West Indies v Australia: fourth T20 international – live!


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Half century! Mitchell Marsh 55 from 24 balls









WICKET! Wade c Pooran b Thomas 4, Australia 12-1





Australia win the toss and will bat



What ho, hounds and hares. If a hunt is on in this series, Australia is playing prey. Three matches, three wins for the home West Indies side. The first time they got lucky. The second and third times they battered Australia around at will: first setting a huge total that the visitors got nowhere near, then holding the visitors to not much and chasing it without a care in the world.

Everyone in the home team has been in the runs at some stage: Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo. The only one without a score is opener Andre Fletcher.

At the same time, the home bowling has been varied and potent. Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh have formed a spin combo that has controlled each innings. Sheldon Cottrell and Obed McCoy have been the fast-bowling muscle with some brains as well. Russell and Bravo have then chimed in as the back-up seamers. It works.

Australia, meanwhile, have given little with the bat in any of the three matches: a couple of good fifties for Mitchell Marsh and a couple of fast starts from Matthew Wade are about the extent of it. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood have each had one excellent match and two expensive ones. Adam Zampa has been targeted. Changes have already been made. Expect more.

Still plenty for Australia to play for, though: individual spots, as ever, but also trying to get some rhythm into players before the three ODI matches, which count towards qualifying for the next World Cup. That may seem like a foregone conclusion for Australia, but at the rate they keep pulling out of tours, who knows.

source: theguardian.com