Australia wins the toss and hits
What dogs, dogs and hares. If there is a hunt in this series, Australia is being prey. Three games, three wins for the home team from the West Indies. The first time they were lucky. The second and third times they beat Australia at will: first they set a huge total that visitors didn’t get close to, then they kept visitors low and chased carelessly in the world.
Everyone on the home team has been racing at some point: Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo. The only one not scoring is starter Andre Fletcher.
At the same time, home bowling has been varied and powerful. Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh have formed an effects combo that has controlled each input. Sheldon Cottrell and Obed McCoy have also been fast bowling muscle with some brains. Russell and Bravo have stepped in as the backup closers. Works.
Australia, meanwhile, has given up little with the bat in any of the three games – a couple of good fifties for Mitchell Marsh and a couple of quick starts from Matthew Wade are almost the extension. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood each had an excellent game and two expensive ones. Adam Zampa has been the target. Changes have already been made. Wait more.
However, Australia still has a lot to play for: individual places, as always, but also trying to put some rhythm on the players before the three ODI matches, which count towards qualification for the next World Cup. That may seem like a foregone conclusion for Australia, but at the rate they keep coming off touring, who knows.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism