World Cup 2019, Australia vs West Indies (Aus vs WI) Buildup: Two-time champions West Indies, who seem intent on rolling back the years at the Cricket World Cup 2019 with an aggressive pace attack, meet Australia in their second match of the ongoing tournament in the United Kingdom. West Indies opened their campaign at the tournament in England and Wales by skittling out Pakistan for just 105 at Trent Bridge as their quicks made good use of the bouncer. Oshane Thomas led the way with four for 27, while Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell and captain Holder provided good support as the West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket win.
Australia, who began the defence of their title with a seven-wicket rout of outsiders Afghanistan, will pose a far sterner challenge at Trent Bridge on Thursday. To say the Nottingham venue has not been a happy hunting ground for the Australians in recent years would be something of an understatement.
Australia vs West Indies Buildup:
Head to head
West Indies have a better head-to-head in World Cups against Australia - 5:4. But the two sides have not met since 2007.
Australia captain Finch wary of West Indies' threat
"They're a very dangerous side and I think that whichever team comes out and executes it from the start of the game, I think it's important that you start really well, whether you bat or bowl first," Finch told reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. "Those first 10-over periods are going to be really crucial because we know how damaging the West Indies can be during that period. But equally, if we get off to a good start then we can start to try to get into our work a bit," the opening batsman added.
Langer ahead of the match:
Head coach Langer said defending champions Australia would need to adjust their mindset to take on the West Indies quicks and other fast bowlers at the tournament in England and Wales. "We've probably spent four months thinking and playing against spin bowling," he said on Tuesday. We have to adapt to West Indies no doubt, who have got a number of good, fast bowlers. South Africa will be same. England will be the same. Have to adapt our game plan and adapt pretty quickly. Obviously a very dangerous team the way they bat and aggressive bowling, but they've got weaknesses as well and we're playing pretty good cricket."
West Indies Probable XI
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Andre Russell, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwiate, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Australia Probable XI
Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glen Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa/Nathan Lyon
House of Horrors on the bank of river Trent
Memories of their warm-up game are nightmarish enough: Usman Khawaja was taken to the hospital for scans on his jaw after a Russell screamer, and David Warner too copped a thunderbolt on his glove from Oshane Thomas.
AUS vs WI Buildup
Thursday brings us what could be another exciting thriller as Australia take on West Indies at the Trent Bridge. We bring to you all the live updates from off the field including predicted playing XI ahead of the match.