Clint McKay has been a key player for Australia in ODI cricket. Source: Reuters/cricektworld.com
Australia can seal a series whitewash against the West Indies with victory in the 5th and final One Day International between the sides at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The side that takes the field is unlikely to bear any resemblance to that which started the series however, with a host of players unavailable as they begin preparations for the tour of India.
Glenn Maxwell and Matt Wade will be replaced by Xavier Doherty and Brad Haddin from the side that won by 5 wickets at the SCG, while skipper Michael Clarke has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Shane Watson will captain the side in his absence and will be determined to continue his good form after scoring 122 and 76 since returning from injury. This is also a huge match for Aaron Finch , who has a highest score of just 38 from his six ODI matches this summer and could find himself on the outer if he doesn’t get a big score.
The West Indies will again give Chris Gayle up until the last minute to prove his fitness after the hard hitting Jamaican missed Friday’s match with a side strain. Although Gayle has been horribly out of form, coach Otis Gibson will be desperate to get the veteran of 242 matches back into the playing XI after his batsman faltered for the fourth successive time in the series in Sydney. Kieron Pollard was the only player to show any fight at the SCG, scoring 109 of his side’s 220 runs.
In the most recent match between these teams at the MCG, three years ago, Australia scored an authoritative 125 run win to seal a 4-0 win in the five game series after game three was washed out.
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