AUS VS WI Test Series: After almost 7 years, Australia and the West Indies will stage a Test match. Both countries are ready to convert to the longest format, where both have a respectable recent record but neither has played since the middle of the year since they are coming off poor T20 World Cup campaigns.
There will be two tests in the series, with the first one taking place in Perth and the second in Adelaide.
AUS VS WI: Australia Outlook
Despite the fact that Australia’s most recent Test was played in Sri Lanka at the beginning of July, this team remains largely stable. When the Test team was named a few weeks ago, there were no shocks, maybe with the exception of Marcus Harris’ selection as a backup hitter.
With the speed trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitch Starc all anticipated to play alongside spinner Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland is also on hand as bowling support.
Several runs are coming from important batters as well. While David Warner and Travis Head are coming off centuries in the Dettol ODI series against England last week, No. 4 batter Steve Smith claims it has been six years since he felt as good batting.
The ageless Lyon, who now has 438 Test wickets, might pass Cummins, who is comfortably sitting on 199, if he has a successful series with the ball.
Remember Usman Khawaja, who has scored two scores in the 90s and has 888 Test runs this year, including four hundreds.
AUS VS WI: West Indies Outlook
Only four players—captain Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, and Jermaine Blackwood—from the West Indies team that visited Australia in 2015–16 have returned seven years later.
When the Windies came for the T20 World Cup’s opening round in October, they started their tour but were unable to advance to the Super 12s level.
After the two-Test series against Australia, coach Phil Simmons said he would resign from his position due to that outcome.
With the exception of Brathwaite, their top order has struggled with consistency and inexperience, but recent strong performances from Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (centuries against England), and Kyle Myers (century against Bangladesh) provide a reason for hope.
Aside from Holder and Roach, who visited this country in 2009–10 and 2015–16, their fast bowling lineup also has Alzarri Joseph and Jayden Seales, two intriguing quicks.
AUS VS WI: Schedule
First Test: November 30-December 4, Perth Stadium, Perth
Second Test: December 8-12, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS VS WI: Head-to-Head
The two teams have faced off in 116 Tests, with Australia holding the advantage with 58 victories to West Indies’ 32. (25 draws, one tie).
Between 1978 and 1989, the Windies dominated, winning 15 of their 26 Test matches against Australia. In that same period, Australia could only muster four victories against the ferocious Caribbean fast bowlers.
Since the start of the millennium, however, things have turned around, with Australia winning 21 of 26 Test matches while the Windies have only managed to win one (in 2003), along with four draws.
AUS VS WI: Form Guide
Australia has had an excellent recent red-ball cricket performance.
They defeated England 4-0 to start the year, and in a thrilling finale in Sydney, they came close to making it five.
In March, they visited Pakistan for the first time in 24 years and won the series 1-0. Then, after dominating the first Test, they were defeated by newcomer Prabath Jayasuriya in the second, leading to a 1-1 series tie in Sri Lanka.
In five Tests played in 2022, the visitors are winless.
AUS VS WI: SQUADS
Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner
West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Devon Thomas
AUS VS WI: Probable Playing 11
Australia Probable 11: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
West Indies Probable 11: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales.