West Indies are coming from a defeat to South Africa © Getty Images
West Indies are coming from a defeat to South Africa © Getty Images

The West Indies Tri-Nation Series 2016 has taken interesting turns and hosts West Indies are all set to face Australia in a crucial fixture in Match No. 8 at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. Australia are currently at the second position in the table and this is their last chance to accumulate points and finish at the top while West Indies still have two matches to go who have all chances to qualify for the final. The two table toppers will meet in the final match to claim the trophy. Before the all important match takes place, here is the likely XI for the hosts. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, 8th ODI at Barbados

Top-order: One thing that a batting order demands is consistency of the top-order and Johnson Charles brings that in. Throughout the series, the West Indies opener has provided the team a good start with his important contribution up the order and that keeps West Indies batting going. Along with him, there is Andre Fletcher who has done a decent job but needs to up his game. Darren Bravo adds experience to the top-order as he comes at the crucial position of No. 3 but has not been exceptional. If Bravo manages to play a good knock contributing fifty plus, it will be difficult for Australian bowlers considering the long West Indies batting that follows.

Middle-order: While the top-order looks much composed, the West Indies middle-order has a lot of hard-hitting involved. Names like Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite are capable of hitting the ball out of the park and score quickly while Denesh Ramdin can anchor the innings and score alongside the contributions coming from tail-enders.

Bowlers: Skipper Jason Holder leads the bowling and finds good support in Jerome Taylor and Carlos Brathwaite in the pace department. However, the star bowler who will be the center of attraction has to be Sunil Narine. Sulieman Benn is also there to back the spin-squad up while Holder can think of Pollard as a part time option.

West Indies likely XI: Jason Holder (c), Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)