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With Australia winning the third ODI to wrap things up, the series may be rendered as dead rubber, but there is plenty of action and excitement still left. The fourth ODI of the series is to be played on 8th February, 2013 at 03:20 GMT at Sydney Cricket Ground. West Indies would be playing for pride and they’d want to put in everything to get the result in their favor. At the other side, Australia has already won the series and would be looking to do some experimenting with the team combinations and try some new players before touring to India, which will be hungry to show off in an attempt to get a starting position.
Australia has played brilliantly and ruthlessly in the series so far. They’ve bowled and batted well when it really mattered. The return of Shane Watson has provided them depth both in batting and bowling. Aaron Finch played well for his little cameo and looks to be back in form. Only cause of concern for them is skipper Michael Clarke who hasn’t been amongst the runs in the ODI series. George Bailey has played two match winning innings in two consecutive games. Their bowlers have bowled well in each game of the series so far. Australia is looking to be a dominant force, especially in home conditions.
West Indies may have lost their last ODI, but they managed to win the fans’ hearts, thanks to a closely fought chase. They restricted Australia to 329 when they were looking to exceed even 350. They batted their hearts out, but just missed the target. West Indies have got a good limited overs side; it’s just that they are not able to click at the right time together. They need to work on some problems to be able to challenge Australia at SCG.
Australia has won all of the matches in the series so far, and would be looking to keep the winning streak going, so no major changes to the side are expected at the start. More often than not, West Indies has managed to get close to a win, but in vain. It’s possible for West Indies to change the game, but Australia is really playing well. It would be real hard for West Indies to beat Australia, considering Gayle’s form. I’d put my money on overall stronger side, which would be Australia.
Winner: Australia, 1.44 @ William Hill
Many players have performed well in the series, in both Bowling and Batting departments. One man, who made a mark in his comeback game, is Shane Watson. Watson scored a quick yet stabilizing century in the last game which proved to be highly beneficial. Along with batting, he can be fairly useful with bowl due to his knack of taking wickets when really required. For me, Watson is the best choice to get yet another Man of the Match award, which pays handsomely at 8.00 odds.