RCI St. Lucia
posted on June 11, 2015 11:35
Having secured a comprehensive nine-wicket victory in three days in the opening Test against West Indies at Windsor Park, Australia will be looking to continue in the same vein at Sabina Park. They will look to clinch the series 2-0 and head to England with a lot of confidence ahead of the Ashes. Australia were by far the better team and exposed West Indies' chinks in all departments in the first Test. The hosts will be eager to make up for their below-par performance by showing better discipline in all aspects of their game when they face off against the formidable tourists in Kingston, Jamaica in the final game of the series.
Devendra Bishoo's six-wicket haul in the first innings and fighting half-centuries by Shane Dowrich and Marlon Samuels in the second essay were the only bright spots in what was otherwise a disappointing performance from the hosts. Skittled out for a mere 148 in the first innings, West Indies were already playing catch-up from Day 1. The exclusion of Shivnarine Chanderpaul meant that the Caribbean team did not have an experienced batsman in the middle order. West Indies will be expecting the batsmen to pull up their socks and prove that they are capable of staying at the middle for longer periods. If they fail to do so, another one-sided contest is on the cards, even if the home-team bowlers show a lot of fight like they did in the first Test.
On a slow wicket at Windsor Park, the West Indies pacers hardly troubled the Australian batsmen. They will prefer the Sabina Park surface, which will have some assistance for the quicker bowlers. As far as the team is concerned, West Indies are likely to persist with the same eleven, although coach Phil Simmons preferred to reserve his judgement on the eve of the game.