Saint Lucia: The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson summed it up best after the tie in the third ODI in St Vincent when he noted that at the same stage last time Australia visited West Indies, the series was over. Australia won the first three games and went on to take the series 5-0. This time the scoreline couldn't be closer going in to the final two matches. The teams are locked at 1-1 and whichever side prevails on Friday knows that at the very least they cannot lose the series. For West Indies, the next two games give them an excellent chance to win a one-day series against Australia for the first time since the days of Richie Richardson's captaincy.
The venue for these last two games is the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia. Australia have fond memories of the venue: their last match there was the 2007 World Cup semi-final, when they destroyed South Africa. However, only two members of the current side were actually part of that match, Shane Watson and Michael Hussey. Australia are still the No.1-ranked ODI side, but just about everything else has changed in the five years since then.
Remarkably, Australia have won in St Lucia more recently than West Indies. The hosts have a poor recent record at the venue and have not won an ODI there since 2006. Only Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels of their current squad have won a one-day international at the ground. It's a venue that statistically favours the chasing team and although 250-plus first-innings scores were once common at Beausejour the runs have dried up in the past five years - in that time only one team has scored 250 there.