Australia travels to the West Indies to take part in a 5 match T20 series and then a three match ODI series. This is going to be an interesting series for both sides as Australia is not traveling with their usual set of T20 players as a number of them have decided to opt out of the West Indies series due to personal reasons.
The squad that will face the West Indies consists of a few regular T20 players but also a number of experienced players who have played for Australia in the past. There are a few youngsters thrown into the mix which gives this Aussie team a great blend of experience and youth.
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Aus vs. WI – Five Match T20 Series
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is limiting the amount of travel during this series in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result all five games will take place at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. All five games will be played at night and all of them will be back to back games.
The first T20 will take place on 10 July, the second on 11 July; the third T20 will take place on 13 July and the fourth T20 on 15 July. The fifth and final T20 is set to take place on 17 July. The ODI series will run from 21 July to 25 July.
Australia vs. West Indies – Betting Odds
The West Indies are one of the most dangerous T20 sides in the world cricket and even more dangerous when they are playing at home. However, the bookmakers have them as the underdogs going into this five match T20 series, which comes as a little bit of a surprise.
One reason for them having low odds of winning is their recent performance against South Africa. The West Indies lost their 5 match T20 series to South Africa in South Africa 2-3 which will be disappointing for them as they have a great chance of winning the series but did not capitalize on important moments.
Even though Australia is coming in with a bunch of A players, they go in as the betting favorites for the first T20. The Aussies have odds of 1.65 while the West Indies have odds of 2.25.
If the West Indies end up winning the first T20 in convincing fashion, the betting odds for the remaining games and the series outright winner will change.
Australia vs. West Indies – First T20 Prediction
The West Indies are expected to play a strong side that will be led by Kieron Pollard. Most of the players who featured in the South Africa T20 series are expected to play against Australia. The key players to watch out for are Kieron Pollard, Andre Russel, E Lewis and Dwayne Bravo. Chris Gayle hasn’t been in the greatest form but he can be explosive on home turn.
Australia looks very strong in the bowling department as they have the likes of M Starc, J Hazelwood, J Behrendorff and Adam Zampa. They don’t look as strong in the batting department as apart from Aaron Finch, all the rest are average players at best. M Wade, Alex Carey and all-rounders M Marsh, Dan Christian and M Henriques will have to hold the middle-order together.
Australia vs. West Indies – First T20 Verdict
We are going to back the West Indies to win the first T20 as they are coming off a T20 series while Australia is coming in cold.