''It's about getting as much information we can on them so we can execute our plans" ... Ottis Gibson. Photo: Getty Images
INSTEAD of a ''who's who'', the Australian side for the one-off Twenty20 clash with the West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday looks more like a ''who's that?''.
However, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says inside information from his side's Big Bash League stars has them primed for a triumphant end to what has been a woeful Australian tour.
Barely half the Gabba is expected to be filled based on lukewarm ticket sales after Australian selectors were forced to name a B team due to a clash with the Test tour of India.
Most punters will need to flick through the match program to swot up on the Australian side - but not Gibson. The coach of the T20 world champions said the strong Windies flavour in the BBL this season should help them taste victory on Wednesday night.
The likes of Chris Gayle (Sydney Thunder), Kemar Roach (Brisbane Heat) and Kieron Pollard (Adelaide Strikers) have provided welcome analysis on Australia's new faces, such as potential debutants Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ben Rohrer.
''According to our guys in the Big Bash, these guys are coming off good stints in that competition,'' Gibson said.
''It's about getting as much information we can on them so we can execute our plans.''
Australia's team may be further depleted after Adam Voges (hamstring) was given until the last minute to prove his fitness, with another BBL star, Brisbane's Joe Burns, placed on standby.
But Gibson said he was more interested in finishing their tour with a win after their 5-0 ODI series shut-out - not who Australia was sending out.
''I don't think it is disrespectful,'' he said of Australia naming a B team. ''T20 started off as entertainment but has become a bit more serious and is the most lucrative format for players. But Test cricket has always been No.1.
''A lot of their guys in India would be in the T20 side but we are not worried about who will play for them tomorrow night. We are the world champions and we need to come out here and play like that.''