Unbackable Aussies fav for Boxing Day – Windies in turmoil

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December16,20152:06am。

byMikeRandall

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005toretaintheFrankWorrellTrophyafteritsembarrassingFirstTestslaughterofaWestIndiessidethatlookedlikeitwouldstruggleinaparkcricketleague。

TheclassyAussiesarefartootalentedfortheWindiesanditshowedatBelleriveOvalinHobart,Tasmania,withtheTestoverinsidethreedays。

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autowintheBoxingDayTestattheMelbourneCricketGroundnextweek,aftertheinningsand212runmutilationoftheWindies,whoareamassive$26withCrownBet。

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TheAussieswonthetossandbatted,smashingrecordsontheirwayto4declaredfor583。

MalignedmenAdamVogesandShaunMarshwrotethemselvesintoAustraliancricketfolklorewithaprodigiouspartnershipthatshatteredallsortsofrecords。

WhenMarshwasdismissedfor182,thepairhadamassed449runsbetweenthemforthefourthwicket,whichwasthemostinAustralianTesthistory,beatingthegreatSirDonaldBradmanandSidBarnes’405,setin1946。

WhiletherearetheobviousquestionmarksoveraWindiesattackthatlostyoungsterShannonGabrieltoanankleinjuryondayoneandsufferedfromagroupofseamerswhodecidedtheydidn’twanttobowlintoastiffHobartbreeze,there’snomistakeaboutwhatthepairachieved。

Vogeswasimperious,finishingunbeatenon269off285balls,hisinningsfeaturing33boundariesandeclipsingRickyPontingforthehighestscoreinaTestacrossBassStrait。

DavidWarnerhadearliersignalledtheAussies’intentbycracking11boundariesinawhirlwind64of61ballsatthetopoftheinnings。

Inreply,theWindiesstarteddisastrously,losingKraiggBrathwaitefor2,butadefiantDwayneBravomanagedacenturythattookhissideto223notquitehalfwaytothehomeside’stotal。

JoshHazlewoodmadeamockeryofcallsforhimtoberested,rippingthroughwith4/45givinghim50wicketsforthecalendaryear,whileNathanLyonsnared3/43。

Forcedtofollowon,theWindiesresistancewasfutile,withBrathwaitemakingtwothirdsoftheside’s148。

Theopener’sdefiant94off122ballscametoanendinthe36thoverashewasthelastWestIndianbatsmantobedismissed。

Wicketlessinthefirstdig,JamesPattinsonannouncedhisreturntotheinternationalTeststagebytearingtheheartoutofthetoporder,takingthefirstfourwicketstofallonhiswayto5/27offeightovers。

Hazlewoodbackeduphisfirstinningseffortwith3/33togivehimsevenforthematch。

Itwasthemostcomprehensiveofvictoriesandsignalledtopuntersthatthere’sprobablynotmuchvalueinplanningtogotothecricketafteraboutlunchtimeondaythreethere’sagoodchanceitwon’tmakeitpastthere。

Ontheseries,theWindiesare$101theshouldbe$100,001whilethedrawis$34,bothwithSportsbet。

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TheAussieshaveoneortwoselectionissuestodealwith。

CaptainSteveSmithisstrugglingwithkneeandhipissuesandissaidtobeindoubtforthesecondTestinMelbourne。

“Hekeepstellingmeheis26,butinHobarthewasrunningasthoughheis36,”coachDarrenLehmannsaid。

“Thepressureofcaptaincyisquitelarge。

“Wehavetolookatthat,butwegetadecentbreaknowwithtwoweeksoff。

“HeisnotplayingBBLsohegetsgoodbreak。

“Imnomedicalexpertbutrestiswhattheyaresaying。

”TheywillsaywhathecanorcantdoandifIdisagreewithitheplaysandifIdonthemightnotplay。



WithUsmanKhawajadraftedbackintotheTestsquadafterrecoveringfromahamstringinjury,ifSmithmisses,itcouldbeablessingindisguise。

MarshwhocameintoreplaceKhawajafollowinghisinjuryagainstNewZealandhasbasicallymadehimselfundroppable。

ThatwouldmeanKhawajacanreplaceSmithandWarnerwouldcaptain,somethingheislookingforwardto。

”Growingup,it’sjustsomethingyoualwayswanttodoisplaythegame,“Warnersaid。

”Idon’tknowifit’sluckorsomethingyoujustgetcalledupontodoasayoungkidwhenyou’reselectedtojustbethecaptainrunningout–whetherit’sthefootballfieldorcricketfield。

“It(captaincy)isnotsomethingyouwishfor,youjustwishtobeinthatstartingline-up(but)havingthatextraresponsibility,itdoesfeelgood。



But,ifKhawajawantstobreakbackintotheside,he’llhaveoneBigBashLeaguegametoimpressLehmann,afterhewasruledoutoftheSydneyThunder’sfirstgame。

Marshwillkeephisplace,sothatputsthepressureonopenerJoeBurns。

BurnshaslookedoutofsortssincehistonearlyintheseriesagainsttheNewZealandersandLehmannsaysKhawajacouldstepuptotheopener’srole。

“Wehavetoworkoutthebestsixandthebattingorderfromthere,”Lehmannsaid。

“Ifhe(Khawaja)comesbackin,someonewillmissoutandwehavetoworkoutwhothatis。

”(ShaunMarsh)isprobablymorecomfortablethere(atnumberfive)butifweneedanopenerhecouldplaythatrole。

“Itisprobablyhispreferredpositionandwherehehashadthemostsuccess,butifyouareintheteamyouwillbatanywhere。

”Itgetsdownthemake-upofthesideandwhatwegowith。



WhilePeterSiddlefailedtoimpresswiththerock,heisexpectedtoretainhisspotintheside,withthematchplayedonhishometurf。

AndLehmannguaranteedallrounderMitchMarshwouldalsoplay,dismissingsuggestionshecouldbereplacedbyKhawaja。

WhiletheAussiesareflying,theWindiesarefailing。

TheGabrielinjuryhurtsthemhehasflownhimefortreatment。

Theyoungbuckfireddowndeliveriesofupto157km/honabenignHobartpitchandhiscaptainJasonHoldersaidhewouldbesorelymissed。

“Hesabiglossforus。

Shannonbringspaceandhebringsaggression,”Holdersaid。

AndnowparttimeoffspinnerMarlonSamuelshasbeenbannedfrombowlingforayearaftertheICCruledhehadasuspectbowlingaction。

Whilehedidn’tbowlagainsttheAussies,testingshowedSamuels’elbowextensionexceeded15degreeswhilebowling。

AllrounderCarlosBrathwaite,Kraigg’solderbrother,issettotakeGabriel’splace。

Day/nightlong-formcricketheretostay

AftertheresoundingsuccessoftheAdelaidedaynightTest,CricketAustraliaisfullsteamaheadwiththeformofthegamethathasbeentoutedasthefuture。

Desperatelyinneedofsomethingnewanddifferenttoreinvigoratelongformcricket,over123,000peopleflockedtoAdelaideOvaltowatchtheAustralianstakeontheKiwis,cementingpinkballcricketontheAussielandscape。

And,CricketAustraliahasjustannouncedanotherroundofdaynightSheffieldShieldgamesbeincorporatedintotheschedule。

Thebodyhaschangedroundseventoadaynightround,withmatchesattheWACA,AdelaideOvalandGabbatobeplayedunderlights。

“Thepublic’sresponsetothefirstday-nightTestwasoverwhelminglypositiveandwe’venowhadsometimetoevaluatefeedbackfromeveryoneinvolvedinthematch,”CricketAustraliasHeadofCricketOperationsSeanCarysaid。

“AswelookaheadtofutureinternationalseasonsandtheprospectofplayingmoreTestcricketunderlights,wewanttogiveourplayersmoreopportunitiestoplaywiththepinkball。

”ThesematcheswillbeusedaspartofourworktokeeprefiningtheballincloseconsultationwithKookaburra。



TheballhadcausedmuchconsternationduringtheTest,withtheKiwisworriedhowitwouldholdup。

NewZealandskipperBrendonMcCullumhadcalleditsuseintoquestion,butheisnowafanafterplayingwithitintheTest。

“Theresalotbeenmadethatitsalmostunplayableduringthosetimes(atnight),“McCullumsaidafterthematch。

”Butitsjustalittlebitmorechallengingduringthatstage。

“Itdoesntmeanyoucantgetruns,orsurvive,andensureyouretheretobatthenextdaywhenconditionswillbeeasier。

”ItisaquirkofthisTestmatch,buttheressomegoodplayersonshowwhoImsurecannegotiatethosechallenges。


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