Brisbane: It has been a very disappointing tour for West Indies so far, and they will be aiming to round it off with a much-needed victory in the one-off Twenty20 international on Wednesday. Darren Sammy's team makes the change from ODI cricket to the format in which they are reigning champions, and should fancy their chances against an Australian side missing several regulars who are in India.
The last time these two teams met, West Indies hammered Australia by 74 runs in Colombo to move to the ICC World Twenty20 finals. In that match Chris Gayle played a pivotal role with an unbeaten 75 off 41 balls, which included a big six off left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty who was entrusted with the 20th over of West Indies' innings. Gayle's participation at the Gabba remains in doubt due to his side strain, which puts more focus on big hitters like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and opener Johnson Charles. Pollard and Charles both scored centuries in the recent 5-0 whitewash so are in form, and will be relied on at the top and during the middle order.
With the ball, Tino Best could make his T20I debut after some quick spells in the last couple ODIs. Sunil Narine will look to get back to some bowling form having managed just five wickets in five ODIs on tour.
Sammy knows how tough this tour has been, after talking up West Indies' chances of a rare ODI series win only to look on as they lost five matches in a row. Sammy acknowledged that his team has not played like they did in Sri Lanka last September while turning up the heat ahead of the clash. "We have to come and play like true champions. We are the world champions and we want to showcase our skills and show the people of Australia what we have," Sammy said on the eve of the match. "We have not demonstrated that a lot on this tour so we have to look to put it together Wednesday."
Without the Test players, Australia look set to hand debut caps to the Queensland batsman Joe Burns, Western Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile and New South Wales batsman Ben Rohrer - all three of whom are coming off good showings in the recent Big Bash League.
Burns, 23, has played nine T20 matches and averages 31 at a strike rate of 129 and could play in front of his home crowd if Adam Voges does not pass fitness after picking up a hamstring niggle during his century in the fifth ODI. Coulter-Nile recently made headlines after IPL franchise Mumbai Indians splashed $450,000 on him and Rohrer is a proven domestic cricketer looking to earn an Australian cap at the age of 30. This match provides Australia with a shot at looking at their reserve strength ahead of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and 50-over World Cup the next year.
Australia: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Adam Voges/ Joe Burns, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Ben Rohrer, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 James Faulkner, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Ben Cutting, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Ben Laughlin/Josh Hazlewood
West Indies:1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Kieron Pollard, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Devon Thomas (wk), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Darren Sammy (capt), 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Tino Best.
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