After the 4-1 drubbing, it was suspected that Australia ‘s struggles might also seep in the ODIs – their format of comfort – but in the opening match, they were as dominant as ever. Their pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were as superb as they ever are in 50-over format, picking up eight wickets between themselves and bundling out their hosts for just 123 when their target was 253.
The batting wasn’t spectacular but it still did pretty well on a pitch that had a few tricks up its sleeve. Captain Alex Carey once again showed character, helping his side recover from 114 for 4.
By his side was comeback kid Ashton Turner, who contributed a 45-ball 49 and gave the hint of making a claim for a continued place in the middle order.
After multiple remarkable batting displays in the T20I series, the West Indies faltered on the first ask in the ODI series. With the pitch giving few chances of free stroke play, the hosts struggled, with the exception of captain Kieron Pollard, who scored 56 in a losing cause.
The Shai Hope-sized hole at the top of the order was clearly felt as batsman after batsman threw away their wicket. Even experienced campaigners such as Darren Bravo and Jason Holder were extremely irresponsible with their shot selection. Holder’s ODI form should be a cause of concern for the team management as he has hit the roughest of rough patches since World Cup 2019 and has lost his mojo both with the bat and ball.
Hayden Walsh Jr was the sole positive as he finished with 39-5 and continued to be a nightmare for Aussie batters.