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Cricket: Matt may come up Short for T20Is

Australia will turn their attention to the T20 international series against West Indies after wrapping the ODI campaign in style.

Australia completed a 3-0 One Day International series whitewash thanks to a crushing eight-wicket win on Tuesday.

They set a new record for the fastest successful run chase by an Australian team in a One Day International fixture.

West Indies will have been left wounded by the manner of the victory and will be determined to bounce back over the next three T20I’s.

The series is part of the preparations for the T20 World Cup later this year, which Australia are 5.00 to win.

There are matches in Adelaide and Perth to come, but first up we head to Tasmania and the Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

WhatAustralia v West Indies 
WhereBlundstone Arena, Hobart
When19:00 (AEST) Friday 9th February 2024
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.36, West Indies 3.20

Key trio missing

Australia named their squad for the T20 series against the West Indies some time ago and there were three key players missing off the list.

Fast bowlers and Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were among them, along with star batsman Steve Smith.

However all three will return for the T20 series against New Zealand, along with Travis Head, who has been rested against the West Indies.

There are some big additions however with David Warner set to return to action, while key all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is also in the fold.

Tasmanian fast bowler Nathan Ellis, who missed the ODI’s through injury, is also expected to return to the squad.

Spencer Johnson is on standby should Ellis fail a fitness test which is due to take place this week.

Short set to miss out

Australia have an injury concern over batsman Matt Short heading into the T20 International series against the West Indies.

However they do have plenty of strength in depth and there is a host of top quality players ready to step in and fill the void.

Short was ruled out of the third One Day International after suffering a low-grade hamstring injury.

The injury is likely to rule him out of the series and Australia will need to bring in a replacement for the three matches.

Queensland batsman Ben McDermott stepped into the fold in Canberra, and the selectors will now make a call on whether he keeps his place for Hobart.

Reports also suggest that Aaron Hardie could be the player to step in and replace Short in the T20’s.

Hazlewood poised to return

The Australian squad will be boosted by the return of key pace bowler Josh Hazlewood for the T20I series.

Hazlewood was rested for the third ODI, but will travel from Sydney to Hobart to link up with the rest of the squad before Friday’s game.

Hazlewood is sure to be in the mix for Australia’s Team – Top Bowler in the opening match. But the competition for that accolade will be hot.

Australia have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talented fast bowlers and it is no different when it comes to the shortest format of the game.

Jason Behrendorff is another player that will be handed his chance during the series and he will be keen to shine in a World Cup year.

The Perth Scorchers ace has his eyes on the World Cup squad and will be out to stake his claim.

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