BBL helps Windies swat up on Aussies

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    Instead of a “who’s who”, the Australian side set to run out in their one-off Twenty20 clash with the West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday night looks more like a “who’s that?”.

    However, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says some inside information from his side’s Big Bash League stars has them primed to pull off a triumphant end to what has been a woeful Australian tour to date.

    Barely half the Gabba is expected to be filled based on luke warm ticket sales after Australian selectors were forced to name a B team due to a clash with the Test tour of India.

    Most punters who arrive for what was supposed to be a thrilling finale to international cricket on home soil this summer may flick through the match program to swat up on the Australian side – but not Gibson.

    The coach of the T20 world champions says the strong Windies flavour in the BBL this season should help them taste victory on Wednesday night.

    The likes of Chris Gayle (Sydney Thunder), Kemar Roach (Brisbane Heat) and Kieron Pollard (Adelaide Strikers) have provided some welcome analysis on Australia’s new faces such as potential debutants Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Rohrer.

    “According to our guys in the Big Bash these guys are coming off good stints in that competition,” Gibson told AAP on Tuesday.

    “It’s about getting as much information we can on them so we can execute our plans.”

    Australia’s team may be further depleted after Adam Voges (hamstring) was given until the last minute to prove his fitness, with another BBL star Joe Burns – Roach’s Heat teammate – placed on standby.

    But Gibson said he was more interested in finishing their tour with a win after their 5-0 ODI series shutout – not who Australia was sending out.

    “I don’t think it is disrespectful,” he said of Australia naming a B team due to the Test tour clash.

    “T20 started off as entertainment but become a bit more serious and is the most lucrative format for players.

    “But Test cricket has always been No.1.

    “A lot of their guys in India would be in the T20 side but we are not worried about who will play for them tomorrow night.

    “We are the world champions and we need to come out here and play like that.”

    One of the rare shining lights of the ODIs was Pollard who impressed Gibson by going from thumper to thinker after moving up to No.5 in the order.

    Pollard largely shelved the batting pyrotechnics to give his side a chance of breaking their ODI duck against Australia with measured knocks of 45 and a sublime unbeaten 109 in the final two clashes.

    Still, Gibson expected Pollard to return to his explosive best on Wednesday night.

    “After the first three games he moved to No.5 and it was stressed to him that the closer you get to the top the more responsibility you have as a batsman,” Gibson said.

    “And we saw a more controlled Pollard.

    “We knew he could hit the ball out of the ground but he has shown he can bat.

    “That’s very encouraging for us.”

    © AAP 2018

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