Australia vs West Indies 5th ODI Match Live Cricket Streaming
A West Indies' whitewash well within their sight and grasp, Australia must be itching to get back on the ground to nail the visitors for the fifth time in a row despite a pretty fresh look to the squad for the fifth and final ODI here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. On the other hand, the best West Indies can hope for is to take home at least one ODI win by making it 4-1.
Even Kieron Pollard's ton couldn't save West Indies from their fourth defeat in the ODI on Friday, which the hosts won by five wickets, but their regular skipper Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell will not be available for selection in Melbourne. A flare-up of Clarke's hamstring soreness will keep him out, while Wade, Starc and Maxwell have been flown to India early in preparation of the Test series - which attracts most of Cricket Australia's focus.
In Clarke's absence, Shane Watson - who celebrated his return from injury with a century in the third ODI - will wear the captain's armband, with Brad Haddin being recalled to keep wickets. Shaun Marsh's good run in domestic cricket this season earned him a recall and he could sneak into the eleven replacing George Bailey, who too is carrying a niggle. Opening batsman David Warner is nursing his thumb injury, which means Aaron Finch should continue to open batting with Watson. Finch is still in search of his first big knock since making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka last month. His highest score so far is 38, which came against the West Indies in Canberra.