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Can The West Indies Withstand The Force Of Australia This Summer?

On May 14, 2021, cricket lovers were greeted with the good news that the summer will be filled with blockbuster international cricket in the region.

Cricket West Indies announced that the Windies is set to face off against South Africa in 2 Tests and 5 T-20s from June 10-July 3.

Secondly, from July 9 to 24, the team will take on Australia in 5 T-20s and 3 ODI matches.

Finally, they will play five T-20s and 2 Test matches between July and August against the Pakistanis.

In total, the Windies will play four Tests, 3 ODIs, and 15 T-20 matches. The itinerary on paper seems quite daunting, but it is a challenge that a young and improving West Indies team should relish.

Let’s examine the second in a three-part series the profile of the second of the three opponents that the Windies will be up against this summer. 

Australia

The Australians most recent bilateral tour of the Caribbean occurred in 2015 when they won the test series 2-0.

They also defeated the West Indies in the finals of a tri-nation series in 2016 which also involved South Africa.

Australia comes into the upcoming white-ball tour of the Caribbean in an indifferent form. Late last year, they defeated India 2-1 in the ODI’s but lost in the Test series and T-20 by the reverse score line. They then embarked on a T-20 tour of neighbor’s New Zealand only to lose 3-2 to the black caps.

Cricket Australia recently named a strong squad to square off against the West Indies including Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Glen Maxwell.

It remains to be seen whether Smith and Warner will make the trip. This is because Cameron Bancroft has restarted some controversy when he recently admitted that the bowlers have full knowledge of the ball-tampering that was taking place in a March 2018 Test against South Africa.

If they do make the trip Smith, Warner, Maxwell, and Finch will form an elite lineup.

Smith has 4,378 ODI runs in 113 innings at an average of 43.34. Warner is a remarkable striker of the cricket ball with a high score of 179 and 100 not out in ODI and T-20 International respectively.

Glen Maxwell is an audacious stroke player in the limited-overs format. The team will be led by Aaron Finch who is also a tremendous hitter and has scores of 172 and 156 in international T-20 games against Zimbabwe and England respectively.

In the bowling department, the Windies will face a triple threat of stars, Cummings, Hazelwood and Starc.

Starc is the backbone of the bowling attack for the past decade. In ODI he has a best of 6 for 28 and an average of 23.16.

Cummings and Hazlewood bring steadiness, experience, and wicket-taking ability with a combined 199 scalps between them.

The Australians have done the sensible thing of blending in youth and experience. if Smith and Warner make the tour then this team maybe be a challenge too tough for the rising Windies.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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