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Match Preview – Australia vs West Indies, West Indies in Australia 2023/24, 2nd Check

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Massive Image: Australia look to make it 5-0

Pat Cummins is viewing the 2023-24 season as a seven-Check summer season with an eye fixed on the 2 matches arising in New Zealand, however their residence portion will draw to an in depth in Brisbane this week. It might sound harsh, however the greatest impediment to them finishing a 5-0 sweep may properly be the climate.

It stays a considerably unsure image, however there may be now an growing quantity of rain forecast over the weekend, though even the lack of a day or extra of taking part in time would not rule out the prospect of a consequence. The primary Check in Adelaide barely reached the third day (not one of the three in opposition to Pakistan wanted a fifth day) and the information Australia’s bowlers possess with the pink ball counsel West Indies batters shall be up in opposition to it once more.

The opposite think about play is that ought to the climate grow to be a significant component, it might go away Australia vulnerable to dropping essential World Check Championship [WTC] factors if the match was to be a draw. In fact, you do not wish to rule out the guests, however they would want to play out of their skins to pressure a win.

That being mentioned, halfway by way of the second day of the Adelaide Check, West Indies had been preserving themselves in contact, in no small half because of the efforts of debutants Shamar Joseph and Justin Greaves. At 168 for six, Australia had been nonetheless behind earlier than Travis Head – who has recovered from Covid-19 – turned the sport with an more and more belligerent century.

The priority for West Indies is how they’ll put collectively sufficient runs. Kirk McKenzie confirmed promise, however they want extra from captain Kraigg Brathwaite and a resurgence from Tagenarine Chanderpaul.

It is all relative, however the batting is the world underneath a little bit little bit of a highlight for Australia with simply two centuries in 4 Checks thus far this season. They’ve, in the end, made sufficient runs to win – and sometimes comfortably – however Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are on the point of finishing a house season with out a Check century between them.

Type information

Australia WWWWL (final 5 matches, most up-to-date first)
West Indies LDLLL

Within the highlight: Marnus Labuschagne and Alzarri Joseph

Marnus Labuschagne has had no drawback scoring runs in opposition to the pink ball: he averages 73.83 in day-night Tests. His second innings in opposition to Pakistan in Sydney was nearly as good as he had regarded for a while, however then he fell to a top-edged hook in opposition to Shamar Joseph in Adelaide. Since turning into a fixture within the Check facet he has not failed to attain a century in a house summer season. He additionally averages 81.50 on his residence turf on the Gabba.

As the brand new vice-captain and a senior member of a younger group, Alzarri Joseph wants to face up for West Indies. He didn’t bowl poorly in Adelaide, however a first-innings return of 1 for 55 was under what his group wanted. It was hoped that his maiden five-wicket haul in South Africa would show a breakthrough second however his final three Checks have produced two wickets. And like his new-ball accomplice Kemar Roach, Australia is proving a tricky place for him with a median of 55.33 from three outings.

Staff information: Aus unchanged, WI could ponder a bowling change

Head has examined destructive for Covid-19 so is evident to play with out restrictions, however Cameron Inexperienced could also be underneath protocols having returned a constructive take a look at on Wednesday. If he stays constructive he’ll use a separate altering room. Head coach Andrew McDonald additionally examined constructive. If wanted, he’ll sit away from the remainder of the squad on sport day.

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

West Indies will herald offspinning allrounder Kevin Sinclair for a Check debut instead of Gudakesh Motie.

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

Pitch and situations

The pitch retained a inexperienced tinge the day earlier than the sport, however actually not as a lot as final season’s two-day contest in opposition to South Africa. The forecast for the opening day is sweet, however the specter of rain will increase after that and might be important over the weekend. The day-night component provides intrigue, with Steven Smith referencing the Pakistan Check in 2016-17 when the guests almost chased 490.

Stats and trivia: Starc two shy of 350

  • This would be the third day-night Check on the Gabba, following Pakistan in 2016-17 and Sri Lanka in 2018-19
  • Australia have by no means misplaced a day-night Check: they have won all 11
  • Mitchell Starc wants two wickets for 350 in Checks

Quotes

“It needs to be good. They’re a fairly good assault with some good bowlers. Pink ball when it is nipping round would possibly swimsuit them prefer it does for our bowlers. It’s all the time a problem batting underneath lights when the ball is new. It’s all the time tough.”
Steven Smith on the day-night Check

“We did not bat properly [in Adelaide] so it was all the time powerful. We did nice to bowl them out for underneath 300, however we did not put runs on the board. They’re a world-class assault but it surely’s vital for us to get runs on the board then that may put us higher within the sport.
Kraigg Brathwaite

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo


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