Cricket World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle and David Warner looking dangerous as West Indies take on Australia

We break down the group match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, today

What is it?

2019 World Cup group stage match

Who is playing?

Australia v West Indies

When is it?

Today, 1.30pm (UAE time) start

Where is it being played?

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

How to watch in UAE?

Tune in to OSN Sports Cricket HD or create an online account with Wavo for US$54 (a little less than Dh200). The account will provide customers access to two channels, OSN Cric Xtra 1 and OSN Cric Xtra 2.

What’s their head-to-head like?

Matches: 139

Australia won: 73

West Indies won: 60

Tied: 3

No result: 3

Form guide (past five games):

Australia: WWWWW

West Indies: WLLWL

What they said:

Justin Langer, Australia coach, on West Indies' batting firepower: “We expect some fireworks from the West Indies. There's going to be times where the boys are going to have to take a deep breath and keep smiling and bowling their best ball. But that comes with experience and that's what great teams and great players do”

Jason Holder, West Indies captain, careful not to overuse the bouncer tactic: "If it's a situation where we feel a batsman may be susceptible to the short ball, then we're going to use it. If it's a situation where that's not the case, then we'll find other alternatives. It's just not stuck on the short ball."

Likely XIs:

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

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

Summary:

Before the West Indies beat Pakistan, it would have been safe to assume Australia as favourites to win - simply because Australia a marginally better bowling attack. The Windies bowlers are no pushovers, as they proved in the Pakistan game, although it will take some effort to keep the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja at bay. Australia are nonetheless right to be wary of the Windies batting, especially when Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are on strike. It should be a cracking game.

Published: June 6, 2019 11:00 AM

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