West Indies v Australia 1st ODI: Cricket live scores, commentary
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West Indies v Australia
ARNOS VALE GROUND, MARCH 16, 2012
1st ODI - WIN v AUS
|Australia 1st Inn||8/204|
|West Indies 1st Inn||140 All Out|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bat|
|Australia won by 64 runs|
|West Indies||Over:32.2 RR:4.33|
|1 . . . . 6 |||. . 1wd . 1 . 1 |||6 4 . 4 . 1 ||
|Last Wicket:||Sammy, 35 (c:Christian b:McKay)|
|Current Partnership:||36 runs, 23 balls, RR:156.52|
Australia will open their campaign against West Indies at the Arnos Vale, Kingstown in St Vincent in the first ODI we’ll bring you the live scores and commentary of the action starting at 12.30am AEDT on Saturday.
The last time West Indies won an ODI in a bilateral series against Australia was in 2003. Roll back another five years to find an instance of a West Indian win in an ODI series that was alive at that time.
Since then, the two teams have participated in nine games over a couple of series against each other and West Indies have lost all nine.
Australia may be shorn of a couple of the architects of those wins, including captain Michael Clarke but they land on the West Indian shores with a reasonably strong team.
Shane Watson led them to a CB series victory after himself returning from an injury and he will continue to skipper the side here.
Clarke’s absence should allow Peter Forrest to hold his place in the playing XI and he will be expected to bat at four after the three Ws – Dave Warner, Matthew Wade and Watson.
That is unless the selectors want to play Brad Haddin in the XI. The Hussey brothers will complete the batting.
Australia’s bowling in the recently-concluded CB series was a tad patchy. On occasions, like in the third final, they delivered the goods when the chips were down but there were other instances of being not as frugal as they would have desired.
With James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus joining the injured list, the Australian bowling composition remains to be seen – they may not shy from playing both their spinners, Xavier Doherty and Nathan Lyon.
West Indies come into the series with an unenviable recent ODI record. Since 2007-08, the only ODI series they have won against a Test-playing nation was one last year against Bangladesh.
They will be led by the indefatigable Darren Sammy but it is the absence of Chris Gayle that continues to make news. Gayle was left out by the selectors yet again after his long-standing feud with the board refused to see the end of the tunnel.
Dwayne Bravo, who has played with some of the Australian players in their domestic T20 competition, will deputise for Sammy while Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard will be batsmen to look out for the home team.
Andre Russell’s all-round skills have impressed many and this could be a career-defining series for him. Sunil Narine will be the other bowler who could prove to be somewhat of a riddle for the Australian batsmen, with his mix of offies and leggies.
We will bring you the coverage throughout this first ODI of the series between West Indies and Australia from St. Vincent and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds from 12.30am AEDT.