Aussies Searching For First Win

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Having lost its opening match to Pakistan, Australia can ill-afford another disaster against the West Indies on Friday night (AEST). Defeat again would see the Aussies in danger of being eliminated at the Super 10 stage.

Fit-again allrounder James Faulkner is likely to come into the XI for either bowler, Nathan Coulter-Nile, or veteran batsman, Brad Hodge. Faulkner isn’t particularly fond of the Windies, especially superstar Chris Gayle, with whom he shared a fiery confrontation just over twelve months ago. The Tasmanian has again vowed to get under the opposition’s skin and irritate them. The 23-year-old is back after having minor knee surgery.

In their opening match of the tournament, the Australians lost to Pakistan by 16 runs. On a lifeless deck at the Shar-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, where they back-up against the 'Calypso Kings', the Aussie attack was toothless. All the bowlers, except Doug Bollinger, went for more than 8.75 runs an over. As a result, Umar Akmal helped himself to 94 off 54 balls and the total ballooned to 5/191.

Aaron Finch (65 off 54 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (74 off 33 balls) gave Australia hope of reaching the 192 required, but no one else reached double figures. Ultimately, the Aussies were bowled out for 175, with the likes of Dave Warner, Shane Watson, captain George Bailey, Hodge and Brad Haddin all failing with the bat, when someone had to hang around with Finch and Maxwell.

The Windies opened with a 7 wicket loss to India, but bounced back in match 20 to crush host Bangladesh by 73 runs. With Dwayne Smith (72) and Gayle (48) sharing in a 97-run opening partnership off 71 balls, the reigning champions made a healthy 7/171. They then bowled out Bangladesh for 98, with spinner Samuel Badree and seamer Krishmar Santokie taking 7 wickets between them.

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