Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Perth February 2, 2013

The only way is up for West Indies


Match facts

February 3, WACA Ground
Start time 1120 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

It feels as though the series hasn't really started, yet Australia find themselves 1-0 up. The first match at the WACA on Friday was so short that it was over well before the time that should have been the change of innings. In fact, the teams could have played a Twenty20 afterwards and still been finished early. Having been bowled out for 70, the only way is up for West Indies. Hopefully, at least. The Perth fans would certainly like to see more of a contest in the second game.

Prior to the series, the captain Darren Sammy spoke of his desire for West Indies to begin 2013 in the right way, to set the tone for the coming year. He can only hope the players forget Friday's match ever happened, just like they have tried to erase from their minds the ODI series loss to Bangladesh late last year. There is much improvement required from West Indies in the 50-over format, and if they can't turn things around on Sunday in Perth this series could be almost out of their grasp by the time Australia send their first batch of players off to India to prepare for the upcoming Test series.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
Australia WWLLW
West Indies LLWWL

In the spotlight

Glenn Maxwell has scored two half-centuries from his eight one-day international innings, including an unbeaten 51 in Australia's tiny chase on Friday. But it is bowling that needs to continue developing and he is yet to take a wicket in ODI cricket. If Xavier Doherty is again left out, Maxwell will be the only spinner in Australia's line-up and it will be a good test of his bowling - that is, if the fast men leave any work for him this time.

West Indies rely heavily on Chris Gayle at the top of the order and they cannot afford for his lean patch to continue too much longer. He has not scored a half-century in his past nine ODI innings and his BBL form was also disappointing. There is plenty of batting talent in the West Indies line-up but Gayle sets the tone, and they need that tone to be positive.

Team news

After Australia's clinical performance on Friday, there is little reason for them to alter their team. The success of the fast men means it is unlikely Xavier Doherty will be needed until the series moves away from Perth.

Australia (possible) 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.

West Indies will be hoping Andre Russell can prove his fitness after missing the first match due to a knee problem. He would add some depth to their batting while also providing another pace option. After the success of the fast men on Friday, West Indies might consider whether Sunil Narine is required at the WACA or whether they can use Chris Gayle for their spin requirements.

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 Devon Thomas (wk), 9 Darren Sammy 10 Sunil Narine/Jason Holder, 11 Kemar Roach.

Pitch and conditions

Perth's forecast is for another hot day with a top temperature of 37C. There should again be assistance for the fast men.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have now won their past five ODIs at the WACA. The last team to beat them in Perth were New Zealand, who did so on February 1, 2009
  • Friday's game lasted only 199 deliveries, making it the shortest completed ODI ever played in Australia


"We were talking about it straight after the game, that any day Gayle can turn it on and score 200 in a one-dayer and, all of a sudden, we are chasing 370 or 380. They can flick it on and off like a switch."
Glenn Maxwell

"It's going to be hard to wipe what happened out of the memory, but we've had great games against them and we'll think about the positives. We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them."
Darren Sammy after the first match

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • PRAMOND on February 3, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    WI should have selected Edward. I think Edward, Roach & Ram Paul is good combination for WI on WACA. Than you can have back up of Rusell and DJ Bravo.

  • disco on February 3, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Absolutely no doubt that we will see a better display from the WI and it is interesting that it will be played on the same pitch. Could be amusing if WI win the toss. In order to back up the decision to attack the previous meagre score by coming out with all guns blazing, Australia now needs a solid performance. If ever there was a time for Khawaja to go big then this is it.

    If, as I expect Australia win this match, then they must not do it as SL did in the reply to Australia's 74 otherwise it makes them look like bullies when they get the opportunity. This is the situation that Clarke has put them in because of what must have been his instructions in the previous game.

  • Peter on February 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    The Windies will bounce back, there is too much talent not to. @xylo, It was crude, it was ugly, it was also effective, but I agree, let's not get too carried away, this sort of batting rarely succeeds with any sort of regularity. This is pure T20 slogging.

  • Bill on February 3, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    It's time to reward consistency and weight of numbers in the One Day Format. For 4-5 years Maxy Klinger has regularly been averaging in excess of 40 in the Ryobi Cup, opening the innings for the Redbacks and consistently being in the top run scorers for each seaon. Ideally,this is the time to play Maxy in the ODI series,when you need consistent run scorers and leaders onboard. Leading the Redbacks to last year's final success against the Tassie Tigers and in the process making in excess of 80. 2 half centuries this season and contunued solid numbers makes him an obviouis choice... it's time....

  • Mark on February 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    There's a lot of talk about what the West Indies did wrong, but what about what the Australian bowling did right?.. If there is a repeat of that performance tonight, then I'll agree. But the West Indies are better than that so I'll expect a better match tonight.

  • John on February 2, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    I hope the WI batsmen aren't too spooked and this is more of a contest. Aus bowled and fielded exceptionally well in the last game, but they can be beaten and WI have to believe in themselves and not drop their heads.

    Mind you, who knows what Michael Clarke will pull out of his ear this time? It'll be fun to find out.

  • John on February 2, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    It seems like Khawaja has been dropped again to make way for Ben Cutting. Aaron Finch is still there despite his utter failure in last 4 international appearances. This whole 'avoid Khawaja as much as possible' policy of Cricket Australia is just going too far.

  • Basil on February 2, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Maxwell scores 51 off 30-odd balls to win the match in no time and all you people can do is whinge about his technique. Marsh has a good technique and scores 6 off 17 balls in a T20. Nothing but criticism constantly being posted. If you want to see poor batting technique, watch some of the old WSC highlights from the 80's.

  • Basil on February 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    So much negativity always directed at Australia. One would think they they would be one of the worst performed teams in world cricket. They win more often than not and have been smashed by injuries to key players for a while now. I can't remember the last time they played there first choice team in any format, yet still remain a threat. Boring negativity.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Quite frankly, any West Indian cricket player that played today against Australia today should feel absolutely ASHAMED of themselves. Take a good look at yourselves as you are paid cricket professionals who represent the West Indies team. If I were to carry out my job as pitiful as you all did today, I would be rightly fired. Where is your pride? I can only describe your performances today and most of the last 15 years as completely GUTLESS.

    When the people of the West Indies say "Rally Round The West Indies", WE MEAN IT! West Indies players, STOP LETTING US DOWN, Rally Round Yourselves, you represent the cricketing people of the great countries that make up the WEST INDIES! And for goodness sake, Grow a Pair!!!! You are MEN not mice.

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