Aussies lose T20 series

14 July 2021 15:45:11 GMTPlus11

Australia have suffered a T20 series defeat against the West Indies who opened up an unassailable 3-0 lead on Tuesday.

The Aussies are priced at 7.50 to win the T20 World Cup later this year but there is clearly a lot of work to be done as they continue to suffer in the Caribbean.

There was no batting collapse this time but they did struggle to score runs with the bat managing just 141 runs in game three for the loss of six wickets.

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The West Indies hit the target of 142 with 5.1 overs to spare to wrap up a comfortable six-wicket win.

Over the three games so far Australia have managed just one half century which was scored by Mitchell Marsh, with West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh the main threat.

Walsh is the leading wicket taker in the series with eight and it would appear the Aussie batsmen are having difficulty with his pace.

"He's probably a little bit slower than most leg spinners that we're probably accustomed to facing back home in Australia," Australia allrounder Moises Henriques told reporters after the loss.

"A few of us have missed opportunities to score, putting his bad balls away that he's maybe missing short, maybe through lack of pace.

"For us it might be trying to hold our shape a little bit longer, watch the ball a little bit harder. We haven't adapted to his skill set quick enough."

Henriques admits Australia have struggled with the West Indies bowling attack which has been ultra- defensive and that is something they need to put right over the remaining two games.

"As a batting group, it's finding a way to score off that defensive bowling," he added. "We have to find a way to put them under pressure when they do start bowling that.

"Hopefully make them second guess themselves or unnerve them a little bit more."

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