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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Go for it West Indies!!!!!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 14:52 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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!!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Go for it West Indies!!!!!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 14:52 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 14:20 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    No Samuel Badree on the WI T20 Squad.............I wonder why and he has one of the best bowling figures in the world when it comes to T20! I hereby call again for Trinidad and Tobago to pull out of the WI team.................how could Cylde Butts justify the omission of Samuel Badree!!!!

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | March 30, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    It's T20, anyone can win on the day. Australia do have a very well balanced team, though, while the Windies seem to have a few weaknesses in the batting, and a few medium pacers who don't offer that much - except perhaps on slow tracks, where they may be better value than genuine pace. I believe the wicket for this game will be slow, favouring the WI.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    okay it is clean and i don't understand why West indies don't put Pollard up the order. Even Sammy, himself should be up the order because there are just not enough overs for both of them!

  • POSTED BY sasidharbiet on | March 30, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Today AUSSIES will win the match & make the series 2-0. Otherwise there is of no importance by them for won first match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    You get the feeling that the Selectors are not really putting much into the balance of the team. The only logic behind their choices are selecting some promising young cricketers that have impressed in the academy, as well as others who have performed well in a particular format during the regional competitions. It all seems very spontanious without any sense of the players knowing their role or what organisation or strategy, that goes into every game. I'm sure there is a plan, but it just doesn't appear that way. You feel that individual performances is the main dependant, although i have noticed a more professional, collective unity within the team. Let's hope they've decided on a nucleus of players, that will feature in the T20 and 50 over World Cups in the future.

  • POSTED BY phendel on | March 30, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    west indies seems to be playing too many dots in the first 10-15 with our so-called middle order.....same bowlers come on but hv different results when pollard, russell, dwayne & sammy come out to bat.....dots fastly become singles & boundaries......i say promote the guys who are in form to the top of the order......hv dwayne or pollard bat 3 if an early wicket falls.....i think pollard/sammy hv shown enough to bat higher up where 'more technically' batsman are failing

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Do people who come onto this site keep up to date with who is injured and who is fit? You all are calling for players who are currently not even in their island's team due to injury. Please seek info before commenting.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Make no bones about it. Deonarine from Guyana should have been in that President's eleven side. he was the highest runs scorer in the West Indies domestic match.

    West est Indies will never select by merit

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | March 30, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Garey Mathurin should be there instead of Nkrumah Bonner.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @riverlime. I agree with you completely. Have said for sometime with much opposition that Pollard should open the batting in the T20 version of the game. Give him as much time at the crease as possible. To me it's only logical - maximise your strength. The first couple overs are part of the powerplay, fielders will be in...if he can case havoc in 5 overs, why not let him 'make mass' in 20? And have one more player like Sammy remain in the lower part of the batting order for the final overs. A Gayle and Pollard opening pair would be enough to make opposition teams cry.

  • POSTED BY RameshSubramaniam on | March 30, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    We should not forget the fact Aus are too dependent on Watson especially for the bowling (In first T20, his bowling is the difference ). Give someone license to attack him, then WI can find a way. I am not sure whether any of WI top order are of international class except Bharat

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | March 30, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I agree with Warren Mendes, in opening with Gayle and Pollard. Get them to hurt the opposition as much as possible in the Powerplay overs where they can lift the ball over the infield with their power-hitting, since they are both in the habit of getting caught on the boundary, aiming for sixes. Follow them with Barath, then Samuels/Sarwan, whichever is in form. Then Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin(who is a decent player of the spin that is usually in the middle overs). Sammy should stay in the tail, to provide late fireworks if need be, which could deflate bowlers and cause fielding shoulders to drop. Rampaul is no mug with the bat at 8. Then two out of Edwards /Roach/Russell/Santokie, whoever is fit and in form. Finally the spinner has to be either Bishoo or Narine. No one else is in their league. Of course, if there is a raging turner of a pitch, both can play, and drop one quick.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Please guy get a grip Danza playing ! they should open with Otis Gibson I never see so much rubbish yet.I can't stop laughing, an Australian 2nd 11 will trash these lot.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    last time windies played here at bridgetown they won against a indian team which was quite pathetic to be really honest i am getting a feeling that australian bowling attack of late is quite poor if windies can post about 175-180 then they have the bowling to actually win lot will depend upon pollard,bravo and sammy. charles will have a impact too as i feel he is a future gayle for west indies ALL THE BEST WI

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    make danza open with barath , then bring in charles , danza would get some time to settle , moreover aus won the last match bec they restricted pollard in the end overs, go pollard destroy the kangaroos , india supports west indies !

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | March 30, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    My XI: West Indies 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Dwayne Smith, 3 Marlon Samuels, 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.

  • POSTED BY Ahsan_Shere on | March 30, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    "Nkrumah Bonner" the cause behind the defeat, 24 off 34 is not acceptable on that flat wicket. WI must have scored 170 & had lower-middle order given enough overs (Polly Dwayne, Darren) they must be there. Good bowling at the death by Shane Watson.

  • POSTED BY mdiggity on | March 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    @Chris_P your spot on mate!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    pollard should bat at no 3 and in palce of donner barath should play...........windies wiil win...........

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Please tell me why West Indies top order batsmen are so pathetic? Why does it always end up with the lower order guys, like Pollard and Sammy, having to play the team out of trouble? Put Gayle and Pollard up top, followed by Barath and Sammy, and they would establish a foundation. None of those guys bat timidly and fearfully like we've seen from the likes of Powell and Samuels and Charles. In the tail you can have Russell and Rampaul, both very good with bat AND ball. Also, where is Chanderpaul? Why is he left out? He was the hero of the Indian tour recently, and he made a century. So why is he left out? What's up with using all of these new young guys? They obviously are NOT READY for this level of cricket!

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | March 30, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Pollard does not need to be brought up the order. He has been successful at that position for a few years now. The batsman at the top of the order should do their job....bat. The toss could be key on this pitch and so too will be the inclusion of Fidel Edwards. If he is in the team, W.I. should bowl first.

  • POSTED BY drinks.break on | March 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Yes, giving Pollard more time could take the game away from Australia, but get him out early, when the ball's doing a bit more, and what does WI have left? It's too risky to bat Pollard much higher.

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | March 30, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Expect the same result but with greater Aussie dominance

  • POSTED BY ACCAdude on | March 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Windies will looose again .........................

  • POSTED BY ACCAdude on | March 30, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Sigh same result as Tuesday .....why why Barth was in from ....why u not open with him ???

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 30, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Does anyone really care? It's the tests that is real cricket. It didn't worry nor excite me that the first T20 was won, and this one will sit exactly the same way.

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | March 29, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Come on Dwayne Smith..fire up!

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  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | March 29, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    Come on Dwayne Smith..fire up!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 30, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Does anyone really care? It's the tests that is real cricket. It didn't worry nor excite me that the first T20 was won, and this one will sit exactly the same way.

  • POSTED BY ACCAdude on | March 30, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Sigh same result as Tuesday .....why why Barth was in from ....why u not open with him ???

  • POSTED BY ACCAdude on | March 30, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Windies will looose again .........................

  • POSTED BY rama_krish on | March 30, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Expect the same result but with greater Aussie dominance

  • POSTED BY drinks.break on | March 30, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Yes, giving Pollard more time could take the game away from Australia, but get him out early, when the ball's doing a bit more, and what does WI have left? It's too risky to bat Pollard much higher.

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | March 30, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Pollard does not need to be brought up the order. He has been successful at that position for a few years now. The batsman at the top of the order should do their job....bat. The toss could be key on this pitch and so too will be the inclusion of Fidel Edwards. If he is in the team, W.I. should bowl first.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Please tell me why West Indies top order batsmen are so pathetic? Why does it always end up with the lower order guys, like Pollard and Sammy, having to play the team out of trouble? Put Gayle and Pollard up top, followed by Barath and Sammy, and they would establish a foundation. None of those guys bat timidly and fearfully like we've seen from the likes of Powell and Samuels and Charles. In the tail you can have Russell and Rampaul, both very good with bat AND ball. Also, where is Chanderpaul? Why is he left out? He was the hero of the Indian tour recently, and he made a century. So why is he left out? What's up with using all of these new young guys? They obviously are NOT READY for this level of cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    pollard should bat at no 3 and in palce of donner barath should play...........windies wiil win...........

  • POSTED BY mdiggity on | March 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    @Chris_P your spot on mate!