Australia v West Indies, Only T20, Brisbane

Under-strength Australia face world champions

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

February 12, 2013

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Match facts

Joe Burns top scored for the Heat with 43 off 27 balls, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL final, Perth, January 19, 2013
Joe Burns might make his international debut for Australia © Getty Images
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February 13, Gabba
Start time 1935 (0835 GMT)

Big Picture

Three years ago, Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland suggested that Twenty20 was such a specialist game that the day might come when Australia could have completely separate Test and T20 teams playing on opposite sides of the globe at the same time. Effectively, that day has arrived, although this one-off occurrence is not quite what Sutherland had in mind. Australia's Test players have now flown to Chennai to prepare for the first Test against India, unquestionably the correct priority. But the packed schedule means they still need to put out a national team for this T20 against West Indies at the Gabba, without David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty, to name but a few.

Apart from the captain George Bailey, it is hard to say for certain how many members of the squad for this match would be part of Australia's first-choice T20 side. Shaun Marsh, perhaps. James Faulkner might soon get to that point, and so might Aaron Finch. And that's about it. That's not necessarily a bad thing, although the fans buying tickets for the Brisbane match might disagree. A year out from the next World Twenty20, it gives the selectors a chance to have a look at some men who could push their cases. There is the uncapped quartet of Ben Rohrer, Joe Burns, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Coulter-Nile, there is Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin and Clint McKay, all jostling to become regular members of the T20 attack, while the batsmen Adam Voges and Aaron Finch hope to make the most of their last opportunity of the international summer.

For West Indies, this is a chance to finish on a high after a miserable five-match ODI series. They are the reigning world champions in the Twenty20 format and there is no question that the short matches suit their dynamic style. But after such a lacklustre display in the 50-over games, can they switch on for their last outing of the tour?

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Ben Rohrer is a classic example of the national selectors having rewarded Big Bash League performances. A solid if not spectacular batsman for New South Wales over the past few years, Rohrer, 31, delivered with the utmost consistency for the Melbourne Renegades this summer. He didn't fail to reach double figures and scored 34 not out, 27, 18, 30 not out, 52, 35, 57 and 42, which put him fifth on the competition run tally. His strike rate of 152.06 was also the highest of any of the BBL's top 20 run scorers this season. His challenge is to show the selectors that this should not be a one-off appearance dictated by circumstance.

On Sunday at the MCG, Johnson Charles scored his first century in any form of elite cricket during the fifth and final one-day international. It is true that he rode his luck and his technique has so many holes that Phillip Hughes' looks pure by comparison, but Australia's bowlers must consider Charles a danger at the top of the order. If Chris Gayle is ruled out through injury, Charles becomes all the more important.

Team news

The uncapped Queensland and Brisbane Heat batsman Joe Burns has joined the squad as cover for Adam Voges, who suffered a hamstring niggle during his century in the fifth ODI in Melbourne. Voges will be given until just before the match to prove his fitness, while the captain George Bailey, who also has a sore hamstring, is likely to play. Ben Rohrer will make his debut and the fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile also has a strong chance of playing his first international. Australia's main question is which of the fast men to leave out.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Adam Voges / Joe Burns, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Ben Rohrer, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 James Faulkner, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Ben Cutting, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Ben Laughlin / Josh Hazlewood.

West Indies are again waiting on the fitness of Chris Gayle, who has not played since hurting his side during the third ODI in Canberra. Their main question is around the make-up of their attack. Tino Best has not played a Twenty20 international but must be strongly considered after his fearsomely quick bowling over the past couple of ODIs.

West Indies (possible) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Devon Thomas (wk), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Darren Sammy (capt), 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach / Tino Best.

Pitch and conditions

The Gabba always provides plenty of runs in the shorter formats. Unfortunately, the weather forecast indicates that there could be a shower or two in Brisbane in the late afternoon and evening.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia's attack is so inexperienced that the leading wicket takers are Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay and Adam Voges, who each have two T20 international wickets
  • Chris Gayle needs another 15 runs to reach 1000 in T20 internationals


"Every game as a group is important ... in terms of trying to maintain some structure and continuity"
George Bailey on Australia's preparation for the 2014 World Twenty20

"We are the Twenty20 champions and the last time we played Australia we completely outplayed them and that's the type of motivation we're going to take into the last game on this trip."
Darren Sammy

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Posted by zenboomerang on (February 15, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

@landl47... What an odd anology... I guess going to that make-believe restaurant of yours for a 3 course meal, then being told the entree will be late, arriving at the end of 2 days & tastes boring... Then the main course arrives on day 4 - over cooked, tasteless & now cold... By the end of day 5 you are told there is no dessert but you have to pay for it anyway... Don't you love those boring drawn Tests on lifeless pitches... lol...

Posted by dan1234 on (February 13, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@mandela007 I enjoy watching a batsmen smash balls over the rope for 6 too. But I also enjoy watching a team 3 or 4 down for not much, and have the depth to consolidate and dig themselves out of trouble. I enjoy watching the fielding team dry up the runs, building pressure until you know that somethings gonna give, either a flurry of runs or a wicket. People like you think cricket is only 'enjoyable' if a 4 or 6 is hit every ball. T20 leaves no room for the subtleties of the game. And T20 won't necessarily lead new countries to the longer formats of the game. Baseball is huge in the US, but do you see them developing any longer versions of the game? Nope.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 13, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

@mandela007 on (February 13, 2013, 1:38 GMT), it is true that T20 is a great leveller and gives more teams a chance to succeed but that just goes to show that it is a dumbed/watered down version of cricket. If everyone has a chance in T20 when they just aren't good enough to cut it in the longer form then that just goes to show that, as cricket, the longer form is better. T20 is a great marketing tool and money generator so it's not going away any time soon but it's like playing checkers at a chess tournament so that more people can have a go.

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 13, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

@ Land47: Nice analogy, but tell me, you don't happen to be allergic to peanuts do you? lol ... @ the Sri Lankans claiming they are really the best, it's just that they choke in finals !!!! .. come on, think about it at least a little bit will you. How the hell can you be the "best" if you turn into vegetables in a final? Being the best means you can handle any pressure you are put under. The best teams take all the pressure you can throw at them and shrug it off. If you tend to choke, there is just no way you can really be the best.. I don't mind T20, it's a bit of fun. I think it's a perfectly valid format and doesn't deserve to be dismissed so derisively. .. Given the flukey nature of the format, I think the best way to determine the World Championship is to play the finals as the best of 3 games. .. that's why they play World Series Baseball in a best of 7 series. In baseball, things tend to turn on or two incidents and teams on a roll are extremely hard to pull back.

Posted by anuajm on (February 13, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

@Jason Bray: Dude leftovers? This Australian team is still strong and probably defeat WI without the first choice players..I think CA is using the 20-20 as an opportunity to get some solid domestic players a taste of international cricket as well creating a league of players specifically suited to 20-20 with the World cup in mind. On the other hand, no one can deny the fact that WI is a good 20-20 team and they won the world cup convincingly beating SL. Let's accept the fact that they are good if not the best in this format though its difficult to determine the best team in such a short format..

Posted by sameercricket1610 on (February 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

West indies looks favourite but we cannot underestimate Australians they have very good talented players

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Half of Australia is in India and the leftovers are playing the West Indies. This is not only a joke but an insult to the WI who have travelled half way round the world to play a vain limited over series. If CA are not going to take T20 games seriously then don't play them at all!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

what is Brad Haddin doing there? Don't we have another wicket keeper under 35 years old? just to clarify David Hussey was told he was too old at 35 to continue playing. Katich was told the same thing also at 35 yo. If i was a young Australian keeper I'd be pretty annoyed at their lack of consistent thinking. Other than that this Team should pull a huge crowd of maybe 5000 providing the queensland weather can supply the full 40 overs, which according to the weather channel is 20% unlikely.

Posted by landl47 on (February 13, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

In answer to the featured comment, here's why I don't like T20. It's like going to a great restaurant in a lovely setting and being offered a bowl of peanuts. You want soup, salad, main course and dessert. You want nuances of taste and texture, you long for herbs and spices. You crave sweet and sour, mellow and bitter. You want time to reminisce about wonderful meals of the past and even when, as sometimes happens, the food isn't so good, great conversation over a glass of wine makes the occasion worthwhile. You want time to digest, to linger, not to be hustled out of the door. Instead, you get peanuts and are told that's it.

All around you people are enjoying their peanuts, but you know these are people who don't understand or appreciate good food. They chatter excitedly over the quality of their peanuts, not realizing what a limited part of the culinary world peanuts are. Let's face it, even if the peanuts are excellent, in the end..... they're just peanuts.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

WI the best T20 team.. are you kidding.. They took the world cup luckily beating the nervous Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the number one T20 team. Even a baby knows that. Stats and rankings prove that even further. By the way, I guess Australia will do better in this series as well. WI were pathetic in ODI s. There were few good players, but that's not enough. 11 good players should be there to win a match. not 4 or 5. Good luck for both teams.

Posted by gloriouscricket on (February 13, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

T20 reminds me of TipATwos, A game of cricket I played as a boy in Bim, The large money being paid here makes the major difference. What does it prove if WINDIES win? Very little. Deonarine & Sarwan in t20s, well well well.Windies needs to play their best teams in ONE DAY & Test cricket.Simmons, Deonarine,Edwards,Roach,Rampaul & Tino Best,Russell & the Bravos, these are some of the cricketers that need to form the nucleus of the ODI/TEST team,stop with the mediocre players.Good cricket men.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Why are so many of you discounting the West Indies T20 world championship status, and dismissing T20 altogether? T20 takes just as much skill to win as a test match. It just takes DIFFERENT skills. If forces batsmen to take more risks to up their run rate. This makes bowlers more dangerous, because batsmen don't have the luxury of "leaving" the majority of balls bowled until they get one they like. Hundreds of millions would agree with me that T20 is a much more exciting game to watch than a test match. A sprinter is always more exciting to watch than a marathoner, but we don't dismiss sprinters! West Indies did not get the T20 trophy as an award. They won it, and they beat Sri Lanka to do it. You people who are dissing the Windies championship status are just SOUR GRAPES! It's cos you didn't win it!

Posted by PadMarley on (February 13, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

WI are not the world number 1 ranked team for T20. yes they won the world cup!.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

west indies the world's best? LOL! probably the most over rated team in the world.

Posted by lillee4PM on (February 13, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

T-20 at the international level is a waste of time and having a "world cup" in this format is a joke: one day Ireland or Bangladesh will probably win it! T-20 should be left at the club level, IPL, BBL, BPL and so forth.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

'Under strength Aussies face world champion'. This title is nothing more than a misnomer and to generate interest in a match that exist in name and not in competitiveness. WI, having won the championship was nothing more than a fluke. This match - even though is missing many of the Aussies front line pkayers - is a chance for WI to prove otherwise. Ones interest in cricket at this time, would be more entertainingly served, watching the WI women play the Aussie women later today. I am quite sure everyone who is a dire hearted cricket fan will have a lot to cheer. GO WI WOMEN!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Australia have Little to no chance in this one and only T20 Exhibition Match WI power hitting if on song is proven, If they bowl anywhere as Good as the last ODI, A World XI would not win against them, but then Again strange things do happen this is T20, Lets see a good Match and should AUS, should put them ahead of England in the Rankings

Posted by sneakybastard on (February 13, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Worlds best? no way SL is much better T20 team. Windies were lucky to take the cup home and SL is known to be the finals chokers. But they're the best at this level.

Posted by kanakatru on (February 13, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

Show some respect! Its early days, but Adam Voges has better batting averages in both ODIs and T20Is than David Warner, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Michael Clarke, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Brad Haddin, the list goes on! Why would he not be a first choice selection? This side is underrated for sure!

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 12, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

While i'm aware the Joe Burns is a heat player, he didn't exactly standout this season. He was definitely solid but i wouldn't pick him over pomers or christian for this side. I'm a big fan of Joe Burns, but i think he's much more suited to the longer formats. Hopefully he can break into the test side sometime in the near future.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 12, 2013, 23:34 GMT)

Why oh why is Luke Pomersbach not in this side? It's remarkable how few Heat players are in this side... sure T20 is a coinflip game that is usually decided on 4-5 hits or misses. But the heat won the stupid thing and guys like Pomersbach, Al McDermott and Dan Christian are why. The fact that none of these guys are in is a joke.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

What does Luke Pomersbach have to do to get a game! Second leading run scorer in the BBL with a classy century in the semi-final and they don' even pick him in a second string team. What has Bailey done in T20 lately to keep his spot, any number of captains available in this side (Haddin, Finch, Rohrer, Voges). Burns also lucky to get the call up ahead of Pomersbach (although I do rate Burns). Pomersbach has made mistakes in the past but seems to be on the straight and narrow now and, most importantly, is scoring runs in this format. Hope to see him in there soon.

Posted by funkybluesman on (February 12, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Re: Ozcricketwriter

George Bailey, like most of these other batsmen pulled into the T20 team, averages under 40 in first class cricket. These batsmen aren't being pigeon-holed, they simply aren't good enough in the longer form. The Australian team currently does have the best batsmen in the country playing for it. Unfortunately, unlike the fast bowling stocks, we don't have a lot of batting depth at the moment. 10 years ago the country was crawling with batsmen averaging 50+ in first class cricket but unable to break into an incredibly strong test team. Now we are at a point where batsmen with mid-30's averages are considered test prospects.

Posted by funkybluesman on (February 12, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

It's one thing resting a few players after heavy workloads or being understrength because of injury, but flying your international team off to another country for a tour and then pretending this is the international team playing is wrong. They should call it what it is, Australia A v West Indies!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

@ disco_bob

I agree. T20 is nothing but a lottery and the format as a whole is very disappointing. I am a big fan of Mark Nicholas's proposal to scrap T20's and 50 over cricket and replace them both with 35 over a side matches. For me that has many advantages. There is still enough time to build an innings or bowl a team out; one or two exceptional overs don't mean the result of the game is decided; and the boring patch from the 30th to the 40th over is avoided all within a shorter completion time. Stop with the overexposure of formats, instead let's get back to when games actually mean something as right now cricket runs the risk of causing fan burn-out.

Posted by PFEL on (February 12, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

It's T20. Might as well toss a coin to see who will win.

Posted by VivSingh on (February 12, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

I'm looking forward to the entertainment and the T20 spectacle. Exciting and exhilarating to watch the best exponents of this fickle format. They'll never have the kudos and respect of the greatest Test match players though...

Posted by mattboosa on (February 12, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

I would have thought Luke Pomersbach deserved a call up. Would have been good to see him and Marsh open.

Posted by Left_Arm_Lollipop on (February 12, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

W.I. - 1. Chris Gayle 2. Johnson Charles 3.Ramnaresh Sarwan 4. Darren Bravo(wk) 5. Kieron Pollard 6. Dwayne Bravo 7. Andre Russell . 8.Darren Sammy 9. Sunil Narine 10. Tino Best 11. Kemar Roach.

Of course Pollard & Russel's batting positions would be flexible and my justification to include Sarwan would be that he needs the confidence boost more than young Kieran Powell and I don't see the point of Deonarine in limited over games. K. Santokie should've been in, instead of Holder but Holder held his own all the same. That's just WICB for you.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 12, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

T20 is no more cricket than if it were played in a backyard with tennis balls. It is ruining cricket. The only reason that it has taken a stranglehold on the game is due solely to the unprecedented wads of cash that the Indian oligarchs have lavished on it.

It indeed IS a lottery and in a match such as this with all our resources focussed in India and against the (cough) T20 World Champeens in the maroon corner, it will be psychology that determines the winner of this match. And with WI needing this win most desperately and with Gayle needing it pesonally, I will have to predict that Gayle will play and fail and WI will lose. And whatever the result, nobody will care.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 12, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Why is it that Australia's batting looks so strong in T20s and ODIs yet so weak in tests? The answer is simple - because the selectors are pigeon holing some of Australia's best batsmen as short form specialists, when some of them (e.g. George Bailey for a start) are actually better at long form cricket. It is about time that the selectors start to move at least a few of the better performed short form cricketers into the test format, a strategy that they have been using with great success for 30 years+ but of late have suddenly stopped for reasons that are beyond me.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Ah.. another meaningless T20 international match which will result in what exactly ? Nothing... except a chance for the Windies to go back home having won something. What that something is is precious litlle.. As someone has said earlier.. on any given day any one of the top teams can beat any of the others ...In real cricket terms it counts for nothing. Why T20 is treated so seriously by so many people defeats me.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (February 12, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

No Badree, No Rampaul, No Rhamdin, No Simmons, No Samuels

what part of this represents the worlds best ? Gayle , Narine, Pollard, and Sammy ???

what can I say... if the WI selectors would pick their best 11 .... at ALL times... then the WI team may be ranked 1st or 2nd in all formats .... instead of 8th

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Hopefully Chris can play tonight because if west indies to win they will need him to fire. Thomas should take the beach and let Charles keep...

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 12, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

West Indies are world's best ???? Give me a break. They have won the T20 WC by a fluke (SL just choked under pressure in the final). Sri Lanka is the top T20 team in the world. They showed what they are capable of a few weeks back by whitewashing Aussies in their own backyard. This match is gonna be a walk in the park for Aussies. They will annihilate W'indies. And That's a fact !

Posted by Indefatigible on (February 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Can't wait for the India Australia series to get underway. Counting the days until 22 Feb. Expecting a hard fought battle between two great cricket nations that are both still coming to terms with the retirements of some of their stalwarts (Punter and Huss for the Aussies and Rahul and VVS for India). This could well be Sachin's swansong series too and if so, he'll want to bid adieu in style. Most legends want to bow out and bid farewell in a blaze of glory. Although I expect this to be a keenly contested series, I still expect the Aussies to win 2-1. But their pacers will have to bend their backs on sub-continental wickets. I expect Peter Siddle and Mitchel Starc to have a big impact. Can't see Nathan Lyon running through the Indian batting line up though. Has a Herculean task ahead of him. Not in the same class as a Swann or a Panesar.

Posted by sonu77 on (February 12, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

I don't think windies are the world's best atleast in this format.Yes they are the current world cup holders but far from the best.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 12, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

An understrength Aus will still fight tough against the 'world champions' (can't bring myself to call them that after the hammering we game them recently). Coulter-Nile should be given a chance to show his stuff.

Posted by OzWally on (February 12, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

T20 cricket, still treated as "hit and giggle" in Australia. Even worse CA, chasing the all mighty dollar, schedules this series finale when the actual Australian team is in India. And to wrap it up they play the World Champions, which incidentally, is the only format they can play and care about anymore.

Is it too late for me to bet the house on this one?

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 12, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Too many all rounders with little competency in either skills. Bravo, Russell and Sammy what is their core strength batting or bowling or bit of this and that. No doubt they lost 5 zip to Aussies. To this add Pollard and under performing Gayle, Dwayne this team would lose to even the Irish...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Surely Charles will act as keeper and then allow Holder or Roach to play I'd also Imagine Powell would be a stronger bat to have than Deonarine in T20 and Gayle can bowl if another spin option is needed.

Posted by Hate_Paki_Love_Bangladesh on (February 12, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

Understrength australia. Please correct that term. Being understrength team they can win all 5 matches without hardwork.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 12, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Deonarine will not be playing T20

Posted by FighterKallis on (February 12, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

one day team is same as t20 for wi.funny

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Great move by CA. Test cricket is the most important. So they sent main team to get accustomed to Indian conditions

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

A suprise that Steve o'keefe or brad Hogg didn't get picked for the match seems their first choice spinners have gone to India. Steve smith should have been chose. For this game as its his strongest format. I'm not too convinced with finch to be honest as his technique has a few chinks in it and there are better top order batsmen than him in Australia.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 12, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Finally Joey got a chance.I think he should be the next big thing in Oz cricket.An all format Batsman.NCN also deserves his shot and I guarantee he'll play @least 50 test for Australia.Rohrer is a good lower order batter and may play many t20s andODI but no chance @ test level.Hazlewood is good young speedster!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

And perhaps we should note not a single current test player in there for AUS - all in India.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Are the WI really the world's best T20 team? Not taking anything away from the T20 WC win, but they weren't the best team in that competition, they just put together two good games at the end, when it mattered. This game is anyone's guess. @CrICkeeet, in T20 Australia has always experimented with new players. But I don't think that's even the main reason why they don't win many games. I just think most games are a lottery. Most games AUS have lost by very small margins, and they could have gone the other way, and then they'd be ranked near the top. But who really cares?

Posted by Romanticstud on (February 12, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

T20 is like a lottery ... you can bat at a rollicking pace and post 200+ and on another day you can fold like a pack of cards ... Every side in the globe has had mixed fortunes with T20 cricket ... On any day one of the Top 8 teams can beat the other ... Australia ... South Africa ... Pakistan ... India ... Sri-Lanka ...England ...West-Indies and New Zealand ... have all had their on and off days ... In normal terms ... Australia would have had the edge (because of recent history) ... but T20 is such that both teams are dependent on their own fortunes in any particular innings ... If in 2006 you would say that WI would win a world cup by 2013 ... you would say never ... Australia are indeed the underdogs in this challenge, but it should be close ...

Posted by VEXXZ on (February 12, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

A tough ask for WI to pull off this 20/20 match . We must hope that the big man GAYLE is fit and strike form . WI need that good start at the top and a burst from POLLARD in order to make a match out of it .

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 12, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Too many changes in ODI nd T20 costing australia......dats y their per4mnce in ODI nd T20 isnt so well......

4got d 5-0 against WI, little earilar dey lost against ban by 2-3

Posted by mar2000 on (February 12, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

It will be nice if WI can pull off a win , but as it is , some of our BEST T20 PLAYERS are not here . Our main hope is if GAYLE is fit to play .

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

What Deonarine? I agree with playing both Tino and Roach or giving Powell a go. Doenarine has yet to show that he fits into this level especially in Australia.

Posted by 9ST9 on (February 12, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

This is the best chance the Windies have to notch up a win , but they never were consistent despite having the best T20 players in the world playing for them. Not even in their successful WT20 campaign,were they consistent. WI are the favorites but the Aussies have a really good chance as well. But Laughlin seriously? pace bowlers who bowl too many slower balls tend to get whacked around a lot. Remember that Sri Lankan bowler who balled 90% slower deliveries in the WT20 final of 2009? the Pakistanis tore him apart.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

@Mitcher, I totally agree. I've made this point a few times in the past. The sub-continent, England, and South Africa seem to host just about every ICC tournament. By the time the 2015 World Cup comes around it would have been 23 years since the last.


Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 12, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

I remember when England were world champions in this format. It seems that since then, the nadir of English cricket, we've been going downhill steadily ever since. Our last T20 world cup was an embarrassment, and has culminated in defeat to 8th ranked NZ today. I hope the same doesn't happen to the West Indies. Although, to make up for it, they did have a period in the recent past of complete dominance ( like Australia in the 90's and 00's), something England fans like me can only dream of.

Posted by Mitcher on (February 12, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Mention of the next world T20 got me thinking. Why have Australia/NZ been afforded so few opportunities to host ICC events. It will be 23 years since the 92 World Cup when we next host such an event. Prior to that, and in the meantime, there have been no T20, Champs Trophy or World Cups on these shores. Is this purely down to time zone issues? Is the sthn summer a bad time for other markets? Have the Aust/NZ boards been uninterested? Pretty disappointing for fans in this part.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Go windies ...atleast you stand a chance in t20 cricket

Posted by first_slip on (February 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

T20 world Champions! oh yeh

Posted by satishchandar on (February 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Is this Australia XI or big Bash XI facing the WI t20 team? Ben Laughlin can potentially become another Dernbach if he plays more games for Australia. Variety of slow balls which can disappear over the ground is rather funny..

Posted by ajayrcs on (February 12, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Ben Laughlin how many match does Australia want to lose? Australia LLLLW

Posted by L.P.Grace on (February 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Good to see Joe Burns get the call-up, he looks like a very talented batsman.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

ha ha ha This Twenty 20 Squad is far more strong to beat overrated T20 Bullies Windies...Come on Ozzzzzz Thrash the group of manner less undisciplinedPeople rather than West Indies Cricket Team.My Playing XI Finch, Haddin, Marsh, Voges, Bailey, Rohrer, Nathan Coulter-Nile Joe Burns, James Faulkner, Clint McKay, Joseph Hazlewood,

Posted by loki897 on (February 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Take Deaonakre and put Russel at 6 and then you can ply both Kemar roach and tiny best. any consideration for Rampaul? Wheres Dwayne Smith? WI:Gayle,Charles, DBravo,Dwayne Bravo, D Thomas, Andre Russell, D Sammy, K Roach, S Narine, Tino

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