Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth

Tourists out to transcend nostalgia

Daniel Brettig

January 31, 2013

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Match facts

Kieran Powell made 92 before retiring hurt, Prime Minister's XI v West Indians, Canberra, January 29, 2013
Kieran Powell will hope to follow up an assured start to the tour © Getty Images
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February 1, WACA Ground
Start time 1120 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

Garner. Richards. Ambrose. Lara. No Channel Nine, not anymore. The broadcaster's pre-series promo for Australia's ODI meetings with the West Indies was high on nostalgia and low on relevance, suggesting that either their advertising and marketing department have run out of ideas or they did not notice Darren Sammy's team win the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka last year. The West Indies did slip up in the limited overs matches that followed their Test victories in Bangladesh, and only a week into their time in Australia may find the going tough at the WACA ground against an Australian side that squared the Sri Lanka series with a closing win in Hobart.

The goal for both sides will be to settle further into a strong combination ahead of the Champions Trophy in England later this year, a prelude to the 2015 World Cup. Australia have plenty of players looking to turn occasional spots in the team into more frequent ones, not least James Faulkner, who has come into the side in place of the momentarily injured Moises Henriques, and Usman Khawaja, ditto for David Warner. West Indies are reintegrating Ramnaresh Sarwan after a period of mutual discontent and legal action, while Sunil Narine will be among those hoping to demonstrate their ability to deliver strong results on surfaces beyond their home region.

Whoever is chosen for West Indies, they have been given some motivation already by television's choice that it is better to ignore the present day completely while enticing viewers to watch. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and company will be hoping to provide something more vibrant than nostalgia for the 1980s and 1990s.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

An injury to David Warner has offered Usman Khawaja the chance for a better run at securing an ODI place, following his bizarre one-match stint against Sri Lanka. Khawaja showed comfort against the West Indies bowlers in the tour opener at Manuka Oval, though he did so on a pitch far less lively than that which may be expected in Perth. Having manufactured a couple of run outs in recent times Khawaja's fielding is improving, and he now has the added assurance of knowing he will be flying to India for the forthcoming Tests.

More than 18 months since he last played for the West Indies, Ramnaresh Sarwan has the potential to add worthwhile solidity to a batting line-up composed largely of dashers. His absence from the team was for quite fractious reasons, and it has taken considerable magnanimity by both player and management for Sarwan to return. If he struggled a tad for timing during the opening tour match in Canberra, Sarwan's ability to rotate the strike did not go unnoticed.

Team news

Clarke left Xavier Doherty out of his final XI for the opening ODI. David Warner's thumb fracture means Usman Khawaja will slot somewhere into the top four, while James Faulkner's debut will give Australia no fewer than three left-arm pacemen.

Australia 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Usman Khawaja, 5 George Bailey, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Clint McKay.

Kieran Powell has recovered from the cramp that forced him to retire hurt in Canberra, but Andre Russell has a sore knee that limited his bowling in the tour opener and will be given until match-day to prove his fitness. Kemar Roach may miss the first game having only joined the squad in Perth after personal leave at home.

West Indies (possible) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieron Powell, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Devon Thomas (wk), 10 Tino Best, 11 Sunil Narine.

Pitch and conditions

Perth's forecast is for a hot, dry day peaking at 37C. The WACA pitch is expected to be speedy, as evidenced by Australia's omission of Doherty.

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have won 10 of 17 ODIs they have played at the WACA ground, and only once have they lost to Australia, in February 1984
  • Among current players, Michael Clarke is the most prolific run scorer in matches between the teams, sitting 21st on the overall list with 707 at 41.58


"I feel really good. My ankle's come along really well after spraining it in Hobart. I'm at full fitness. I've been doing all my running. I've had plenty of batting since I've been here, some bowling and lots of fielding. I'm 100 per cent and looking forward to being out there."
Michael Clarke is confident he has shrugged off ankle and hamstring problems

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Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@kanhairuns on (January 31 2013, 23:13 PM GMT) - oh dear! Maybe this is Oz's one win & the WIndies will win the next 4? Yes? BTW - regarding our bowling, McKay has the 6th greatest S/R of all time in ODIs, & Starc is on track to having the 2nd best of all time. @king_kenie on (January 31 2013, 13:13 PM GMT) - from the brief sighting (re: Holder) - I think you are onto something. Watching Holder, I had some nasty flashbacks to the mid-80s. Whilst they were nasty memories, I hope he is the real deal. @wellrounded87 on (February 01 2013, 02:57 AM GMT) "...what does that make the number 7 WI team? (the same team that was embarassed by bangladesh) mediocre i suppose..." - I get ZERO pleasure out of that, but so true.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 1, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

West Indies have a powerful batting side when on yet they dont tend to pick any front-line bowlers and go for plenty. Being PErth the hardest pitch for Flat track bullies to perform on I expect Australia will be 2-0 come Sunday night.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Will be interesting to see if AUS finally click as a team in this series. Looks like they'll stick to a core group of players, which is what they should have done all along. My criticism of the rotation system is that it has not placed priority on winning games & developing a team culture. Rather, making sure everyone gets a run & trying to predict who might get injured has been the priority. To me that is madness, esp. in the short term. Good science takes into consideration multiple levels of a system, not one or two in isolation. That's why the rotation policy has produced very poor results so far. Sure, it gives more guys a run, but disrupts team harmony & its relationship with the public, gives winning a secondary value, making a culture of losing OK. It also has had poor results in reducing injuries. There have been more than ever. This is because the logic which underpins the thinking is poor: irregular rest from physical stress does not reduce injuries, but increases likelihood

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 1, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

@Kanhairuns While i agree this australian team is not even close to where they were for the previous 20 years i think it's fair to say no team in the world will be like that for a long long time. However this Australian side is as good as any in world cricket currently. Our batsmen are lacking experience not depth. Finch can be as destructive as any batter in the world when he's on he just needs to get over his jitters. Hughes has scored 2 centuries from 5 matches and Michael Clarke is in supreme form. Bailey is a solid batsmen and has a great cricket brain and Khawaja is not without his uses. The bowlers are among the best, yes they break down a lot but hardly reason to discredit the talent they've displayed.

Bottom line the number 3 team in the world is hardly "average" and if they are what does that make the number 7 WI team? (the same team that was embarassed by bangladesh) mediocre i suppose.

Posted by BG4cricket on (February 1, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

I sense a crucial day today in the career of Aaron Finch who really needs a score to cement his place and transition his strong domestic form into the international arena

Posted by ConradFitzroy on (February 1, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Good chance for Khawaja, Hughes, Maxwell to get more game time before India. Hope Finch can get a pile as well!! What are Cowan and Lyon up to at the moment...

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 1, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

@kanhairuns, wake up to yourself mate, this Aussie team is world class. Only weakness I see in this team is Maxwell in the allrounder position. The fact that Darren Sammy is your captain speaks volumes about where West Indian cricket is right now. You will never get back to the glory days.

Posted by Bolt77 on (February 1, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

I am looking forward to this series. I think a fit Samuels would have made it more even. As a WI fan I want us to win, but it will be difficult against Aus at home. We need to play Holder on the WACA. He bowled well in Caribbean T20. I wouldn't play Best but I think they might pick him. I want to see big things from Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell. I hope that they play them both. Please leave out an all-rounder.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

I have to call this match for the Aussies simply because they have by far the superior pace attack at the WACA and will get more assistance from the surface and breeze. McKay and Faulkner will be tight, Johnson will be full mongrel, Starc will be a bit of each. It's definitely premature to call the series for the Windies just yet.

Posted by shelts7 on (February 1, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

how can they keep putting Finch in the odi when ha has failed 3 times already. put Marsh in as he is in form and is a proven player at this level. Finch is obviously not.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 1, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

kanhairuns; We won the last ODI against Sri Lanka by quite a margin - whats your point? Yes its true the australian team will never be as good as the team that had Hayden, Gilchrist, Marty, Symonds, Bevan, Lee, Mcgrath, Warne and Gillespie - but lucky for us the rest of the world will never be as good as them. Which means we are now on an even playing ground. We will lose games for sure but we will always be competetive and usually win more than we lose.

Posted by obatsalem1979 on (January 31, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

windies middle order has been poor in one day internationals.....the dependancy on so-called allrounders to step up has not worked.

going forward,it seems that if and when samuels comes back,he is the number 3 batsman. for this tour,i hope sarwan bats number 5. since that`s the need the team needs now.

maybe during the domestic season this year,some pace bowlers will put their hands up and get selected. so far roach and rampaul are the leading bowlers,lets see how beaton of guyana does following a good showing in the carribben t20s

Posted by kanhairuns on (January 31, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

@Surajdon9: Keep dreaming my friend!! Talking about undisciplined team, you don't have to go any further that the last ODI against SL to see how undisciplined Aussie players were!! This is not you father's Aussie team, it is weak - no batting depth, especially with Warner out. The bowling is not bad but they breakdown regularly and your fielding leaves much to be desired!! This team is not even close to the teams of your recent past. Aussie fans better get used to the fact that their team will be "average" for a long time to come. I do not see any replacements for Hussey and Ponting in the pipeline!! WI is on the rise. Only person who can beat us is Gibson with his team selection. I hope he gets it right!! Windies 4-1 !!!!

Posted by Reuelsean on (January 31, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

@SIRSOBERZ, It would be a mistake to drop Darren Bravo, as it is our batting is already a little light. if any body gets left out, it would be russell, cause polly, dwayne and sammy all have to play. Holder has to come in place of an allrounder, and that has to be russell, not a specialist batsman.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (January 31, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Pity Delorn Johnson isn't there...he'd love that WACA track...

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 31, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

Pathetic team selection from WI. How can they play with 1 seamer on a wicket like perth. Even we played with 4 seamers on the gabba wicket, eventhough our bet bowlers are spinners. I think Pollard(Who performs once in a while) should be replaced by a seamer. WI has russel, sammy, Bravo to do the finishing role so they dont need pollard here. Good luck to WI. From a Sri lankan fan.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@ kanhairuns YES that is probably the best 11 I would say maybe other than the order(CHarles lower Sars higher) but I guess he could go 3 with licence to play aggressive game most importantly W.I need to have ROACH HOLDER an BEST in the 11 . Lookin at Aussies openers HUGHES an FINCH they're both short 5 ft 7 guys HOLDER's steep bounce of good length could cause them guys difficulties especially at the WACA i hope he starts. Roach has jus arrived so I don't think he will be playin the first one which gives Russell the place most likely, Dwayne Pollard and Russell will all have to fight for their place.

Posted by   on (January 31, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

King_Kenie. You mentioned that Darren Sammy "manages to single handedly hand games to the opposition". Do you mean like in the final of the T20 World Cup. When he came on to bowl at a crucial time in the game and bowled 2 overs for 6 runs and took 2 wickets???

Posted by kanhairuns on (January 31, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Look for WI to win this series 4-1. I believe this team is about to take off. The ODI series loss in Bang was a lesson for Sammy (you don't talk about whitewashing an opponent unless you are 4-0 up) and hopefully he has learnt it well. Will miss Ramphal a lot but hopefully Gibson has the foresight to include Holder in the XI. He will be a handful for the Aussie batsmen with his ability to move the ball off the pitch and extract that extra bounce. I expect Darren Bravo to "take over" this series and score heavily, his ability to play through the line on these faster pitches will delight WI fans. My biggest concern is that WI will go with too many "all-rounders" and create a batting imbalance!! We cannot play Dwayne Bravo, Sammy, Pollard, Russel and Holder at the same time...My XI Gayle, Powell, Charles (wk) Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Sammy, Holder, Narine, Roach and Best....Go Windies!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 31, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I am supporting West Indies cos they are my 2nd favorite team after Sri Lanka. My worry is their bowling. They should win a match or 2 for sure but I feel Aussies are good to win 4-1 or 3-2, but hope I am wrong.

Posted by landl47 on (January 31, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Australia's taking quite a big risk here. Going in with only 5 bowlers, including the part-timer Maxwell, means that if anyone breaks down (which hasn't been exactly unknown in the Australian side recently) or if anyone goes for big runs the only replacement is the captain himself, unless you count Finch and Bailey, with one wicket apiece in their careers in List A, or Hughes and Khawaja, who have never bowled in short format at all.

Still, it will be a good chance to see young Faulkner, who has a good FC record (though not, surprisingly, a great List A record) and maybe Johnson can break a few more hands, preferably on the other side this time.

WI will as always be hoping that Gayle gets in and that enough of their hit-and-missers can hit this time out, though sadly they are without their self-proclaimed legend, Samuels. Their bowling also looks suspect, though with more options, and they need Narine to prove he can bowl on flat decks.

An interesting game in prospect.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

@ king_kenie Yeh if Holder going to play the WACA would be ideal for him his bounce could cause problems I see Roach is out an After Russell in warm up game its hard to leave him out so again I'd have to drop Bravo add Charles and put Holder for Thomas, if Pollard has bad first 2 games then he can be left out to - it's good to have competition for places some these guys need t step up this tour ! Pollard needs to show he a serious ODI batsman an that incredible 100 v Aussies last series was no 1 off

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (January 31, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

I think Darren Bravo might have to be replaced with Charles so that Roach can replace Devon Thomas in this 11

Posted by king_kenie on (January 31, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Watch out for Jason Holder Aussies... You know little of him but after this series, you would wish you had never known him. You will no doubt prepare a set of fast bowling wickets but it could backfire. At the WACA, I would play Holder, Best, Narine, Sammy, Thomas, Dwayne, Darren, Sarwan, Pollard, Gail and Powell. For Russell to play Sammy have to sit out... That is not about to happen Under Otis. Holder could have a Mourn Morkel Effect on batsmen... Just remember when your hopefuls fail Miserably... The only thing that stands in our way of a series white wash is Darren Sammy's Captaincy. He manages to single handedly hand games to the opposition. just remember the last series against Bangladesh or the last time you guys met us in the Caribbean. Now remembering that, I have to Quit Boasting.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 31, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

Aussie will Thrash 5-0.Come on Ozz Lets beat those undisciplined team..

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 31, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Here I was thinking the Sri Lankan series is over and there would be no more winging on here and up pops TrueLankan dispersing his unsubstantiated crap about picking at the seam. The series is over time to move on. Please stop your winigng Im sure everyone is sick of it. Forget squash balls they are legal, no picking at the seam, Johnson hitting batsman hands, rain it does occur and every other minor incident you have made a mountain out of.

Posted by hycIass on (January 31, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

@Junikamra yes Khawaja will do well, this time he knows he will get 2 games so he can prove to everyone that he is not just a test player but also a ODI player. It will be a good test for him as the WACCA is a tough pitch to bat on with the bounce but Khawaja has scored alot in the GABBA so he will be ready.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 31, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Actually its quite a strong Australian team. Glad Finch is being given a decent run. He's too good to keep missing out. A pity Warner isn't there as it would be a super strong batting lineup. But the bowling is good too. I doubt they'll make the mistake of changing half the team after the first game. @Truelankan, have you ever thought that your bad sportsmanship and constant whining reflect poorly upon your country?

Posted by johntycodes on (January 31, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Yes yes yes lets watch the first of 5 test matches against the west indies when the aussies bat tomorrow trying to block and push singles all innings. Yeah that should be exciting.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Hopefully the Boys of the Caribbean can win 3-2 unless the Australians claim an unfair advantage to the Windies or pick at the seam.

Posted by decko on (January 31, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

What's happened to Watto is he still under an injury cloud or has he been dropped from the ODI squad? He's the cleanest hitter we have in the side! Bring back watto and we win.

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (January 31, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

It is interesting that their is a bucket load of comments on the selection for the India tour yet none here, and yet this is a series that could upset the apple cart. Indeed if Samuels and Roach were available it could be argued that WI would be favourites. To an outsider it seems mind boggling that this series is fitted in after two home series, a tour of India and back to back Ashes series. It makes it doubly difficult for the players to be jumping from one format to another. When are you actually going to give players some rest (as opposed to rotation) and more importantly the coaching to make an inexperienced side into a competent international one?

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 31, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

The WI team seems to be consisted of plenty of hit and miss sloggers, and if they're on song they'd score much more than 300 against any attack. They'll probably click atleast twice collectively (batting wise) and I'd doubt we'd win if that happens, but they look susceptible to losing wickets in clumps and if we get early wickets we'd most probably win. Also after watching a bit of the pm's XI, faulkner looks the goods as a limited overs specialist, (even though he has a remarkable FC bowling average), with his economical death bowling and deception in pace, he took 4-40/50 odd, not to mention his batting ability. Their bowling looks the weakness and I predict a 3-2 win aussie's way because of the home conditions, even though they're a much better limited overs team than test team.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 31, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

best of luck UZZY make sure you grab this oppurtunity and perform well all of aus fans are expecting a good show from u.. You are a brilliant player no doubt and now u have to show ur brilliance at international level.. best of luck aus team..

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 31, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Good to see Faulkner. Not sure why he is considered behind Henriques in the test squad though. Maybe less experience of the big time? Hopefully Faulkner does well as he could be a big thing for Australia in the future.

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