WI vs Aus 3rd T20I Highlights today Monday, 7-12-2021 – 3rd T20I (N), Australia tour of West Indies from Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
ICC Rankings Test, ODI & T20
Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat first.
Three changes for the visitors. Carey, Turner and Meredith come in. Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott and Ashton Agar all make way for them. According to captain Aaron Finch at the toss, both McDermott and Agar had injury issues to contend with. So just one change for the hosts. Obed McCoy returns in place of the injured Fidel Edwards.
West Indies team: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Andre Fletcher, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (capt/wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Obed McCoy.
Australia team: 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Alex Carey, 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Riley Meredith, 11 Josh Hazlewood.
Match Timings: 23:30 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Joel Wilson, Leslie Reifer
TV Umpires – Nigel Duguid
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Gregory Brathwaite
Match number – T20I no. 1189
Post Match Presentation
Nicholas Pooran, West Indies captain: “Top game. We kept asking for improvement and tonight we came out and executed our plans with bat and ball. There’s a reason why Chris Gayle has 14,000 T20 runs, the greatest T20 batsman to play the game. Very pleased for him and the dressing room is going to be even more special after that innings. [Winning my first three games as captain] I’m very thankful and it’s something I didn’t dream of but this only happened because of this bunch of guys we have here.
It’s a special group of guys and I can’t ask for better T20 cricketers around me. The experience and knowledge in that dressing room is too much and I’m thankful for the support, the support of Polly and all the other senior players. He’s my mentor and this is a special feeling for him as well. He’s someone who always wants to see me do well but he’s shared a lot of knowledge the last few days about how to go about bowling, batting, keeping the nerves and making decisions under pressure.
The hard work and the hunger of Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh, both of them have been doing a lot of work. I felt like we’re smart using the breeze. It’s always tough hitting sixes against the breeze. We try our best to stuff singles into the leg side especially the right-handers so basically force their batsmen to hit into the breeze. Thankfully we are successful and hopefully that plan can continue working as well. We want to work on consistency. Three games is nothing. If we can win this 5-0, then we’ll take it.”
Aaron Finch, Australia captain: “Same as the other games, we just haven’t had the top order go on deep in the innings. Myself getting out with back-to-back wickets exposing two new players. It’s been quite similar the whole way through. Credit to West Indies. They bowled beautifully especially at that back end.
They denied us any length to get up and under that short side. They’re an experienced side and they showed it tonight. We would’ve liked more runs no doubt and that comes down to the top order not going through. If one of your top four is there towards the back end, I think naturally you put pressure on the opposition bowlers especially with just your presence. But myself exposing two new players toward the end when you’re looking to go big, it’s always going to be difficult.
International cricket is hard and you’re playing against some great players. Some of their players have 500-plus games but we have to be better. No doubt we’ve been below our best. We started well with the ball so there’s still some positives there and hopefully we keep improving.”
Player of the Match, Universe Boss Chris Gayle: “It’s a great journey. I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win first of all. I just want to commend the stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team. To Kieron Pollard, he played a big part as well even though he played in none of these games.
You all knew I was struggling with the bat and to be able to get some runs today was very pleasing. But what was pleasing about getting these runs tonight was my teammates. I want to dedicate this half-century and milestone to my teammates, especially Kieron Pollard and he stand tall for the person I am and what I’ve achieved. He let me know where I stand within this team and he wanted me to go and express myself.
So I’m very grateful for that pep talk because sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are, you need a bit of a talk sometimes. That coming from Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo with big support in the media as well. I have to commend those senior guys, they played a fantastic part with what happened today. With this strength and unity, we’re playing some great allround cricket and I’m really pleased to win this series.”