WI vs AUS: Philippe, Henriques, Wade score 50s, Starc takes 3 in second intra-squad game

WI vs AUS: Philippe, Henriques, Wade score 50s, Starc takes 3 in second intra-squad game
WI vs AUS: Philippe, Henriques, Wade score 50s, Starc takes 3 in second intra-squad game

WI vs AUS: Australia ramped up their preparations for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies with a second intra-squad practice match in St Lucia. While practice game 1 saw the likes of all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Dan Christian shine, game two saw wicket-keepers take up the challenge with Josh Philippe and Matthew Wade giving a good account of themselves, while Moises Henriques also launched himself into the reckoning. Star pacer Mitchell Starc was also amongst the wickets as he readies himself for a comeback to the shortest format of the game.

Josh Philippe gave the Australian selectors and the team management some food for thought after he slammed a sizzling half-century under the lights in St Lucia. Australia have a plethora of opening and wicket-keeping options and Philippe held his hand out contending in both, with a standout innings, amassing 67 runs in just 43 deliveries. The Sydney Sixers star hit boundaries all around the wicket including a jaw-dropping reverse pull shot over short third man off Mitch Marsh.

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WI vs AUS: His Sixers teammate Moises Henriques also starred with bat, scoring a rapid 35-ball half-century to help Australia II clinch the win. The Kings XI Punjab star finished off what proved to be a comfortable run chase, with his side winning by eight wickets, causing down 165 with more than two overs to spare. Both Henriques and Philippe are expected to feature in the middle order against the West Indies, considering the absences of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.

WI vs AUS: Earlier in the day. Matthew Wade opened the batting with Australia I captain Aaron Finch, which could be the starting partnership against West Indies. Wade dominated an opening stand of 65 in less than seven overs and went onto score a well-compiled half-century, collected 52 runs in just 34 balls.

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WI vs AUS: Mitchell Starc was the most successful bowler of the day, picking up an impressive 3/30 from his four overs which included removing Marsh and Ashton Turner with consecutive deliveries. Adam Zampa was the pick of the spinners picking up 1/25 from his four overs, while the likes of Ashton Agar and Michael Swepson were taken to the cleaners.