West Indies vs Australia 3rd T20 2021 is about to be played and it is a very important match for Australia. It is trailing 2-0 and has been outclassed by West Indies with quite some ease. It has to win this match to keep the series alive and also build towards the T20 World Cup. Australia's senior players have seemed out of form and are suffering from a lack of cricket. The West Indies team on the other hand has been playing some of the best T20 cricket that it has played in a long time.
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West Indies vs Australia 3rd T20 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
West Indies has a lot of players from which to pick its T20 team from. Kieron Pollard is out injured and it even rested two of its strongest performers in the previous match but it still managed to win. This shows a healthy competition for places and that always pushes the team forward. The knowledge of the local conditions is its biggest strength. West Indian batsmen know the kind of shots they need to play while the bowlers are adept at using the conditions to make scoring against them tough.
The weakness has to be a lack of fitness in the team. The West Indies is a team of senior cricketers who are well past the age of 35 or even 40! This is going to catch up to them during the course of this series and perhaps in the future.
Australia has struggled massively in this series. Its strength was supposed to its bowlers but Mitchell Starc is having one of the worst series for any bowler ever. The spinners for Australia have also not been very effective and that is making the team susceptible to attack from the West Indian strong hitters.
The strength for Australia has to be its fielding. The team may have dropped a couple of catches in the previous match but it is still one of the best fielding teams in the entire world.
Players in form
Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell are two all-rounders that are in prime form for West Indies. Russell hit 24 runs from just 8 balls in the previous match while Bravo also played a crucial role with the bat. Both of these cricketers have so much T20 knowledge that their being in good form gives a lift to the entire team.
Mitchell Marsh scored two fifties in the first two matches and is easily the best batsman of the team in current form. He has been able to start strongly and score at a rapid pace while clearing the boundaries with ease as well. Unfortunately for Marsh, not a single other player has been able to help out with the bat. Josh Hazelwood is bowling very well and looks to have matured as a T20 bowler.
The conditions in St. Lucia have been dry in the lead-up to the match. There is always some rain around but nothing that is going to be a cause of concern.
- Mitchell Marsh has scored two fifties in the first two matches. These are also the only two international fifties he has scored in his T20 career.
- West Indies team has reached 100 T20 international sixes for the year in the least number of matches in history
- Australia has now lost its previous six T20 internationals against West Indies
West Indies is just too strong for Australia right now. It has the advantage of playing in home conditions and is also battle-ready coming into this series after a tough battle with South Africa. West Indies vs Australia 3rd T20 2021 should be won by West Indies.
Winner: West Indies (2.04)