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West Indies vs Australia, first ODI at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown – After Australia suffered a humiliating 4-1 T20 Series loss to the West Indies, Wednesday morning’s first ODI offers tourists a chance to redeem themselves.

Australia won the toss and will strike first. The tourists nominated three ODI debutants for the clash with Wes Agar, Ben McDermott and Josh Philippe, all chosen. This is just the third time that Australia have three or more ODI debutants in a match since 1986, and the first time since 2013.

The West Indies played host to captain Kieron Pollard who missed the entire five-game T20 series with injury.

Australia 4-116 after 26 overs with new captain Alex Carey (14) and Ashton Turner (1) in the crease after a brief delay in rain.

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Philippe started strong, dealing with the crease and hitting Sheldon Cottrell for 14 runs in the seventh inning, including the first six innings. The West Indies then turned to the spin, but Philippe took on that challenge as well and lifted Jason Mohammed over the ropes in the 10th.

But while he looked destined for half a century in his early days, he backed off and tried to play an Akeal Hossein right ball through the offside, but only managed to cut his own stumps for 39.

This brought in Mitch Marsh who did 20 of 22 before a successful exam revealed he was caught in the leg of Alzarri Joseph in the 16th. Marsh was already in motion by the time the exam was completed, having started walking after the exam was completed.

After a brief delay in the rain, Moises Henriques (7) was beaten by Hosein’s rebound as he landed a sweeping forehand to a short, thin leg.

The wickets continued to fall steadily with Ben McDermott (28) chasing a delivery from Alzarri Joseph with hard-to-catch hands on the first slide, making it a 4-63 loss for the Australians.


Australia XI: Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey (c, sem), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Wes Agar, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

West Indies XI: Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran (week), Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein


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With captain Aaron Finch injured, the match also offers a glimpse into the crystal ball of the future – with Alex Carey taking on the armband for the first time in what could be a sign of things to come.

Alex Carey – at 29 – has long been tipped to be 34-year-old Finch’s long-term replacement as Australia’s short-lived skipper.

He was co-vice-captain alongside Pat Cummins for three years before taking on the exclusive assistant role last August.

And now the South Australian will become the 26th captain of the Australian ODI team.

“I am deeply honored to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers. To be captain of Australia is one of the sport’s greatest privileges and an honor that I am extremely grateful to receive, ”said Carey.

“Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him with open arms when he is in top form, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards.

“Leading this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a big challenge and I look forward to meeting it for as long as I have the chance. “

But he inherits a struggling squad that seriously underperformed in the shortest form of the international game. Batting meltdowns, schoolboy mistakes and an inability to handle the bowling spin have left Justin Langer’s side with more questions than answers with a World Cup looming.

The two teams face off in an ODI bilateral series for the first time since 2013, with the three-match series being played at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados.

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