Australia takes on West Indies in the third and final T20I in Perth on February 13, Tuesday. The match starts at 1.30 pm IST. Australia have already won the series by winning the first two games.
Glenn Maxwell scored his fifth T20I century to power the Aussies to a mammoth 241/4. He hit 12 fours and 8 sixes in his knock at a strike rate of 241.67. There were scores from David Warner (22), Mitchell Marsh (29), Marcus Stoinis (16) and Tim David (31*).
Wets Indies in response scored 207/9 and fell short by 34 runs. Stoinis picked up three wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Spencer Johnson took two each. The Aussies have put in emphatic performances in the first two matches so far and are looking to make it 3-0.
Before the start of the T20I series, the Aussies were behind the WIndies in the head-to-head count. However, after back-to-back wins, they are now ahead by 11-10 in 21 matches between the two sides.
Australia will be led by Mitchell Marsh in this T20I series. The team is struggling with injury concerns for key players. Matthew Short is out of the T20I series with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Nathan Ellis is out with a rib injury and Spender Johnson has been named as his replacement. Given how the Aussies performed in the last match they are likely to field an unchanged XI.
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Australia Playing 11 vs West Indies, 3rd T20I, 2024
Warner will open the batting. He scored 70 in the first T20I and 22 in the second. He has scored 101 T20Is closing in on 3000 runs in the format. He had started in both games.
Josh Inglis / Jake Fraser-McGurk
Inglish was dismissed cheaply in the second T20I. He perished to Jason Holder in the previous game looking to be aggressive from the very start. He will look to play a big innings. The young 21-year-old Fraser McGurk who has joined the team might make his T20I debut as well.
Mitchell Marsh (C)
Marsh the skipper will slot in at three. He scored 16 and 29 in the first two games and will look to finish on a high. He is leading the team in the absence of Pat Cummins.
Maxwell will bat at four. He scored 120 off 55 balls in the previous T20I which was the fifth of his career in T20Is. He is now the only batter with five T20I tons.
Stoinis will bat at five. He scored 16 in the second T20I and picked up three wickets as he had a good game all-round. He needs 60 more to score 1000 T20I runs.
David will bat at six. He scored a quickfire 31 off 14 balls and backed up his cameo off 37 off 17 balls in the first T20I. The trio of Maxwell, Stoinis and David is key to Australia’s T20 World Cup hopes. David too is 36 short of 1000 T20I runs.
Matthew Wade (WK)
Wade will slot in at seven. He will also play as the first-choice wicketkeeper. The southpaw has batted up and down throughout his career. He scored 21 in the first T20I and did not get to bat in the second.
Hazlewood will lead the bowling attack in the third T20I. He picked up 2/31 in the second T20I after going wicketless in the first T20I. He has 60 wickets from 43 T20Is.
The left-arm seamer will pair up with Hazlewood. He picked up 2/31 in the second T20I and did not play in the first. He recently picked up an IPL deal with Gujarat Titans ahead of IPL 2024.
Another left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff will be the third seamer in the side. He picked up 1 for 55 and was expensive in the second T20I. He picked up 1/38 in the first T20I.
Zampa concludes the likely XI for Australia in the second T20I. He picked up 1/39 in the second T20I and 3/26 in the first T20I. He has picked up 86 wickets from 76 T20Is.
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