West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, Grenada June 28, 2008

Impressive Australia seek three from three

Match facts

One victim on Sunday will be enough to make Brett Lee the fastest man to reach 300 ODI wickets © AFP
Sunday, June 29
Start time 09:30 (local), 13:30 (GMT)

The Big Picture

Australia lead the five-match series 2-0 and West Indies' efforts in both matches have been distinctly underwhelming. In St Vincent they conceded a big total before stumbling so badly early in their chase that for the rest of the innings they were playing catch-up, and not very well. In Grenada they could not capitalise on a strong start from their bowlers, allowing Australia to post a challenging score and then collapsing miserably in the chase. Their tempo was all wrong on a slow pitch that required patience and with the third match to be held at the same venue, West Indies must quickly adapt to the tough conditions if they want to avoid an irreparable 3-0 deficit.

ODI form guide

West Indies - LLNWW (most recent first)
Australia - WWLLL

Team news

Not many players were able to hold their head up high after Friday's drubbing. There is a chance that West Indies will be boosted by the return of Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has been nursing a groin injury, and if he plays it will likely be Kieron Pollard to miss out after an awful shot selection brought his downfall second ball on Friday. Patrick Browne's inclusion was a failure on both fronts as he laboured over 1 with the bat and struggled behind the stumps, so Denesh Ramdin might take back the gloves. John Dyson hinted Shivnarine Chanderpaul could open though he added the batsman was set about what position he was comfortable playing at.

West Indies (possible) 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Xavier Marshall, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Andre Fletcher, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Jerome Taylor, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Daren Powell.

Unless Andrew Symonds recovers from his back injury there is no real reason for Australia to alter their successful line-up. Ponting said the win in Grenada was even more pleasing than their first-up St Vincent victory and he will presumably be keen to wrap up the series before tinkering too much with the team.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 James Hopes, 8 Luke Ronchi (wk), 9 Brett Lee, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Nathan Bracken.

Watch out for ...

Jerome Taylor If the Grenada pitch seams like it did on Friday, Taylor could once again be a handful for Australia's top order. He picked up two early wickets, including Ricky Ponting for the fifth time in his past six international innings, and without Fidel Edwards he is clearly the most dangerous man in West Indies' attack.

Luke Ronchi Handed his one-day international debut on Friday because of Brad Haddin's broken finger, Ronchi knows he has three more matches to show his talents as Haddin has now flown home to aid his recovery. In Australia's deep batting line-up, Ronchi will probably come in at No. 8, although he is a highly skilled striker and the owner of the fastest one-day century in Australia's domestic one-day history. He also struck a 51-ball first-class hundred last season, smiting his second fifty in 11 balls.


Showers are forecast in the afternoon, which could mean another Duckworth/Lewis result after nine overs were lost on Friday.

Stats and trivia

Should Brett Lee collect at least one victim he will become the fastest man to reach 300 ODI wickets. Lee will be playing his 171st one-day international and the current quickest to the milestone was Waqar Younis, who got there in his 186th game.

Australia have had four men score half-centuries in the first two matches of the series; West Indies have had none.


"You've seen at times through the series the sort of cricket we can play. It's just a shame that we are not consistently playing that type of cricket."
John Dyson, West Indies' coach

"We're going to have to work our backsides off on Sunday to try and get a similar result [to Friday] but I think if we continue to bowl and field like that we'll be in great stead for the rest of the series."
Michael Clarke, Australia's vice-captain

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo