T20 World Cup, West Indies captain Rovman Powell won the toss and elected to bowl in the T20 series-opener against Australia at the Bellerive Oval.

Despite being whitewashed in the ODI series, the visitors are bolstered by the return of key players like Brandon King, Andre Russell, and Nicholas Pooran, presenting their strongest squad for the first time on tour.

West Indies, with recent T20I series victories against England and India, are aiming to capitalize on their strong form in the shortest format.

Australia, on the other hand, are exploring options with the T20 World Cup on the horizon.

Captain Mitchell Marsh, who tested positive for Covid-19, will play but adhere to distancing protocols.

Australia's lineup sees Matthew Wade donning the gloves, Josh Inglis opening alongside David Warner, and the return of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis after missing the ODI series.

Notable absences include multi-format players Steven Smith, Travis Head, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc, who are rested to allow ample opportunity for other players to stake their claim.

The three-match series is crucial for both teams in their T20 World Cup preparations.

Australia, set to play six matches in the next three weeks, aims to finalize their squad. West Indies, playing on home soil, will use the series to determine their best combination for the World Cup.

The last T20I encounter between these two teams occurred in October 2022, with Australia securing a 2-0 victory in Queensland.

As the excitement builds for this high-stakes series, fans can anticipate thrilling cricket moments from both sides.

Probable Playing XIs: Australia: 1. David Warner 2. Josh Inglis 3. Mitchell Marsh (capt) 4. Glenn Maxwell 5. Marcus Stoinis 6. Tim David 7. Matthew Wade (wk) 8. Sean Abbott 9. Adam Zampa 10. Jason Behrendorff 11. Josh Hazlewood

West Indies: 1. Brandon King 2. Johnson Charles 3. Nicholas Pooran (wk) 4. Shai Hope 5. Rovman Powell (c) 6. Sherfane Rutherford 7. Andre Russell 8. Romario Shepherd 9. Akeal Hosein 10. Alzarri Joseph 11. Gudakesh Motie