West Indies vs Australia: Mitchell Starc rocks the West Indies
Mitchell Starc’s first-ball wicket sparked a West Indian collapse, and the paceman finished with five wickets in a huge one-day victory for stand-in skipper Alex Carey in Barbados.
Matthew Wade made his first ODI appearance in four years, and West Australian slugger Ashton Turner made his first 50-over appearance in 18 months for Australia.
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Starc, the most experienced player in the new-look squad, hit the ground running with a wicket-taking first delivery that set the tone for an Australian bowling blitz that saw the West Indies dismissed for only 123 runs.
The left-armer took three wickets in his first four overs, and the home side was struggling at 6-23 with his long-time bowling partner, Josh Hazlewood, also taking three.
As the Australians put their T20 series setback behind them to stun the locals, Hazelwood had imperious statistics of 3-3 from four overs.
Kieron Pollard was the home team’s lone bulwark before Starc returned to dismiss him for 56 and add another late scalp to end with 5-48 in Australia’s 133-run victory.
In an emotional pre-match huddle, South Australian seamer Agar(0-15) was given with his cap by brother Ashton, who was subsequently left out of the team, which took on a totally different appearance with more than 20,000 ODI runs not playing.
Coach Justin Langer resorted to the next generation in the absence of Finch and regulars David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis.
Ashton Agar said “came flooding out” when he presented his brother, Wes, with his national cap.
“It’s pretty hard to put that stuff into words. Just pride I think, you’re really proud,” Ashton Agar added.
“It’s no secret I love him a lot, we’re a very close family, and you just want to see your people do well. It was a beautiful moment and I’ll cherish that forever.”
Since2018, when Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, and Travis Head all played their maiden Test in Dubai, Australia has not picked three debutants for an international match.