West Indies vs Australia 1st T20 2021 is going to kickstart a very important series between two contenders of the T20 World Cup. Australia has never won a T20 World Cup and would very much like to add it to their impressive collection while West Indies is a two-time champion and the current holder of the title. We saw the West Indies struggle against South Africa but that experience would have made it better. Australia has not played too much international T20 cricket with its first-choice team and getting the right combination could be a challenge. Hitting the ground running is going to be key.
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West Indies vs Australia 1st T20 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
West Indies is simply the most powerful batting lineup in the world. It has tremendous six-hitters and batting depth that is the envy of most nations. As it turns out, this is both a strength and a weakness. The days on which the West Indies batting is in form, it is nearly unstoppable but on other days it can collapse in a heap. Which West Indies is going to turn up on what day is very difficult to say. West Indies also has a strong death-bowling lineup but lacks the quality spinner that almost every successful T20 team has.
Australia has a strong bowling attack with all of its best bowlers available for this series. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood have not played together in a T20 international for a very long time and having them in the team is going to be an asset. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar also give Australia two quality spin-bowling options that the West Indies just do not have. On the other hand, Australia's batting is a work in progress. There are a lot of positions to be filled including the opening slot and that leads to instability.
Players in form
Evin Lewis was in fine form against South Africa and was the top scorer for the West Indies. Dwayne Bravo was also unplayable during the end overs and is going to be one of the players to watch out for. Chris Gayle had a very quiet series against South Africa but Australia one of the teams that he just loves playing against and counting him out would be foolhardy as well.
Australia has not played too much international cricket recently but there are a couple of players that could help Australia boost its chances of winning. Mitchell Starc and Josh Phillipe are the two players that are impact players and they play in positions where their talent can be maximized.
The conditions for this match are expected to be good for batting. There is no rain predicted for the match. The average score batting first is just 137 but the game has changed quite a lot in recent years.
- West Indies has won the previous four matches it has played against Australia
- West Indies and Australia have never played a five-match bilateral T20 series against each other before this one
- Australia is ranked fifth in the world in T20 cricket as compared to a surprisingly low ninth for the West Indies
West Indies and Australia are two strong teams that are going to play hard. There is some history between these two teams and contests have often gotten quite nasty. That brings the best out in some players and no one is going to back down in the West Indies vs Australia 1st T20 2021. West Indies has the edge in terms of batting strength and boundary hitting but Australia's bowling is certainly better. Taking the home conditions into consideration, West Indies seems to be the slightly stronger team overall.
Winner: West Indies (2.05)