Windies, Aussies set to light up Trent Bridge
Winning by a margin of 7 wickets in their opening World Cup games, Australia and the West Indies head into this 10th match with a spring in their step. The Aussies have been dominant against the Windies in recent times, winning four out of the past five ODI’s in the head-to-head battle. That’s unlikely to faze the West Indies though, they look a completely different & more dynamic team since those results were recorded.
The battle between Australia’s quicks and the Windies power-hitters promises to be an enthralling contest. The universe boss once again looms as the potential match-winner at the top for the Windies, however Chris Gayle isn’t the only six-hitting dynamo in this Caribbean outfit. Provided he passes a fitness test, Gayle will team up with Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran as the aggressors set to take on the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. It will be a fiery contest throughout, especially if the Windies get ahold of the Aussie quicks early. Both Starc and Cummins has the ability to bowl searing bouncers if runs start to flow, that could be a good and possibly effective counter-attack by the Aussies. Shai Hope’s form with the bat coming into the World Cup has been tremendous, three centuries and two fifties in his last month of cricket has seen him elevated up the order. Past-great Ian Bishop has praised this new-look Windies line-up, let’s hope it continues to deliver!
For Australia it’s just a matter of sticking to the basics and keeping things simple in the group stage, they to boast enormous-ability throughout their line-up in this year’s ICC World Cup. A 96-run opening stand between Aaron Finch and David Warner against Afghanistan must have done the pair a world of good, the controversial-Warner then went on to score a watchful-89 and was awarded player of the match. The Windies ability to make regular breakthroughs against Pakistan means that Australia’s depth may be tested at Trent Bridge, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell faced just one delivery in their World Cup opener while Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey weren’t required. Oshane Thomas headlined a dominant West Indies onslaught finishing with figures of 4/27, Russell and Holder were also impressive.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Australia
- Pat Cummins
- David Warner
- Steve Smith
- Nathan Coulter-Nile
Wildcard pick – Glenn Maxwell
Top 4 fantasy picks – West Indies
- Shai Hope
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Oshane Thomas
- Chris Gayle
Wildcard pick – Nicholas Pooran
Predicted Team XI’s
Australia (possible) – 1. Aaron Finch © 2. David Warner 3. Usman Khawaja 4. Steve Smith 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Marcus Stoinis 7. Alex Carey (wk) 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile 9. Pat Cummins 10. Mitchell Starc 11. Adam Zampa.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle/Evin Lewis 2. Shai Hope (wk) 3. Darren Bravo 4. Shimron Hetmyer 5. Nicholas Pooran 6. Jason Holder © 7. Andre Russell 8. Carlos Brathwaite 9. Ashley Nurse 10. Sheldon Cottrell 11. Oshane Thomas.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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