West Indies vs Australia – 2nd One-Day International Match Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs Australia taking place? Saturday, July 24th, 2021 – 19:30 (UK)

Where is West Indies vs Australia taking place? Kensington Oval, Bridgetown

What is the expected weather for West Indies vs Australia? 27-29c with a chance of thundery showers and a moderate breeze

What channel is West Indies vs Australia on? The match will be televised live on BT Sport in the UK

Where can I stream West Indies vs Australia? BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website and app

LAST MEETING
Australia beat West Indies by 133 runs (DLS).

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST INDIES

  • Despite having made a good start to the first ODI, West Indies will have been hugely disappointed with how they let the game slip, first allowing Australia to accumulate a healthy total after reducing them to 114/4, before being skittled out by the Australian pace attack.
  • Whilst the hosts will have been hugely disappointed with their batting display, captain Kieron Pollard marking his return the side following injury with a half-century was a positive for the Windies and the all-rounder will have a big part to play once again in this contest.
  • When considering the struggles of the Windies top order in the first ODI, they may look to change their line-up, although the likes of Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Fabian Allen are all injured.

AUSTRALIA

  • After being comprehensively beaten in the T20i series, Australia struck an early blow in the first ODI, easily beating West Indies by 133 runs to lead the three-match series.
  • Following a slow start, wicketkeeper and stand-in captain Alex Carey anchored Australia’s innings with 67 runs alongside Ashton Turner’s 49, helping the tourists to 252/9 before the bowlers put in an outstanding performance to bowl the Windies out for just 123.
  • Regular captain Aaron Finch faces a race against time to be fit for this match, with Carey ready to step us as skipper once again should the opener not make it, whilst Mitchell Starc off the back of his five-wicket haul in the first ODI should feature once again alongside fast bowling partner Josh Hazlewood, who himself accrued three wickets as Australia look to seal a series victory.

THE PREDICTION

The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was originally scheduled to take place on Thursday July 22nd. However, the match was suspended following the toss due to a positive Covid-19 case within the West Indies non playing staff. As it stands, the match has not been rescheduled, therefore the third ODI scheduled for Saturday 24th July is now the second ODI match of this three-game series, with a decision yet to be made on whether the suspended fixture will be rescheduled.

It is clear that West Indies are a stronger outfit at the 20 over format than they are at 50 over cricket and their batting was simply outclassed by the quality of both Starc and Hazlewood with the ball in the first ODI. Having more overs to bat clearly suits Australia as well, giving them a better chance of posting a strong score. However, it is their bowling that was the difference between the two sides and providing that both Starc and Hazlewood feature again in this second ODI, West Indies will find it very difficult once again when batting. Adam Zampa’s spin-bowling also represents a potent weapon for the tourists and this Australian bowling attack should ultimately restrict West Indies to another modest score whether they bat first or second, leading Australia to victory and a series win. Having said that, keep an eye out on the weather leading up to the scheduled start of play with the potential of thundery showers currently forecast.

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