West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, Kingstown March 19, 2012

Lyon to play, Australia drop Forrest


Match facts

March 20, Arnos Vale
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

If there were any doubts about how much Sunday's win meant to West Indies, who had not beaten Australia in an ODI since 2006, consider the reaction of the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Ralph Gonsalves, who has been in the crowd during the first two games, declared Tuesday a public holiday and as a result, the third match had already sold out by Monday. If West Indies can parlay that support into another victory, they will have a 2-1 series lead ahead of the final two games in St Lucia, and will have a terrific chance to beat Australia in a one-day series for the first time since 1995.

To avoid that scenario, Australia need more from their batsmen, especially given they have weakened their batting depth by leaving Peter Forrest out to accommodate the offspinner Nathan Lyon. In the first two matches they had nine scores above 20 but no batsman has managed a half-century. That is not easy on a slow pitch, but they must find a way, especially if they have their full allotment of overs to bat. They scored at less than four an over in the second match and only marginally above that in the first game, and finding a way to handle the spin of Sunil Narine will be one of their major challenges.

West Indies have also been bereft of half-century makers in this series but Kieron Pollard was well on the way to one when the winning runs arrived on Sunday. Their batsmen played poorly in the first match and the task is to make sure Sunday's efforts are repeated in this game, not the batting from the opening encounter.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
West Indies WLLLW
Australia LWWLW

In the spotlight

Sunil Narine's 4 for 27 on Sunday was the second-best analysis ever recorded by a West Indies spinner in an ODI against Australia. Only Chris Gayle has bettered those figures, when he took 5 for 46 in Antigua in 2003. Narine's changes of pace and flight, and the variety of spin in his armoury make him a difficult proposition in one-day cricket. Further success in this series will also boost his chances of a call-up for the Test matches that follow.

Clint McKay doesn't draw the headlines like some of his team-mates but he has made himself an important part of Australia's one-day side, filling a Nathan Bracken-style role. His changes of pace are challenging in the 50-over format and his variety and accuracy makes him well suited to the slower Arnos Vale pitch. Almost inconspicuously, McKay has put himself in a position to reach 50 ODI wickets quicker than most Australians. He has 47, and is about to play his 26th ODI. Dennis Lillee reached the mark in 24 matches and Shane Warne in 25, and should McKay get there this game he will be equal third-fastest with Len Pascoe, who took 26 games.

Team news

West Indies will be reluctant to alter a winning side, with changes more likely ahead of the fourth and fifth matches when the teams move on to a new venue.

West Indies (possible) 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Darren Sammy (capt), 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach.

Australia have announced their side and there will be one change, the inclusion of the offspinner Lyon at the expense of the batsman Forrest. Lyon should enjoy working on the slow Arnos Vale pitch, where Sunil Narine was so difficult for the Australians to handle in the second match.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson (capt), 3 Matthew Wade (wk), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 George Bailey, 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Brett Lee, 9 Clint McKay, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Nathan Lyon.

Pitch and conditions

The slow Arnos Value surface has proved difficult for batsmen over the past two matches and the same is expected in this third game. Thunderstorms have been forecast, so the sides might face another abridged contest.

Stats and trivia

  • Sunday's victory was the first time West Indies had beaten Australia in an ODI in 14 matches, stretching back to the 2006 Champions Trophy
  • Excluding matches where they have been bowled out, Australia's run-rate of 3.85 on Sunday was their lowest in an ODI in four years


"We have shown that we can win and now the aim is to repeat the performance."
Kemar Roach

"The conditions make it a little bit more difficult [for batsmen]. You're definitely never in."
Shane Watson

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

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  • Roo on March 22, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    @Scott Robbins :- "I think alot of the Aussie fans are being harsh on their team"... Yep, thats right & normal in Oz for any sporting team - win or lose... Many of us also congradulate the opposition like the WI's of the 60's-90's with many Oz fans applauding the WI's when they regularly thrashed us at home & abroad... We love excellence & deplore sportmen who whinge about having to get used to local conditions (Poms in UAE/SL) or jet lag (Saffa's in NZ)... Except for the "hissy fits" of Watson most Oz players take it on the chin...

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    For the Third ODI, I would bring in Bishoo at the expense of Russel since the pitch is doing better for the spinners. That is the same thinking that caused the aussies to bring in Lyon.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    i think WI missing the trick by not including the rvindra Bishoo they must play with two frontline spinner there are to many allarounder

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I think alot of the Aussie fans are being harsh on their team. Is it because they're expected to show up and win at a canter?...they should appreciate that they're just come over, with a depleted side and playing in very different and challenging conditions. But let's not forget that the Windies are in transition themselves, with alot of seniors not playing through politics with the Board/Selectors. Many youngsters being pushed, with their performances being a work in progress. So for me, until the tourists start adjusting to conditions, this will be a fairly even contest. On a positive for the Windies, i like the look of Narine, a big test match future there i think. Charles looks like he has the potential to be a useful ODI/T20 batsmen, it's still very early days, but just on first impression. I'd like to see Tino get a game before the series is over. Sammy is not the best tactician, but i like his passion, enthusiasm and self-belief to work on improvement.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    If the WI selectors would wise up and include the bang in form Chanderpaul in the team as an opener WI batting would be instantly transformed and become a formidable unit with that solidity at the top. He has successfully played the role before. Come on guys this is not twenty twenty. Give Chanders a chance.

  • Terry on March 20, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Surprised Lyon wasnt played in ODI 2 given the wicket prepared and because this series appears to be the only Test warm up Australia will have. It will be a good opportunity for him especially as he has had little cricket recently. You'd imagine it would be another grind but Australia really need to bat a lot better. Several have got a too slow start and then got out which is probably the biggest sin in ODI batting. A public holiday for winning an ODI did make me smile though. I imagine if they win the series it will be MBE's all round. Thats the usual response by beaten battered mentally scarred opponents when they see an achievement beyond their wildest expectations isnt it?

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    sunil narine is may be regarded as windies no one spinner in their history

  • Satish on March 20, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Always felt Forrest might not succeed for longer period.. No disregard but still, Australia have far better batsmen than Forrest atleast in OD format.. Fergusson is the best i have seen.. Really sad to see him miss out on chances and another one is Voges.. Players with huge talent but never got enough chances to prove it..

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Good tactical move by the Aussies to play 2 specialist spinners. WI need to be wary of this move. Lyon is not a wrld rater,but our batters sometimes lot helpless & hopeless agst spin. We need to restrict the Aussies to 200-215, & hope for the best.

  • Alex on March 20, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    This match today will be the DECIDER . Who ever win this one will win the series .I sure hope that the PITCH will be "up to International standard" this time .

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