A change of format worked wonders for Australia who were able to reverse the pressure on to their hosts in the opening ODI.
The West Indies must now win both the remaining ODIs to take this series.
West Indies vs Australia | 22 July 2021 | Kensington Oval, Barbados | 01:30
To Win Match
West Indies 5/4
The West Indies might have been quite pleased with their bowling effort before the weather played havoc with their chase and a batting collapse finished off their chances in the opener.
Hayden Walsh junior has continued his fine form and comes into the match having taken a five-fer in the first match of the series, he will be a bowler to watch.
Evin Lewis does a great job of setting the tone for the West Indies and his first-baller in the last match left the hosts chasing the game. He could be key to the islanders getting back into the series.
If Jason Mohammed can develop to his full potential he will be a real weapon for the West Indies, batting in the top order and getting through a number of overs. He needs greater focus on his batting though if he is to nail down a place.
Mitchell Starc proved once again that he is a match-winner in the previous outing, running through the West Indies top order to defend a decent but far from huge total.
Alex Carey’s gritty knock will please the selectors who have been desperate to find a middle-order man, capable of arresting the slide should the top four fail to launch.
Ashton Turner made a case for further opportunities but it is tough to see him getting into an Australia team in Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are about.
Australia now have the wood over the West Indies and should finish the job.
Verdict: Australia 67/100
West Indies don’t seem to have their ducks in a row right now.