West Indies look to turn the screw on under-powered Australia

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West Indies have hit their stride in the last few days to give Australia some harsh lessons. They had a helping hand in the opening game as the visitors’ batting lost the plot, but the following matches have been superb all-round displays where the batting line-up has started to click in a manner they hadn’t done consistently of late.

They are only in the middle of this extensive run of T20s – another five-match series against Pakistan follows the Australia tour – so there is more time to hone plans ahead of the T20 World Cup. Their form during the intervening years since winning the title in 2016 has been underwhelming, but perhaps the sight of the tournament on the horizon has sharpened the focus.

In truth, though, this is not an especially strong Australia side. For all the talk of the depth that was available to cover for the long list of absentees it has so far been rather brutally exposed. It is now four T20 series defeats in a row – following England, India and New Zealand – having strung together a run of success before the pandemic struck.

The middle order remains a muddle and while some of those issues may solve themselves when everyone is available no one has really made a claim to put pressure on those missing. The way they were unable to accelerate in the third game was a huge credit to the skills of the West Indies bowlers with Moises Henriques making an interesting point about how they are very good at operating defensively.

“Our bowlers are slightly different style to theirs, there’s definitely things we can learn,” he said. “Guys like Mitch and Josh have these fantastic attributes and assets you don’t want to waste all the time on being defensive either. It’s a bit of a catch-22. As a batting group it’s finding a way to score off that defensive bowling. At the end I wasn’t able to capitalise and score quickly enough like I should have been the last few overs, and didn’t have the answers I should have to that style of bowling.”

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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