West Indies and Australia’s 2nd ODI was suspended after a Covid-19 case emerged moments after Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies. The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series between West Indies and Australia is set to resume after backing from both national boards and Barbados government medical officials.
After the postponement of the series’ second match, the teams will face off on Saturday and Monday, with 20 points going towards automatic World Cup qualification.
West Indies And Australia’s 2nd ODI Is Set To Resume On 24th July After Postponement On 22nd July
The second match was suspended after Alex Carey won the toss and elected to bat on Thursday. A non-playing member of the West Indies contingent returned a positive test before play began, forcing medical officials from both sides to intervene.
Since the postponement, the 152-person group of players, coaching staff, officials, and television crew have all returned Covid-19 negative test results, enabling the series to continue largely unaffected. Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, praised the work and cooperation between both team’s boards and health teams.
“I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with Cricket West Indies to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series,” Skerritt said.
“It has been a challenging two days and we have worked very swiftly and safely, following all the established medical protocols, to make sure that all necessary precautions are in place to ensure that we can go-ahead to resume play safely, tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.”
“We want to thank our counterparts at CA for their co-operation in this matter as we look to get the games going again. Special thanks to our CEO Johnny Grave, Chairman of Cricket Australia, Earl Eddings, his CEO Nick Hockley along with our respective medical and operations teams.”
Australia made a fine start to the series, winning by 133 runs (DLS), as Mitchell Starc tore through the hosts’ batting order with figures of 5/48. The result moved Australia up to third on the Super League standings, while the West Indies sit ninth, currently outside the automatic qualification spots. After the three-match series, the West Indies will stay in Barbados for five T20Is against Pakistan.
Shai Hope Returns After Injury While Riley Meredith Will Debut
Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.
In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.
Teams For The 2nd ODI:
West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein
Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood