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Cricket: Fraser-McGurk set for big chance

Australia will be out to wrap up the One Day International series against West Indies when the two sides clash in Sydney on Sunday.

After losing the last Test match of the series against the tourists, Australia bounced back well to win the opening match of the ODI series.

Australia bowled West Indies out for 231 in 48.4 overs before reaching the winning target within 38.3 overs.

It was a convincing win for the Aussies, who will now be targeting an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

However the West Indies have already shown they are made of stern stuff and will be capable of bouncing back at the SCG.

Australia are set to make a couple of changes to their side so let’s take a closer look at the match-up ahead of Sunday’s clash.

WhatAustralia v West Indies 
WhereSCG, Sydney
When13:30 (AEST) Sunday 4th February 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.11, West Indies 6.50

Aussies rest Bartlett

Xavier Bartlett made an outstanding international debut in the opening ODI when taking 4-17 in the eight-wicket win at the MCG.

However following some injury concerns, the selectors have opted to rest Bartlett for the second match.

The pace bowler had a back issue towards the end of last year, and with three ODIs in the space of five days, the decision has been taken to rest him.

Bartlett is expected to return for the third and final ODI in Canberra.

The Aussies are not short of options though. Indeed their embarrassment of riches has been emphasised with the call-up of Josh Hazlewood.

Hazlewood’s class speaks for itself and he is now the hot fancy at 3.60 to be Australia’s Team – Top Bowler in the second match.

Cameron Green, who took 2-40 in the first match, can be backed at 6.50.

Head to take white-ball rest

Australia have also taken the decision to release star batsman Travis Head from the squad for the rest of the ODI and T20 matches.

Head has had a hectic schedule and his four runs in the first match may have been a sign that fatigue was starting to kick in. He will now get the chance to rest and recuperate.

Australia have decided against bringing in a replacement, which means Jake Fraser-McGurk could make his debut at the SCG.

The swashbuckling batsman showed what he is capable of during the recent Big Bash League and will be keen to grab his chance.

He can be backed at 6.50 to be Australia’s Team – Top Batter, if he does get the nod.

Steve Smith took that accolade in the first match with 79 runs and is priced at 4.33 to take it again.

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