Australia kickstart T20 World Cup preparations as West Indies prepared title defence

Australia start their preparations for this yr’s ICC Males’s T20 World Cup this week as they tackle defending champions West Indies in a five-match T20I sequence.

West Indies vs Australia, first T20I
Daren Sammy Nationwide Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet
Friday, July 9 at 7:30pm native

Seeking to win the Males’s T20 World Cup for the primary time within the workforce’s historical past, Australia captain Aaron Finch and coach Justin Langer will hope Friday’s match is step one on their street to glory.

Whereas the facet is lacking a handful of first-team regulars – David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins are all missing- the sequence supplies Australia with an opportunity to finetune their components for the showpiece occasion.

The Australians is not going to be in need of star energy, with Finch (second on the ICC T20I Males’s Batting Rankings), Ashton Agar (third on the T20I Males’s Bowling Rankings) and Adam Zampa (8th on the T20I Males’s Bowling Rankings) all set to function, with star quick bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood additionally obtainable for choice.

Langer additionally hinted at a return to the XI for veteran Dan Christian, who final performed for Australia in 2017 and has solid a status as a serial winner with T20 titles to his identify the world over.

“He is a improbable bloke, he is acquired an incredible set of palms within the subject (and) he is intelligent with the ball,” Langer stated of the 38-year-old. “His expertise, and we have seen all through the Massive Bash and all all over the world really, he hits the ball as clear as anybody.

“It is nearly changing into city delusion, is not it? Wherever he performs, we win.

“He is so excited, he is most likely a bit nervous tonight – so enthusiastic about enjoying for Australia once more –  and I simply love seeing that, love seeing that vitality. It is like Moises Henriques as effectively. I really like seeing that vitality at no matter age.”

Hosts West Indies shall be seeking to bounce again from their current 3-2 sequence loss to South Africa as they put together to defend their T20 World Cup crown within the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

With T20I greats Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russel and Dwayne Bravo all within the squad, alongside confirmed performers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis, and the thrilling Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, the West Indies’ ceiling is as excessive as any workforce’s on this planet. A sequence win over Australia might show the right platform off which to launch a profitable title defence.

Whereas they misplaced their final sequence, they confirmed simply how formidable they are often, successful the primary match by eight wickets with 30 balls to spare and the fourth by 21 runs. Solely a one-run defeat in recreation three denied them a sequence victory.

Fixtures – all occasions native – all matches at Daren Sammy Nationwide Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet

First T20I: Friday, 9 July, 7:30pm
Second T20I: Saturday, 10 July, 7:30pm
Third T20I: Monday, 12 July, 7:30pm
Fourth T20I: Wednesday, 14 July, 7:30pm
Fifth T20I: Friday, 16 July, 7:30pm


West Indies:
Kieron Pollard (c), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

Keep in mind final time

It has been seven years since these two groups met within the T20I area, with their most up-to-date battle within the format being on the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014.

West Indies gained that match with two balls to spare, due to a 35-ball 53 from Gayle and an unbeaten 34 off 13 from Daren Sammy.

 Regardless of the seven-year hole between conferences, a number of gamers from that match might function this sequence.

Alongside Gayle, the West Indies XI in Dhaka additionally featured Simmons, Bravo and Russell whereas Australia’s facet included Finch and Starc.

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