The First ODI between these two old rivals will be played at Bridgetown in Barbados and will start at midnight, so just in between Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21.
Up next is the team news, pitch report, cool stats and of course those all-important West Indies v Australia betting tips.
We’ll also give you the reasoning behind our tips and where you can enjoy cricket betting online for the game!
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West Indies vs Australia Betting Odds
Time for our cricket betting tips. I’ll tell you what you put your money on and where, so you can get the best of today’s ODI betting odds.
I’m backing the West Indies again after those T20 performances and issues within the Australian team and I’ll explain why they’re the smart call beyond those two factors.
Match-winner: West Indies
Toss winner: Australia
HOT BET! West Indies Top Bowler: Alzarri Joseph
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West Indies Team News
The Windies will be delighted with their work in the T20I Series but let’s remember they haven’t been so good in this format (ODIs) over the years.
As you’d expect, most of the players who played in the T20I Series are here as well but there are some notable exceptions.
Coming in are the extremely consistent batsman Shai Hope, experienced all-rounder Roston Chase, left-handed strokemaker Darren Bravo and the ever-improving fast bowler Romario Shepherd.
Remember that Kieron Pollard missed the whole T20I Series with injury and right now there doesn’t seem to be any news about it at all.
Yes, he’s the captain but they’ll want him fit for the T20 World Cup so if there are any doubts, he’ll carry on sitting out matches.
By the way, Pollard will also be keen to be fit for the resumption of the IPL.
But then again, he may surprise us all and return here. If he doesn’t, Nicholas Pooran will carry on being in charge.
Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo haven’t been included in the squad.
West Indies Likely XI
Simmons, Lewis, Hope, Pooran, Hetmyer, Chase, Holder, Allen, Walsh, Cottrell, Thomas.
Australia Team News
Things aren’t getting any easier for Australia on this Tour.
Not only did they get hammered 4-1 in the T20I Series but there are a few injuries kicking in now.
First it was all-rounder Ashton Agar and batsman Ben McDermott who suffered minor niggles.
And now it’s skipper Aaron Finch has got himself injured, too. In fact, he couldn’t run properly between the wickets in the 5th T20I so this game would be one too soon for the Melbourne Renegades captain.
That obviously creates two problems. They’ll need someone else to lead the side and that job will probably go to either Matthew Wade or Mitch Marsh, as the two most senior players. They don’t actually have an official vice-captain for the Tour.
And secondly, they’re going to miss Finch as their most inexperienced opener.
Wade was going to play as an opener anyway so it might be a choice between McDermott, if he’s fit, or Alex Carey.
Or they could try Josh Philippe, although in truth Philippe has not got going in international cricket at all so it might be a bit much to ask him to open.
Wse Agar is the only player not to have featured so far, so he’s likely to get a game at some stage. It could be this one.
Australia’s Likely XI
Wade, Carey, Philippe, Marsh, Henriques, Turner, Christian, Wes Agar, Starc, Adam Zampa.
Venue & conditions
We’re at Bridgetown in Barbados for this one.
The last two matches the Windes played here in 2020, they won. But that was against Ireland and the last of those was an incredibly tight game where the Windies chased 238 with one ball to spare and just one wicket in hand.
Remarkably, Alzarri Joseph was man of the match in both those games so he obviously loves it here in Barbados.
But the hosts aren’t always good at this venue. Before that, they lost 2-1 against England back in 2019.
In the first of those matches, England chased 360 thanks to centuries from Jason Roy and Joe Root in an incredibly high-scoring game.
But in other matches here, getting to over 250 is hard work, so it’s a pretty unpredictable wicket.
West Indies vs Australia Head-to-Head
The West Indies v Australia head to head show that they’ve played each other 140 times in ODIs.
Australia won 74 of those with the Windies winning 60 and three no-results thrown in there, as well. There have also been three ties.
So advantage Australia but as we know, this is far from being their best team with so many big names absent.
West Indies vs Australia Toss Prediction
Time to talk West Indies v Australia winner statistics. Finch won four out of five tosses in the T20I Series, only losing it in the last one. In terms of ODI games, the Australian side is also ahead with the toss count throughout the years.
As discussed, Finch may not play, but with Australia just about having the best of things at the toss over the years, I’ll go with the Aussies to win the toss.
West Indies vs Australia Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back the West Indies to win @ 1.91 with Pure Win
Time for our match prediction.
The West Indies v Australia betting odds make it a 50/50 affair with both teams available at 1.91 with Purewin.
The Windies are admittedly without Gayle, Russell and Dwayne Bravo here but none of that trio have been great in ODIs anyway these days; they’re much better in T20 cricket. Ok, Pollard would be a considerable miss but they showed in the T20I Series they can cope without him.
They were really good in that Series last week and though it’s a different format, in-form players are in-form players and in the likes of Hayden Walsh, Fabien Allen and Elvin Lewis, they have plenty.
As for Australia, they’re missing senior players like Warner, Smith, Cummins and Maxwell and the ones who came in have so far have mostly struggled.
Only Mitch Marsh has really enhanced his reputation so far and when you add those injuries mentioned already, including Finch, and you can see why Australia have problems.
This really shouldn’t be a 50/50 call in terms of odds so the Windies are the obvious call.
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Today’s West Indies vs Australia Hot Bet
Recommended Bet: Back Alzarri Joseph to be West Indies Top Bowler @ 3.5 with 10CRIC
Remember what we said about Alzarri Joseph being man of the match the last two times he’s played here?
Well, he obviously loves bowling here and will be confident ahead of the game.
We could go for the big odds on him being man of the match again but that would imply a) the Windies winning and b) Thomas outperforming not just the other bowlers, but also the batsmen.
So let’s be a bit more conservative and go with him just to be their top bowler.
West Indies vs Australia fun statistics
Here are some cool stats to round things off.
Despite our recommended bet on Thomas, Hayden Walsh is in wonderful form at the moment. He took 14 wickets in 5 matches in the T20I Series.
Nicholas Pooran has a superb strike rate in ODI cricket of 106 in 28 games. He’s hit 1 century and 7 fifties.
Adam Zampa has a strike rate with the ball of 35.30 in ODIs meaning he takes an average of almost two wickets a game, which is very good.
Mitch Marsh has very strong ODI figures as an all-rounder in ODIs. His 60 games have yielded 12 fifties and a century, 49 wickets and 28 catches.
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