ODI Betting: Watson to let loose
I sense Watson has something to prove, and judging by his animated ways when he’s bowling, someone is going to cope his batting backlash in the next two matches.
Following the drama in Kingstown, and with the series level at one a piece, going into the next ODI, Chris Cairns feels the West Indians would have no doubt preferred to stay on the slow, low pitches.
Instead, the West Indies find themselves heading to St Vincent for the next ODI against Australia to a pitch that has, by all accounts, pace and bounce.
Bad pitches and shortened games will always bring teams and talent closer together. Luck plays a more severe hand during these contests. I don't believe this West Indies side is actually a bad unit. A bit like the NZ team, it contains some explosive players who on their day can wrestle the initiative, but struggle for consistency, which is the hall mark of any good side or player.
It seems that Gros Islet has a look about it that will encourage the Aussies. I feel the balance of the West Indies side is currently suited to sub-continent style pitches and that is certainly what Kingston was. The spinners are not going to be as tough to score off because you can manipulate the ball more as it does not grip and hold in the pitch and definitely limits their potency. The Aussies have not yet worked Narine out and he will extract bounce with the doosra, but there will be more comfort from the Aussies: with the extra bounce they can play him off the back foot more.
Australia's strength on the batting front has always been to hit through the line. Keeping this in mind, and with the lack of a partner for Roach, I believe that either Watson or Warner are going to shine here. I sense Watson has something to prove, and judging by his animated ways when he's bowling, someone is going to cop his batting backlash in the next two matches.
Hilfenhaus comes back in as well and he could well do some damage at the top of the West Indies order if he can get some swing happening.
Expect a more commanding performance from the Aussies here, with a win likely.
And if they do win this one, it will be tough for the West Indies to turn it around for the match on Sunday.