June 19, 2021

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Australia tour of West Indies 2021: Australia to travel to Caribbean for five T20Is and three ODIs in July

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Australia tour of West Indies 2021: The tour of West Indies will be Australia’s third...

Australia tour of West Indies 2021: The tour of West Indies will be Australia’s third overseas tour since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia will travel to West Indies for a white-ball tour for the first time in half-a-decade in July. Under white-ball captain Aaron Finch, Australia are slated to play five T20Is and three ODIs within a span of 15 days in a tightly-knit schedule.

The last time that Australia had visited West Indies was in 2016 for West Indies Tri-Nation series which had also involved South Africa. Under Steven Smith, Australia had lifted the trophy back defeating the hosts by 58 runs in the final back in the day.

The white-ball tour will play a substantial role in Australia’s preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in October-November in either of India or the UAE.

It is worth mentioning that this tour will be head coach Justin Langer’s second tour of West Indies in a coaching role. Langer, who had toured the West Indies thrice as a player scoring three centuries in eight Tests, had replaced Darren Lehmann for a brief period as a coach in 2016.

Australia tour of West Indies 2021

The tour will kick-start with the first T20I at the Daren Sammy Stadium on July 9. As has been the case with international cricket in the COVID-19 era, all the matches of the shortest format will be played at the same venue.

After the second T20I on the following day in July 10, the remaining three matches will be played at a day’s gap on July 12, July 14 and July 16 respectively.

The proceedings will then move to Kensington Oval in Barbados where all the three ODIs will be played on July 20, July 22 and July 26. It is worth mentioning that West Indies will be hosting Pakistan for a five-match T20I and a two-match Test series from the next day itself, i.e., July 27.

As far as the exact dates inclusive of quarantine periods and the extended Australian squad is concerned, both are yet to be announced.