West Indies v Australia: Twenty20 preview and how to watch on BT Sport

Everything you need to know about the five-match T20 series between West Indies and Australia on BT Sport.

By Tim Williams Published: 13 July 2021 - 11.45am

Australia suffered a fourth straight Twenty20 series defeat after West Indies took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in Saint Lucia.

After missing out in the first two matches, Chris Gayle returned to form in the third, smashing 67 off 38 balls to became the first player to score 14,000 Twenty20 runs.

The hosts reached their target of 142 in only 14.5 overs in another comprehensive victory for the reigning world champions.

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The series started badly for the tourists who contrived to lose six wickets for 19 runs in the first match to lose by 18 runs.

Chasing 146 to win, Mitchell Marsh looked to put Australia on track but Obed McCoy and Hayden Walsh Jr fought back superbly with the ball to earn a remarkable win in the series opener.

The next day West Indies secured an altogether more comfortable victory in the second match after posting 196. Shimron Hetmyer and Dwayne starred with the bat to set up the imposing total and Australia never looked like levelling the series.

Only Marsh who made his second consecutive half-century put up any resistance in a run chase that never got going for the tourists.

Justin Langer’s side previous T20 series ended in defeat to New Zealand in February and March, with a new look squad in the Caribbean to face West Indies.

Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner are absent; while Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams opted against touring.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle returned to form in the third match to become the first player to score 14,000 T20 runs

Aaron Finch captains an 18-man touring party which blends experience and youth. In Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Starc, he has plenty of knowledge to call upon.

Josh Philippe, Riley Meredith and Mitchell Swepson are looking to force their way into contention ahead of the World Cup. Travelling reserves Nathan Ellis and Tanveer Sangha could also have a role to play with such a quick turnaround between matches.

West Indies collapsed from a position of strength in the deciding Twenty20 against South Africa to lose their five-match series 3-2, but they have returned to form in sensational style against Australia ahead of a pivotal summer.

Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle and Jason Holder have all been named, alongside Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher and Nicholas Pooran who impressed against the Proteas.

With a whole host of superstars and exciting prospects on show, expect fireworks as both sides continue their preparations for the World Cup.

West Indies v Australia Twenty20 schedule

First T20: West Indies won by 18 runs

Second T20: West Indies won by 56 runs

Third T20: West Indies won by six wickets

Fourth T20: Thursday 15 July, 12.15am - BT Sport 1 HD

Fifth T20: Saturday 17 July, 12.15am - BT Sport 2 HD

West Indies v Australia Twenty20 squads

West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha

How to watch West Indies v Australia Twenty20 series on your mobile or tablet

Watch on the go with the BT Sport app with a link to the live stream available on the homepage when our coverage gets underway.

It's available to download for free on iOS and Android phones and tablets and offers far more than just live streaming options.

How to live stream West Indies v Australia fourth Twenty20 on your laptop

The fourth T20 is available to live stream here! Just bookmark this page and click the link when our coverage begins at 12.15am on Tuesday 15 July.

Follow the link above or access the live stream via the bt.com/sport home page when our broadcast begins.

How to watch West Indies v Australia fourth Twenty20 on TV

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What if I can't watch live?

No problem. Repeats will be shown on TV and we'll publish extended highlights online.

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