Cricket Betting: Series win in sight for Aussies
The Aussie top order are somewhat of a concern and they will no doubt be scratching their collective heads as to why they are not converting the starts they are getting.
After an ugly pitch in Trinidad, Chris Cairns is hoping for something markedly better when the Aussies meet the West Indies in the next Test in Dominica.
With the Frank Worrell trophy secure, Australia will make their way to Dominica in the hope of finishing the series two nil.
The Aussies go in without Siddle or Pattinson, who have both returned home. They do, however, have enough cover given it is highly likely both Harris and Starc will come in to the side and Beer will be left out.
The pitch in Dominica may offer some assistance for the quickies if the previous, and only, Test against India is anything to judge by.
The last Test in Trinidad was just dreadful for cricket. When you have pitches that unresponsive, and which inhibit stroke-play, it is also horrendous for the bowlers. Such pitches do nothing to encourage positive play and I hope the West Indies powers-that-be seriously look into why this pitch in Trinidad was as bad as it was.
The rain delays halted the Aussie victory march, but such is the belief of the Aussies that this West Indies side can capitulate from anywhere, they set the 200 runs in 60 overs! I seriously could not believe that, but I suspect Michael Clarke knows that if they can exert pressure on the West Indies in any shape or form, they will come out on top.
The Aussie top order are somewhat of a concern: they will no doubt be scratching their collective heads as to why they are not converting the starts they are getting. The one thing about Aussie batsmen is their ability to make big scores.
Perhaps it's fatigue, but I also think it's the pitch conditions.
There were some hundreds scored in the last Test played in Dominica, so expect my previous prediction of a comprehensive victory by Australia to unfold here in Dominica. There may be some credence to the argument that the Windies batters and players have gained confidence from a draw, but with the weather being the main contributor to that outcome, I can't see the Windies bothering this Aussie team.
I still fancy one of the openers in this match and it's Warner for me as top scorer.
'Most wickets' will be interesting as it may swing. With the Windies not having seen Starc, he will be a big shout, as will Hilfenhaus moving the ball.
But with Harris back in, and his uncanny ability to pick up wickets, he's my pick.
Here's hoping we get some attractive cricket in this match: if the pitch is good, the talent will shine through.