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World Cup 2019: Usman Khawaja retires hurt as Australia beat West Indies in warm-up game

Australia cruised to victory in their first of the three warm-up ties against the West Indies.

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Southampton Updated on: May 24, 2019 15:51 IST
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Usman Khawaja retired hurt early in the innings.

Australia eased to a seven-wicket victory over West Indies in the first of their three warm-up games in the lead up to the ICC World Cup.

Batting first, West Indies scored 229 in 49.2 overs after being reduced to 104 for 6 at one stage.

At the small Nursery ground with ridiculously short boundaries, Australia chased the target in 38.2 overs with Steve Smith (76) and Shaun Marsh (55) scoring half-centuries.

Skipper Aaron Finch scored 42 at the top while Usman Khawaja was retired hurt for 5. The batsman was hit on the jaw and was taken off the field.

Khawaja was preferred over David Warner, who came after the incident. However, Australia has not confirmed on whether they will go with the same combination when the World Cup begins. Warner failed to make an impact on the game as he was caught behind on 12.

While batting, opener Evin Lewis (50 off 56 balls) and Carlos Brathwaite (60 off 64) struck fifties. It was the seventh wicket stand of 74 between Brathwaite and Sunil Ambris (37) that ensured a decent total for the Caribbeans.

Andre Russell (5) was bowled by leg-spinner Adam Zampa (1/42). Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc got a couple of wickets each.

West Indies’ explosive batsman Chris Gayle didn’t take part in the warm-up game.

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