Australia runaway favourites, but West Indies are capable of putting up a big fight

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Australia runaway favourites, but West Indies are capable of putting up a big fight

Australia have been crowned favourites heading into their Tri-Nations series with the West Indies, starting Saturday in the Caribbean.Australia have

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Australia have been crowned favourites heading into their Tri-Nations series with the West Indies, starting Saturday in the Caribbean.

Australia have the benefit of winning eight of their last 11 One Day Internationals against the West Indies, and their victory in the latest tri-series in June gave them the upper hand. The West Indies, however, have a talented squad, capable of rising to the challenge if they can play to their potential.

West Indies captain Jason Holder will be looking to lead from the front. The all-rounder has been in good form with the bat, having scored three centuries in the past year. He will have the support of the dangerous batsmen Chris Gayle and Shai Hope, both capable of quickly altering the course of the game.

In the bowling department, the West Indies will have a significant challenge in the form of the Australians’ formidable top-order. Steve Smith and Aaron Finch are batting at the top of their form and have racked up a total of seven centuries between them in the previous year.

The West Indies will also need to be wary of star all-rounders Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell, who have been racking up wickets while also giving the Australians valuable middle-order stability.

The West Indies may have an uphill battle against Australia, but they do have a strong squad capable of putting up a big fight. The heroes of their most recent victory against South Africa, Sheldon Cotterrell and Carlos Brathwaite, will need to hit the same form as before if they are to turn the tide in this contest.

The series between Australia and the West Indies will be a fascinating contest between two of the world’s premier cricketing nations. While Australia may enter the tournament as runaway favourites, the West Indies certainly have the talent to put up a good fight.

Australia runaway favourites, but West Indies are capable of putting up a big fight

Australia are the runaway favourites to lift their fifth World Cup title in this year’s competition. They have not lost a major tournament since 2011, when India beat them in the quarterfinals of the last World Cup. But despite this impressive record, the West Indies are capable of making life difficult for the defending champions.

Why West Indies Can Challenge Australia

  • World-class Players: West Indies have a number of world-class players in their side, including Chris Gayle, Jason Holder and Andre Russell. They are capable of taking the game away from their opponents with their power hitting and smart bowling.
  • World Cup Experience: The West Indies have won the World Cup twice, and have been semi-finalists in four of the last six tournaments. The players have the experience at this level, which can be crucial in a tight contest.
  • Formidable Bowling Attack: The West Indies have a formidable bowling attack, featuring pacers like Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell. They are disciplined and have the ability to tie down batsmen in the middle overs.

Conclusion

Australia are clearly the favourites to lift the World Cup this year, but the West Indies are more than capable of challenging them. Their quality players, World Cup experience and formidable bowling attack could be enough to make the defending champions sweat.

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