Australia v West Indies; Xavier Bartlett snared three early wickets in ODI debut

Australia selectors lastly unleashed the “wild factor” Lance Morris but it surely was the lesser hyped and extra gentle factor, Queenslander Xavier Bartlett who made a shocking begin to what may very well be a prolonged worldwide profession on the MCG on Friday.

Whereas the grandstands had been solely sparsely crammed on a wonderfully sunny afternoon, Bartlett bought the small crowd buzzing with a wicket on the third ball of his opening over, and two extra in his memorable opening spell of 3-10 throughout six precision overs in his ODI debut.

Bartlett, the main wicket-taker within the Massive Bash for the title-winning Brisbane Warmth, may have had 4 if stand-in skipper Steve Smith hadn’t baulked at an LBW assessment on the ultimate ball of his first over,

Three purple lights on replay proved solely a short-lived setback nonetheless because the 25-year-old adopted up rattling the stumps of Windies opener Justin Greaves by nicking-off Alick Athanaze in his second over earlier than ending his dream debut spell by eradicating skipper Shai Hope to present Bartlett figures of 3-8.

Given his cap by Warmth and Queensland teammate Marnus Labuschagne within the workforce huddle earlier than the sport, Bartlett helped cut back the guests to 3-55 after 12 overs earlier than handing the Shane Warne Stand finish to Cameron Inexperienced, who collected the following wicket to fall.

The West Indies impressed everybody with their struggle in a shock Check win over Australia on the Gabba however within the absence of 10 members of that line-up, the white-ball resistance was not as sturdy they usually had been 4-59 on the first drinks break.

Bartlett’s rise to prominence got here after he sat out of the primary half of the home season for Queensland to prioritise the Massive Bash after getting back from a membership stint within the UK with a again stress damage.

He confirmed his white-ball prowess taking 20 BBL wickets on the Warmth’s march to glory, incomes his nationwide name up within the absence of frontline quicks together with Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood, and a pre-series damage to Jhye Richardson who needed to withdraw from the Australian squad,

Bartlett 1-1 off first over large LBW shout turned down final ball. Replays confirmed it was out, wasn;t reviewed by the Aussies, denied a two-wicket over to start out worldwide profession.


After being handed his first worldwide cap, West Australian tearaway Morris conceded to having endured an “attention-grabbing” previous 12 months being a part of Check squads, with out enjoying,

The 25-year-old didn’t snare himself a wicket after taking the brand new ball, however was glad simply to lastly be sporting the inexperienced and gold.

“It’s been 18 months of being in that little little bit of limbo, being across the squad,” he instructed Fox Cricket.

“It was attention-grabbing. Nevertheless it was additionally wonderful and a studying expertise and it makes that transition in to enjoying just a little bit simpler.”

Morris additionally declared his intention “deliver a little bit of tempo to the sport” with directions fro selectors clear,

“I received’t try to change an excessive amount of and hope it comes off,” he stated.


The injury-enforced absence of breakthrough star Shamar Joseph was a hurdle the West Indies wanted to beat on the MCG, however his price to their workforce has been franked with the good younger quick bowler given a contract improve.

Joseph, 24, is now tied to a retainer deal, just like Cricket Australia’s central contracts, having beforehand solely held a franchise deal, given he hadn’t performed worldwide cricket earlier than his beautiful Check debut in opposition to Australia.

“His extraordinary expertise and steadfast dedication function the cornerstone of our workforce’s current triumph on the Gabba, and such promise deserves its due recognition,” Enoch Lewis, who chairs Cricket West Indies’ improvement and efficiency committee, stated.

“Shamar has not simply been rewarded with a retained contract he has earned it.”