No doubt, Australia has enjoyed the sun and sand in its month-long tour of the Caribbean, but West Indies may not be so hospitable as to let the team take home a trophy as a souvenir.
In West Indies' first assignment since its ICC World Twenty20 2016 win in India, the side finds itself in another final. This time, it's Australia it will be taking on at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday (June 26) for bragging rights in the triangular One-Day International series.
West Indies showed impressive resilience to beat back South Africa's challenge and get to the title clash in the final league match.
West Indies has the advantage of having played twice at the Kensington Oval wicket, but in both games it managed 280-odd -- enough to spook South Africa, but not Australia. With both teams boasting of considerable depth in their line-up, the toss could once again prove key with batting second looking like the preferred option.
How the West Indies batsmen negotiate Mitchell Starc could be the deciding factor. In the two games where Australia defeated West Indies, he picked up 2 for 37 and 3 for 51. In the one game where the result was reversed, Starc was rested. With the talismanic David Warner being ruled out of the series with a broken finger, the left-arm fast bowler could be Australia's biggest trump card.
Jason Holder, meanwhile, has maintained Sunil Narine is that ace up West Indies' sleeve. It's plain to see why when you look at the numbers since his comeback to international cricket with a remodelled action: 11 wickets in six games, an economy rate of 3.84, and a best of 6 for 27. Australia has denied the offspinner wickets in the past two outings, but having weaved his magic on Friday, he'll still remain a looming threat.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
Australia: Steven Smith (capt), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa.