Australia vs West Indies Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for Match 10 of Cricket World Cup 2019
With the ICC Cricket World Cup heading towards the end of a magnificent first week, it will be the Australians who’ll be up against the touted ‘Dark Horses’ of the tournament, West Indies on June 6 (Thursday). The teams will lock horns at the high scoring Trent Bridge surface in Nottingham in Match 10 of the ongoing World Cup.
Both the aforementioned teams had won their opening matches in prolific fashion. While the Australians had defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets, the Windies had annihilated Pakistan by 7 wickets, chasing a paltry 105 in just 13.4 overs.
Thus, the two sides would go in not only with a positive frame of mind, but also with the good run of form of their respective batsmen, who would yet again play an important role, considering the match venue where they will lock horns in.
Australia vs West Indies Preview
Australia clashed against a relatively easier opposition- Afghanistan, in their opening match of the World Cup. Afghanistan did show some intent while batting, but were easily outperformed by the Aussies in all the three departments. Both Pat Cummings and Mitchell Starc were excellent with the new ball, as they shared four wickets between them. Th lone spinnner Adam Zampa did go for some runs (60 in 8 overs), but also picked up 3 important wickets to restrict the Afghan total to a mere 207 in 50 overs.
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The Kangaroo batsmen carried on with their stupendous form, as both skipper Aaron Finch (66 off 49) and the reinvigorated David Warner (89* off 114) sealed the chase with a 96-run opening stand. Former captain Steve Smith (18 off 27) also chipped in with absolutely no pressure of the score board total, before being dismissed just at the cusp of victory.
West Indies, on the other hand, were clinical in their opening match against Pakistan, as they literally reduced them to nothing in their 7-wicket victory at the same venue where tomorrow’s clash will take place.
The 22-year pacer Oshane Thomas, made full use of the opportunity. He looked lethal with the ball, as he troubled the Pakistani batsmen with pace and height. He ultimately returned with figures of 5.4-0-27-4. Skipper Jason Holder was expensive, as he was pummelled for 42 runs in 5 overs, but also took 3 crucial wickets.
In the batting department, the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle continued with his good run of form, scoring a quickfire 50 of 34 ball, with the help of 6 fours and 4 mammoth sixes. Southpaw Darren Bravo’s form is still a cause of concern as he was out for a duck, thereby continuing with his string of low scores recently.
Australia vs West Indies – Predicted Playing 11
With a brilliant all-round display by both the teams in their first match, they should field in the same eleven, unless they wish to try out other available options in the squad, or if there is an eleventh hour injury.
West Indies might well wish to bring back Shannon Gabriel (if at all he is fit) in place of Sheldon Cottrell, who did no wrong in the 4 overs he bowled the other day against Pakistan.
With the Aussie coach, Justin Langer dropping hints that he will, in all likelihood go in with the same Playing 11, there are no changes expected in the Aussie line-up.
Australia Playing 11
David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (Wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Zampa
West Indies Playing 11
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (Wk), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell/ Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas.
Afghanistan vs Australia vs West Indies- Pitch and Weather Condition
The track at Trent Bridge, Nottingham has been a belter for the batsmen for the past two decades. In the last World Cup match played here between England and Pakistan, a total of 682 runs were scored by both the teams (cumulative). The first match the Windies played at this venue, they troubled the Pakistan with tremendous pace and bounce, with as many as 7 batsmen being dismissed through short deliveries hauled at them by the pacers. Thus, fast bowlers also have an imperative role to play at the venue.
The weather, on the other hand will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. With a mere 20% precipitation forecast, rain is not expected to play a spoilsport tomorrow. The temperature is predicted at 17 degrees Celsius.
Bowling first at this venue has paid rich dividents in the past. With a partly cloudy condition forecast tomorrow, the new ball bowlers will foe sure extract some bounce off the surface. Thus, the team that wins the toss might well look to bowl at Nottingham.
Where would the match telecast?
The clash between the two sides will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network and Hotstar, and will commence from 03:00 IST.