Australia and West Indies meet one last time this summer in a T20I at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday.
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With most of the players on their way to India – or already in the country – for Australia’s four-Test tour, it is a partially depleted home team that will be on display against the world champions West Indies.
Unfortunately for the paying public, West Indies’ performances in the ODIs preceding this T20I hasn’t been anything to write home about and coupled with Aussie absentees, this could take the sheen off this game.
Australia have a bone to pick with the West Indies having lost to them in the World T20 semi-final last year. Having earlier beaten them in a rain-hit first round match, Australia capitulated in face of a huge chase, with only captain George Bailey (63) getting to more than 20.
The architects of that West Indian win were Chris Gayle and Ravi Rampaul. Gayle has been misfiring more recently and given his fitness woes he may miss this game. Rampaul isn’t even on tour.
The hosts had a new hero in the fifth ODI, Adam Voges, who carved out a maiden international century for himself. And then he promptly got injured and may miss this game. Joe Burns joins the side in his place.
Captain Bailey has had his own hamstring-related issues that caused him to miss a couple of ODIs but he could get fit in time for this. In the absence of Shane Watson and other senior men, if Bailey is rendered a non-starter, the onus of captaincy might fall on Brad Haddin.
Australia could afford a debut to Ben Rohrer while West Indies might use Tino Best’s aggro for the first time in this format of the game.
If Gayle does not make it to the line-up, it will be left to the other centurion from the fifth ODI, Johnson Charles to take up the lead at the top of the West Indian innings. Kieran Powell could step in at the top of the order.