After winning the T20I series 4-1, West Indies will take on Australia in the first of the three ODIs at Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday, July 21.
The West Indies team will look to continue its winning momentum in the ODI series. They have a good mix of experienced and youth players. The concern for West Indies will be the fitness of their skipper, Kieron Pollard. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder will have to step up for their country in the ODI series.
The #MenInMaroon registered their 1st multi-match series win vs Australia in any format since the 1995 ODI series! 👏👏👏
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 17, 2021
On the other hand, Australia will have to pull up their socks to change things around. They will back their in-form player Mitchell Marsh to come good in the ODIs as well. Marsh was the highest run-scorer in the T20I series with 219 runs in five matches at an average of 43.80. He was also the second on the tally of most wickets with 8 dismissals in the series.
Australia will be without the services of their skipper Aaron Finch, who aggravated his knee injury during the final T20I. Alex Carey will lead the Australian team in his absence.
A big congrats to Alex Carey who will become the 26th man to captain Australia in ODI cricket tomorrow!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 19, 2021
All in All, looking at the balance of both the teams, the first ODI promises to be a cracker of a match.
West Indies vs Australia: 1st ODI – Match Details
Match: West Indies vs Australia, First ODI
Date and Time: 21st July 2021, 12:00 am IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
The track at the Kensington Oval will be decent for the batsmen. The bowlers, especially the pacers will get some assistance early on in the match. The forecast for the day is cloudy. The team winning the toss will look to bat first and set a target of more than the par score of 240.
Predicted Playing XI
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (C), Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Fabien Allen, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
Australia: Alex Carey, Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff
West Indies vs Australia 2021: First ODI – Dream11 Suggestions
Fantasy suggestion 1: Matthew Wade, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Moises Henriques, Evin Lewis, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Sheldon Cottrell
Captain: Evin Lewis | Vice-captain: Mitchell Marsh
Fantasy suggestion 2: Matthew Wade, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Moises Henriques, Evin Lewis, Josh Phillippe, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Alzarri Joseph
Captain: Mitchell Marsh | Vice-captain: Jason Holder