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And then there was one. It’s been quite the series in St Lucia, mostly for the fireworks from the West Indies team. Andre Russell started them off with his first half-century in T20 Internationals, rescuing the first match of the series, and the displays haven’t stopped from there: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo, they’ve all had at least one night out with the bat. That was enough to give them the series with three wins in a row, but it wasn’t quite enough in the fourth match, with Australia’s bowlers narrowly holding off another high-octane West Indies performance.

The Australians will want to turn that win into the start of a streak, with three one-day matches to be played after the T20s wrap up. But the batting spread needs to increase. Mitch Marsh was pretty much on his own through those initial losses, then was joined by Aaron Finch in the big partnership that underpinned the win. Otherwise there has been too little from teammates with the stick.

Hampering that could be a very good West Indies pace pairing in Hayden Walsh and Fabian Allen, and a St Lucia ground that has seen a lot of traffic over the last week. During the fourth match we certainly saw prodigious scoring from the new ball and then a slowing of the rate. Batting first would be a worthwhile consideration.

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