Australia Tour of West Indies: Marsh, Turner and Christian star in the intra-squad match: Australia have ramped up their preparations for the upcoming tour of West Indies with the first T20 intra-squad match in St Lucia. The Aussies are set to play five T20Is and three ODIs against the reigning T20 world champions ahead of the mega event later this year. While a host of star players have been rested for the tour, there is no shortage of talent as showcased in the first T20 intra-squad game, with the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Dan Christian starring.
WI vs AUS LIVE: Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Turner lit up the proceedings at the Darren Sammy Cricket ground leading their Australia I side to a comfortable five-wicket victory. Marsh scored a boundary-laden half-century that singlehandedly kept Australia I in their run chase even when the required rate went over 12. Marsh’s 28-ball 56 was well complimented by Ashton Turner, who scored an impressive 45* and took his team over the finish line. Needing 10 off the last over, the Perth Scorchers star hit a six off the first ball off teammate Andrew Tye to seal the game.
WI vs AUS Series: Earlier in the day, Dan Christian kept his hopes of an international comeback alive scoring a crisp 47 from just 31 balls at No.5, partnering with Moises Henriques to lead Australia II to 193/5 in their 22 overs. The Matthew Wade led side got off to a good start but failed to cash in with both Wade and Carey departing after quick-fire cameos.
WI vs AUS T20: It was a field day for the pacers with the likes of Riley Meredith, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Andrew Tye all going for plenty. Ashton Agar was the most impressive spinner, making the most of the conditions on offer, ending his four overs conceding just 25., including the wicket of Matthew Wade. Adam Zampa and Mitchell Swepson, his two spin competitors, finished wicketless, conceding 33 and 28 each in their four overs.
WI vs AUS Full Squads
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha.
West Indies T20 squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr