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Match Preview – Australia vs West Indies, West Indies in Australia 2023/24, 1st Take a look at

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On paper this appears to be like like the final word mismatch. A robust and profitable Australia aspect, towards a West Indies group that may characteristic at the very least three debutants and solely 5 gamers with earlier expertise within the nation. It should in all probability play out that manner, too, however that doesn’t imply there will not be intrigue alongside the best way.

For Australia, it is the beginning of a brand new period following David Warner’s retirement. The answer to filling his spot took a considerably sudden twist when it was Steven Smith who was handed the position, having been the final individual thought-about. He has by no means opened in first-class cricket, and the choice has prompted important debate, however there could be little shock if he makes successful of it.
A byproduct is that Cameron Inexperienced is ready to return to the fold at No. 4, however in any other case it is a case of identical once more for the house aspect. The quick bowlers are all good to maintain going, helped by the truth that the Pakistan Exams completed in 4 days though Australia had been pushed more durable than some anticipated.
So to West Indies. For a myriad of causes it is a vastly totally different squad to the one which toured Australia just a little greater than a yr in the past – one of many sport’s many scheduling quirks that means they’re again for consecutive summers. They put up some cussed resistance with the bat in Perth on the final journey, led by captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, however had been overwhelmed in Adelaide and throughout the 2 video games took simply 19 of a attainable 40 wickets.
Kemar Roach, who famously roughed up Ricky Ponting in 2009, might want to make rather more of an impression than a median of 90.62 exhibits he has managed in Australia earlier than, with help from new vice-captain Alzarri Joseph. They do at the very least have an Australian high order to focus on that will probably be beneath a stage of scrutiny given the adjustments.
Most curiosity, and pleasure, among the many new names within the West Indies squad is round fast bowler Shamar Joseph, from the village of Baracara in Guyana which is just accessible by boat, who impressed on the A tour of South Africa final yr and produced an encouraging efficiency within the warm-up match towards the Cricket Australia XI. For him, and loads of others, this tour is an opportunity to make a reputation for themselves.

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Within the highlight: Cameron Inexperienced and Tagenarine Chanderpaul

Cameron Inexperienced has lengthy been anointed Australia’s subsequent celebrity, and he confirmed glimpses in his first stint of Take a look at cricket to counsel that tag was justified. However by way of a mixture of things, together with adjusting to rapidly altering between codecs, a minor damage that dominated him out of the Headingley Take a look at within the Ashes, and Mitchell Marsh’s subsequent excellent type, he now must re-establish himself. No. 4 is considered as his long-term house, though it was in all probability thought it will come by way of Smith’s retirement, not a batting order transfer. It should even be fascinating how a lot Pat Cummins makes use of him with the ball.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul made a promising begin to his Take a look at profession on final season’s tour of Australia with a half-century on debut adopted by a pair of 40s. The match after that he scored a double-century towards Zimbabwe however issues have been a bit harder since then towards South Africa and India. Alongside his captain, he will probably be key to blunting Australia’s robust assault and giving the inexperienced center order an opportunity to mattress in.

Group information: Steven Smith’s opening debut; three debuts probably for West Indies

Australia’s XI was locked in final week with the squad announcement when the brand new spots for Smith and Inexperienced had been confirmed. Matt Renshaw and Scott Boland are the reserve gamers.

Australia 1 Usman Khawaja, 2 Steven Smith, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Cameron Inexperienced, 5 Travis Head, 6 Mitchell Marsh 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Kraigg Brathwaite confirmed that Kavem Hodge and Justin Greaves will debut within the center order together with Shamar Joseph within the tempo assault.

West Indies 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 3 Kirk McKenzie, 4 Alick Athanaze, 5 Kavem Hodge, 6 Justin Greaves, 7 Joshua Da Silva (wk), 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Gudakesh Motie, 11 Shamar Joseph

For the primary time since 2018 it will likely be a day sport in Adelaide. That has not modified issues vastly for curator Damian Hough who’s famend for making glorious Take a look at surfaces. He expects this one to have good tempo. “We have had a extremely good lead-in with the climate with the ability to get some good moisture all through the pitch,” he stated. The forecast is settled all through.

  • Within the probably XIs, Australia have 689 Take a look at caps in comparison with West Indies’ 235 (of which Brathwaite and Roach have 166) earlier than the beginning of the sport
  • Josh Hazlewood wants one wicket to achieve 250 in Exams and Mitchell Starc wants 5 for 350
  • Marnus Labuschagne wants 4 runs for 4000 in Exams and Travis Head 15 for 3000
  • “It is at all times good right here. I believe it is constantly an important stability, should you put in the proper areas you’re feeling like there’s sufficient there for the entire 5 days. However there’s additionally runs to be scored. It is fairly bouncy and true so appears to be like the identical.”
    Pat Cummins on the pitch


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