After a successful home series against the Kiwis, Australia is all set to host West Indies for a three match Test series starting this Thursday, Dec. 10, in Hobart.
The Frank-Worrell three match test series will be played in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. The first test match is scheduled for tomorrow 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.
James Pattinson comes to the squad after 18-months. Mitchell Starc has been side lined due to injury while Usman Khawaja is out with a hamstring injury. Australian Pace attack took a hit when Starc was declared unfit for the test following Mitchell Johnson’s retirement from International Cricket.
The ESPNCricinfo quoted Australian Captain Steve Smith as saying, “I think he’s played enough,” commenting on Pattinson’s return to Test cricket. “He’s been bowling really well in the nets and he sees this as an opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes.”
The West Indies fast bowlers will be excited to see the green patch in Hobart as the pitch looks good early on.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach exclaimed, “Consistency is the key here in Australia…hitting the areas as much as possible has always been the way in Australia. As a fast bowler you enjoy the conditions over here.”
Australia Test Squad: Steven Smith (c), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), James Pattinson, Peter Siddle Adam Voges,David Warner, Scott Boland
West Indies Test Squad: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite (vc), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope (wk), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican
Australia vs West Indies, 1st Test
Date: Thursday, 10-14 December, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM Local Time, 11:30 PM GMT
Live Stream: Star Sports