West Indies v Australia, Super Eights, St Lucia May 10, 2010

West Indies seek to stay alive at home

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Match Facts

Tuesday, May 11, Gros Islet
Start time 1700 (2100 GMT)

The Big Picture

Three years ago an Australian team went through a World Cup in the Caribbean without losing a game. Michael Clarke's Twenty20 outfit has some way to go to match that feat, but four wins from four has provided an excellent start to the tournament. Australia's big victory over Sri Lanka has almost assured them of a place in the semi-finals, but they will be keen to keep their winning momentum going in their last Super Eights encounter against West Indies.

The hosts have been impressive as well, with a loss to Sri Lanka their only blemish. Unfortunately for them, victory over Australia won't guarantee their spot in the final four; if Sri Lanka also beat India, Chris Gayle's team could finish with four wins from five games and still fail to progress. Much will rest on the shoulders of Gayle, whose first major contribution for the series came with his 98 against India.

Australia's three fast bowlers have been striking fear into batsmen from all teams but Gayle is one man for whom the speed could be an advantage. The quicker Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson bowl, the faster the ball could fly off his bat. Just ask Brett Lee, who in last year's World Twenty20 was mauled so badly by Gayle at The Oval that the ball at one stage ended up on the roof of the Bedser Stand. It would take a massive defeat for Australia to miss out; on his best day, Gayle is one man capable of inflicting such a result.

Form guide (most recent first)

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Watch out for...

While Gayle is West Indies' most important player, their hopes lift significantly when secondary men like Kieron Pollard step up. Pollard has had little impact with the bat in this tournament, with scores of 8, 0, 9 and 17, and his overall batting record in Twenty20 internationals is poor. For a man who has made his name in the shortest format with domestic teams all around the world, it's about time he did the same for West Indies.

Cameron White has long been regarded as one of the best Twenty20 players in the world, but since he has taken on the vice-captaincy under Michael Clarke he has taken his game to a new level for Australia. His wonderful 64 from 26 balls against New Zealand in February forced an eliminator over and his 85 against Sri Lanka on Sunday rescued Australia to keep their unbeaten run alive.

Team news

West Indies have altered their batting order at times during this tournament but Wavell Hinds seems now to be the preferred option ahead of Narsingh Deonarine and Andre Fletcher. Nikita Miller could come in to play on the slower St Lucia pitch, but it's hard to see which of the fast men would make way.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Wavell Hinds, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Kemar Roach.

There were murmurs from Michael Clarke that Nathan Hauritz might enter calculations in St Lucia, but barring unforseen injuries it's very unlikely Australia will change their winning team. The pace attack has been a success, Smith is keeping Hauritz out, and the captain Clarke is the only one of the batsmen who has so far failed to have a major impact.

Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Brad Haddin (wk), 5 David Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Michael Hussey, 8 Steven Smith, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Dirk Nannes, 11 Shaun Tait.

Pitch and conditions

The quicker pitch in Barbados now gets a rest until the final, and the teams must readjust to the slower surface in Gros Islet.

Stats and trivia

  • West Indies have lost only one game this tournament but most of their batsmen are yet to play a big role. After Gayle's 98, the next best score by any of their players was Darren Sammy's 30 against Ireland

  • By contrast, Australia's batsmen have made five half-centuries during their four games

  • Dirk Nannes is leading the tournament wicket tally with 12 at 8.58 and an economy rate of 6.86; his new-ball partner Shaun Tait is equal fifth with eight victims

  • The teams have met four times in Twenty20 internationals for two wins each

    Quotes

    "This victory eased the pressure a bit but not enough to relax."
    Chris Gayle after West Indies' win over India

    "We need to make sure we're all fit and firing and be willing to adapt to completely different conditions on Tuesday."
    Michael Clarke

    Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on May 11, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Pollard should be at number three. Bravo will be the key for home side.

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    wake up fellas.....we yes we SRI LANKAN knocked INDIA out of the tournament with a win...ahahahahaha..........sooooooooo........wht next......cheers !!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Everything finished for India...Bags packed and fly back...!! On Other Hand Pakistan from no-where to Semi-Finals, Pakistan Won Only 2 out 5 and reach to the Semi-Finals ;-)

  • darkpharaoh on May 11, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    It will be a good contest, of course the Australians have been clinical and have the upper hand in my view. West Indies will need to draw off of the home crowd's energy to stand any chance.

    I wonder why the heck Wavell Hinds is playing on the team at the expense of Narsingh Deonarine? Hinds looks like a cassette recorder on a field filled with ipods. That's the stupidest selection decision I've seen in a very long time. West Indies better get their act together.

    My prediction is that Australia (team that I really don't like) will move up to 5-0.

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    windies must win this match

  • mohamedamin on May 11, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Listen all yalll....Windies will win today...Our boys will beat the aussies..no doubt abt that...the whole caribbean is supporting this WI team this afternoon........

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    West Indies will win against mighty Australia. They batting have to click today if they want to stay in this Tournament!

  • wizzla on May 11, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    India is a wonderful team but their mistake is to Play an extra batsman. Since t20 is already a batsmans game it therfore means that to gain an advantage one must play an extra or their best bowlers. India have lost matches without all their batsman coming to the wicket, but all their bowlers have bowled. WI is a young team with players coming in and out there are other tallented players in the caribbean that can make the team and they will in time. I hope WI wins today and i Know India will beat SL as i have seen this all too often by India, winning when all is already lost.

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Mathematics of Cricket - Win 4 out of 5 but your semifinal spot is not guaranteed.. Win 3 out of 5, you could go through...

    No, I am not questioning this math at all as it seems to favor India :-)

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    I really think pollard should bat more up in ther order, Gayle however should bowled himself 4 overs....

  • SUMIT-KHULLAR on May 11, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Pollard should be at number three. Bravo will be the key for home side.

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    wake up fellas.....we yes we SRI LANKAN knocked INDIA out of the tournament with a win...ahahahahaha..........sooooooooo........wht next......cheers !!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Everything finished for India...Bags packed and fly back...!! On Other Hand Pakistan from no-where to Semi-Finals, Pakistan Won Only 2 out 5 and reach to the Semi-Finals ;-)

  • darkpharaoh on May 11, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    It will be a good contest, of course the Australians have been clinical and have the upper hand in my view. West Indies will need to draw off of the home crowd's energy to stand any chance.

    I wonder why the heck Wavell Hinds is playing on the team at the expense of Narsingh Deonarine? Hinds looks like a cassette recorder on a field filled with ipods. That's the stupidest selection decision I've seen in a very long time. West Indies better get their act together.

    My prediction is that Australia (team that I really don't like) will move up to 5-0.

  • on May 11, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    windies must win this match

  • mohamedamin on May 11, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Listen all yalll....Windies will win today...Our boys will beat the aussies..no doubt abt that...the whole caribbean is supporting this WI team this afternoon........

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    West Indies will win against mighty Australia. They batting have to click today if they want to stay in this Tournament!

  • wizzla on May 11, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    India is a wonderful team but their mistake is to Play an extra batsman. Since t20 is already a batsmans game it therfore means that to gain an advantage one must play an extra or their best bowlers. India have lost matches without all their batsman coming to the wicket, but all their bowlers have bowled. WI is a young team with players coming in and out there are other tallented players in the caribbean that can make the team and they will in time. I hope WI wins today and i Know India will beat SL as i have seen this all too often by India, winning when all is already lost.

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Mathematics of Cricket - Win 4 out of 5 but your semifinal spot is not guaranteed.. Win 3 out of 5, you could go through...

    No, I am not questioning this math at all as it seems to favor India :-)

  • on May 11, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    I really think pollard should bat more up in ther order, Gayle however should bowled himself 4 overs....

  • on May 11, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    First of all,west indies fans can rule out any chance of competition,much less victory against australia.May the good lord help yall if the aussies bat first.

  • sugukumar.79 on May 11, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    i think today aussie will loss against west indies,bcs comparing west indies india is very tough team to win...so aussie will plan to west indies to enter semi final....then they will beat easily...if india comes means,aussie will face very difficult....bcs last match rohit alone faced aussie bowling...its enough...bcs raina,dhoni,yuvi still alive inform..so if these three stand,aussie will easily loss their semi or final match against india....so west indies is easy one to beat for aussie.....today india sure win against srilanka with big victory.

  • S.Rizwan on May 11, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    over the past years Indian fans have been always against the aussies on cricket matches now its very funny to hear that they have to depend on the aussies for the semi final spot and support them. don't worry india, if u beat sri lanka comprehensively u will go through bcoz windies has no chance against the aussies today. aussies are gonna thrash the windies.

  • sarbartha_sau on May 11, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Clarke is the only weak point in the Australia team. Other than a Captain, he doesn't get into the team. I think Hussey / White would make better captains than him.Even Tim Paine or Aiden Blizzard is better than him at T20s.

  • leave_it_to_the_umps on May 11, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    @ Sudhai Hazell Its got nothing to do with India they do not control anything??

    If windies manges to beat aussies but still go out on NRR it will not be indias fault it will be cos windies played so poor against srilanka and got thumped!! If you lose a game by almost 60 runs it is always going to hurt your chances.

    Luckily the aussies did the windies a favour and thumped srilanks so windies can still guarantee they go through if they can manage to beat the aussies by 20 odd more runs than sri lanka beat india by.

    By the time the game starts they will know exactly where they stand so will know whether they need to push for a big win or just a win.

  • on May 11, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Indians are way better than any team in the T20 format, all thats missing is they are not acclimatising the conditions well, if today they beat srilanka by say 20 runs, they will have a strong chance to make a place in final four. Sehwag is not in the batting line up, his experience and power square cuts to the short pitched deliveried keep the opposition bowlers thinking and guessing. Sehwag is also an inspiration for the following batsmen to come, in last two games all indian batsmen failed to face the short length deliveries. Hoping for the best and very best today, India must have to win by 15balls to spare if the chase, or by 20+ runs if they defend.

  • babya on May 11, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Wavell hinds should be removed from the squad.its no point in keeping him at no 7..he should open or left out..its very very difficult task to outclass OZ but if christopher gayle cums to party windiz are in the semis else SL go ahead.no 1 other than gayle can help windiz beat the oz.

  • windies_gy on May 11, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    i think that sarwan shouldn't be in this team, they should give the youngsters a chance and if Samuel comes back just forget about sarwan any hope WI put some licks on Australia

  • gavinfrank on May 11, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Guys ...sorry to burst ur bubble.....but the possibility of India advancing ahead of the windies and lanka is not entirely out of the equation. For that India need to beat lanka by 20 runs ( very possible) and australia need to beat windies (something they have done many times before). While I have the utmost respect for Gayles men , I still feel beating australia would need them to raise their game to a whole new level. Whether they can do that only time will tell. However its not only about windies and lanka, India too have a chance. Didnt the pakistanis qualify much the same way.......

  • popcorn on May 11, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    An interesting though difficult to comprehend situation. Like Sudhai Hazell says, it would be ridiculous if WI win and yet not qualify. All three teams want to go through to the semis. India is the least deserving because they have lost 2 out of 3. None of the three - WI,SL, or India are going to a favour to the other two - so all three will be aware of the complicated equations. Best solution - play to win.

  • Conynine on May 11, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Australia is already in top 4 and will face Pakistan in the semis which aussies will win off course and it doesn't matter anymore which opponent will they confront in the final. England are looking dangerous but don't stand a chance with Australia, they are too good for England therefore our winners for 2010 World T20 will be australia. GO AUSSIES U DESERVE IT MATES

  • on May 11, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    @ shjamaly "were the hell r brilliant t20 players like the young barath n darren bravo?"

    They are brilliant T20 players ??? really ??? where's the evidence ?

    Darren bravo is where he should be, on tour with the A team. Barath just started cricket at the highest level and cannot in anyway be touted as a brilliant T20 player, if he was, his IPL team would have played him mpre.

  • on May 11, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    so if sri lanka beat india and west indies beat australia west indies will still not go through who came up with this ridiculoues thing. just becaues india is cricket powerhouse dosnt mean they have to control everything. i guess the caribbean ppl will answer this. bet me all the icc officials will have to run if we beat australia and still not qualify.

  • on May 11, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Let's hope Pollard performs he really has done nothing much for his country yet

  • on May 11, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Com on Windies u cud make it.. I wish Windies to make it to the Semi'sss... Gayle plz stay Sarwan out of ths n bring sum proper T20 hitter in Park 2day

  • shjamaly on May 11, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    WI batting order should b gayle,chanderpaul to open,sarwan,bravo,pollard,sammy,ramdin, they should include rampaul for the game against the aussies n were the hell r brilliant t20 players like the young barath n darren bravo?

  • hemant.pande on May 11, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    In my opinion their team is fine as far as its composition is concerned. Wavel can also bowl. On St. Lucia's we should go with same team with Pollard, Gayle , Benn and Wavel sharing spin department and if needed we have Roach, Taylor and Bravo in speed department.

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    The pressure is on but I hope the guys come up trumps like they did against India. It si time for Sarwan and Bravo to come to the party. Australia is our biggest challenge yet and our biggest threat to advancing. Go Windies

  • on May 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    True Andre good checking out I believe Deonarine is a good choice Looking forward to a windies victory tomorrow GOOOO WINDIES hope the permutations go in our favour..:$

  • on May 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Who ever plays as to come to a match of do or die. Pollard need to do somthing speical now, its ur time man come on. Gayle needs to fire for WI to win though. 170 is getable by WI. need to score has much as possible if batting first. even 190-200. so come on WI its our time we need this victory. everyone is behind u. DO or DIE. i say.

  • on May 11, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Wavell has yet to perform with the bat and he muffed a chance last match. Let Deonarine or Miller take his place as an additional spinning all rounder.

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  • on May 11, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Wavell has yet to perform with the bat and he muffed a chance last match. Let Deonarine or Miller take his place as an additional spinning all rounder.

  • on May 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Who ever plays as to come to a match of do or die. Pollard need to do somthing speical now, its ur time man come on. Gayle needs to fire for WI to win though. 170 is getable by WI. need to score has much as possible if batting first. even 190-200. so come on WI its our time we need this victory. everyone is behind u. DO or DIE. i say.

  • on May 11, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    True Andre good checking out I believe Deonarine is a good choice Looking forward to a windies victory tomorrow GOOOO WINDIES hope the permutations go in our favour..:$

  • on May 11, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    The pressure is on but I hope the guys come up trumps like they did against India. It si time for Sarwan and Bravo to come to the party. Australia is our biggest challenge yet and our biggest threat to advancing. Go Windies

  • hemant.pande on May 11, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    In my opinion their team is fine as far as its composition is concerned. Wavel can also bowl. On St. Lucia's we should go with same team with Pollard, Gayle , Benn and Wavel sharing spin department and if needed we have Roach, Taylor and Bravo in speed department.

  • shjamaly on May 11, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    WI batting order should b gayle,chanderpaul to open,sarwan,bravo,pollard,sammy,ramdin, they should include rampaul for the game against the aussies n were the hell r brilliant t20 players like the young barath n darren bravo?

  • on May 11, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Com on Windies u cud make it.. I wish Windies to make it to the Semi'sss... Gayle plz stay Sarwan out of ths n bring sum proper T20 hitter in Park 2day

  • on May 11, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Let's hope Pollard performs he really has done nothing much for his country yet

  • on May 11, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    so if sri lanka beat india and west indies beat australia west indies will still not go through who came up with this ridiculoues thing. just becaues india is cricket powerhouse dosnt mean they have to control everything. i guess the caribbean ppl will answer this. bet me all the icc officials will have to run if we beat australia and still not qualify.

  • on May 11, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    @ shjamaly "were the hell r brilliant t20 players like the young barath n darren bravo?"

    They are brilliant T20 players ??? really ??? where's the evidence ?

    Darren bravo is where he should be, on tour with the A team. Barath just started cricket at the highest level and cannot in anyway be touted as a brilliant T20 player, if he was, his IPL team would have played him mpre.