Disappointing second game for sure. We showed some fight in the first. We lost a few guys to injuries but did not play well. A good Test year but we have a lot to work on. As I said, we showed some fight and it proved we could spend time at the crease. We need to learn from their batters about leaving and how their bowlers bowled to their fields. Impressed but not surprised about Chanderpaul. I see him playing long at the top for sure. Support has been amazing. A lot of people came out at Perth, happy that people want to see West Indies do well. Sad to not do well in the second game but look forward to coming again in the future.
A nice toss to win. The boys batted well first day. Big partnerships set us up, and the bowlers were splendid as we continue to be undefeated in pink-ball Tests. Everyone in the batting unit is stepping up well. (On Marnus) He is going alright, isn’t he? He works incredibly hard in the nets. He’s very adaptable to situations. No reason why he wouldn’t continue. (On Boland) He is a second-innings specialist. He was spectacular last evening and bowled well first innings too. Neser was spectacular, and Starc continues to do what he has done. (On players coming through) That’s what you want, keep challenging and get better. Gets exciting. (On the quartet getting to 200 wickets) I think they celebrated. Great to have four bowlers play for so long, and understand each other so well. Exciting times for us. (On South Africa) They present a good challenge and are a good side. Their fast-bowling stocks are strong. On if he’s okay with returning the captaincy) A very quick ‘Yes’.
Marnus Labuschagne, POTS:
It’s nice to be going through a patch where I’m scoring and the team is winning consistently. (On his 500+ run series) It’s one of those things you look back at the end of your career to sink in. But right now, there’s so much going on, you have to the next series to look forward. (On coming to Adelaide where conditions are different) It’s nice to come back from success. You trust your game. I feel I don’t have as much rhythm playing against the pink ball as it swings for longer. (On getting to 3000) It’s similar to the one before, it hasn’t sunk in. Nice to be living it. Hopefully will go well against South Africa. The home ground at the gabba. Will be fiery there.
Travis Head, POTM:
I’ll take 175 after missing out by one run last week. But it has been amazing. Look forward to 10-15 years and telling others what I did (laughs). (On the big partnership with Marnus) I let him do his thing and he let me do mine. I knew he would hold his ground there, so it was comfortable. (On his good recent form) Batting behind four good batters helps. Credit to them for being so good and consistent. The coaching staff and Cummins have been supportive which is nice.
Nice start to the summer, we get an extra day or two would be handy. But yeah, great individual and team performances. (On bowling without Cummins and Hazlewood) They made me do all the hard work again. But by reports, Pat will be on next week. We’ll see how Josh is going. But Neser, Boland, and Morris have been brilliant and shown off the depth in our bowling. (On Boland’s spell yesterday) It was the MCG all over again. The batters were giving him a hard time as he did not get wickets in the first innings but he was at his consistent best. (On Head and the batters) Welcomed him to the 99 clubs last week and he has been amazing. But the batters set up both games perfectly. Marnus with his big runs and Head too. Great start to the summer.
Australia vs West Indies Highlights today. 2nd Test (D/N), Adelaide Oval, Sunday 11-12-2022, West Indies tour of Australia 2022.
Toss: Australia, elected to bat first.
Australia team: 1 David Warner, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Travis Head, 6 Cameron Green, 7 Alex Carey (wk), 8 Michael Neser, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Scott Boland.
West Indies team: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 Tagenarine Chanderpaul, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Jermaine Blackwood, 5 Devon Thomas, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Joshua Da Silva (wk), 8 Roston Chase, 9 Alzarri Joseph, 10 Anderson Phillip, 11 Marquino Mindley.
Head to Head In Test’s: 117
Australia Won: 59
West Indies Won: 32
Australia Test Rankings: 1st
West Indies Test Rankings: 8th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies LWWWD
Match Timings: 4:00 AM GMT | 2:30 PM Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Phillip Gillespie
Match number – Test no. 2479