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Australian Cricket: Australia v West Indies T20 preview

Australia will ramp up their preparations for their T20 World Cup defence when they take on the West Indies on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

It will be the first of two matches the Aussies play against the West Indies, before moving on to a double-header against England.

Now is the time to start fine-tuning the Aussie side, but the games are also huge for the West Indies as they have yet to qualify for the Super 12s and will be hoping to get some much-needed confidence this week.

Australia head into the games on the back of a 2-1 series loss against India, but now they are back on home soil they will be confident of getting the job done.

There are one or two selection dilemmas for the Australians and it will also be interesting to see if anyone can give the selectors a real headache.

The next couple of weeks is a great opportunity for some players to stake a claim for a spot in the World Cup side.

So let’s take a look ahead to the opening clash against the West Indies.

What: Australia v West Indies
Where: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
When: 18:10 (AEST) Wednesday 5th October 2022
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Australia 2/9, West Indies 10/3


Team news

Australia have had their fair share of injuries this year and they will once again be missing key players against the West Indies.

Marcus Stoinis is missing as he undergoes treatment with a view to being ready for the T20 World Cup, while Mitchell Moses has been named to play, but only as a batsman.

It leaves the Aussies short of a bowler and there could be another chance for Cameron Green to play his role. The talented all-rounder has not been named in the World Cup squad but could still get the nod for Wednesday.

Daniel Sams is another option for Australia and it will be interesting to see who the selectors go with.

Probable Australia line-up: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Tim David, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Daniel Sams/Cameron Green, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

The West Indies have selection issues heading into the game as they face a remarkably quick turnaround after some players being involved in the CPL final.

Seven of the current West Indies squad played in that final and the selectors now have to decide who will play and who will be rested.

Some will have to play and it looks as though the West Indies will make the call at the last minute.

Shamarh Brooks is one player that will not be involved in the double header against Australia.

Probable West Indies line-up: 1 Brandon King, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Johnson Charles, 4 Nicholas Pooran (capt & wk), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Odean Smith, 8 Akeal Hosein, 9 Yannic Cariah, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Sheldon Cottrell


Form guide

Neither side boasts a great recent record in the shortest format of the game, so the form book could go out of the window.

The Aussies have won two and lost three of their last five matches which includes a series defeat against India.

The West Indies have won just one from the last five but can take heart from the fact that a number of players were catching the eye in the CPL and should be in good touch.

However they do not have a great record down under and have just one win in a T20 match to their name. That was also way back in 2013.

Captain Nicholas Pooran believes his side has what it takes to cause an upset.

"We understand that we don't have as much experience in the room. But we have been playing cricket together for the entire year so we do understand each other a little better now,” he said.

The danger man

Australia will need to pay plenty of attention to West Indies batsman Brandon King, who has been bang in form recently.

He was the leading run-scorer in the CPL and smashed 83 runs of just 50 balls as his team the Jamaica Tallawahs won the title.

King reaches 50 on a regular basis against some top opposition and will be a real threat to the Aussie bowlers on Wednesday.

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