After recording wins in their respective opening games, Australia and the West Indies will look to fight fire with fire when they take on each other in the 10th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham today.
Australia excelled on all three fronts against Afghanistan, winning by a convincing margin of seven wickets. While David Warner’s success was hardly a surprise, Skipper Aaron Finch, too, impressed with his stroke-filled 66.
The bowling unit, one of the strongest in the tournament, seemed to have all bases covered on Saturday. They will, however, face a greater challenge, against a power-hitting unit, at a high-scoring venue on.
With their experienced players in prime form, the West Indies seem as motivated as they could be. They came up with an aggressive approach in their opening game against Pakistan, much like they did against New Zealand in the warm-ups, and bundled out the opposition for just 105.
The performance of their fast bowlers in those cloudy conditions was a throwback to the West Indies’ early domination in World Cup cricket.
With Andre Russell having already declared his intent to attack Australia’s openers with short-pitched stuff, and Nathan Coulter-Nile promising to return the favour, fans will be in for an exciting contest when the finalists of the inaugural World Cup edition take the field.
Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon.
West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas. (ICC)