Australia bid to end T20 batting collapses

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They're 2-0 down in the best-of-five series after two horrible batting collapses, but Australia are refusing to fall back on excuses ahead of the third T20 against the West Indies in St Lucia.

Australia lost 6-19 in the series opener and 7-39 in game two to scuttle any chance of snaring victory in either games.

The visitors need to win game three on Tuesday to keep the series alive, but whether they can avoid another batting collapse remains a big question.

Australia entered the series missing a host of key T20 players, and the team as a whole is severely underdone in terms of games under its belt.

In contrast, the West Indies are finely tuned following their recent five-match T20 series against South Africa.

Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald says although his team has faced hurdles to perform at its best, the coaching group expect better.

"We always knew we were going to have our work cut out early on," McDonald said.

"We feel as though we got most parts of the prep right with the constraints that we had, so there's no excuse in terms of that. But it does take a bit of time to get up and running.

"We're coming up against a team that's had five T20 internationals against South Africa, they're well into their groove. A lot of these players play the T20 format the whole year around. Some of them don't even play in other formats.

"We've got some batters in the middle order who are batting with each other for the first time as well. They're not excuses, but it's exactly where we're at on the journey forward for this group for this tour.

"We wanted to be better, we felt as though we prepared to be better, and we didn't quite put it together for those first two matches. I think the key is to judge this group over the five matches."

Allrounder Mitch Marsh has been the standout Australian performer so far with scores of 51 and 54.

The current series shapes as an important part of Australia's build-up to the T20 World Cup in the UAE, which begins in October.

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