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1st ODI: Australia eye improved showing versus West Indies


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Jan 31, 2013 at 02:21pm IST

Perth: Australia will be looking to put a run of indifferent limited-overs performances against Sri Lanka behind them when their five-match ODI series against West Indies begins in Perth on Friday.

West Indies are coming in the series after a break of almost two months following the tour of Bangladesh. After a 2-2 ODI series and being blanked in the two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka, Australia will be hoping to salvage something from what has been a largely disappointing summer.

Skipper Michael Clarke is expected to return after recovering from the ankle sprain. He looked in fine form against Sri Lanka until the injury. With David Warner out of the squad after suffering a minor thumb fracture in the nets this week, Aaron Finch will partner Phil Hughes at the top of the order.

1st ODI: Australia eye improved showing versus West Indies

Australia will be aiming to dominate the West Indies in the upcoming five-match one-day series.

Usman Khawaja has once again been drafted into the squad and will likely bat at No. 3 while allrounder James Faulkner looks primed to make his ODI debut after replacing the injured Moises Henriques in the squad. Matthew Wade and George Bailey will be looking to play crucial roles in the middle order. In the bowling department, Mitchell Johnson will lead the pace attack and be accompanied by Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc with Faulkner also relied on to bowl.

On the other hand, West Indies' campaign has not been helped by injury to Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle's lack of form. The former captain Ramnaresh Sarwan returns after a lengthy absence and is set to play his first international match since June 2011. Gayle and Kieron Pollard's participation in the Big Bash League has also increased the team's chances of success in Australia, and coach Ottis Gibson and skipper Darren Sammy will heavily rely on their top order.

Tino Best and Andre Russell will share the new ball for the visitors followed by Sammy and Dwayne Bravo. As always, ace spinner Sunil Narine will surely be key for West Indies.

Probable XIs

Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 George Bailey, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Mitchell Starc.

West Indies: 1 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieron Powell, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Devon Thomas (wk), 10 Tino Best, 11 Sunil Narine.

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