West Indies will be gunning for a comeback but will need to do a lot better against Australia in the second Test of the series at Jamaica. The West Indies v Australia 2nd Test betting tips can be found below.
Australia registered a thumping 277-run win over West Indies in the second Test to win the series 2-0. Absolutely horrible couple of Tests for the Windies. Australia will now begin its preparations for the Ashes 2015 in full earnest, a series against England that starts from July 9.
Day 4 Preview:
An aggressive declaration from Michael Clarke left West Indies to score 392 in the final innings to win the Test but Mitchell Starc blew open the hosts’ top-order. Starc grabbed two wickets in the first over of the chase and Nathan Lyon almost had Darren Bravo out before West Indies ended the day at 16/2 in eight overs.
What it means is that West Indies are now 25/1 to win the Test while Australia are very short at 1/25. Refrain from putting your money on either!
Day 3 Preview:
Well, this looks like it could get over quite quickly. Australia got to 399 through Steven Smith’s 199 – and was he unlucky or what to miss the double – and then had their bowlers tighten the noose on the West Indian batsmen.
By stumps, West Indies had slumped to 143 for eight and are now a distant 66/1 to win this Test. Australia (1/25 at bet365), will look to roll West Indies over quickly but it looks doubtful that they will enforce the follow-on. Instead, the better option would be bat again, score more than 200, probably around 250 and then have West Indies chasing their shadows in the final innings.
Unless West Indies can mount a serious comeback with the bat in the final innings, this game looks sealed for all practical purposes.
Day 2 Preview:
West Indies opted to field first after winning the toss and Australia ended the day at 258 for four thanks to a Steven Smith century. Some of the West Indian tactics were ultra-defensive and they are now rank outsiders in the game, with bet365 offering 16/1 for their win. Australia are 1/5 while a draw is at 5/1 with bet365. With Smith still batting, they look good to get to more than 400 and from then on, they will have an upper hand. West Indies need to bowl Australia out for less than 350 and bat really well after that. Doubtful for mine.
Story so far:
Australia began their defence of the Frank Worrell trophy at the Windsor Park grounds in Roseau, Dominica on June 3. Three days later, they had secured it. After sadly capitulating within three days, the West Indians received a stern warning of the strong possibilities of a whitewash in this abridged two-game series.
As they look forward to the beginning of the second and final Test match of this tour, the Australians, although not perfect in their execution and aided too much by immaturity, impatience and inconsistency, will look to better their performance and fight to another lashing victory.
Having chosen to bat, the West Indians were routed by what seemed to be an average Australian bowling attack and only managed a dismal 148 with the top score coming from rookie Shai Hope.
Only two West Indians scored more than 20 runs, Jason Holder with 21 being the other. With Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood taking three wickets apiece, the Australians were able to send their batsmen in within the first day of the 5-day match.
After setting themselves 318 runs with debutant and man-of-the-match Adam Vogues making a century, the West Indians can find some resolve in the fact that they were able to take 10 wickets, bowling out what is a sturdy Australian batting attack. When given the opportunity to take this match further, however, on Day 3, the West Indians resumed on only 25 for 2.
Although a stubborn partnership of 144 between Marlon Samuels and debutant Shane Dowrich developed forcing the Australians to bat again, Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith were able to close out the innings and wrap up the first Test and the Frank Worrell Trophy within 3 days.
Chris Rogers, who missed the first Test because of a concussion, will continue to remain out for the second game too as he continues to display those same symptoms.
Although many may have looked at this match as a test of the West Indian resolve after an unpredictably solid batting and bowling display in the England tour of the Caribbean, the West Indians have not yet been able to stand up to the test.
There are, however, some positives to be taken from the first Test. If they are able to learn from recurring past mistakes, the second Test may even go as far as five days.
With the West Indian bowling attack having been able, with the exception of Voges, to stifle the Australian batting attack, restricting the remainder of the team to less than 40, dismissing David Warner for 8 and dispatching the likes of Marsh, Smith, Clarke and Watson for 19, 25, 18 and respectively, is reason for celebration.
While the inconsistency of the batting remains a point of tremendous concern, Dowrich’s debut 74 runs, again, could be a sign of greater things to come. The Samuels-Dowrich partnership in the middle of the order showed great potential and possibilities.
Samuel’s dismissal was frustrating but also true to form. Captain Denesh Ramdin chided Samuels for being drawn into a silly dismissal given the maturity, patience and intensity with which he had been batting. After rescuing a floundering innings from 37 runs and 3 wickets down to 181 runs before the fourth wicket fell, Samuels dismissal at 198 for 6 caused that the West Indies were only able to add 18 more runs before being bowled out for 216.
If senior batsmen like Samuels and Darren Bravo, and even Ramdin himself can anchor themselves in Test innings and complement the work being done by the bowling lineup, what was an average and not particularly brilliant victory by the Australians can be avoided for the second Test.
There are pieces of the West Indian puzzle finally coming together and if they can get it right, they can stun the Aussies as they had done with the English team, and secure a well-desired draw to show for their efforts. That’s a big, big if though and we aren’t counting on that to happen.
Devendra Bishoo (West Indies):
Devendra Bishoo took 6 wickets for 80 runs and showed true promise in Dominica. All specialist West Indian bowlers were able to take at least 1 wicket and that shows promise in what has previously been an unsteady and inconsistent bowling attack. Can he carry the bowling attack on his shoulders again, having also suffered a finger injury for a second game in a row?
Mitchell Starc (Australia):
Starc showed signs of why he is one of the most improved bowlers in the last 12 months, rattling the West Indian lower-order with some pace and swing. He ended with six wickets in the game and was one of the cornerstones of the Australian success. On a track with some more grass on it, he could be a handful.
West Indies v Australia Test head to head:
It’s 55-32 in favour of Australia after having won the previous Test and the last time they lost to West Indies in a Test match was in 2003. Sounds like things are only going to get tougher for the hosts here. Interestingly, the last match that ended in a draw at Sabina Park in Jamaica was in 1998. 13 Tests after that have all had results, with West Indies having won seven of them.
Match starts at 10 am local time (1500 hours GMT) on June 11.