifties and 3 centuries. He has also picked up 54 wickets at an economy of 5.72. In the last 7 ODIs for West Indies, Pollard has scored 166 runs at an average of 33.2 that includes three 40+ scores.
Kieron Pollard in ODIs
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4. Mitchell Starc
Although, he hasn’t been at his best in the last couple of years, but Mitchell Starc has played a significant role in Australia’s limited-overs success. The left-arm speedster was the leading wicket-taker in back-to-back 50-overs World Cup tournaments in 2015 and 2019. In 96 ODIs, he has taken a total of 184 wickets at an average of 23.17 and an economy of 5.18. The Aussie pacer has claimed 7 five-wicket hauls and an impressive tally of 11 four-wicket hauls in the 50-overs format. Thus, Starc will be the player watch out for in this 1st ODI match against West Indies.
Mitchell Starc in ODIs
5. Mitchell Marsh
After an incredible performance in the T20I series, Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will be excited to do well in the ODIs as well. In the 5 T20Is, Marsh was the leading run-scorer with a total of 219 runs at a strike-rate of 152.08. He also picked up 8 wickets with the ball. The right-hander has scored 1615 runs in 60 ODIs so far that includes 12 fifties and 1 century and has also scalped 49 wickets at an economy of 5.55. Thus, Marsh will have to play a significant role both with the bat and ball, if Australia are to win this ODI series against West Indies.
Mitchell Marsh in ODIs
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The first ODI between West Indies and Australia will begin at 12 AM IST on 21 July. The live streaming of this match will be available on the FanCode app.
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