Defending champions Australia are back in action after a triumphant start to their 2019 World Cup campaign as they face the formidable West Indies in what could be one of the standout matches of the season.
With the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell complementing the youth and exuberance of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies have already proven their worth and firmly asserted their credentials as a genuine contender for this year’s World Cup. They now face the mighty Aussies boasting of perhaps the best bowling unit in the tournament and an in-form David Warner to bank upon. Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa were on song in their previous game as Mitchell Starc hit 150 kmph on multiple occasions.
Whilst another barrage of short pitch bowling is on the cards from the West Indies, Australia are well and truly capable of dealing the same, leading to what promises to be an exciting match up between the two sides.
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson
Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas
No changes are expected from Australia after a comfortable win against Afghanistan earlier in the tournament. Aaron Finch and David Warner both scored fifties while the form of Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith leading to the World Cup make their batting unit one of the best in the competition. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis provide much-needed balance in the middle order while the prospect of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc bowling in tandem should strike fear into opposition batting units.
Possible XI: Finch (C), Warner, Khawaja, Smith, Maxwell, Stoinis, Carey(WK), Cummins, Starc, Coulter-Nile and Zampa.
Like their opponents on Thursday, West Indies aren’t expected to make changes to their side with Darren Bravo given yet another go in the top order. With Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope fit and firing for the Windies, they walk into this game with a lot of confidence as they look to sustain their momentum. Andre Russell, Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite are all capable of bowling some tidy overs and scoring quick runs, adding depth to their already explosive batting unit. Ashley Nurse will continue to play as the primary spinner while all eyes will be on Oshane Thomas after a man-of-the-match performance in the previous game against Pakistan.
Possible XI: Gayle, Hope(WK), Bravo/Lewis, Pooran, Hetmyer, Russell, Holder(C), Brathwaithe, Nurse, Cottrell and Thomas
Australia vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 10
6th June 2019, 3:00 PM IST
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Another good batting track awaits both teams with 300 being a mere necessity on this surface. While rain could play spoilsport, the overcast conditions should help the new ball bowlers upfront in the powerplay overs.