Nov 29, 2022, 21:05 IST

Australian Cricket! Preview for the 1st test between Australia and West Indies


Australian test cricket returns with the 1st test of two to be played at the Perth Stadium starting on Wednesday morning. A series win for the Australians will more or less secure their place in the finals of the World Test Championship to be played in June 2023.

The West Indians come into the game on the back of a disappointing 2022 ICC T20 World Cup. The Caribbeans have been poor travellers over the last 3 decades to Australia. The series will obviously pitch them as underdogs but the fans across the world will like to see the talent that is coming out of the West Indian shores.

Venue – Perth Stadium, Perth

Time of the game – 8 AM IST

Likely pitch conditions – Fox Cricket put out a picture of the pitch which has a tinge of green on it. If the pitch remains the same, the team winning the toss will want to bowl first and get the early upper hand in the game. Expect the conditions to get better for batting from the 2nd day with the pitch opening up from day 4. Nathan Lyon could come into equation with the ball during the final few days of the test match.

Confirmed Australia XI –

Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon

Likely West Indies XI –

Kraigg Brathwaite, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shamarah Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Anderson Phillip and Jayden Seales.

Head to Head record –

Matches played – 116

Wins for Australia – 58

Wins for West Indies – 32

Tied game – 1

Draws – 25

Perth Stadium Test Record –

Matches played – 2

Wins for home team – 2

Wins after batting 1st – 2

Wins after winning toss – 2

Best scorer by a batter – 143 by Marnus Labuschagne vs New Zealand

Best bowling figures – 6/56 by Mohammad Shami vs Australia

Highest team score – 416 by Australia vs New Zealand

Lowest Team Score – 140 all out by India vs Australia

Average 1st innings score – 371

Average run rate – 2.8 runs per over

Approaching Milestones –

·Pat Cummins needs 1 more wicket to get his 200th test wicket for Australia

·Pat Cummins will become the 18th bowler to achieve this feat for Australia

·Pat Cummins is also 5 wickets away from registering his 250th first class wicket

·Cameron Green needs 33 runs to reach 3000 runs in First class cricket

·Mitchell Starc (287) needs 5 wickets to go past Craig McDermott’s 291 wicket to become the 7th highest test wicket taker for Australia.

·Braithwaite needs 107 runs more to reach 5000 runs in test cricket for WI

·Braithwaite will become the 13th player to achieve this feat for WI

·If he makes his debut, Tagenarine Chanderpaul will become the 330th test player for WI

·Joshua Da Silva needs 52 runs to reach 2000 runs in First class cricket

·Jason Holder needs 8 wickets to complete 150 wickets in test cricket for WI

·Holder will become the 15th player to reach the 150 mark in tests for WI

·Kemar Roach (252) wickets needs 8 more wickets to go past Joel Garner (259) to move into the 5th place for all time wicket takers for WI in test cricket