Defending Champions Australia not only won their warm-up matches but went onto defeat Afghanistan by seven wickets in their first match. In the first match, Australia’s David Warner made a nervous but eventually splendid return to international cricket after his one-year ban, scoring an unbowed 89 to bag the Man of the Match award.
Now, Aaron Finch and Company is ready to lock horns with the ferocious Indies at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Finch’s team is gaining its confidence from their win in the unofficial warm-up match in Southampton. On the other hand, West Indies is confident of winning today’s game after beating Pakistan and winning by seven wickets.
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The two teams, who have won 7 out of the 11 World Cups so far between them, would be meeting at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Both teams sailed to comfortable winning victories in their opening matches of the grand cricket tournament.
Justin Lee Langer, the current coach of the Australia national men’s cricket team stated that Australia needs to adjust their mindset when they are playing against the West Indies’ fast bowlers. Langer stated that his team is also ready to face fast bowling from their opponents. They would need to play as the situation might demand.
West Indies is a very dangerous team when it comes to their batting and bowling. However, they have some weakness which Australia would want to make full use.
The Aussies for this match might be coming with the same combination. David Warner’s great match is a relief for the team. Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith who missed out last time to deliver their best are expected to give their best this time. On the bowling end barring Nathan Coulter-Nile, all the bowlers picked up wickets. Pat Cummins’ has been one of Australia’s biggest positives and the team is expecting him to carry on with his form. Zampa got three wickets but would want to score more runs.
The Caribbean team won’t want to fiddle with their lineup. Chris Gayle who is at his brutal best and even Shai Hope is very successful. Darren Bravo’s form remains a matter of concern as he’s trying hard to get even double-digit scores. Nicholas Pooran played a breezy knock the other day.
Russell and Holder are very good with the ball. The focus would also be on speedster Oshane Thomas, who bowled well against Pakistan. Sheldon Cottrell can also run through a batting lineup with his sheer pace.