West Indies v Australia T20Is - Women's
No complacency as Aussies chase perfection
Australia eyeing clean sweep of ODI and T20I series in Barbados with the World Cup on the horizon early next year
Laura Jolly in Barbados
18 September 2019, 02:25 PM AEST
Australia have no intention of taking their foot off the accelerator as they eye an undefeated tour of the Caribbean.
Maintaining momentum is key for the number-one ranked Australians, who have bettered the West Indies in three ODIs and two T20Is since arriving in the region and have a sweep in their sights ahead of Wednesday’s third and final T20I in Barbados (to be played at 9am Thursday AEST).
Following that match and the long journey home, the squad will have just enough time to readjust their body clocks before coming back into camp for their upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in Sydney and Brisbane.
With a T20 World Cup also on the horizon early next year, every match is an opportunity to improve, according to wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy.
"In the T20 format, being as consistent as we have been over the last 12-18 months is really pleasing," Healy said after Australia took an unassailable 2-0 series lead in Monday’s second T20I.
"With a big T20 World Cup coming up as well, it’s nice to get another series win and hopefully we can (make it 3-0) in a couple of days’ time.
"(The second T20) was a really good effort again, the bowlers have done really well across the entire series.
"Our fielding was a lot better today as well, so it was pleasing from that point of view because we know if we can put all three facets of the game together, we’ll be really hard to beat."
The tourists have yet to be seriously tested against an injury-ravaged West Indies line-up which, after allrounder Chinelle Henry was stretchered off with a knee injury on Monday, is now without six of its best XI.
But Australia captain Meg Lanning says won’t take anything for granted as she pinpointed areas of improvement for her own group.
"We want to keep playing good cricket, we’re wary of the West Indies, they can come out and dominate," Lanning said.
"We feel we’ve still got some areas to improve, especially with the bat, so hopefully we can do that on Wednesday."
Australia will look to complete an unbeaten tour of the West Indies in Wednesday’s final T20I at Kensington Oval from 7pm local time (9am Thursday AEDT).
Fans in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea can stream the series live and free on cricket.com.au and the CA Live App, while fans elsewhere can watch on the West Indies Cricket YouTube channel.
CommBank Tour of the West Indies
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
West Indies ODI squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews (vc), Reniece Boyce, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell, Stacy Ann King, Natasha McLean, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi
One-Day Internationals* *ICC Women's Championship matches
First ODI: Australia won by 178 runs
Second ODI: Australia won by 151 runs
Third ODI: Australia won by eight wickets
First T20: Australia won by six wickets
September 16: Australia won by nine wickets
September 18: Third T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados