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Windies, Australia to play remaining ODIs on Saturday, Monday

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Bridgetown (Barbados), July 24 (MNN) The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series between West Indies and Australia is set to resume, with the two teams set to clash on Saturday and Monday, with 20 points going towards automatic World Cup qualification.

The two ODI matches were earlier slated to be played at Kensington Oval here on July 22 and July 24.

However, the second One-Day International on Thursday was suspended after Alex Carey won the toss and elected to bat as a non-playing member of the West Indies contingent returned coronavirus positive in the lead-up to play.

It forced medical officials from both sides to intervene. Since the postponement, the 152-person group of players, coaching staff, officials and television crew have all returned negative test results, enabling the series to continue largely unaffected.

Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies, praised the work and cooperation between both team’s boards and health teams.

“I appreciate the crucial role of the BCA and the Government of Barbados for working closely with Cricket West Indies to ensure everything is in place for resuming the series,” Skerritt said.

Australia made a fine start to the ODI series, winning by 133 runs (DLS), as Mitchell Starc tore through the hosts’ batting order with figures of 5/48.

The result moved Australia up to third on the Super League standings, while the West Indies sit ninth, currently outside the automatic qualification spots.

After the three-match series, the West Indies will stay in Barbados for five T20Is against Pakistan.

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