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AUS vs WI, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Australia vs West Indies, (AUS vs WI, 1st T20I)

Date: October 5, 2022 – 1:40 PM IST

Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland

The defending champions Australia will face the West Indies in two T20Is followed by three versus England as a part of their final preparation ahead of the T20 World Cup which begins in two weeks. The first T20I against West Indies will take place at Carrara Oval also known as the Metricon stadium in Queensland on Wednesday, October 5th.

Australia have had limited T20 action this year, playing only 12 matches. They have won eight games and lost four. The Aussies toured India Recently for a three-match T20I series, where they won the first game but lost the next two.

West Indies haven’t had a great time in the shorter format. They have played 19 T20Is this year, winning just seven and losing 11 of those. In their most recent assignments, they were hammered by India with a 4-1 scoreline before losing to New Zealand by 2-1.

The last time West Indies visited Australia for a limited overs action was way back in 2012-13. The two teams have only faced each other in three T20Is on Australian soil, with the hosts leading the scoreline by 2-1. The series offers West Indies a good preparation ground before they head into the first round of the T20 World Cup for a spot in Super 12s.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for AUS vs WI, 1st T20I

The Metricon stadium in Queensland hasn’t always been a good venue for batting with plenty of assistance for the bowlers. A total of 15 domestic T20 matches have been hosted here, with the average first innings score reading 155. Nine of those matches have been won by the team batting second.

A cloudy and breezy weather is expected in Gold Coast on Wednesday evening but with little to no threat of rain. The temperature will hover around 18°C.

Australia – Expected XI and Team News

Australia will have David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh back for this series but Marcus Stoinis remains unavailable due to fitness concerns. If they decide to be cautious with Marsh, Cameron Green could get another opportunity. Steve Smith should edge out Josh Inglis in the middle order.

Probable XI – Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh/Cameron Green, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

West Indies – Expected XI and Team News

West Indies have announced a squad for the WC without Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. Now they’ve dropped Shimron Hetmyer for missing the flight to Australia. The batting unit should comprise Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell.

Probable XI – Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran (c/wk), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy

Head to head record of AUS vs WI

Total Encounters – 17

Australia won – 7

West Indies won – 10

West Indies lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

1st T20I: Five players to watch out for in the AUS vs WI match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

David Warner: Batter, Australia

One of the greatest players ever in the shorter format, David Warner has an incredible record to his credit. He has amassed 10870 runs in overall T20s at an average of 38 while striking at 141. Warner has smashed eight hundreds and 91 fifties in this format. He has played only three T20Is this year, scoring 70* in one of those.

Josh Hazlewood: Bowler, Australia

Josh Hazlewood has been one of the most improved bowlers in T20 cricket. He has been superb for Australia since 2021, picking 40 wickets in 24 T20 internationals at an economy of just around 6.70 with three four-wicket hauls. The right arm pacer has claimed 17 wickets in nine games this year with best figures of 4/12.

Evin Lewis: Batter, West Indies

Evin Lewis had a poor season in the CPL recently but remains a key player on this tour as he’s the best player of pace bowling in the West Indies side. The left hand batter has a terrific record in T20 cricket, having scored over 5700 runs at an average of 31 and strike rate of 145.

Mitchell Marsh: All-rounder, Australia

Mitchell Marsh is expected to play in this series purely as a batter. He has made no. 3 his own spot in the Australian side with consistent performances over the past year. Marsh has scored 560 runs since their tour of West Indies last year, averaging 43 at a strike rate of 131. Marsh has scored six fifties in this period.

Alzarri Joseph: Bowler, West Indies

Alzarri Joseph has developed into a top limited overs bowler in the Caribbean. He had a fantastic CPL season, where he ended as the highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets from 10 innings at an economy of 6.75, striking every 13.3 balls.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For Indian viewers, the Australia vs West Indies series will be broadcasted live on Sony Sports Network. You can also watch the action live on the online streaming platform Sony LIV. Catch the 1st T20I at 1:40 PM IST on Wednesday.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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