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Australia v West Indies 3rd T20I preview: Hosts look to complete the sweep

Australia may have already wrapped up the series, but they will be eager to complete a clean sweep when they face T20 World Cup co-hosts West Indies in Perth on Tuesday.

The clashes in both Hobart and Adelaide were high-scoring affairs, with the Baggy Greens coming out on top in matches in which both sides passed 200 in their 20 overs.

Australia won both after batting first, with the decision by the Windies to put their hosts in backfiring on both occasions and they will be hoping to salvage something from the series in WA.

WhatAustralia v West Indies, 3rd T20I
WherePerth Stadium, Perth
When19:00 (AEDT) Tuesday 13th February 2024
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.40, West Indies 3.00

Maxwell makes the difference in Adelaide

Put at its simplest, Glenn Maxwell was the difference between the two sides at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, as he smashed 120 not out from a mere 55 balls to inspire his side to a 34-run success.

Maxwell made a record-equalling fifth T20I century - moving him level with Rohit Sharma - and the veteran right-hander says he is enjoying being a regular in the number four spot, from where he has made four of his five hundreds.

He told reporters: "It's been a nice position for a long period of time but it's a difficult position as well. I think that's why I enjoy it so much.

"There's so many different scenarios you can come into and you've got to think your way through it and change the momentum of the game. I love it."

He was aided at the Adelaide Oval by Tm David, who has added crucial late runs in both games played so far, smacking 68 runs from 31 deliveries without being dismissed.

David bats a little too low in the order to be considered a main contender in the Team - Top Batter market - he is available at 10.00, while Maxwell is 5.00 to lead the way again for Australia.

With the ball, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been the surprise standout performer, having massively improved his prospects of being selected for the T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean later this year.

He took 2-20 in Hobart, before backing that up with 3-36 at the Adelaide Oval to leave himself as the leading wicket-taker on either side in the series so far.

Stoinis is out at 5.50 to be Team - Top Bowler on Tuesday, while 4.50 left-arm quick Jason Behrendorff will be desperate to push his own World Cup claims and improve significantly on going for more than 13 runs an over across the first two games of the series, if he is selected.

Australia look likely to make changes after calling up pacemen Xavuer Bartlett and Wes Agar for the series finale, while exciting young batter Jake Fraser-McGurk has also joined the squad and may well make his T20I bow.

Powell aiming to end losing run

Windies skipper Rovman Powell top-scored for his side with 63 in the defeat in Adelaide and will be desperate for his side to gain a consolation victory in Perth.

West Indies cricket was on a high after their amazing eight-run victory in the second Test at the Gabba towards the end of January, but since then they have lost five limited-overs contests in a row to dampen the mood of celebration.

With both of the first two match-ups in the T20I series being lost after winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, it will surely lead to some rethinking in the Windies camp should the coin fall for them again on Tuesday.

Only Alzarri Joseph is going for less than ten runs an over for the tourists, so it is clear that the men from the Caribbean have to find a way to restrict the Aussie batting line-up if they are to end their five-match losing run.

The odds are not in their favour and a West Indies victory after they have won the toss is a 5.50 shot, so the coin toss may not prove to be as crucial as it may seem at first.

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