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Windies out to end tour on a high

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 10:55AM AEST | by Ronny Lerner, Omnisport 3

The West Indies will be looking to salvage something from their disastrous Australian tour when they tackle the hosts in a one-off Twenty20 clash in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The Windies have been nothing short of woeful in their brief time in Australia, emphatically losing their one-day series 5-0.

But while the boys from the Caribbean have been less than impressive in the 50-over format, the story is a lot different for them in the shortest form of the game.

The Windies are on a roll in the Twenty20 arena, having lost only two of their past nine matches and winning the World Cup in October.

Conversely, the Aussies are in a rut with losses in each of their past four outings - including their World Cup semi-final against their next opponent, the West Indies.

Compounding things for the hosts is the fact they will be missing at least five players who featured in their last match against Sri Lanka due to the upcoming tour of India.

Big hitters David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, strike bowler Mitchell Starc and spinner Xavier Doherty will all be absent as a result of their commitments on the subcontinent.

And with Adam Voges under an injury cloud, there could be as many as six forced omissions from the team that lost to the Sri Lankans by two runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) in Melbourne on January 28.

That means Australia could field a relatively raw side with Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Rohrer all in line to make their Twenty20 debuts against the world champion Windies.

The hosts' personnel crisis will surely give the West Indies hope of ending their tour on a high - especially with the visitors' batting line-up potentially consisting of Kieron Pollard, the Bravo brothers, Andre Russell and Sunday's centurion Johnson Charles.

They'll also be hoping to regain the services of the injured Chris Gayle.

That scenario would prove to be quite a handful for an Aussie bowling attack that may feature the likes of Coulter-Nile, Ben Laughlin and/or Josh Hazlewood.

But while Australia's stocks have been decimated, there is still enough quality in the squad to ensure a fifth-straight loss is not achieved.

Big Bash League player of the season Aaron Finch, captain George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Shaun Marsh, Clint McKay and Ben Cutting are all top-shelf limited-overs cricketers and won't make things easy for the Calypso Kings as they try to avoid a totally fruitless tour down under.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 12 February, 2013 10:51AM AEST

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