T20 World Cup; West Indies batters carve up Australia in warm-up

Australia’s bowling attack received a World Cup warning in the West Indies when Nicholas Pooran went crazy with the bat in his side’s big win in the final warm-up before the tournament begins in the Caribbean next week.

All-rounder Marcus Stoinis has finally joined the squad in Trinidad, bringing the total number of on-field squad members to 10. However, he was unable to play when luggage was changed in transit, so the support staff are back on the field and just two quick on the front line. bowl at Queen’s Park Oval.

The Australians’ lack of fitness was on display against the Windies, who were coming off a 3-0 T20 series win against South Africa in Jamaica, plundering 4-257, including 18 sixes.

In reply, Australia’s batsmen beat the ropes 13 times, including four sixes from Josh Inglis in a quick chase that took them to 7-222 for the loss of 36 batters, with only nine members of the side allowed to bat.

Apart from the opening warm-up win over Namibia on Wednesday, spin star Adam Zampa has not played a match since the T20 series in New Zealand ended on February 25 and was bowled for 21 runs from his opening over and 22 from the last over in the home side’s over.

Second leg slow bowler Ashton Agar’s previous match was a one-dayer for WA, also in February, and he was dispatched for 37 runs, his opening two overs, finishing with 1-58 off four as the Windies posted 4-257, including 18 sixes.

Zampa’s final figures of 2-62 were among his worst ever.

Australia’s batsmen did their best to match their opponents with Inglis and Tim David (25 off 12 balls) hitting six sixes between them in a quick-fire partnership of 53 that lifted their team to 113 in 10 overs.

But when Inglis fell for 55, getting there in 30 balls with 44 runs to the boundary, the chase for the Aussie took off.

Earlier, David Warner scored just 15 runs off six balls to step up to the opener, Agar hit 28 runs off 13 balls but it was all in vain.

The massive chase came after an early blitz from Pooran that included eight sixes and five fours before he was bowled out for 75 off just 25 balls, then Rovman Powell (52 off 25 balls with four sixes) joined the big party and ​​left the game. Aussie bowling floundering.

Josh Hazlewood, who skipped the IPL for the birth of his first child and took 2-5 against Namibia on Wednesday, was not spared, hitting two sixes in his final over as he finished with 0-55.

Nathan Ellis, the only front-line fast bowler available in Trinidad, played just one game during his time with Punjab Kings in India. He finished with 0-42.

Australia will now focus on their first match against Oman in Barbados on January 6, with the rest of the squad – Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc – linking up with the squad over the weekend.

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