West Indies v Australia, 1st Twenty20, Gros Islet March 26, 2012

A change of format after ODI battle

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Match facts

March 27, Beausejour Cricket Ground
Start time 1400 (1800 GMT)

Big Picture

Two days on from the Australian victory that secured a drawn ODI series, the teams must adjust quickly with a Twenty20 series up for grabs. Little has changed in the Australia squad's personnel but the major difference is that George Bailey takes over the captaincy for the shortest format from Shane Watson, who was filling in for the injured Michael Clarke in the one-dayers. This will be Bailey's third match in charge and every game is vital, not only for itself but for Australia's plans ahead of the ICC World Twenty20, to be held in September. They have these two games and now, it appears, three Twenty20s against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in August to prepare.

West Indies are also in the preparation phase for the world tournament. They have not played a T20 international for five months and after these two games they are also likely to have three matches before the World T20 in Sri Lanka. West Indies have brought in some specialists for this version but having not played for some time, they must first evaluate their best side - seven of the men who played in their most recent T20 are not in this squad. But they have plenty of powerful hitters and will be a force to be reckoned with on the small Beausejour Cricket Ground.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
West Indies LWLLW
Australia LWLWL

In the spotlight

Darren Sammy showed in the fifth ODI the damage he can do at a ground with small boundaries like Beausejour. If he gets some time in the middle he could take the Australian attack apart again, but the likelihood is he could be batting as low as ninth in this West Indies line-up.

James Pattinson has been sitting in the rooms throughout the one-day series, wondering when his chance would come. It has arrived in the first Twenty20 and as much as his bowling will be an asset to Australia in this game, he will also be keen for as much game time as possible ahead of the Tests, given he is almost certain to be part of Australia's starting line-up.

Team news

West Indies have named a 14-man squad but having not played a Twenty20 international for so long, their starting line-up is far from certain.

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

Australia have confirmed their starting line-up and there will be two changes from the side that played the final ODI. The fast bowler James Pattinson will play his first match of the tour and the allrounder Daniel Christian has also been included, while Peter Forrest and Ben Hilfenhaus have been left out.

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

Pitch and conditions

The St Lucia pitch provided 280-plus first-innings scores in both the ODIs and there is no reason runs shouldn't flow in the first Twenty20 as well.

Stats and trivia

  • David Hussey will become Australia's most-capped Twenty20 international player in this game, surpassing Michael Clarke's record of 34 matches
  • There is no clear advantage at the toss: in the 11 T20 internationals held in St Lucia the team batting first has won five and lost six
  • Should Australia lose both of these matches, they could finish the tour ranked as low as eighth on the ICC's T20 international rankings

Quotes

"These matches will give us a gauge as to where we are. The belief is there. It was clear during the last two weeks. We are getting stronger."
Darren Sammy

"It's a nice change for us to have a T20 group that has been together for a little while. Normally with T20 you get thrown together for a week and that's it, so to spent the last ten days together, albeit playing one-day cricket, is hopefully going to hold us in pretty good stead."
George Bailey

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

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  • Marcio on March 28, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    @Rhonda S. Garcia, in light of the result, you might like to rethink your post. Besides, Australia have Christian nd Hussey D down the order, and they can both hit big time. I could say that the WI lost because they put Pollard down the order. They wait till the end to get runs, and if it doesn't come off, they lose. Sounds about 180 degrees from your perspective, doesn't it? The bottom line, Australia tends to use T20s as a breeding ground for the other formats - Cummins, Warner, Matt Marsh etc. have all been bought in with little 1st class experience recently. And T20 is something of a lottery. All it takes is one slogger to go off, and the game is over.

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @Marcio :- "Pattinson is a long format bowler"... He sure is!... But he, like Cummins both played ODI's & T20 before getting a Test match - hasn't hurt them... It is a good way to ease in young bowlers to international cricket & less demanding on the body... With Johnson & Bollinger both recovering we are down are usual bowling attack for T20's & ODI's... I think Johnson is an automatic 1st pick for the shorter formats once he is match fit... Heard that he'll be ready for the IPL season... lol... If so, he's likely to go to the UK for the ODI winter series...

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @Rhonda S. Garcia :- "They (Oz) haven't got heavy hitters down the order"... You are joking, aren't you?... David Hussey can be devestating... Wade(T20 - aver @38, SR @133), Christian, Lee can all blast out when needed... Oz bat down to no.10 in T20's with Pattinson no bunny as he's scored 100's in grade up the order...

  • on March 27, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    charles,darren should not be included inthe side,russell or dwanye brave should open is barath is not in the side bunch of losers,selector and coach need to go,where is gayle,if trinidad side play there will win,they have a balance side.

  • Marcio on March 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Pattinson is a long format bowler, not a T20 player. Again, selectors are using T20 as a training run for ODIs/tests. Pattinson is being warmed up for the tests. This is why AUS doesn't have such a good record in T20s. They do not see it as being important.

  • on March 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Cflook,I agree that Barath got good scores, but didn't Johnson Charles top score and have comparatively reasonable scores in three others? If 40s is the bench mark, Johnson got there also.

  • Bluntman on March 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I don't know why they waste a good fast bowler (Fidel) on T20 cricket. He would have a better impact in an ODI. At his pace he can easily get carted around and selectors would use it as an excuse to drop him from all formats. Also, that better not be the final line-up. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo and not T20 cricketers. Badree has proven year after year that he is the best T20 bowler there is. He absence would baffle me.

  • on March 27, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @ Marcio they lose because their approach is all wrong. They haven't got heavy hitters down the order. They put their best hitters up top and pray they don't get out. Then they have no one to really go for it at the end. They think the 50 over approach applies to T20s, which it doesn't. They try to build a platform and then bat through to the end, but in T20s, wickets will fall. What you have to do is make sure you have hitters a low as possible. Platforms are worth nothing if the middle order and tail can't finish the job.

  • on March 27, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    How fantastic to see such large and partisan crowds at St Lucia - almost like the old days. There's a spring in Darren Sammy's step at last as he leads a clearly revitalised team. All we need now is Chris Gayle's return and we can look forward to a rennaissance for the West Indies. Test and international one-day cricket needs them back at their best.

  • Baundele on March 27, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Gayle and Barath at the top could make it a much stronger batting line up.

  • Marcio on March 28, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    @Rhonda S. Garcia, in light of the result, you might like to rethink your post. Besides, Australia have Christian nd Hussey D down the order, and they can both hit big time. I could say that the WI lost because they put Pollard down the order. They wait till the end to get runs, and if it doesn't come off, they lose. Sounds about 180 degrees from your perspective, doesn't it? The bottom line, Australia tends to use T20s as a breeding ground for the other formats - Cummins, Warner, Matt Marsh etc. have all been bought in with little 1st class experience recently. And T20 is something of a lottery. All it takes is one slogger to go off, and the game is over.

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @Marcio :- "Pattinson is a long format bowler"... He sure is!... But he, like Cummins both played ODI's & T20 before getting a Test match - hasn't hurt them... It is a good way to ease in young bowlers to international cricket & less demanding on the body... With Johnson & Bollinger both recovering we are down are usual bowling attack for T20's & ODI's... I think Johnson is an automatic 1st pick for the shorter formats once he is match fit... Heard that he'll be ready for the IPL season... lol... If so, he's likely to go to the UK for the ODI winter series...

  • zenboomerang on March 28, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @Rhonda S. Garcia :- "They (Oz) haven't got heavy hitters down the order"... You are joking, aren't you?... David Hussey can be devestating... Wade(T20 - aver @38, SR @133), Christian, Lee can all blast out when needed... Oz bat down to no.10 in T20's with Pattinson no bunny as he's scored 100's in grade up the order...

  • on March 27, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    charles,darren should not be included inthe side,russell or dwanye brave should open is barath is not in the side bunch of losers,selector and coach need to go,where is gayle,if trinidad side play there will win,they have a balance side.

  • Marcio on March 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Pattinson is a long format bowler, not a T20 player. Again, selectors are using T20 as a training run for ODIs/tests. Pattinson is being warmed up for the tests. This is why AUS doesn't have such a good record in T20s. They do not see it as being important.

  • on March 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Cflook,I agree that Barath got good scores, but didn't Johnson Charles top score and have comparatively reasonable scores in three others? If 40s is the bench mark, Johnson got there also.

  • Bluntman on March 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    I don't know why they waste a good fast bowler (Fidel) on T20 cricket. He would have a better impact in an ODI. At his pace he can easily get carted around and selectors would use it as an excuse to drop him from all formats. Also, that better not be the final line-up. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo and not T20 cricketers. Badree has proven year after year that he is the best T20 bowler there is. He absence would baffle me.

  • on March 27, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @ Marcio they lose because their approach is all wrong. They haven't got heavy hitters down the order. They put their best hitters up top and pray they don't get out. Then they have no one to really go for it at the end. They think the 50 over approach applies to T20s, which it doesn't. They try to build a platform and then bat through to the end, but in T20s, wickets will fall. What you have to do is make sure you have hitters a low as possible. Platforms are worth nothing if the middle order and tail can't finish the job.

  • on March 27, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    How fantastic to see such large and partisan crowds at St Lucia - almost like the old days. There's a spring in Darren Sammy's step at last as he leads a clearly revitalised team. All we need now is Chris Gayle's return and we can look forward to a rennaissance for the West Indies. Test and international one-day cricket needs them back at their best.

  • Baundele on March 27, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Gayle and Barath at the top could make it a much stronger batting line up.

  • Reuelsean on March 27, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    I think that the WICB has selected the best possible team based on the results of the Caribbean T20, and the unavailability of Simmons due to injury. Seeing that Aus is so far away from the WI's and given the close proximity of the T20's and ODI's, i think that it's impractical for people to suggest that the Aus selectors should have flown three or four players over from Aus just to play two games.

  • hardik1687 on March 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    What happen to Brag Hogg... He only made return for one match???

  • on March 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    OH!!!!,,,yes West Indies team has improved significantly over the past year and a half...There is a time for everything,,,,believe it or not, Australia is not that good again and truth be told the team is going down the path the West Indies is walking up now!..... I Examined the way they played India and England and i am still impressed.

  • on March 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Krishmar Santokie should start.. Best T20 bowler!

  • on March 27, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Stop using 20/20 as a measure for test cricket selection, the game is about slogging. Why is a finesse batsman like Samuel,Darren Bravo and others doing in this eleven? there are others in the Caribbean who can provide this entertainment.

  • Green_and_Gold on March 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @Busie1979: I can see your point about selection however if you look at our line up you will see that its still quite strong. 3 Ws and 2 Husseys in top 5 make for a decent top order. I dont know that much about Bailey (to be honest) but hes the capt so thats an auto selection. You have Lee, Patt, Mck to bowl quick - lee and mck have shown some form in the 50 over game. That leaves the all rounder and spinner. Question is who would you drop from this line up for one of the guys you mentioned in your comments? Personally i dont think we are quite there with selection yet either but am keen to see how this lot get on.

  • Meety on March 27, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @Busie1979 - I am pretty sure this side was selected under instuction from the Bean Counters. I think they penny pinched & basically had little point of difference between ODI & T20 (meaning they didn't see value in sending a fresh squad half way round the world for a few days). As for Mitch Marsh - he's injured, although I believe he can still bat, & I think that Faulkner in particular has been short changed.

  • rockyyy on March 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    @jonesy2 if only ,pollard fires then australia wil sunk as u saw in a recent odi

  • soumyas on March 27, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Look at teams Australia,India both are at the bottom of T20 rankings. Ironically they are the 2 nations having big T20 tournaments like IPL,BigBash. They should have mastered T20 internationals and should have been occupying Top 2 positions.

  • soumyas on March 27, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    dont understand why Baily is going to captain when S.Watson is in team. what makes Baily better in shorter format ?

  • Busie1979 on March 27, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    This is the ODI team! What is going on? The T20 team playing in Australia was completely different. The selectors have dropped Birt, Faulkner, Finch, Hogg, M. Marsh and S. Marsh. What is the point of experimenting with all those guys and then axing them straight away? Shaun Marsh I can understand but why are the others axed? The T20 world cup is not far away at all and the selectors are not even close to finalising the best XI. Perhaps they are too cheap to fly them over, but then again, they flew Neville over for the test series when he was clearly not going to play. Maybe they were resting the ODI team and not taking the T20 games seriously in Australia? Or maybe they are not taking these T20 games seriously. Once again, international selection is a lucky dip.

  • on March 27, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    West Indies gona strong in T20 as well against this deplited Aussies attack, Pollard the man to watch along with Sammy. I beleive Darren Bravo last chance to show the selector why he is in the team. Good luck WI team.

  • on March 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I don think Dropping Barath from Squad is a good idea !!!!

  • tank1968 on March 27, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    What exactly does Travis Birt have to do to play T20 for Australia? He was easily the best home grown batsmen in the Big Bash,once again Australian selectors playing their favorite players.

  • derpherp on March 27, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    good to see patto back, i dont think the windies have seen him so it will be a good test for them. this is warners chance to cut loose and really show what he is capable off. good luck boys

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 27, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @ramps_wi - How can you choose Barath in front of Charles? Unless the selectors had other things on their mind when they chose Charles, I believe it was finishing as top scorer in the regional T20 tournament earlier this year that earned him a spot on the team. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that his T20 achievement was significant enough to warrant a spot on the ODI team ahead of other more established players but certainly he's earned his spot on the T20 team.

  • on March 27, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    I believe the WI selectors continue to perpetuate arrogance over wisdom. Darren Bravo is not contributing to the team effort, so why continue to play him when others are around that can make better contribution in this format of the game? With Darren and Marlon in the line up WI may struggle to get runs quickly up top. mark you, Marlon does bowl

  • jonesy2 on March 27, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    not australia's best side be any stretch but its still an awesome team. if the top order fires and lee and pattinson fire then it will be a thumping

  • whitesXI on March 27, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    A very well balanced aussie squad, I still prefer wade opening and Watson at 3 but apparently that isn't going to happen any time soon. Feel a little sorry for the young players like Finch Maxwell M Marsh Faulkner Starc (and a few others) all of whom must have been in the selectors minds, but with the W/C looming obviously experience is prefered

  • WindiesWillow on March 27, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Seems like it will be a case of Australia bowling vs West indies batting. This soes not look to be a strong Australian team though. If we get their openers early (possible early bowling by Narine) that may be it for them.

  • zeus_kris on March 27, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I just hope the Aussies especially McKay doesn't bowl any more full tosses. It was utter crap that he bowled to Sammy and got carted around for sixes all around.

  • plod on March 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I agree with the comments about Brett Lee, time to pick a younger player. Lee bowls too much fruit. Mitchell Marsh is injured, he would have been in the team otherwise.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 27, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    NORMALLY WI ARE A BETTER T20 SIDE WITH BIG HITTERS LIKE POLLARD , SAMMY , RUSSELL , BRAVO IN THEIR TEAM .

  • cflook on March 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Why is the WICB putting Johnson Charles ahead of Barath? Makes no sense to me! Barath is in form coming off a century and 2 scores over 40 in his last 3 matches compared to johnson Charles with nothing to brag about in the entire ODI series. West Indies needs to have consistency in the opening pair and having Charles there isn't helping!

  • jmcilhinney on March 27, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    I think that it's interesting that this tour is going ODIs, T20s and then Tests. I'm really not a fan of England's apparent preference for playing Tests first, then ODIs and then T20s. Australia have recently been playing shortest to longest, which I think is the best way to go. Maybe WI preferred this way or maybe Australia have changed their preference for some reason. Regardless, shortening the format before playing Test matches won't really help anyone.

  • Marcio on March 27, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    That's a pretty strong AUS team on paper. I'm not sure why they lose more T20s than they win. I suspect it is because they have not made it a priority to date. There's no reason to believe that they cannot do really well with this team.

  • simonviller on March 27, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Marlon Samuels/ Darren Bravo ? "Tr y and try again boys, You'll succeed at last" . Let's see the final eleven ,because we need an anchor in this lineup and the afore mentiond are out of touch . Good luck guys !

  • on March 27, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    why is darren bravo in the t20 team.he is badly out of form and is more suitable for test

  • ramps_wi on March 26, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Good luck to the WI team tommorrow, get Warner early.....Barath should be in the team instead of Charles though

  • Meety on March 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I am a fan of Lee's in ODIs, but I think he is not amongst our best T20 bowlers. If there were no injuries, I would of had M Marsh in, Lee out, straight swap. I am happy with the Bailey experiment in the ODIs, but I am a fair way aways from being convinced he is the man for the T20s. Nothing like a W/Cup to change someones mind though!!!

  • Meyer_Lanski on March 26, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Hopefully if Bailey struggles in these two games the AUS selectors don't hesitate to axe him.

    I still dont understand why Travis Birt, Aaron Finch and Brad Hogg wasn't flown over to play these games.

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  • Meyer_Lanski on March 26, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Hopefully if Bailey struggles in these two games the AUS selectors don't hesitate to axe him.

    I still dont understand why Travis Birt, Aaron Finch and Brad Hogg wasn't flown over to play these games.

  • Meety on March 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I am a fan of Lee's in ODIs, but I think he is not amongst our best T20 bowlers. If there were no injuries, I would of had M Marsh in, Lee out, straight swap. I am happy with the Bailey experiment in the ODIs, but I am a fair way aways from being convinced he is the man for the T20s. Nothing like a W/Cup to change someones mind though!!!

  • ramps_wi on March 26, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Good luck to the WI team tommorrow, get Warner early.....Barath should be in the team instead of Charles though

  • on March 27, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    why is darren bravo in the t20 team.he is badly out of form and is more suitable for test

  • simonviller on March 27, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Marlon Samuels/ Darren Bravo ? "Tr y and try again boys, You'll succeed at last" . Let's see the final eleven ,because we need an anchor in this lineup and the afore mentiond are out of touch . Good luck guys !

  • Marcio on March 27, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    That's a pretty strong AUS team on paper. I'm not sure why they lose more T20s than they win. I suspect it is because they have not made it a priority to date. There's no reason to believe that they cannot do really well with this team.

  • jmcilhinney on March 27, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    I think that it's interesting that this tour is going ODIs, T20s and then Tests. I'm really not a fan of England's apparent preference for playing Tests first, then ODIs and then T20s. Australia have recently been playing shortest to longest, which I think is the best way to go. Maybe WI preferred this way or maybe Australia have changed their preference for some reason. Regardless, shortening the format before playing Test matches won't really help anyone.

  • cflook on March 27, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Why is the WICB putting Johnson Charles ahead of Barath? Makes no sense to me! Barath is in form coming off a century and 2 scores over 40 in his last 3 matches compared to johnson Charles with nothing to brag about in the entire ODI series. West Indies needs to have consistency in the opening pair and having Charles there isn't helping!

  • rahulcricket007 on March 27, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    NORMALLY WI ARE A BETTER T20 SIDE WITH BIG HITTERS LIKE POLLARD , SAMMY , RUSSELL , BRAVO IN THEIR TEAM .

  • plod on March 27, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I agree with the comments about Brett Lee, time to pick a younger player. Lee bowls too much fruit. Mitchell Marsh is injured, he would have been in the team otherwise.