West Indies without Kieron Pollard as Australia bowl first


Josh Hazlewood earned the final bowling slot in the Australia side

Australia won the toss and decided to bowl against West Indies

West Indies were without their captain Kieron Pollard who has a minor injury for the opening match of the series against Australia in St Lucia where the visitors won the toss and opted to bowl.

Nicholas Pooran will take over the captaincy for this match, leading West Indies for the first time, with Fabian Allen and Hayden Walsh Jr coming back into the side.

Dan Christian’s return was confirmed for Australia after a gap of four years as they reshape their line-up with more allrounders and four specialist bowlers. Josh Hazlewood took the final bowling slot as Australia resisted the temptation of a third frontline spinner.

The five matches of this series take place across eight days, all under lights at the Daren Sammy Stadium.

West Indies 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (capt), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Hayden Walsh, 10 Obed McCoy, 11 Fidel Edwards

Australia 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Josh Philippe, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Ben McDermott, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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