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World Cup 2019, Match10- AUS Vs WI, Preview: Confident Aussie Ready To Take Down The Aggressive Windies Challenge

“Both these teams have recorded comprehensive victories in their respective opening matches.”

After the intruding second double-header day of the 2019 World Cup extravaganza, it is now time to shift the focus back to normalization. In the tenth game of the tournament, defending champions Australia will be battling against the Windies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 6, Thursday. These are two teams with sensational history in this competition as Australia have won the World Cup five times, while the West Indies grabbed the title in 1975 and 1979. Both the teams are also coming into this game after recording comprehensive victories in their respective previous outings.

The Australian pacers and Adam Zampa were all over the Afghanistan batsmen in the team’s opening encounter of the tournament. The Kangaroos got off the blocks in a grand fashion but the opposition was a relatively weak one. A lot has changed since that famous clash in the 1996 semifinals, with Windies cricket falling apart and Australia becoming a powerhouse.

Perhaps after a very long time in this format, both these sides will be entering the battlefield as equals and that should make up for a very interesting contest. There is a lot of promise in both these squads and plenty of runs are on offer, but also spare a thought for the pool of amazing fast bowlers who will be in action on Thursday.

Windies greeted Pakistan with a barrage of bouncers in their opening encounter. The opposition had no answers to the pace attack of the Caribbean team and succumbed in the worst possible way. The two-time champions chased the target of 106 down in just 13.4 overs which makes their NRR best in the tournament at the moment.

Another stern challenge waits for Windies as they are set to face Australia in their next encounter. They yet again seemingly are looking to deploy the short-ball against the Kangaroos and will be keen on having another win under their belt. The Windies line-up looks settled and they might not make any changes just in their second game.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Australia

Windies

No Result

Tied

Overall (139)

73

60

3

3

In World Cup (9)

4

5

 

 

Australia’s likely Playing XI

There will be no further tinkering done with the batting lineup, with David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch opening the innings and Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith at number 3 and 4 respectively. The line-up after that is subject to change as Glenn Maxwell might come in at number 5 given the top four bat for a long time. They’ll continue with the same bowling attack with three speedsters in Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, while Adam Zampa will be the lone spinner.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.

Windies’ likely Playing XI

No changes are expected in the Windies line-up as well. They need some runs from Darren Bravo just to get some assurance at that position. Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer in the middle order make up for a very exciting middle overs to watch out for. They have three outstanding all-rounders in skipper Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite, who will be very crucial in both departments. Ashley Nurse will be the lone spinner alongside five seaming options.

Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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