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Australia v West Indies live 1st ODI at Perth

Australia v West Indies live 1st ODI at Perth Photo: IBL

Australia play West Indies in the first of five ODis at the WACA in Perth on Friday.

West Indies have not played any series recently, and they might be rusty in the early phase of the series. However, they have had some practice in the tour match played against the Prime Minister XI.

Importantly for the Windies, Ramnaresh Sarwan returns to the fold after a break of almost 18 months. His calming influence in the middle order will help the team from familiar collapses.

Darren Sammy’s men will be looking to surprise the hosts, with their dashing style of play. The Windies are likely to play aggressive cricket that may serve them well on the tour.

The Sammy XI for tomorrow’s match is expected to be similar to the team which played the tour match, with some minor changes. Andre Russell has not yet recovered from a recent injury, and he is the likely man to sit out.

On the other hand, the Kangaroos are still trying to establish a perfect combination for the ODI side, and several new players have been named in the squad.

Aaron Finch and James Faulkner are two of the few men that have been given a go in this series, and they are likely to be part of the first ODI tomorrow as well.

Disappointingly for Michael Clarke XI, David Warner is suffering from a thumb injury, and Usman Khawaja has been named the replacement. Khawaja needs to grab this golden opportunity, and come good for the Aussies.

The other players in the XI are expected to be the same from the previous ODI match that the Aussies played.

The pitch and weather are expected to be of typical WACA type. Speedy and bouncy pitch and hot weather are likely in Perth tomorrow.

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