Unfortunately for me, there is no way I can get coverage of the first test between Australia and the West Indies, and it’s on in the middle of the night. So I’ll be paying just about zero attention, except from Cricinfo.
Although, there’s nothing stopping me from doing a Test preview.
This preview will be divided into two parts: the key match-ups and the very important statistics.
The Key Match-ups
Neither of Australia and the West Indies have finalised their XI. For this preview, I’m relying on the Herald Sun and Fox Sports teams, picking my choice when there is conjecture.
- David Warner
- Shaun Marsh
- Steve Smith
- Michael Clarke (c)
- Shane Watson
- Mitchell Marsh (HS prediction)/
Adam Voges (Fox prediction)
- Brad Haddin (wk)
- Mitchell Johnson
- Josh Hazlewood
- Fawad Ahmed (HS, but not Fox)
- Mitchell Starc (Fox, but not HS)
Weird how Australia likes picking Mitchells so much. And…
- Shal Hope
- Kraigg Braithwaite
- Darren Bravo
- Marlon Samuels
- Shane Dowrich
- Jermaine Blackwood
- Denesh Ramdin (c) (wk)
- Jason Holder
- Jerome Taylor
- Kemar Roach
- Veerasammy Permaul
The key match-ups are:
Smith v Bravo: Both are number 3s, both are the pride of their team’s batting. Both are in their mid-20s. The stats, however, tell a different story. Smith averages 94 in the past year, Bravo 38. Smith has an average of 46 away from Australia, Bravo 33 at home. Smith.
Starc v Roach: Roach is two years older, best at home, averaging better than average against Australia and 2014 was the best year of his career. Starc, on the other hand, was the player of the World Cup. Roach.
And now, the very important statistics.
- The last time the West Indies beat Australia in a series was in 1992.
- The last time they won a match against them was 2003.
- They have only played one test in Roseau. Matthew Wade scored a century and Australia won by 75 runs.
- Brian Lara scored 2,815 runs in AUS v WI tests.
- He also made 20 fifties and scored 277 in 1993.
- CL Walcott scored 827 runs in the 1955 series.
- Courtney Walsh took 135 wickets, including a best of 6-54.
- The best is 8-71, by GD McKenzie.
- Ian Healy made 78 dismissals against the West Indies.
- The highest partnership was 382, by Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson in 1965.