Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of Sunday’s second One Day International against the West Indies.
A dominant Australian team romped to an eight-wicket win in the opening match in Melbourne, with Sunday’s game two taking place at the SCG.
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There will be interest in the crowd figure after a poor turnout at the MCG, while Australian selectors have made some surprise moves for the rest of this series and the looming Twenty20 fixtures, also against the Caribbean outfit.
Catch all the big moments throughout this second ODI right here.
1.30pm – Steve Smith back at his brilliant best
If we all didn’t know it already, it’s probably not wise to write off Steve Smith.
Talk over Smith’s shift to open the batting dominated the start of the cricket summer and got louder after a couple of scratchy early attempts.
But his unbeaten 91 carrying his bat in the second innings against the West Indies, falling agonisingly short of carrying Australia to victory at the same time, silenced all that.
The man himself couldn’t resist a cheeky backhander at the critics after Smith reminded all he’s now averaging 60 as an opener.
That form marched on with another unbeaten 79 in the first ODI and fans will be keen to see his next act at the SCG.
1.15pm – Surprise Travis Head move
As keen cricket followers know, Travis Head has been one of the most in-form and destructive members of this Australian side in all formats over the past year.
He collected man of the match awards for fun during the World Test Championship and Australia’s stunning march to last year’s ODI World Cup victory.
Following another player of the match award after his century in the first Test against the Windies, the 30-year-old’s form had been slightly patchy, getting a king pair in the second Test in Brisbane before being dismissed for four from five balls opening the batting in the first ODI on Friday.
It’s unlikely the original plan would be for Head to only play the first fixture of a three-match ODI series, but that is what’s now happening, with the South Australian rested from the remainder of this series and the T20 series that quickly follows.
The word from Cricket Australia is Head is being given a chance to “refresh” and after his past 12 months of cricket, it might be what he needs to recharge ahead of the Test series in New Zealand starting later this month.
Player of the match in the first ODI, fast-bowling debutant Xavier Bartlett, is also being rested from the second ODI but will return for game three in Canberra on Tuesday.