The Caribbean outfit had no answers against the firepower of Mitchell Starc and co in the series opener in Barbados and how they counter the Australian quicks will play a key role in deciding the encounter.
West Indies vs Australia, second ODI
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
July 22, 14:30 local
Kieron Pollard was left disappointed after a disastrous performance by the batting unit left his side enduring a heavy loss in the series opener in Barbados. He will expect a much more competitive performance from his batsmen who won't have much time to ponder upon their mistakes, due to a quick turnaround between the two matches. A victory will also be important for the Windies as they aim to climb up the CWCSL table.
Stand-in skipper Alex Carey on the other hand, had a dream start to his life captaining the Australian side. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were back to their devastating best with the ball. He will also be satisfied with his own performance with the bat and also the impact made by newcomers Wes Agar and Josh Philippe. Another win will also help the visitors strengthen their spot in the top 3 of the CWCSL standings.
Remember the last time
In the series opener, vital contributions from stand-in captain Alex Carey (67) and debutant Wes Agar (49) allowed the visitors to post a competitive score of 252 on the board in 49 overs.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood then completely blew the West Indian batting line-up away, picking up a combined 8 wickets to bowl out hosts for 123 in only 26.3 overs to go 1-0 up in the series.
What they said
Kieron Pollard (West Indies captain): "I think we did pretty well with the ball. Par score here is 260-270 and being able to restrict them to 250 was a fantastic effort. My biggest thing is I want the guys to fight. It's a matter of continuing to work hard, understanding my game, understanding my strengths. Just a matter of trying to enjoy it."
Alex Carey (Australia stand-in captain): "For us to adapt and put on the score on the board which we thought was competitive, and then the way the powerplay went for us was fantastic. Ashton played a crucial role. Probably haven't seen a powerplay like that before. When they get it right we know how damaging they are."
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