About the Match
Australia conquered the Kiwis recently in the test series held at home and are at the top of their game with a determined squad; they will host West Indies in a 3-match test series with the 1st test scheduled to be held at Hobart from 10th December. The Windies have a lot to prove to the cricketing world after repeated failures in this format of the game for a long time now; they must bring out their best talents here if they want to defeat the Aussies in their own backyard.
They won the test series against the Kiwis recently in an emphatic way with a superb show by the bowlers; but with Mitchell Starc out due to injury, the responsibilities will fall heavily on the shoulders of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Hazlewood, Siddle, Lyon and Mitchell Marsh. These players have contributed well with their wicket-taking abilities in the recent past and they will come out with all the firepower against the West Indians too.
On the batting front, Smith, Peter Nevill, Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges make a strong middle-order but the top order consisting of Warner and Joe Burns needs to click stronger in order to build a solid foundation. Hazlewood took 6 wickets in the 2nd innings of the last test match against New Zealand and he will be pumped up about getting the opposition bowled out quickly with help from his mates. James Pattinson also brings his talent to the squad and will be eager to do well.
Warner and Burns were in tremendous form in the first test match against the Kiwis, scorching up the ground with their run-machines; they however couldn’t impress much in the recent outing and should be cautious against the Windies pace attack. Overall, Smith has captained the side well and the Aussies would like to start the holiday season with another victory here.
They lost the tour match by 10 wickets against the Aussies but showed better spirit with both bat and ball; Jason Holder’s 65 off 99 deliveries helped them put up some fight but with others like Brathwaite, Bravo and Blackwood failing to click, they all got out for just 210 runs in the end. The bowlers have been performing well; Holder has been very economical and providing regular wickets while Roach, Gabriel and Bishoo bring a certain advantage to the squad in terms of variety.
Darren Bravo posted a cautious 51 runs in the first innings of the tour match but must focus on building strong partnerships with other top order batsmen like Chandrika, Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite. The batting line-up surely has the required skills but they must overcome their weaknesses that stop them from performing well in the test format.
Jason Holder is in good form and can lead the side to a win provided his team follows his example of putting the best foot forward on the field when it matters the most.
Australia has successfully regrouped with new talent and experienced players who have been guiding the team to many a wins; West Indies on the other hand is yet to make its way back to their old glory. Although the visitors are hopeful of their chances with a renewed determination, we feel that Australia goes in as clear favorites to win the first match