Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra

Tourists' last chance on contrasting pitch

Daniel Brettig

February 5, 2013

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Match facts

Kieran Powell scored 83 off 90 deliveries, Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Perth, February 3, 2013
Kieran Powell has provided an example for his teammates to follow © Associated Press
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February 6, Manuka Oval
Start time 1420 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

Following an opening hiding with a more creditable display in game two, the West Indies are nonetheless only a game away from losing this series 3-0. Australia have been spearheaded brilliantly by Mitchell Starc, while George Bailey played an innings of thoughtfulness and quality to ensure a defensible total after the rest of the hosts' batting folded on Sunday. The fast, lively Perth pitch prepared for the first two matches will be in sharp contrast to the strip of turf expected for Manuka Oval's first day/night ODI match, as the oval is well known for providing one of the most amiable if nondescript surfaces in the country.

How the two teams adapt to the surface will be one of the most intriguing subplots of the match. The lower bounce and slower pace will provide something of a relief for several batsmen on both sides, in particular Shane Watson as he attempts to regain form and confidence after injury. Chris Gayle is another lacking in many runs behind him this summer, both with the West Indies and the Sydney Thunder in the BBL. If the visitors are to regather some kind of chance to salvage the series in the nation's capital, then Gayle will be hopeful of figuring prominently.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Presently unable to contribute anything as a bowler, Shane Watson is running out of innings to show he can find strong form as a batsman alone before the India Test series. A trio of low scores on his return from a calf injury at grade and domestic level did not prevent his ODI recall, and Watson will hope for an innings of power and permanence at Manuka Oval. Should he get through the new ball, the manner in which Watson tackles Sunil Narine will be of particular interest.

Scores of 6, 11 and 14 on this tour so far represent a gentle but insubstantial upward curve for Darren Bravo. As an unquestionably gifted batsman he needs to be doing more, and can use the example provided so far by Kieran Powell as inspiration for the third match of the series in Canberra, on a surface likely to be far more brimful of runs than Perth's had seemed at times.

Team news

Xavier Doherty is a probable inclusion for the third match of the series, having sat out both fixtures in Perth. One of the left-armers, James Faulkner or Mitchell Johnson, appears the most most likely to make way.

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

West Indies will be hopeful of a recall for Andre Russell, who missed both the WACA fixtures due to a knee problem.

West Indies (possible) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran 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, 11 Kemar Roach.

Pitch and conditions

Canberra's surface could not be much more different than Perth's lively, bouncy strip, while the breeze and atmosphere is not known to encourage much swing either.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the third ODI played at Manuka Oval, and the first since 2008
  • Shane Watson's previous ODI appearance for Australia was against England at Durham in July


"From now on every game is a final and we have to play it like that. The bowlers gave us a good start but we weren't able to close them out with that killer punch, so we are working hard to get all three disciplines spot on and look to click."
Darren Sammy knows this is his side's last chance in the series.

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Posted by pealivi on (February 6, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

ODI is quite different from 20/20. Why are the selectors using almost the same side for both? In my opinion, ODIs is about partnerships and less about hitting sixes. A strong case for Chanderpaul, Deonarine and perhaps also Ramdin!! Gayle could bat at no 5 or 6. I think there is a lot to learn from Powell's approach. Sammy has to be more responsible with the bat. Lastly, how on earth did WI let 98 for six turn to 267 for 7! I notice Gayle, Sarwan and even Pollard were not even used to destabilze Bailey. A lot of things I don't understand.......! If you can't win from a position of strength in a must-win match, well, well......I don't know! I am still a Windies supporter!! Good luck in this one!!

Posted by everfaithful77 on (February 6, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

I'm really pleased at the honesty in SAMMY's comments when he admitted that the bowlers (including himself) gave Windies a good start but they did not deliver that KILLER PUNCH to Australia. The simple truth is that this is a recurring theme or FLAW in Sammy's approach to the game in all formats. Several times Windies would have opp teams in trouble early on but wasn't able to close them out because he sends fielders into defensive positions rather than attacking after 1st power play segment. This allows remaining batsmen easy singles which builds their confidence. In the 2nd ODI Australia were in early trouble at 4/56 in 13.1 overs and 6/98 in 23.4 overs but next partnership yielded 100 runs in 20 overs between batsman Bailey and bowler Faulkner. Only 12 of Faulkner's 39 runs in boundaries. Lesson: SAMMY must continue to apply "scoreboard" pressure on batsmen when opp team lose early wkts and even after POWERPLAY overs by mainly cutting out easy singles. SRI LANKA did that well.

Posted by blackman23 on (February 6, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

I think that the tiger is one of West Indies batting pillars in our cricket and I think that his omission from the series is unfortunate and backward. Chanderpaul's greatness should be acknowledge and allow him to quit on his on timing.Pollard should improve his batting since hardly bowls in ODI's and become more effective on a more consistent basis for WI.Gayle needs to get his confidence going and return to his destructive form.Sammy needs to be more selective with his stroke play and be more responsible as a captain! The bowling must learn to be brutal and learn to demolish the tail to wrap up the opponents innings. Good luck in the third ODI

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 6, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

I'm sure the Windies batsmen will enjoy this ground, much more so that Perth. However it has to be said it will also suit the AUS batsmen. Finch is due for some runs, and is potentially one of the best short format players around. Maxwell and Wade may revel in these conditions too. But I have a feeling the WI will get up today - for their only win of the series.

Posted by Phat-Boy on (February 6, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

Yeah ESPNbug, drop the guy who took 3-48 in the last game.

Great selection policy.

Posted by Samarian on (February 6, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

Calls for Sammy's replacement are grossly unjust and do not reflect common sense. Fortunately persons of substance who have played the game do not share that opinion and recognize Sammy's overall value to the West Indies Team.

Posted by   on (February 5, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

Open the batting with Maxwell and Starc then they can relax before their bowling.

Posted by WTEH on (February 5, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Well Sammy may be your killer punch will be only good enough for Bangladesh

Posted by cricketWI on (February 5, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

West Indies cricket in ODIs is not yet on the rise, not because they are losing (because even top teams lose matches), but simply the because the way in which they lose. They are showing no fight despite having so many star players, which in fact should certainly win games for them. Even if West Indies win every game they play against Zimbabwe, it still doesn't prove anything. When you look at the players in West Indies' side, you would think that they should be doing so much better in world cricket.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Doherty's back! Horay! Yet another aussie cricketer who had their career ruined/ended by England is given a 30th chance just because there is no one else! LOL.

Posted by FighterKallis on (February 5, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

give captaincy to samuels and drop sammy.bring on chanders for solid middle order.yes sammy has not done anything good.he can score a flashy 20 and pick a wicket.otherwise the westindies fate will be the same.

Posted by tanstell87 on (February 5, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

The World T20 win has drained out the West Indies just like World Cup 2011 win had drained out the Indians...

Posted by blink182alex on (February 5, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

The reason Shiv Chanderpaul is not playing is because he is 38 years old and won't be around for the next world cup, so they are giving guys like Powell or Charles a go to see what they can do.

Posted by lukecannon on (February 5, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Simple equation Gayle fires=WI win When i mean fire i dont mean a blazing century i only mean a quick 40 50. Otherwise it'l be the same story WI will be about 20 for 4 or 5 after 10 overs,

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 5, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Come on Kangaroo lets seal the series.all the best pup

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (February 5, 2013, 14:58 GMT)


Firstly, I wouldn't have selected him, talented though he is.

Yes, he did get a score in the warm up game, but in seven innings prior to that, he didn't even reach 20 once. Not exactly "in form" is he?

Come March, and the Zimbabwe tests, it will be interesting to see if the selectors look to Sarwan again...perhaps this is his last chance saloon...

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (February 5, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Next month's test matches at Barbados and Dominica, against the touring Zimbabweans, offer the opportunity for the West Indies to continue to develop in the longer format, i.e. the REAL cricket. Delorn Johnson should share the new ball with Kemar Roach, with Jason Holder also in the squad. Failure to select this young man AGAIN, will only further delay what it a very promising career at the head of the West Indies attack. Get him in the team selectors!

Posted by Chett on (February 5, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

I really think that Shiv Chanderpaul is not been treated fairly by the selectors and would have make a difference had he been on this tour. I understand the notion of wanting to build a team for 2015 world cup but at the same time u must have the elements there that is capable of guiding the young ones

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (February 5, 2013, 14:44 GMT)


Your comment regarding bringing in Delorn Johnson, is one I wish to associate myself with. The young man should have been included against New Zealand and Bangladesh certainly. Even this current series against Australia too, was another missed opportunity to blood a promising bowler who could well prove to be a difference maker. Johnson's combination of height, speed, aggressiveness and left arm angle is a weapon of great hope for the Windies arsenal. We need him playing in the next test match. He, Roach and Holder are the future, regardless of the surface laid out in front of them.

Posted by PFEL on (February 5, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Shiv Chanderpaul is a better ODI batsman than the all of the 11 players in this WI side put together . . . how is he not selected.

Posted by macadamnut on (February 5, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - exactly right. Sarwan & Pollard have combined for one more run than Deonarine has in two matches sitting in the pavilion, and he's a deceptively useful bowler. @dunger.bob - you probably know already; Ambrose has been coaching Holder at CCC. And I agree he has the makings of an all-rounder, keen fielder too. I love Andre Russell, but he'll be expensive on that Canberra pitch, and rusty. I think it's a toss-up between him & Polly, both are demons in the field, mildly useful with the ball, potentially dangerous but totally unpredictable with the bat. Windies, do this: 1 Gayle, 2 Powell, 3 DM Bravo, 4 DJ Bravo, 5 Deonarine, 6 Russell/Pollard, 7 Sammy, 8 Thomas, 9 Holder, 10 Narine, 11 Roach. Yes Sarwan got a score in the tour match on the same pitch, but man I'm just sick of looking at him.

Posted by old_chap on (February 5, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

windies bowling attack is far worse from international level excluding holder,roach and cant win odis with average medium paces like russel,sammy and doubt jason holder is a huge prospect..bring more guys like him to bring the reminiscents of old, big, fearsome fast bowling back to the cricket to see them bowling,delorn johnson must be included..darren sammy should stay in the team neither as the captain nor as a bowler but as a bowling all rounder that fills no-7 slot...guys like devon thomas and kieron pollard are no use for the odis.bring shiv chanderpaul back into the team

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (February 5, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Judging by the article, this pitch should suit the Windies a little more. It sounds pretty simular to the majority of pitches in the Caribbean, slow, low and favouring the batsmen. Agree with alot of what SIRSOBERZ has said, the ability is there, but the consistancy and temperament to play to the situation is virtually non-existant. The bowlers started well in Game two, only to let the hosts back into it after having them at 98-6. Powell and Dwayne Bravo found some form with the bat, now it's the turn of the seniors Gayle and Sarwan to contribute, with support from the others by playing ODI cricket, instead of T20.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 5, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

@Reily mate Khawaja is going to India on Thursday which is why he is not playing and i agree with this call as he will be a key player for us in India and should focus on getting ready for the tests. For tomorrow's match i am predicting a big one from Finch, he is due.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 5, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

@hyclass like you i think Hughes will do well in the remaining matches, but how can you justify David Hussey for India when he is averaging 13 in shield this year, have we thrown the argus review out of the window. For India my batting lineup would be Watson, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade, Moses.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 5, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

As for Australia opening isn't workin for FInch and Hughes has performed better in that slot so why don't they switch Hughes opening with Watson ? that also gives the ideal left hand right hand combination for opening bowlers to deal with.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 5, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

@VivGilchrist Agree with you 100% like I did many your points after last game tho cricinfo wouldn't post my comments sayin as much even before I'd read your reply.I'd probably replace both go Russell for Pollard Deonarine for Sarwan so Holder can stay in 11 and also give Charles the gloves.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 5, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

What is the point of this series? Surely, it would have been better if Australia had played another 1 or 2 warm-up matches in India?

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 5, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist: I agree with you re Holder. When I watch him bowl I see a very young Curtly, especially in the wind up. Also in the release but more so as he gathers himself. I would like to see a yard, maybe a yard and a half more pace from him but that might come with confidence and rhythm. It just looks to me that he has the potential to be a real handful. ..he hasn't got the Curtly line yet, but again that can develop with confidence. From what I remember, Ambrose used to bowl a shortish length, not short enough to pull though, and threaten the ribs and outside edge a hell of a lot. .. what a nightmare he was. Holder has the potential to go at least some of the way towards that imo. .. He also looks to be quite a correct batsman. I think his bowling might be better suited to tests than short format stuff. .. anyway, it's a shame he's missing.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

How can W.I expect to win ODI's playing 1 specialist paceman ? and in Australia . . . If W.I want to challenge in the Champions trophy SHIV needs to be back with Samuels in the top 5 and either Charles or Ramdin wk Charles cos he can come off big on his day with bat and at least Ramdin can keep to Narine better than any1. W.I also need to play 3 specialist bowlers not 1 and a bunch of all rounders makin up the rest of the numbers. After last game I see it hard to be anything other than a 5-0 thrashing here.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 5, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

W.I don't have a chance, it's sad Powell (who looks to be world class prospect) has had to take the pressure responsibility and role of leader when he's developing as a cricketer as Gayle has been out within the first 10 overs every 0DI as long as I can remember!Sarwan is just not there he's playing down the complete wrong line and looks out of place even in domestic cricket (I said as soon as Samuels was out W.I needed SHIV), Darren has great talent but still not the mind fight or focus to scare an opposition, DJ BRAVO CAN BE INCREDIBLE ON HIS DAY LIKE THE LAST1 but the consistency lacks & fails to go big once he in (it's hard when the team is always falling like dominoes) Pollard just isn't an ODI player he uses the same big ridiculous bat as T20's and doesn't have any defence, timing, fight or a brain ! the way he got out last game after Powell and Bravo's partnership is a droppable offence ! Dev thomas is neither keeper nor batsman and acts as the oppositions 12 th man right now

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 5, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Hard to believe WI would drop Holder for another all-rounder. Sarwan and Pollard haven't fired a shot yet. I think Deonarine for one of those guys as his batting couldn't be any worse than there's and his spin would be handy on that pitch. As for Australia, Maxwell makes me nervous as a 5th bowler. If both teams go in as suggested they will both be a bowler short. The best entertainment scenario would be for WI to bat first and Aus to chase.

Posted by xxxxxxxxxxxxxyyyyyyyyyyyyyyzzzzzzzz on (February 5, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

@Pappu_bhai Kula is a top bowler and just one of the many excellent SL cricketers on show in Aus over the summer. I like attractive cricket so my favourite sides, players and series are always SL, WI and Aus (don't really care about the order of these).

Hope to see Gayle and Roach hit some form and look forward to a good match in Canberra.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 5, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

If Kulasekara was there Aus wont have scored 100 runs.Its already proved.Kulasekara is a great bowler like SL team.Ausise will agree that.

Posted by hyclass on (February 5, 2013, 9:15 GMT) understanding was that with the Test series due to get under way in India on the 22 Feb, that Test squad players were being sent in 3 separate groups. This was done to allow the ODI series with the WI to be completed with a reasonable squad. Its my understanding that Khawaja is in that first group being sent and is unavailable for this match.With respect to Watson, the pitch in Canberra is a batting paradise. if he failed there, it might prejudice his chances. There is a school of thought that I dont subscribe to, that suggests that players have an infinite capacity to improve and that age will assist that. There is almost no empirical data to support that hypothesis. Players have reasons for failing that may not be due to intelligence or determination. Many players simply lack the stamina and as they fatigue, mental function deteriorates. I believe Watson is certainly one of those.Any players capable of great innings with modest career records probably are as well.

Posted by Cricfan123123 on (February 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Above you mentioned watson is playing...and in your possible eleven its khwaja and not it still unsure between khwaja and watson? Who would be top five of ausies???please any one can help me out

Posted by Riely on (February 5, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

You wrote about Watson as if he is a certain starter, speaking about how he needs to get through the new ball and whatnot, and then left him out of the "likely team" section...I'm assuming this is a typo?

I think Khawaja will be dropped with Hughes at 3 and Watson opening.

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