Date & Time: Thursday, June 06, 15:00 IST
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England
Mega blockbuster on cards
The World Cup is slowly, but steadily building momentum in the last couple of days with some brilliant bowling at the death overs and some invaluable individual batsmanship. There can be no better time to watch two of the most entertaining teams in this World Cup clash against each other in Trent Bridge, Nottingham. No matter how they perform in other series before the World Cup, West Indies always turn up at their best when it is time for the coveted trophy. Australia is looking very dangerous especially with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner.
Australia might look to bring in Nathan Lyon ahead of Adam Zampa considering a slew of left handed batsmen from the West Indies. Other than that, both the teams are not likely to change the combination.
The pitch at Trent Bridge provided one of the best matches of this edition of World Cup so far when England faced Pakistan just a couple of days ago. Another high scoring close contest is expected for Thursday’s encounter.
‘The Universe Boss’ has made a sensational comeback to the ODI cricket earlier this year. He has scored 474 runs in his last 5 ODI innings at a staggering average of 94.8 and a strike rate of 135.42. West Indies made easy work of the chase against Sri Lanka in the last game thanks to Chris Gayle’s quick fire 50. The pitch at Trent Bridge will be tailor made for him and if he survives the initial couple of overs, then we are all set for the ‘Gayle Storm’.
Steve Smith is certainly one of the contenders for top run scorer of the tournament because of his ability to play long innings. Although his preferred batting position is 3, Usman Khawaja holds the position firmly due to his consistent ODI performances since the start of 2019. With West Indies pace battery doing well, we expect Steve Smith to get a considerable time to bat and score big.
David Warner has always been consistent when it comes to big tournaments. His IPL records are too good to believe and he has scored runs consistently in the 2015 edition of World Cup too. He started off this World Cup with an unbeaten 89* and don’t be surprised if he continues from where he left off.
Glenn Maxwell could be the player that Australia desperately hopes will perform to his potential. He missed this year’s IPL to prepare for the World Cup and could well leave a major impact in the World Cup. With short boundaries and ball coming on nicely to the bat, Glenn Maxwell will hope to provide a quick fire finish to his team.
We have not picked Brathwaite in any of our grand league teams, considering his poor probability of success in the match. We have much better All-rounders than him who have a higher probability of contributing both with the bat and the ball. You could consider replacing some of our allrounders with him, in teams where you expect lots of wickets to go for WI or the bowlers go for too many runs, but we have decided to give him a miss.