Windies Want Out

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Skipper George Bailey is an injury doubt for Australia. Source: AFP/
The West Indies  will look to end their disastrous tour Down Under on a high note when they face Australia  in a Twenty20 International at the Gabba on Wednesday. Despite suffering a 5-0 flogging in the One Day International series, the tourists will be confident of victory having won the World Twenty20 in October last year.

Marlon Samuels is the most notable absentee from the team that was crowned T20 World Champion last year for the Windies, with the allrounder still sidelined after suffering a broken joke while playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash. Samuel Badree and Ravi Rampaul are also missing while hard hitting opener Chris Gayle  will again be given up until the last minute to prove his fitness after missing the last two ODI’s with a side strain. Johnson Charles  should open the batting after scoring a century in the 50 over match in Melbourne on Sunday. Hard hitting allrounder Andre Russell  is likely to return to the team after being dropped for the MCG game.

The team that takes the field for Australia will bear little resemblance to that which suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sri Lanka last month, with five members of that team with the Test squad in India. Ben Rohrer  and Nathan Coulter-Nile  are in line to make their international debuts, while Joe Burns  could come into contention with Adam Voges and captain George Bailey both nursing injuries, after being called into the squad as cover on Monday. With David Warner in the sub-continent, Aaron Finch  is likely to be partnered by Shaun Marsh  at the top of the order after the left hander batted at number three against Sri Lanka.

Despite reaching the World Twenty20 semi-finals less than six months ago, Australia still struggles in the shortest form of the game and has won just eight of its past 25 fixtures in 20 over cricket, while losing its last four. The Gabba has been a happy hunting ground for the hosts however, having won both T20 Internationals they have played here against South Africa. Although they beat Australia by 74 runs in the World Twenty20 semi-final last year, the West Indies have a poor record against the Aussies, having won just two of the past seven in the format between the sides.

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