WI vs AUS Stats : West Indies will take on Australia in five match T20I series that starts in St Lucia from 10 July. West Indies have already played a five T20s series against South Africa which they lost by 3-2 and now will look to do much better in this series. On the other side, Australia is going to play T20Is after a long gap of of almost five months and they too will be hoping for a good start. This series is important for both the teams as they’re preparing for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is just three months and it’s also a good opportunity for those players who aren’t settled yet and are willing to cement their places for the mega event.
In the ICC T20I rankings defending champions West Indies are ranked 8th while Australia is sitting on 5th position. These two sides haven’t played much T20I cricket against each other but still in T20 World Cups they have played good number of matches against each other and each of them was thrilling contest and for the first time they’re set to face off in a five match T20I series and given both the sides’ history it should be a good contest. And for the first time they’re going to play a T20I series in West Indies since 2012.
West Indies and Australia played first T20I against each other 13 years ago in West Indies. Since then these two sides have met 11 times and of which Australia won 5 matches while West Indies were victorious in 6 matches and in T20 World Cups it’s West Indies who have good dominance over the Aussies and here is a statistical look at their head to head record in T20I format.
West Indies are the defending champions in this format as they won the T20 World Cup 2016 by beating England in the final in India and it’s their second T20 World Cup title after winning it first time in 2012. But after that championship their performance has been poor as they lost a lot of games and have a win percentage of just 34.48 but now they still have some time to regroup and play good quality cricket which should be expected from a side who have so many good T20 players.
West Indies in T20I Cricket Since T20 World Cup 2016 :
Australia were knocked out in the group stage of T20 World Cup 2016 and after that in the five years they have played close to 50 T20I matches and have a winning percentage of more than 50 so their performance has been decent but a side like Australia could have done much better and they will be eyeing that in this series and here is their T20I record after T20 World Cup 2016.
Australia in T20I Cricket Since T20 World Cup 2016 :
As we have already discussed above that West Indies and Australia played their first T20I against each other in June 2008 and since then in 13 years they have played only 11 T20s and haven’t met in this format since T20 World Cup 2014 so they’re going to play after a very long time and in their last 5 T20Is West Indies emerged a better side.
Last 5 T20Is between WI and AUS :
West Indies won – 4
Australia won – 1
West Indies have a strong batting unit for this format as the likes of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran are pretty good batsmen in T20I cricket and most of them had good outings against South Africa earlier this month and here are the batting records of these batsmen against the Aussies.
Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer haven’t played a T20I match against Australia yet.
Although West Indies bowlers did well against South Africa in the T20I series but this department is still have some weaknesses like they don’t have an experienced spinner and neither have an express pacer apart from inexperienced Oshane Thomas and they’re relying on 37 years old Dwayne Bravo and young Obed McCoy for death overs and with new ball they have Jason Holder and the spin duo of Fabian Allen and Kevin Sinclair aren’t consistent and here are their record against Australia in T20Is.
Jason Holder, Obed McCoy, Fabian Allen and Kevin Sinclair haven’t played T20Is against Australia yet.
Australia have been decent in this format post T20 World Cup 2016 but in this series they’re without their star batsmen like David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell and their absence will put a lot of pressure on captain Aaron Finch and it’s also a good opportunity for the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade and Josh Philippe etc have good opportunities to cement their places ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques etc haven’t played T20Is against West Indies yet.
Australia have a good bowling unit in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar and Jason Behrendorff and some new youngsters like Riley Meredith and Wes Agar too are coming with a good BBL season and they will be crucial for Australia on this tour.