West Indies v Australia, 5th ODI, Gros Islet March 24, 2012

Hosts aim to break 17-year drought

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Match facts

March 25, Beausejour Cricket Ground
Start time 0930 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

This was not how most people expected the series to play out. With one match remaining, West Indies cannot lose. The worst they can do is emerge with a 2-2 draw. Their best-case scenario is a 3-1 win, which would mean a lot to a side that has not beaten Australia in a one-day series since 1995. It would be especially pleasing for Darren Sammy if he was able to secure his first ODI home series win with a victory in his home country of St Lucia. And the way they played on Friday, it would be a brave person to tip against them in this final match.

Australia began the tour with a victory but at no stage in this series have they produced a strong all-round match. The bowling has let them down too often and none of their batsman have made a big enough score to set up a game. Under Shane Watson's leadership they arrived in the Caribbean fresh from a triumph in the tri-series but they struggled to adjust to the slow St Vincent pitch and were outplayed in the more familiar conditions of St Lucia on Friday. Eight men in the ODI squad will stay on for the Test series, so they will not wish to concede to West Indies the psychological advantage of a series win.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
West Indies WTWLL
Australia LTLWW

In the spotlight

Kieron Pollard has always had talent but in the past few months he has started to turn that into big international scores. His first ODI century came in December in India and his second was the match-winning 102 on Friday. He has power and confidence, and will be one of the men West Indies can thank if they win the series.

David Warner has had a couple of good starts in this series without posting a big score. He arrived in the Caribbean fresh from two centuries in the three tri-series finals against Sri Lanka but the St Vincent pitch was a challenge and he missed out early in Friday's game. But the quicker St Lucia surface should suit him, and Australia will be hoping he gets a start on Sunday and capitalises on it.

Team news

West Indies will be reluctant to change a winning side, which could mean Tino Best and Devendra Bishoo will end the series without having played a match.

West Indies (possible) 1 Adrian Barath, 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 name an unchanged side from the one that lost on Friday.

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

Pitch and conditions

There were plenty of runs in the pitch on Friday but Shane Watson said after the match there was just enough sideways movement to keep the bowlers interested as well. "I think this wicket was a beautiful wicket," Watson said. "It's as close as you get to an Australian wicket, with the pace and the bounce and a little bit of seam movement. I thought this was a brilliant one-day wicket and I'm pretty sure we'll get the same thing next game as well."

Stats and trivia

  • Clint McKay took his 50th ODI wicket on Friday and became the fourth-fastest Australian to the milestone, behind Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne and Len Pascoe
  • West Indies will move ahead of New Zealand on the ICC's one-day rankings if they beat Australia in this game

Quotes

"We are already up 2-1 and we cannot lose the series but we want to finish with a win. We have worked really hard to get here and we want to go all the way. The job is not yet done."
Kieron Pollard

"We've got to execute better with the ball, especially up front. We need to execute better to not let them get away like they did [on Friday]."
Shane Watson

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

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  • Charindra on March 25, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Is Darren Sammy going to be the next Clive Lloyd? He has made the WI team greater than the sum of their parts.

  • Murthy2 on March 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    All the best westindies

  • caribvoice on March 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Any player replaced for Bishoo should be Russell. Roach is a genuine quickie and can both effectively use the new ball on any given day as well as wrap up the tail. And whatever Russell achieves with ball, Bishoo can better by far, especially when one considers what Narine has been able to do.. Besides Bishoo is no mouse with bat either but the Windies batting strength is deep and with Bishoo in the side the Aussies capacity to score will be that much restricted. Regarding sammy, the simple fact is that the current performance is in spite of rather than because of sammy. Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul can all bat far beyond anything that sammy can produce and sammy's place as a bowler is redundant. Or as an alternative Deonarine is by far a better batsman and has proven quite effective as a bowler, especially during the current regional competition. However I would keep sammy on the T20 and ODI side but definitely not in the test team.

  • on March 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Lots of bandwagon jumpers now since WI have surprised the doubters. Gibson's way is paying dividends. When he came on board, he said he wanted to build a new cricket culture where the players would play hard, smart and with commitment, passion and pride and he's succeeding. We're not quite there yet, but only a blind person wouldn't be able to see the strides this young team has made. They're definitely not afraid of the Aussies and that's half the battle won. Hope the team doesn't take this game lightly because we can't lose the Series. We must be professional at all times and in all situations. No, we don't need Gayle to come in and disrupt the team chemistry with his selfisness. Pollard is batting in the correct position and he has shown that gradually, he will be able to take over Gayle's former role in the team. Let " Mr.Cool" make his millions beating up club bowlers and leave our team alone. We have won without him and will continue to do so. Bring it home, Windies.

  • sasidharbiet on March 25, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    chaluvaji: Today Australia will win the match and make the series level

  • on March 25, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Last match Pollard,Sammy and Barath gave Oz's banging of the life time.All we want is one more time.

  • rama_krish on March 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    WI batting - especially the top order - needs to come to the game today. No doubt the Aussies will play a hard game. This should be a good match to watch since captaincy will most likely be the key factor in deciding who wins.

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Good Luck to our boys - Windies- we can do it !!!

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    with out ricky ponting aus no hard team he is a great player

  • Marcio on March 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Should be interesting. I have a feeling Australia will bounce back for this game. People have a tendency to think that the next moment will be just like the last, the next game the same as the previous. But this is a foible of human perception. Sooner or later some of those AUS players like Warner and Watson will fire - just like Pollard did last game. They are too good to stay down long.

  • Charindra on March 25, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Is Darren Sammy going to be the next Clive Lloyd? He has made the WI team greater than the sum of their parts.

  • Murthy2 on March 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    All the best westindies

  • caribvoice on March 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Any player replaced for Bishoo should be Russell. Roach is a genuine quickie and can both effectively use the new ball on any given day as well as wrap up the tail. And whatever Russell achieves with ball, Bishoo can better by far, especially when one considers what Narine has been able to do.. Besides Bishoo is no mouse with bat either but the Windies batting strength is deep and with Bishoo in the side the Aussies capacity to score will be that much restricted. Regarding sammy, the simple fact is that the current performance is in spite of rather than because of sammy. Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul can all bat far beyond anything that sammy can produce and sammy's place as a bowler is redundant. Or as an alternative Deonarine is by far a better batsman and has proven quite effective as a bowler, especially during the current regional competition. However I would keep sammy on the T20 and ODI side but definitely not in the test team.

  • on March 25, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Lots of bandwagon jumpers now since WI have surprised the doubters. Gibson's way is paying dividends. When he came on board, he said he wanted to build a new cricket culture where the players would play hard, smart and with commitment, passion and pride and he's succeeding. We're not quite there yet, but only a blind person wouldn't be able to see the strides this young team has made. They're definitely not afraid of the Aussies and that's half the battle won. Hope the team doesn't take this game lightly because we can't lose the Series. We must be professional at all times and in all situations. No, we don't need Gayle to come in and disrupt the team chemistry with his selfisness. Pollard is batting in the correct position and he has shown that gradually, he will be able to take over Gayle's former role in the team. Let " Mr.Cool" make his millions beating up club bowlers and leave our team alone. We have won without him and will continue to do so. Bring it home, Windies.

  • sasidharbiet on March 25, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    chaluvaji: Today Australia will win the match and make the series level

  • on March 25, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Last match Pollard,Sammy and Barath gave Oz's banging of the life time.All we want is one more time.

  • rama_krish on March 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    WI batting - especially the top order - needs to come to the game today. No doubt the Aussies will play a hard game. This should be a good match to watch since captaincy will most likely be the key factor in deciding who wins.

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Good Luck to our boys - Windies- we can do it !!!

  • on March 25, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    with out ricky ponting aus no hard team he is a great player

  • Marcio on March 25, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Should be interesting. I have a feeling Australia will bounce back for this game. People have a tendency to think that the next moment will be just like the last, the next game the same as the previous. But this is a foible of human perception. Sooner or later some of those AUS players like Warner and Watson will fire - just like Pollard did last game. They are too good to stay down long.

  • Gordo85 on March 25, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Take it to Brett Lee and make sure he only takes one wicket or two because I honestly want him out of the Australian line up. The guy has not been my favourite player for a long time.

  • Wallaroo on March 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Where we need to execute better is in the field and with the bat. The Windies love to smack the ball around so we need to be vigilant in our field setting. We have talented batsmen they now need to step up and demonstrate their exceptional capabilities.

  • chanders1fan on March 25, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I am so proud of West Indies right now. Pollard is maturing, Narine is dominating, Russel is becoming the best West Indies all rounder right now and Sammy is deserving of his place in the side. It feels could to be on the winning side for a change. Once you all do your best you will make the Caribbean people proud. God Bless you all and keep up the good work.

  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Come West Indies , let's teighten the screws on Aussies.

  • Nishant2012 on March 25, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Australia will definitely come hard against the windies. The west indies need to play sensible cricket like the same way as they played. The openers need to play mature innings and just dnt throw the wicket easily. I feel the game is evenly poised. Its anyone's game. West indies does have upper hand only things is required play sensibly

  • on March 25, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Austrialia will come HARD, and if West Indies can sustain that and not give in like in the past, but play with the "no fear" attitude like they did on Friday I can't see Austrialia winning. Go Windies go! I tired of calling y'all "Losedies" or "Waste Indeed"! Beat them Oz ina Lucia!

  • on March 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Great Pollard can bring pride to WI.

  • smudgeon on March 25, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    interesting times in world cricket - no one team dominant.

  • drewkatski on March 25, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Come On Windies! It surely won't be that hard to beat the aussies based on the way they're playing currently! Pff, without Clarke as a batsman and captain we are seeing the true fragility of that team. Well to be honest even Punter might do better than some of the jokers in that team [Forrest mainly]. For the West Indies, good job [i gave up on them bringing back Gayle and Chanderpaul] so that team is quite good. BTW Aussies should replace Forrest with Christian since Punter is on the verge of retiring and is not picked and Clarke is being rested.

  • kamal_lak on March 25, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Can't we just ban the word "execute", at least from the Aussie press conferences? Hasnt anyone else found this annoying?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 25, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Australia's place in the test rankings is obviously very low, and there's no room to debate that: They're a mid-table ranked team at best test-wise, and even the most crazed Aussie fan would struggle to argue against that fact. In ODI's, however, they've always played a strong game, but now that is gone. They can recover,but the damage is already done. With their One-Day status having now slipped back in to the sea, it obvious to almost everyone that Australia continue to fall.

  • Brenton1 on March 25, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Come on Windies. Beat the aussies senseless today. Pity about the run out in the 3rd ODI or it could have been 4-1 today.

  • sunnysaeed on March 25, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    wish West indies will win the match and break the 17 years record of winning against australia ... wish them all the best

  • on March 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    david hussey should be promoted to no.3....

  • RankPace on March 25, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    May be Australia need Clarke urgently. He is a very good attacking player.

  • satya1231 on March 25, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Would love to see WestIndies clinch the series with a super Win today

  • RankPace on March 25, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I must say the state of affairs of cricket around the world has surprised me. Once again it is seen that the team that looked like tigers at home is now looking like kangaroos on foreign soil. All the countries suffer from the same problem.

  • Micky.Panda on March 25, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    How can Forrest and Bailey play in preference to Christian? They just don't make runs fast enough and are too worried holding their spot in the side. In the 4th match, it was clear that more agression was required. Wade needed to come in early in the innings and go for the runs. David Hussey should not have batted so far down the order either. Mike Hussey should look after the tail. West Indies are an agressive side. Australia needs to try to match their agression somewhat, but still try to last 50 overs. Christian would be a must selection due to scoring runs always faster than he concedes them when bowling. Maybe he is injured? David Hussey should bowl a lot more too. He also makes runs faster than he concedes them. Then a pure bolwer can be omitted, and replaced with a batsman who is capable of going for the slog. Not a very conservative type like Forrest or Bailey.

  • on March 25, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Its high time that West Indies win Series....they lost to India and Pakistan but won 4 matches ......Now they have to win against ordinary Australian Side !!

  • ttyX on March 25, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    C'mon Aussies time to show the world why you're #1!

  • simonviller on March 25, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    To you who suggested" replacing Roach with Bishoo" ; Just imagine replacing him with Bishoo[ who is a great bowler ] the Australians would love that .Bret Lee was taged for 23 ,would he be replaced ? I don't think so ! Think about the wickets which Roach took ;how and when he took them . We are not playing emotions here ,we are playing cricket with strategy !! I think Roach would have learned something from that pasting and should come much better next time . No batsman likes really good,quick pace ,especially on a wicket like St. Lucia's . Not even Australia !

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Good to see West Indies playing some good cricket against Australia.I am an Indian Fan but West Indies has always been my 2nd favorite for some reason,maybe nostalgia.Just hope its not another false revival.You guys have a young talented core to form a good team.Good luck for today's game.

  • KIRAN.REDDY on March 25, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    I think windies pitches are tailor made for brett lee ;).......as a part of experimentation why cant he be promoted as an opener....???bcozz this guy is more confident than the present openers i guess.

  • naveenpnayak on March 25, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Drop Forrest for Pattinson or Christian. Australia must see if they can find an alternative for Wade, as he is struggling a lot on these W.I pitch..Watson and Warner has to provide a very good start..Mike Hussey should play with more responsibility and convert his starts into a big Hundred.. All the best Aussie.. I know u can win it..

  • on March 25, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Best of luck to West Indies team. Good to see them winning matches against Australia.

  • Shazzada on March 25, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Hope West Indies would win.....and these big guns would know that WI/Ban?NZL are now no more a minorities in cricket........These sides have immense talent.And mind you WI is a better ODI side/combination than PAK/IND/SRI and even Australia....(at lease as per my opinion)

  • on March 25, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    cmon brett lee rock the windies today!!

  • Hammond on March 25, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Looking forward to watching Australia's middle order collapse again against a bunch of medium pacers :)

  • podichetty on March 25, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    australia is slowly beginning to realise what it is playing away from home

  • on March 25, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    To all the critics of Sammy. I am not hearing them now. Could someone send Wavell Hinds a ticket to St Lucia and I would be more than happy to give him my ticket for the game.

  • Dismayed on March 25, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Dan Christian must be picked and play in every ODI side for Australia. Then the test team when Ponting belated retires. This gives the option to play 2 quicks and a second spinner on dry surfaces. Or he just palys as the no.6 batsmen that gives you 15 quality overs a day thus taken the strain off soft Watson who should now bat at 3 if Cowan is to be continued with. Or G.Bailey or S. Smith comes in as test no.6.

  • Sinhaya on March 25, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Good luck West Indies from an ardent Lankan fan! Go firing out all cylinders to win the ODI series 3-1! Eager to see Pollard, Sammy, Russell and Narine rock.

  • on March 25, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Marlon and Darren Bravo will come good in this game. Mark my words. Why are people suddenly finding fault with the Aus. team and management? Is that what losing attracts? Come on, give credit to OTIS and his gang

  • on March 25, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Since we have nothing to lose, the guys should play freely and the win will come. The pressure should be on the Aussies

  • RandyOZ on March 25, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Why is Watson talking about bowling again? Our problem is clearly with the batting. Without Clarke we are lost at sea. I'd love to see Ussie in there.

  • on March 25, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Its been a month may be and Aus are already missing Ponting..If he had been here his exp wud have helped..

  • KathmanduNepalSandeshLamsal on March 25, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    I am very much w.I fen. I don't know ? lures me about the team. I have been looking for the rain on that droughted team since carl hooper playing. I watch w.i cricket not sleeping for 3 a.m here in Nepal.

    I am too excited about the 5th ODI. Best of luck.

    Last suggestion, keep playing 50 over. Don't feel that there are others to score or bowl. Feel own self one man army. Win the match and step ahead the ICC ranking.

    KEEEP IT UP

  • avmd on March 25, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    I'm not a westindian but can;t wait WI to win the series. Hope that would be a small step towards retun of WI cricket to their glory days. Cricket was much richer and fun when they were on top. There is no better place to visit and watch cricket but only when the local team play competetive criket with top teams in the world like Australia, SA, England and Pakistan.

  • Sanj747 on March 25, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Fielding was always a strong point in Australian cricket. Yet we have some major issues with our fielding with catches being dropped at crucial times. Can't win matches with catches being dropped. Xavier Doherty is a major liability.

  • on March 25, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Aust unchanged team, very amusing, looking at the aust bowling figures for the last odi you would think it was a test not a one day game.72 runs for ten overs and the lowest was in the 50's, and the rest of the bowlers in between. At that rate they could have given everyone in the aust team a bowl maybe even the wicket keeper. why would you drop Lyon and Christian and bring players in to get those figures.

  • EmeraldEye on March 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    It would be great if WI could win this series. I always wanted to see the WI team perform the way it used to in the good old days.

  • Singh_81 on March 25, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    i wonder how home advantage can change the course of the game,Team like australia is struggling to keep WI down and they are almost their to end 17teen year drought .

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    WI have 3 good fastbowlers in their side in Bravo, Russell, Roach. They also have got decent medium pacers in the side in Sammy and Pollard. Why not play Bishoo in place of Roach who was taken to the cleaners in the last game anyway!

  • on March 24, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    A win would be great. I have a bundle on WI. Straight bet no tie, anything over 265 & WI take this series. THE batting conditions r in WI favour, & the spin is ordinary. Our bowling & fielding is just fine. I don't expect any team changes. Unless Russell is not fit, God forbid. The Aussies can't make 265 agst our bowling attack, unless something goes horribly wrong. Good luck guys.

  • on March 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Its better if WI is batting first & score runs similar toFriday's match. This will release the presurre on batsmen and they are free score runs & WI bowling with Roach, Bravo, Sammy, Russel & Narine is one of the best attacks and has proven. So bowling is not a isssue & bowlers are not under presurre.

  • Technical-1 on March 24, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Great Game! Still Missing GAYLE at the Top of the Order. Now that everyone is carrying the weight.. Gayle would make a difference.

  • VivGilchrist on March 24, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    WI bat down to no 10, Aus down to no 8. Never underestimate the value of batting depth. On the flip side the Australia SHOULD hold the advantage with the ball - but the difference is Narine. He has totally out bowled Doherty and really piled the pressure on allowing the other WI bowlers to bowl with less pressure. Not sure about Forrest at 3 and Australia lacking power hitters down the bottom of the order as I think the two white balls have now changed the approach the batting team has to take. Keep wickets in hand and go T20 for the last 20 overs. Works for WI.

  • BravoBravo on March 24, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I hope WI wins the final ODI and win the series. Though, AUS will be at their best and will do everything not to loose this match. Anyway it will be closely fought battle between the best team of the past (WI) and best team of the present (AUS). Somehow, in AUS side, Ponting absence in ODIs is just strange. Good Luck to both teams.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 24, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    "The day will come when WI will beat the rest of the world." All the best, lets finish it high!

  • on March 24, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Everybody know that you need rain to end a drought. So I hope it rains all day and WI win the series 2-1.

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  • on March 24, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Everybody know that you need rain to end a drought. So I hope it rains all day and WI win the series 2-1.

  • LifeWithBoundaries on March 24, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    "The day will come when WI will beat the rest of the world." All the best, lets finish it high!

  • BravoBravo on March 24, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    I hope WI wins the final ODI and win the series. Though, AUS will be at their best and will do everything not to loose this match. Anyway it will be closely fought battle between the best team of the past (WI) and best team of the present (AUS). Somehow, in AUS side, Ponting absence in ODIs is just strange. Good Luck to both teams.

  • VivGilchrist on March 24, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    WI bat down to no 10, Aus down to no 8. Never underestimate the value of batting depth. On the flip side the Australia SHOULD hold the advantage with the ball - but the difference is Narine. He has totally out bowled Doherty and really piled the pressure on allowing the other WI bowlers to bowl with less pressure. Not sure about Forrest at 3 and Australia lacking power hitters down the bottom of the order as I think the two white balls have now changed the approach the batting team has to take. Keep wickets in hand and go T20 for the last 20 overs. Works for WI.

  • Technical-1 on March 24, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Great Game! Still Missing GAYLE at the Top of the Order. Now that everyone is carrying the weight.. Gayle would make a difference.

  • on March 24, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Its better if WI is batting first & score runs similar toFriday's match. This will release the presurre on batsmen and they are free score runs & WI bowling with Roach, Bravo, Sammy, Russel & Narine is one of the best attacks and has proven. So bowling is not a isssue & bowlers are not under presurre.

  • on March 24, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    A win would be great. I have a bundle on WI. Straight bet no tie, anything over 265 & WI take this series. THE batting conditions r in WI favour, & the spin is ordinary. Our bowling & fielding is just fine. I don't expect any team changes. Unless Russell is not fit, God forbid. The Aussies can't make 265 agst our bowling attack, unless something goes horribly wrong. Good luck guys.

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    WI have 3 good fastbowlers in their side in Bravo, Russell, Roach. They also have got decent medium pacers in the side in Sammy and Pollard. Why not play Bishoo in place of Roach who was taken to the cleaners in the last game anyway!

  • Singh_81 on March 25, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    i wonder how home advantage can change the course of the game,Team like australia is struggling to keep WI down and they are almost their to end 17teen year drought .

  • EmeraldEye on March 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    It would be great if WI could win this series. I always wanted to see the WI team perform the way it used to in the good old days.