It’s been a month since Australia completed their Ashes tour. With only a sole loss against their old foes, the Australians are now all set to take on West Indies in a three-match ODI and three-match T20I starting from the first week of September.
The squad announcement will be made on Friday (August 23). With all the bases covered Australians are less likely to tinker with their side barring a few players who might miss because of being injured or rested. The T20 World Cup is six months away and Australians will vie for a whitewash over their opponents with the same squad that had won the T20 series in England.
The 50-over World Cup is still 18 months away and Australians will look at the three matches as an opportunity to look at future stars and plan accordingly. West Indies are currently ranked sixth in the rankings and Australians might be tempted to try out a few of their players who were untested in the Ashes one-day leg. Considering the attacking brand of cricket Australians play it will be difficult for them to change the team as they will want to continue their recent dominant run of form.
ICC Women’s Championship points will be on offer in the ODIs and Australia have a chance to seal their place in the 2021 World Cup if they win all three matches.
Australia have lost just a single match out of the 12 matches played so far in this edition of the championship so far- an ODI loss to England way back in October 2017. Australia’s qualification to the showpiece event appears a mere formality.
Australia has a chance to leapfrog England and reclaim the top spot on the Championship table. Australia trail their rivals by just one point.
The top four teams at the end of the Championship gain direct qualification to the 2021 World Cup in New Zealand.
Such has been the dominating performance of Australi that they have lost just the three matches across formats and it does not look likely to be ended anytime soon.
It’s a first for Australia, who outside of one two-Test tour of the Caribbean in the 1970s, have only contested the 2010 and 2018 World Cups in the region.
A home limited-overs series against Sri Lanka will follow in September ahead of the first standalone Rebel WBBL season – all of it leading into the start of the T20 World Cup in Australia next February.
“Our high win percentage rate is something we’re very proud of over the last couple of years,” Australia coach Matthew Mott said last month.
“This team has been a very strong team for a long time. We’ve still got areas we’d like to tidy up.
“We’ve still got a lot of cricket before the T20 World Cup … (but) the nucleus of our side is really firing and leads us into the World Cup nicely.”