Australia vs West Indies, 1st ODI Match Preview

Australia and West Indies play the first of their three-match ODI series in Melbourne on Friday, February 2.

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As the dust settles from an enthralling Test series that concluded with a 1-1 draw, West Indies now shift their focus to the white-ball format as they prepare to face the six-time World Champions Australia in their own den. Australia, buoyed by their ICC World Cup triumph in November, are eager to showcase their dominance as reigning champions on home soil. 

Australia, mindful of the threat posed by the West Indies will approach the first ODI with caution. In contrast, the West Indies enter the limited-overs arena with renewed confidence following their spirited performance in the test series. They see the ODI series as an opportunity to make a resounding statement in white-ball cricket.

Melbourne Cricket Ground Pitch report

The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, affectionately known as the MCG, will host this clash with its impressive 100,000 capacity. The pitch offers a balanced challenge, favouring both bowlers and batters, though its pace tends to be slower. Teams will likely opt to bowl first, considering the conditions. The weather forecast promises ideal cricketing conditions, with temperatures ranging between 25°C to 15°C.

AUS vs WI Probable Playing XI

Australia:

Despite missing key batters Glenn Maxwell and David Warner, they look up to stalwarts Steve Smith and Travis Head to lead their batting charge. The absence of bowling maestros Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc leaves a void in the bowling department, with hopes pinned on the likes of Aaron Hardie and Xavier Bartlett, guided by the experienced Adam Zampa.

Predicted XI: Travis Head, Matthew Short, Steve Smith (C), Jake Fraser-McGurk, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis (WK), Aaron Hardie, Sean Abbott, Xavier Barlett, Adam Zampa

West Indies:

Captain Shai Hope who has been in decent form over the past two years will shoulder the responsibility of anchoring the batting line-up. With a blend of new faces and seasoned campaigners, West Indies will look up to Hope, alongside the likes of Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd, to lead their bowling arsenal.

Predicted XI: Justin Greaves, Kjorn Ottley, Keacy Carty, Shai Hope (WK/C), Alick Athanaze, Kavem Hodge, Roston Chase, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Oshane Thomas

AUS vs WI ODIs Head-to-Head Records:

Matches Played 143
Australia won 76
West Indies won  61
NR 03
Tied  03
First Meeting 14 June, 1975
Last Meeting 26 July, 2021

AUS vs WI, 1st ODI Broadcast details:

Date Friday, February 2
Timing 09:00 AM (IST)
Live Streaming Disney+Hotstar

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