Three ODI debuts today for Australia. Ben McDermott and Josh Philippe, who are slated to open together, and Wes Agar. Wade was listed as the keeper on the team sheet but the word we have is that Carey will take the gloves in addition to captaining. Pollard is back in the XI after missing the entire T20I series. Hayden Walsh Jr also comes in for his first ODI since March 2020 in Sri Lanka. Shai Hope is not in the lineup though.
WI vs Aus 1st ODI Highlights today Tuesday, 7-20-2021 – 1st ODI (D/N), Australia tour of West Indies (ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League) from Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Alex Carey won the toss and chose to bat first.
West Indies team: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Shimron Hetmyer, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard (capt) 7 Jason Holder, 8 Hayden Walsh Jr, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell.
Australia team: 1 Ben McDermott, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Alex Carey (capt/wk), 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Matthew Wade, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Wes Agar, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Post Match Presentation
Australia captain Alex Carey: “Not only for me but for three other boys, to make their debuts and to get a win on debut is always fantastic. The three of them performed really well so I’m excited for them and excited for the group to bounce back after the T20 series. Obviously, the two quicks up front were pretty special as well.
We won the toss and we batted and I thought the wicket might have played a little bit different from what it did. But for us to adapt and put a score on the board, but then for the Powerplay to go the way it did for us was fantastic. Ashton played a really crucial role. I was probably cruising along a little bit and he was getting on with it so he took the pressure off. [On Starc and Hazlewood] I probably haven’t seen a Powerplay like that before but when they get it right we know how damaging they are.”
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard: “I think we did pretty well [with the ball]. Par score here is about 260-270. Being able to restrict them to about 250-odd I think was a fantastic effort by the bowlers. If I’m brutally honest I thought we gave away about 20-25 runs in the field with some freebies. But I thought the way the guys bowled, the bowlers have been doing a fantastic job for us.
[On the batting performance] It is what it is. My biggest thing in that is that I want the guys to fight. Just because the ball is swinging or moving, don’t just give it away with soft dismissals. Let them work for your wicket. Because sometimes it’s a good ball, [doesn’t] mean that you have to get out to it. The most important factor to me is we didn’t show that sort of fight.
We knew Australia is very dangerous with the new ball and that’s where they look to pounce on oppositions. Once we can fight through that, watching the rest of the attack I think it’s something we can manage. So we have to find a way to get through those first 10 overs and see where that takes us.”
Player of the Match is Mitchell Starc for his 5 for 48: “It was a special day. We had three debutants and a bloke captaining for the first time for Australia. We did a fantastic job with the bat to get to 250. It was important for two older blokes with the ball to start us off really well and I thought we were fantastic in the Powerplay. We thought there was some variable bounce and different pace there and fortunately helped us a little bit there so it was a nice start with the ball to carry on from a bit of momentum with the bat. It was nice for the group to get [Alex Carey] a win in his first game as captain.”