Welcome to live coverage of the first T20 between Australia and the West Indies from Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast.First ball: 7:10pm AEDT
Aaron Finch has won the toss and elected to bowl. But it’s the batting order that has a number of people scratching their heads, with the skipper listed to bat below Cameron Green.
The mini series shapes as a significant one, with the World Cup just weeks away.
There are still plenty of questions surrounding the make-up of Australia’s squad from Finch himself to the middle order and what role Tim David could play.
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Marcus Stoinis’ injury has thrown in another curve ball and David will get the chance to build on his half-century in the third T20 against India last month.
David Warner and Mitch Marsh return to the squad while the former won’t bowl in the squad as he continues to have his fitness managed.
The decision to list Green, who is not in Australia’s World Cup squad, has left a number of people surprised.
Former Australian opener turned selector Mark Waugh was lost for words, insisting “that won’t be the batting order, surely?”
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Red hot Green retained in T20 squad | 00:44
The West Indies were rocked earlier in the week when Shimron Hetmyer missed his flights and was subsequently dropped from the squad.
“Whilst we changed Shimron’s flight from Saturday to Monday due to family reasons, it was made clear to him that if there were any further delays and issues with his travel to Australia then we would have no choice but to replace him in the squad, “ Windies boss Jimmy Adams said.
“We are not prepared to compromise the team’s ability to prepare for this extremely important global event.”
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Paine set to return for Tasmania | 00:46
AUSTRALIA XI: Cameron Green, David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Aaron Finch (c), Glenn Maxwell, Tim David, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa. Josh Hazlewood
WEST INDIES XI: Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Nicholas Pooran (c), Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell (vc), Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Raymon Reifer, Alzarri Joseph, Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell
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