After a successful test series campaign against New Zealand, which also saw the first Day-Night Test match in the history of Test Cricket, Australia will now play West Indies in their own backyard starting on Dec. 10. The West Indies Team is already in Australia for practice matches as they look forward to take the thunder down-under.
The Frank-Worrell three match test series will be played in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. The first test match is scheduled for next Thursday on Dec. 10 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The second test will commence on Dec. 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne and the final test will begin on Jan. 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.
Unlike the last Adelaide Test Match against New Zealand which was highlighted for using the pink ball under lights, no such test match has been finalized in the fixture for a Day-Night test.
Australian pace attack suffered a major set back when pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was sidelined with a fractured foot following Mitchell Johnson’s retirement from International Cricket. According to the Herald Sun, James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile has been called for next week’s test against the West Indian side.
But the main concern for Australia is the fact that both of them have not been exposed to International Cricket for quite a while now. The 25-year-old Pattinson last played a test match against South Africa back in March 2014 and was out due to chronic back and hamstring issues, notes the Tribune.
Coulter-Nile, 28, is away from first-class cricket and has been included despite not playing any domestic Sheffield Shield matches. Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood are expected to lead the attack against West Indies.
Australia’s squad for West Indies
David Warner, Joe Burns, Steve Smith (capt), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh, Peter Nevill, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Nathan Coulter-Nile