Australia are favourites to win their second match of the 2019 ICC World Cup ODI Tournament.
One of the online bookies has them priced at $1.50, while West Indies carries a price of $2.63.
The defending champs from 2015, Australia are not locks to win this one and the Windies have a way of pulling off surprises that do not precisely fit in with the Rasta man, laid back lifestyle of the Caribbean.
The match will be at Trent Bridge. Both teams won their openers by seven wickets, Australian over Afghanistan and West Indies over Pakistan, so at the beginning at least, it does not pay to be named Stan.
West Indies used a combination of pace and short-pitched bowling to get past Pakistan and Australia batsman Aaron Fitch expects West Indies to deploy similar tactics.
“I think it’ll be an aggressive game, no doubt,” said Finch. “West Indies play an entertaining brand of cricket and we feel as though we do the same thing so I think it’ll be a bit of a feeling-out process.”
If recent history is any indication, Australian should have little trouble with India, having won a warm-up by seven wickets and chasing down West Indies target of 229 in 39 overs.
West Indies attempted the same short ball tactic to no avail in the practice match.
“Yeah, it wasn’t much different in the warm-up match as well,” said Finch. “It is obviously going to be a tactic of theirs and a plan.”
Australia will have to adapt to pace bowling, as their recent successful encounters with India found them facing primarily spin.
One of Finch’s tasks as captain will be to find success from his quick bowlers to hold Chris Gayle in check. Gayle is not there to defend his wicket, he is there to slug.
Having indicated that this will be his last World Cup, Gayle would like to go out on a high note and perhaps have Mel McLaughlin finally accede to Gayle’s overtures.