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SportCricket World Cup: Whichever West Indies side turns up, it'll be a test for Australia

12:25  06 june  2019
12:25  06 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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" West Indies play an entertaining brand of cricket and we feel as though we do the same thing, so I think it ' ll be a bit of a feeling-out process," Finch said. However, with the Australians familiar with pitches that offer more bounce and carry, it's how the bowlers execute that will define the contest.

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When 'Rally Round the West Indies' plays at Trent Bridge on Thursday, Australia captain Aaron Finch will suck in a deep breath, unsure which Windies side will turn up.

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Last week, Pakistan were rolled for 105 by a rampant Windies pace battery, before a rapid-fire Chris Gayle half-century helped Jason Holder's men to an easy seven-wicket win.

However, nine days earlier, Steve Smith helped Australia waltz past the Windies in a warm-up fixture at the pint-sized Nursery Ground in Southampton.

Holder's Windies came into the World Cup off the back of Gayle's run-spree against England in the Caribbean, before stumbling in a tri-nation series with Bangladesh and Ireland.

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Finch had no doubt Thursday's match will be "aggressive" with some of world cricket's finest master-blasters ready to do battle at the postage stamp Trent Bridge ground.

A day later after Pakistan were torn apart, Australia had a bit more trouble rolling Afghanistan, but David Warner - while uncomfortable - still managed to post an unbeaten 89.

In the two Trent Bridge fixtures so far, Holder sent Pakistan in, before Eoin Morgan did the same a few days later. Pakistan beat England, demonstrating the toss win rests on how confident the captain is with his bowlers, and if his side is prepared to chase.

Finch's side boasts some of the best quicks in the world, and leggie Adam Zampa acquitted himself well against Afghanistan.

Cricket fans will be hoping a fired-up Windies turn up. Finch doesn't - but he has informed his team of what to expect.

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"West Indies play an entertaining brand of cricket and we feel as though we do the same thing, so I think it'll be a bit of a feeling-out process," Finch said.

"No doubt they will come hard at the bat, they always do. It is probably one of their main strengths, trying to put teams on the back foot early.

"If we can put the ball in the right area and get a couple of wickets, that will be key. And with the bat, they are going to come hard and aggressively. They always do.

"It'll just be about playing the situation and not trying to overthink it or play the game in your head before it has started."

All the chatter has been about how effective the Windies' short-pitched bowling was against Pakistan, with Oshane Thomas (4/27) and Andre Russell (3/42) the chief destroyers.

A similar tactic was also employed against Australia in the Southampton warm-up, and it cost Usman Khawaja a trip to hospital.

However, with the Australians familiar with pitches that offer more bounce and carry, it's how the bowlers execute that will define the contest.

"It is obviously going to be a tactic of theirs and a plan. We will be as well-prepared as we can be," Finch said.

"I think over the last little while we have been aware that teams are going to use it [the short ball] a lot more and that is one of our plans.

"We have been facing a lot of it in the nets as well. We'll be as well-placed as we can be."

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