Matthews out in massive blow for Windies

Australia bowling in first ODI against a West Indies side missing their skipper and star performer from the T20 series

Every Hayley Matthews six from a record-breaking series

West Indies will head into their ODI series opener against Australia without the services of their superstar skipper Hayley Matthews, who has not recovered from a quad injury sustained during the T20I leg of the tour.

The absence of Matthews, who broke records with her run-scoring feats through the three-match T20I series, adds significantly to what was already a formidable challenge of facing the world champions at Allan Border Field, where they boast an unbeaten record of 17 wins from 17 ODIs stretching back to 1999.

Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (c) (wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Kim Garth, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

West Indies XI: Zaida James, Rashada Williams (wk), Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle (c), Djenaba Joseph, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Afy Fletcher, Shamilia Connell, Karishma Ramharack

And the Australians will be looking to make the most of the early start in Brisbane under grey skies, and a pitch with a green tinge, after Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Spin duo Jess Jonassen and Alana King were both left out with the Aussies boasting a plethora of pace options in Darcie Brown, Megan Schutt, Kim Garth, Annabel Sutherland and Tahlia McGrath, while Georgia Wareham and Ashleigh Gardner provide the spin options.

Ellyse Perry continues to play as a batter only as she recovers from a knee injury, and will slot in at number three ahead of Beth Mooney and McGrath at four and five respectively.

For the Windies, Shemaine Campbelle steps up as captain in Matthews' absence, with Stafanie Taylor her deputy.

West Indies have never played at Allan Border Field in the ODI format, though they experienced the venue for the first time last Thursday night in the final match of the T20I series, losing by 47 runs.

This is the first of a three-match ODI series, with games two and three to be played at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Thursday and Saturday.

CommBank ODIs v West Indies 2023

First ODI: October 8, Allan Border Field, 10.35am AEDT

Second ODI: October 12, Junction Oval, 10.05am AEDT

First ODI: October 14, Junction Oval, 10.05am AEDT

Australia squad: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham

West Indies squad: Hayley Matthews (c), Shemaine Campbelle (vc), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Jannillea Glasgow, Chinelle Henry, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph, Ashmini Munisar, Karishma Ramharack, Stafanie Taylor, Rashada Williams