2016 West Indies Tri-Series Preview

The 2016 West Indies tri-series is an upcoming ODI cricket tournament that is due to start on Friday June 3. The series will be held in the West Indies and the sides which will feature are: the West Indies, South Africa and Australia. It represents the first international cricket each of these nations will have played since the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. It also represents the first time in the Caribbean that all matches will be played under lights, as day night games. Here at TSZ we have looked into the stats, to preview the upcoming tournament.

Preview

On June 3 the first game of a 10 match series between West Indies, South Africa and Australia will get under way when West Indies meet South Africa at Providence Stadium, Georgetown. Given the quality of the sides on show and the big hitting ability of some of the players, the tournament promises to be an extremely exciting one, for both the fans in attendance and viewers watching from home.

Australia will start as tournament favorites as the current No. 1 ODI side in the world. They are also the reigning ICC Cricket World Champions, having won the 2015 tournament on home soil. The side is capable of putting up huge scores against any opposition, with the big hitting of Warner and Finch at the top of the order, allied with Smith, Faulkner and Maxwell further down. This depth of batting gives Australia a number of players that can take the game away from the opposition in an instant.

With a fierce bowling attack, led by the excellent Mitchell Starc, it is no wonder Australia will be the team to beat during this tournament. Gone from their last squad (the 2016 series defeat against New Zealand) are Kane Richardson, Shaun Marsh and Joel Paris. In their place the selectors have called up well-known test spinner Nathan Lyon, recalled fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and given a first call up to batsman Travis Head.

South Africa comes into the tournament with maybe the strongest looking lineup on paper. The side boasts three of the four best batsmen in the world (AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock) with a fourth ranked number 11 (Francois du Plessis) and three of the top 13 bowlers in the world (Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada). Like Australia, this is a team that has multiple people capable of taking the game away from the opposition in an instant and in AB de Villiers they have arguably the best player in the world across all formats.

From their last ODI squad against England, South Africa has made just the three changes. Gone from that squad are David Miller, David Wiese and Marchant de Lange. In their stead, bowlers Aaron Phangiso and Wayne Parnell have been recalled to the squad. For Parnell, this is his first appearance for South Africa since July 2015. The last spot has gone to spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who gets his maiden call up to the ODI squad.

Despite being on home soil and coming off the back of success at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, West Indies will enter the tournament as underdogs. Unlike their opposition, who appear to have match winners throughout the team, many of the household names of West Indian Cricket had to be omitted from their squad. With the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell choosing to play in the Big Bash League as opposed to the Nagico Super50, they did not meet the required criteria to be selected.

The decision to not pick these players is disappointing for all fans as they bring a certain star power, which is difficult for the other players to match. It also seems a slightly odd decision given the influential role each of these four players had in the Twenty20 triumph earlier this year. Despite missing these players the West Indian side does contain a couple of game changers in Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, who are capable of winning matches for the West Indies, while in Jason Holder they also possess a skilled opening bowler. However, it is perhaps too much to expect these players to carry the team through the competition. Therefore if they are to make a significant impact at this tournament, some of their teammates will need to step up.

Last Time Out

Australia last toured the Caribbean in March 2012, playing two tests, five ODIs and two T20s. The five match ODI series was split, with each team winning twice, in addition to a tie.

South Africa’s last visit to the Caribbean was even longer ago. In 2010 South Africa absolutely destroyed the West Indies, winning the test series 2-0, the ODI series 5-0, and the T20 series 2-0. The most recent meeting between these two sides, however, came at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Once again, the West Indian team was dismantled, losing by 257 runs (tied for biggest margin of defeat by runs in World Cup history) as AB de Villiers smashed the fastest 150 in ODI history.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Australia and South Africa have rarely faced each other on West Indian soil. The only ever two meetings between the sides were during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, with Australia emerging victorious on both occasions. The most recent ODI series between the two teams was in November 2014, in Australia. The five match series was comfortably won by Australia, 4-1.

Fixtures

The series will consist of ten ODIs, where each team will play each other three times with the top two teams meeting in the final. The first three matches will be played at Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana; the next three matches at Warner Park Stadium, Basseterre, St. Kitts; and the final three matches will be played at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

The final will be held on the June 26 at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.

Date and Time Details
Friday 3rd June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 1st Match – W.I. vs S.A. Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
Sunday 5th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 2nd Match – W.I. vs Aus Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday 7th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 3rd Match – Aus vs S.A. Providence Stadium, Georgetown, Guyana
Saturday 11th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 4th Match – Aus vs S.A. Warner Park Stadium, St. Kitts
Monday 13th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 5th Match – W.I. vs Aus Warner Park Stadium, St. Kitts
Wednesday 15th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 6th Match – W.I. vs S.A. Warner Park Stadium, St. Kitts
Sunday 19th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 7th Match – Aus vs S.A. Kensington Oval, Barbados
Tuesday 21st June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 8th Match – W.I. vs Aus Kensington Oval, Barbados
Friday 24th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local 9th Match – W.I. vs S.A. Kensington Oval, Barbados
Sunday 26th June (D/N) 17:00 GMT; 13:00 Local Final – TBC vs TBC Kensington Oval, Barbados

Squads


* The West Indies squad is for the first 4 matches.

Some Stats

West Indies South Africa Australia
ODI Rank 9 4 1
Batsman in Top 100* 32. Marlon Samuels 51. Darren Bravo 59. Johnson Charles 81. Denesh Ramdin 1. AB de Villiers 3. Hashim Amla 4. Quinton de Kock 11. Francois du Plessis 38. JP Duminy 66. Farhaan Behardien 75. Rilee Rossouw 14. Glenn Maxwell 15. David Warner 16. Aaron Finch 17. Steve Smith 18 George Bailey 29. James Faulkner 35. Mitchell Marsh 80. Matthew Wade
Bowlers in Top 100* 25. Jason Holder 48. Jerome Taylor 82. Sulieman Benn 97. Marlon Samuels 5. Imran Tahir 7. Morne Morkel 13. Kagiso Rabada 43. Kyle Abbott 87. Aaron Phangiso 3. Michell Starc 32. James Faulkner 36. Josh Hazlewood 67. Mitchell Marsh 77. Glenn Maxwell 91. Nathan Coulter-Nile
Average Strike Rate (Batsman)** 79.85 91.68 94.66
Average Score (Batsman)** 23.61 41.70 35.87
Average Strike Rate (Bowlers)** 40.62 33.80 35.75
Average Economy (Bowlers)** 5.08 5.19 5.38

* Given are only the players in the tri-series squads.
** Given is the average of only those players who are recognized as batsmen (batsmen/all-rounders) or bowlers (bowlers/all-rounders) in the squad demographic above.

Predictions

Winner – South Africa

Man of the Series – AB de Villiers

Leading Run Scorer – AB de Villiers

Leading Wicket Taker – Mitchell Starc

Final Standings

Team Played Won Lost Tied
Australia 6 5 1 0
South Africa 6 4 2 0
West Indies 6 1 5 0