Ravi Rampaul not playing: West Indies have made a solitary change to their Playing XI for their last ICC T20 World Cup 2021 match.
During the 38th match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021 between Australia and West Indies in Abu Dhabi, Australia captain Aaron Finch has won the toss and chose to field.
“We will bowl. It looks like a really good wicket and won’t change throughout the 40 overs, will try to do some early damage with the ball. If you have to win the tournament then you have to win both ways. But on this surface if there’s any kind of moisture then it will be first up. We won’t think about it [NRR]. We have come here to take two points,” Finch said at the toss.
Australia, who would want to win this match to further bolster their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals, haven’t made any change to their Playing XI.
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West Indies captain Kieron Pollard considered this as an unfortunate situation wherein they have been knocked out of the tournament in the presence of some archetype T20 superstars and despite being the defending champions.
“Obviously these guys, all of us have done over the last decade or so for the T20 game is just amazing. It is unfortunate that we couldn’t get that one last hurrah in terms of getting to the next phase of the tournament. But today is another opportunity, it will be emotional for some but the important thing is to try and win the cricket game to salvage something,” Pollard said at the toss.
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Playing their last match of the tournament, West Indies have given an opportunity to spinner Hayden Walsh in place of pacer Ravi Rampaul. A primary reason behind Walsh’s inclusion is him being their highest T20I wicket-taker against Australia picking 12 wickets at an average and strike rate of 11.67 and 10 respectively.
In the four T20Is that Rampaul has played in this tournament, he has played two wickets at an average of 49, an economy rate of 7.53 and a strike rate of 39.