About the Match
Australia won the first test and retained the Frank Worrell trophy in just three days, but the match was closer than it appears from the scorecard. The second Test starts on 11th June 2015 at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica at 8:30 PM IST and Australia will be looking to continue their momentum and sweep the series. West Indies, on the other hand, will be looking to make a contest out of it and draw level with a win. West Indies seamers were unable to extract the base and bounce which they would have wanted. Kingston's track will be more pacey which would offer some assistance to the pacers of both the sides. The weather will stay favorable for cricketing conditions throughout apart from first day when thunderstorms are expected. West Indies will be looking to claw their way back and like it has always been the case with them; a game full of flair, character and animation is expected added to the excitement which is building up.
Despite winning the first match with a big margin, Michael Clarke said that they still have to improve in a few areas. Rightly so, Australia did not look as clinical as they usually are. There batting struggled and tottered at 126-6 before they were bailed out by Adam Voges who went to score on a match-winning century. Australians' weakness against good leg-spin was exposed as Devendra Bishoo went on to pick six important wickets in exchange of conceding 80 runs. Their regular opener, Chris Rogers, will still be unable due to injury he sustained during the practice session before the first test. Shaun Marsh will get his second chance and will be looking to make most out of it. There bowlers made up for their poor batting by restricting Windies to modest total in both innings. Given the conditions, Australia are likely to persist with the same combination meaning Fawad Alam would still have to wait for a chance to go out in the middle. Australia will need to improve their batting, especially against leg-spin if they want to dominate the way they used to in the past.
West Indies were on the back side even before the first two sessions of the match were finished. Their top order collapsed and were eventually folded on meager total of 148. They were playing catch-up cricket since then. Barring the first innings, West Indies did manage to give a scare to Australia which however didn't prove enough in the end. Their bowling caused massive troubles for the visitors as at first they reduced opposition to 128-6 before Voges took it away. Half centuries full of effort by Marlon Samuels and Shane Dowrich did not prove to be enough to set a challenging total for formidable tourists. They will be looking up to their batsmen to get a challenging score upfront and grind them with their bowling and if they can do that, they can surely win the match and level the series 1-1.
West Indies weren't impressive as far as their batting goes, but their bowling was indeed impressive, but not enough to put visitors under pressure. Australians were on all accounts better than the hosts, be it bowling, batting or fielding. The Caribbean team is expected to show better performance, but Aussies too are expected to improve. With form and and experienced team, I expect Australia to register a victory here as well and clean sweep the series.