Both Australia and the West Indies have unveiled their lineups for the much-anticipated first Test. The awaited first Test will be played in Adelaide on January 17.
With the departure of David Warner, Australian captain Pat Cummins has confirmed that Cameron Green will be making a return to the squad. He will be taking up the crucial No. 4 spot. Notably, this marks a new beginning for Smith, who is all set to embrace the role of a Test opener.
Australia XI: Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
For the West Indies, skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has revealed that they will be introducing three debutants in the first Test. The newcomers include middle-order duo Kavem Hodge and Justin Greaves, along with emerging pace bowler Shamar Joseph.
West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kirk McKenzie, Alick Athanaze, Kavem Hodge, Justin Greaves, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Shamar Joseph, Kemar Roach
One of the notable decisions in the Australian lineup is the fulfillment of Smith’s desire to open the batting. This strategic move by the selectors aims to optimize the team’s batting order and provide stability at the top. Green, who felt a bit hurried at No. 6, is poised to thrive in the No. 4 spot, showcasing his potential as a key asset in the team’s middle order.
Brian Lara & Shaun Tait’s coaching fuels West Indies’ spirited preparation
On the other hand, the West Indies, are eager for a comeback after their 2-0 defeat in Australia last summer. They faced challenges with the absence of key allrounders Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers. However, the inclusion of debutants, including the promising Shamar Joseph, injects fresh energy into the side. With mentorship from the legendary Brian Lara and coaching guidance from Shaun Tait, the West Indies will be gearing up for a spirited performance.