Cricket

Australia bat first in Tri Series final

2016-06-26 19:14
Steve Smith (Gallo Images)

Bridgetown - Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first against the West Indies in the final of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday.

Question marks over the fitness of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and skipper Jason Holder were erased in pre-match workouts, allowing the West Indies to name the same team that thrashed South Africa by 100 runs two days earlier to qualify for the final.

On a pitch used for preliminary matches in the previous week, Australia have bolstered both elements of their bowling attack with pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile and wrist-spinner Adam Zampa replacing all-rounder James Faulkner and seamer Scott Boland from the side that got past the hosts in the World Cup-holders' final preliminary fixture six days earlier.

Teams:

West Indies - Jason Holder (captain), Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Shannon Gabriel.

Australia - Steve Smith (captain), Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Joel Wilson (TRI)

Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).

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