Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Perth

The only way is up for West Indies

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

February 2, 2013

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Match facts

Clint McKay removed Chris Gayle early, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013
Chris Gayle sets the tone for West Indies and his poor recent form is a concern © Getty Images
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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

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Australia WWLLW
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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

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Posted by PRAMOD_2012 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.

Posted by disco_bob 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.

Posted by Chris_P 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.

Posted by Chucker1818 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....

Posted by Marko12 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.

Posted by landl47 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.

Posted by ClueGeek 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.

Posted by VivGilchrist 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.

Posted by VivGilchrist 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 2, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

To be honest I think it can get worse, expect more of the same at the WACA today

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Sort of inexplicable that Ramdin gets left out of the squad. While his runs are not reliable, he's hands down the best gloveman in the caribbean. I feel pretty sure he wouldn't have dropped that catch off Narine or bobble regulation takes off the fast men like Thomas did. And what have Thomas or Baugh shown to indicate that they can do any better as batsmen anyway?

I wouldn't drop Narine for this match. Quality option and the only variety in the attack besides Gayle. If they do drop him I think they'll regret it.

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 2, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

its amazing how these bowlers who are taught in county cricket are so good.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (February 2, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

here every1 blame sammy...why...he is a man who won t20 w.c 4 WI...and all of u dnt blame his performance..i knwhis batting style not gud..but even with this batting style sammy performance very gud..hez play at number 7 or 8...and number 7 or 8 not made 50 in every matches..his contribution in batting very gud at number 7 or 8.....see wht happend with number 7 or 8 batsman in others he is average crickter but gud captain...

Posted by kanhairuns on (February 2, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

I expect a good showing from the WI in tonight's match. Need Gayle and Narine to get going and changes have to be made for WI to win. Gibson has to stop selecting a T20 team to play ODI's. He cannot have both Dwayne Bravo and Pollard on this team!! That makes us a batsman and a bowler short, because neither of these guys ave more that 25 runs with the bat or under 40 with the ball in their ODI careers!!!!. We need a batsman in that #5 slot. Charles is a better option than Bravo or Pollard because 1) he can slot in at #3 which will allow Sarwan (who is searching for form) to move to #5 and 2) he can keep wicket, which will allow WI to drop Thomas and bring in a bowler, Best. These changes will provide both the batting and bowling departments with added depth. Gibson has not shown an ability to be innovative and that is hurting WI cricket!!! The XI should be in batting order: Gayle, Powell, Charles (wk), Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Holder, Sammy, Narine, Roach and Best...Go Windies!!!

Posted by SamRoy on (February 2, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

One more thing, I think Pattinson and Starc are far better batsman than Maxwell. If Pattinson isn't fit to bowl play him as a genuine bat rather than playing Maxwell.

Posted by Balb on (February 2, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

The big picture here is the absence of Shiv Chanderpaul. The present WICB regime will never get it until he decides to calll it a day. With limited test matches these days there is no reason why they cannot bring him back to stable one end of the batting.

I do not understand why some people critizes Sarwan. Yes he did played county cricket in England and he did not score much in the recently concluded Caribbean twenty/20 but getting back with a fresh start in Australia will need some drastic adjustments and support instead of criticism.

The other big guns and stars failed too. Starc was just too much.

No one mentioned the decision to bat first and the effect that wicket have had one any side batting first.

Hoping WI can show better performance in the second ODI

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 2, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

All of you are getting mad at Maxwell for doing what the coach told him to do -- which was to slog as many boundaries as quick as he could, and he did his job well. Now find something else about Australia to complain about.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (February 2, 2013, 14:32 GMT)


Actually, the West Indies didn't have goals of being number one. The were No.1, for longer than any other team in the history of the game.

Before any of you say "long time ago..." yes, it was...but until somebody beats that stretch, you are always going to hear about it!

"When your stumps are halfway down the ground, you know West Indies are back in town..."

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 2, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Tomorrow is an entirely new game. In theory the WI should do OK, as they have some very good players. However what we saw in the first game was in large part due to the unbelievably slow, spinning wickets the WI make at home these days. A lot of these players play mostly in the WI and in India got the IPL. So their technique is not suited to Perth. Lets see how they go tomorrow. Their fast bowlers should love it, but need to pitch the ball up.

Posted by Adam_from_Maine on (February 2, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Another match where Darren Sammy was the only West Indian to show up and play with any serious fight, so clearly he doesn't even merit a spot at 12th man - moan moan moan. @Iline Richards; I can't imagine who you would prefer at captain, maybe Chris Gayle with with his big 4 runs anchoring the innings? Nice. Ramdin? He's a fine keeper but he has a peanut for a brain. There's DJ Bravo, but how long could he skipper before he's injured again?

Anyway WI have to give Sarwan one more shot at scoring an international run, because right now he is the one of the "specialist batsman short" to which you refer. Kieron Pollard is a big question mark on paper and a big zero at the crease. I love you Polly, but the clock is ticking.

Let Andre Russell rest the knee, it's been injured on and off for two years, and give Narsingh Deonarine a game - Sunil Narine is not so mysterious on this Perth wicket.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

'The only way is up for the W.I team', is true, but this W.I team cannot go up unless W.I finds a captain who justifies his selection on the team by performance and have the tactical wherewith al to lead the team in the height of tough goings. Sammy was never a permanent member of the team, until he was appointed by default as captain. This team is playing one specialist batsman short and its time for Sammy to go! Irrespective of Chandra's age , he would have mounted some fight against these Aussies. The measure of good captaincy is not against minnows, its against tough opposition.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 2, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Agree xylo, personally i would have like to see SOK in the test squad instead of Maxwell as i don't think his bowling will stand up against the Indian batsman who are the best players of spin in the world, but he can prove me wrong.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 2, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@xylo, don't be no cloud on a sunny day. Technique was not the issue. Australia had a low total to chase so the tactic was to be hyper-positive and attack as to not even give WI a small glimmer of hope. They didn't want to replicate SL 6 for when they took a negative approach to chasing Australia's low total a few weeks back. Cheer up mon.

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

gayle storm will be up next match , hope aussie bowlers prepared well for his onslaught

Posted by Energetic. on (February 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

I remember this West Indies team having goals of being Number 1 in all formats.

Posted by westaustralian on (February 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

I am aghast at the way the channel nine commentators were singing praises at Maxwell's batting.He looked a slogger with no technique at all. He is going to fail nine out of ten times. He is good for the twenty20 format only. Now he has been rewarded with a berth for the tests in India. What can I say about it.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 2, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

I feel the toss will have a profound influence on the game, same with the sri lankan series. If we bowl first, I doubt it that we'd lose with starc bowling the way he is and the windies being accustomed to slow and low wickets, the complete opposite of the waca. And I feel with the windies batting and smashing ability, if their chasing they'll have a huge chance especially as the bowl won't swing nearly as much

I'm still tipping a win for us just because of the pitch, which might have settled down but it's still so foreign to the wi bowlers

Posted by bemUSed2 on (February 2, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@xylo the simple fact of the matter is that Maxwell's one innings means he has been more successful than Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Wade, Steve Smith and Michael Clarke in terms of runs scored in ODIs this summer... criticise all you like but he never really looked like getting out and completely demoralised the West Indies bowlers... if he was to manage this once every five games it would be worth the risk for Australia

Posted by Motahar on (February 2, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

WI is going to win the second match and level the series. Hope Chris Gayle will play an import role. WI has ability to win. WI is missing Marlon Samuel.

Posted by kanhairuns on (February 2, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

WI were playing 20/20 cricket on slow, low pitches in the Caribbean (no way to prepare for an ODI series in OZ), while Aussie were in a tough ODI series with SL. So it made sense that Australia would win because they were better prepared. Going forward I believe WI will win 3 of the next 4. Aussie attack was excellent last night, do not expect them to repeat that performance. This Aussie batting lineup is weak and any total above 270 gives the WI a great chance to win. Obviously Gayle needs to get going and the team selection has to be right!! Gibson keeps selecting a T20 team to play ODI's. It will not work!! Too many "all-rounders" on this team. None of these guys average over 25 with the bat, making us a batsman short and no one averages less that 40 with the ball, making us a bowler short. My XI in this order: Gayle, Powell, Charles (wk) Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Holder, Sammy, Narine, Roach and Best. Gibson & Sammy have to be more innovative, I doubt they will!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

If Gayle fails yet again, please drop him. Just dont play out of form players especially when playing against the Aussies. I hope Windies can forget the yesterday's debacle and come hard tomorrow. If Windies lose tomorrow, 5-0 Australia is the likely result. I was surprised why Sammy wanted to bat first yesterday.

Come on Sammy, you can do better than this. I did not want to watch the highlights yesterday cos you all were pathetic. Had I watched I would have been depressed further. Please remember Aussies are a beatable side. Since you all managed to end a hoodoo last year of not having beaten Australia in an ODI since 2006 by squaring the ODIs 2-2, think of doing the same tomorrow.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

Am disappointed with Australian Cricket Board, they have wasted a player like David Hussey! He is a class act. Over 12,000 runs with an average of above 53 in FC and still he hasn't played a single test, that's totally injustice. If he would have been in another country, or with another selection board, he might have played 100 odd tests.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

With Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo brothers and Narine, Am hoping for a WI comeback!:)

Posted by xylo on (February 2, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Australia will do well to not lose perspective wrt Maxwell's batting. His batting, in my opinion, was worse than that of Afridi of today - just trying to smash the ball with no technique whatsoever. It is sad to see the decline, no that would be a kind word, the abject drop in quality of batsmen of the future. It was disheartening to see Khwaja imitate him as well.

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