West Indies vs Australia 2nd ODI 2021 will hopefully be a better contest than what was on show in the first match. Australia's bowlers just ran through the West Indies batting and the match was decided even before the powerplay was over. It will be interesting to see if teams look to rotate their players just like they had in the T20 format because that can change the dynamic of the contest quite quickly. Conditions in Barbados were not as bad as was made out to be and some more runs should be scored this time around.
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West Indies vs Australia 2nd ODI 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
West Indies is a strong batting team with a lot of very accomplished hitters and it is easy to say that six-hitting is a strength. In the 50 over format, it is not just about hitting sixes. The value of wickets is a lot more and this is why batsmen have to be more selective about the shots that they play. This is where the West Indies batsmen sometimes get a bit mixed up about what to do and end up getting caught in between.
The ability to construct an inning and to be more judicious with the shot-making is a definite weakness for this West Indies team.
Australia looked a lot more comfortable as soon as it shifted to the 50 over format. Its bowling attack is world-class and it was easy to see just how dangerous it can be in the previous match. That wicket-taking ability is its biggest strength and something that teams take years to develop. It is rare having one genuine wicket-taker in the team and Australia seems to have multiple.
The weakness for Australia is its batting. A number of people got starts in the previous match but they did not carry on. For the first time in a number of years, the Australian batting depth is not very good and the fact that some of its top players are missing is hurting it badly.
Players in form
Hayden Walsh has had a terrific series against Australia. He was very good in the T20 internationals and he also started the ODI's with a five-wicket haul. The confidence in his bowling seems to be a lot more than when he started and that has to do with his current form. Hayden Walsh is a player that can continue to trouble the Australians.
Mitchell Starc picked up five wickets and returned to his best. What a difference a few good overs can make! Starc was going for runs galore in the T20's but is now once again the undisputed spearhead of the bowling attack.
There is a little bit of rain forecast for this match. We may have a number of stoppages and some overs being cut from the match.
- Micthell Starc now has 8 five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket
- Australia hit more sixes than West Indies for the first time in any match on this tour
- There were three Australian bowlers that had an economy rate of less than 2.50 in the previous match
Australia may have dominated the first match but its batting looked a bit unstable. West Indies suffered a batting collapse but that does not mean its batting is actually this weak. Many of the players are those that did a fantastic job in the T20 series just a few days ago. West Indies vs Australia 2nd ODI 2021 is also likely to be cut short because of rain and that could favor the West Indies.
Winner: West Indies (2.38)