West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown March 29, 2012

West Indies aim for big improvement

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Match facts

March 30, Kensington Oval
Start time 1400 (1800 GMT)

Big Picture

The first Twenty20 on Tuesday was one of the most one-sided matches of the tour so far. Australia kept West Indies to 150 and then chased down the target with 11 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand, which by T20 standards is a trouncing. West Indies have responded by dropping Darren Bravo, who was scratchy, but what they really need from their top order is fewer dot balls and more turning over of the strike. A few more boundaries wouldn't hurt either. If Johnson Charles gets going he can be dangerous but two of the most destructive batsmen in West Indies' order, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy, often bat too low to have a serious impact. They need to work out their batting order and ensure that too much is not left for the last few overs.

There was a lot to like about Australia's performance on Tuesday, from the death bowling of Shane Watson and Brett Lee to the century stand between Watson and Michael Hussey, who complemented each other perfectly. Under George Bailey, this side is starting to find its feet. Brad Hogg would likely be in Australia's best XI - he was rotated out of this tour to give Xavier Doherty and Nathan Lyon a chance - but otherwise expect a very similar side to this outfit when Australia play their first match of the World T20 in Sri Lanka later this year. For now, the aim is to win the series 2-0 after the drawn ODI series.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
West Indies LLWLL
Australia WLWLW

In the spotlight

It was hard to believe that Kieron Pollard's fifty on Tuesday was his first in a T20 international. Part of the reason is that he has often batted down the order, and West Indies might wish to give him more time in the middle after his brutal display in St Lucia, where he raced to a 20-ball half-century, the quickest ever by a West Indian in a T20 international. The more time he has at the crease the faster the match could be dragged out of Australia's grasp.

Michael Hussey helped Australia to victory with an unbeaten 59 batting at No.3 on Tuesday, and it was his first T20 international in nearly two years. Often he had been rested before or after a big Test and one-day tour, and he remains a key to Australia's chances in the ICC World T20 later this year. His poise and precision placement make him a valuable batsman in this format and playing at first drop allows him to have significant influence.

Team news

West Indies have dropped Darren Bravo and the allrounder Andre Russell is unavailable due to a minor hamstring strain, while Danza Hyatt has been included in the squad. Fidel Edwards should come into consideration on his home ground, where there should be some pace in the pitch.

West Indies (possible) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Nkrumah Bonner, 4 Danza Hyatt, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Fidel Edwards, 10 Krishmar Santokie, 11 Sunil Narine.

Australia have confirmed an unchanged side for the second T20.

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

Pitch and conditions

This is the first match at Kensington Oval on this tour and the pitch is expected to be an excellent batting surface with some pace in it.

Stats and trivia

  • Due to their schedule at the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010, Australia have played more Twenty20s (5) at Kensington Oval than West Indies (3)
  • The toss can be important at this venue, with nine of the 12 T20s played there having been won by the team that batted first

Quotes

"We'll just be doing exactly what we did last game. We addressed our death bowling at the end of the one-day fixture and I think we did that really well [on Tuesday]."
Matthew Wade

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

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  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    @Sindy Love, Devon Smith is not in this side. Dwayne Smith is. And thank goodness he was, or we would have lost big.

  • rama_krish on March 30, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Well, what did I say - 160 all out. Look for OZ to polish that off is 18 overs.

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Go for it West Indies!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    If the batsmen at the top are not doing what they've been selected to do, the solution is simple: drop them outright or adjust the batting order to suit and determineif they do better. In T/20s, the more balls Pollard faces, the better our chances of us putting up a total which would be difficult for the opposition to reach. Of course, it's different in ODIs where more overs are usually bowled. We're trying some new players at the top of the order and it's going to take a little time to sort things ou/get the best oder. So be patient with this new look team. Unlike teams of the last decade which played much brainless cricket, this one is really trying hard and possess the long-absent never-say-die attitude which is paramount for success. Deonarine had his chances with the Test team and didn't really seize though he had a good knock of 84 vs the Aussies 3 years ago. Now he beats up on some average bowling attacks and all of a sudden, one or two fans see him as the second coming ofa

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    west indies won this match...SURE!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    For West Indies, if the openers survive the first four overs, Pollard should come at No. 3. Sammy should hold back for lower order hitting in the absence of Russel.

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Why Narsingh Deonarine has not been selected for the WICB XI match against Australia. Why under-achievers including Devon Smith has been selected?

  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Putting pollard up the order isn't the answer. The top order needs to do their job and perform, full stop. And don't hold your breath for Barath to open, because he is playing for T&T today against Barbados.

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    did anybody notice the wicb selectors are selecting a team that will be unable to do anything?

  • dummy4fb on March 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    West Indies selections always boggles the mind!! Barath is in form and not in the side but Hyatt is recalled to bat with Bonner who faced so many dot balls!!Again no place for Samuel Badree one of the most economical bowlers in T20!!

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