Mitchell Starc has been in terrific form in the past 12 months. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
The West Indies will be out to made amends for an abysmal showing with the bat just two days earlier when they face Australia at the WACA in the 2nd One Day International on Sunday. After being bowled out for just 70 on a juicy WACA wicket on Friday, Australia chased the tourists total down inside 10 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the best of five series.
Windies coach Otis Gibson could elect to give all of his batsman another chance despite their poor showing in the series opener where they failed to adjust to the conditions. Johnson Charles is the only other specialist batsman in the squad and would like think that he could get a call-up for game two but it is unlikely that he would have fared any better with the ball swinging about. What the West Indies need to do is show more application with the bat and that must at the top with former skipper Chris Gayle . The hard hitting Jamaican scored just 4 on Friday and has been in terrible form lately, with just 108 runs in his past nine 50 over matches. More is expected from the likes of him and Ramnaresh Sarwan – who was dismissed for a duck in his first international match in more than 18 months.
It will be hard for the hosts to make too changes after such a clinical display, but Queensland paceman Ben Cutting could get a game as selectors continue their controversial ‘rotation’ policy. Despite top scoring after being asked to open alongside Aaron Finch to knock off the Windies small total as quickly as possible in the series opener, Glenn Maxwell is likely to return to the middle order with Phil Hughes like to partner Finch at the top for the third time after opening the batting together twice against Sri Lanka.
Friday’s loss was the West Indies twelfth in a row on Australian shores in a sequence stretching back more than 15 years, and means that they have won just two of the past 16 50 over matches between the sides.
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