Australia vs West Indies, Match 10, Thursday 6 June, ICC World Cup 2019

Australia vs. West Indies is one of the oldest rivalries in ODI cricket. Both nations have much more in common than you think. They’re both multiple times WC winners. They’ve both lifted the ICC Champions Trophy. They both were considered unbeatable in their respective eras. In the 70s and 80s, WI were a forced to be reckoned with. The same can be said about Australia under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting. For these teams, it’s all about supremacy and dominance. Defeating a former world champion will be a major confidence booster for either sides.

ODI Track Record:

Australia is a record five time WC winner whereas WI was the first team to win the WC back to back. Throughout their illustrious history, both teams have met many times on the field. The details are given below:

  • Australia ODI Ranking: 5th
  • WI ODI Ranking: 9th
  • ODI Faceoffs: 139 Matches
  • Australia won: 73
  • WI won: 60
  • Ties / No Results: 3 / 3

Stats favor Australia as the better side and with the recent performances in mind, it’s hard to deny it. WI haven’t been firing the same since T20I WC 2016 and that has led to their absence from CT 2017. Although many would argue that Australia have experienced the same thing for the past year. Even though they’ve not been at their best, Australia still have that tenacity to fight on, something which has been missing from WI playing XI for a while now. Both teams have bounced back in their recent respective ODI series which has led some to wonder whether they both might actually shock the world and headline this year’s WC final.

WC Encounter:

Australia will take on West Indies in the initial stages of WC on the date and venue explained below:

The ground has witnessed 44 ODI matches and possesses a dry and flat pitch which doesn’t allow much seam. As such, it will be ideal for batting. Both teams have the firepower at the top order which can produce runs. Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmeyer are scoring runs for WI but Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja have been equally impressive against Pakistan.

Bowling will play a major role here. Australia have a more diverse bowling option with some quality pace bowlers as well as some decent spin and all-round bowlers. WI bowlers are not as impressive and they’ve been leaking runs which was evident in the ODI series against England. WI need to work on their bowling if they want to win this tournament.

Final Remarks:

Analyzing the recent stats, it’s pretty obvious that Australia will win this match comfortably. They’ve got a strong batting side which will be made even stronger by Smith and Warner. They’ve got a nice bowling attack so chances of WI scoring runs seem slim. On the other hand, WI have shown some resilience recently but they’ve got a long journey ahead of them if they want to make a mark. For now, it’s Australia all the way and WI winning this contest seems improbable.

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