Series Report: All round West Indies win series against Australia after 16 years
It has been 16 years since West Indies have won a bilateral series away or home against the “Mighty Aussies “ Missing big names in the packing list, Australia were still deemed as favorites before the start of the series their depth of players and the 3-2 loss Windies faced against South Africa.
After losing their regular captain Pollard citing a slight niggle, Pooran was handed the Captaincy Duties and he handled that with excellence, he was vocal behind the stumps throughout the series encouraging every bowler ,every fielder to do well, and despite having a slight dip in his batting form he handled the pressure really well in the crunch situations during his short captaincy stint . This series saw great improvement in their spin bowling department with Fabian Allen who coupled along with the young and dynamic Hayden Walsh whose addition sought to him ammasing 12 wickets in the 5 match series with an economy just above 7 and he went on to be the Man of the Series for his terrific bowling performances. Also the Power play carnage from Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis helped the cause which subtly maintained the Windies run rate throughout the innings. Hetmeyer who was rested for the inconsequential part of the series showed his worth too in the middle overs and the finisher role was successfully orchestrated by the in form “ Hard Hitter “ Andre Russell . Similarly, McCoy was another revelation in the bowling department bowling skillful variations, changing pace and bowling those amazing cutters picking up 5 wickets in the 2 matches he played.
Well Australia lost the series 4-1 but they certainly had some positives with an all-round Mitch Marsh batting at number 3 , scoring as many as 219 runs with three fifties and also picking up 10 wickets in the 5 match series . Captain Aaron Finch also got back into form after he registered his first fifty in the 4 th T20I and was going with good pace in the 5th match itself only to get out on 34, thanks to an amazing “ Catch of the Series” by the one and only Fabian Allen . Australia used almost all of their bowling options throughout the series with Josh Hazlewood bowled well for most part of the series and Starc gained much confidence bowling that super death over defending 11 runs against Russell and eventually winning the match. The main problems this series for Australia was their lack of finishing options , their vereran Dan Christian was given that role but certainly couldn’t capitalize on it only to get dropped for the last match of the series.
The return of big names like David Warner, Steve Smith , Maxwell , Stoinis , Cummins will be a certain boost heading towards the much awaited T20 World Cup for Australia and of course with the two teams competing against each other in the group stages both of them will have a depth knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses.
Nevertheless, we have witnessed an amazing series between two strong competitors and some great performances throughout the T20I series. Onto the ODIs now.