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Cricket: Abbott shines in Aussie win

Australia will be out to wrap up a 3-0 One Day International series win when they take on the West Indies in Canberra on Tuesday.

Sean Abbott was the star of the show as Australia won the second match by 83 runs at the SCG on Sunday and will look to carry on where he left off.

The action now heads to Manuka Oval in Canberra and the Aussies will look to wrap up the series in style before turning to the T20 format.

West Indies will of course be playing for pride, and just like the recent Test series, will be keen to avoid a whitewash.

It is all set up for an intriguing third and final One Day International. Let’s take a look at the team news.

WhatAustralia v West Indies 
WhereManuka Oval, Canberra
When13:30 (AEST) Tuesday 6th February 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.11, West Indies 6.50

Aussies shuffle the pack

Australia made changes for the second match, and there is a good chance they will shuffle the pack once again for the third.

With no Travis Head and Xavier Bartlett in the side, Australia handed first caps to Jake Fraser-McGurk and Will Sutherland.

Both will be hoping they did enough to keep their place in the side for the trip to Manuka Oval.

Bartlett was rested for the second match as Australia look to manage his workload, but he is expected to return for Tuesday’s clash.

The pace bowler shone in the first match when taking 4-17 on debut and will be keen to get among the wickets once again.

Bartlett is priced at 5.00 to be Team – Top Bowler, but there will be strong competition for that accolade.

Johnson included in squad

Abbott was a revelation in the second match when taking 3-40 off his 10 overs, before then adding 69 runs with the bat.

The performance earned him the Player of the Match award, and he is priced at 11.00 to win it again.

Josh Hazlewood was another player to impress when taking 3-43 off eight overs after being called up to the squad.

Howeve,r the Aussie quick will remain in Sydney and not travel to Canberra, with Spencer Johnson added to the squad as cover.

If Johnson gets the nod to start, the left-armer is 4.00 to be Team – Top Bowler.

Short injury concerns

Not for the first time, the Australian top-order struggled after being put into bat and were sat on 167-7 with 15 overs remaining.

Abbott came to the rescue with 69 runs and he can be backed at 29.00 to be Team – Top Batter once again.

Matt Short also impressed with 41 runs, but there is a question mark over his fitness for the third match as he picked up a tight hamstring.

Fraser-McGurk will be looking to improve on the 10 runs he made on debut and is 6.00. The same can be said for Steve Smith, who made just five and can be backed at 4.33.

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