The Ashes is just around the corner for the Aussies, and their quest to retain the greatest prize in world cricket begins in full as they return to action against the West Indies in a two Test Series.
Australia will be playing their first meaningful cricket since capturing the World Cup on home soil, while the Windies appear to be rounding into form and can take comfort in their Caribbean surroundings, and you can enjoy every minute of the action using a standard or HD television, as well as live internet and mobile streaming options.
Australia vs West Indies 2015 Test Cricket Preview
Both sides haven’t played test matches in some time, most notably Australia, who last played test matches during the Summer when they beat India 2-0, then went on to win the Cricket World Cup in dominant fashion against their arch rivals, New Zealand. The Baggy Greens tuned up for this series with a strong practice game against a second tier Windies outfit. They look ready to go here, despite the loss of Chris Rogers, who has been ruled out through injury during a net session.
The West Indies showed some pretty good form in a recent three test series against England, drawing 1-1, with the Windies thumping the Poms by five wickets and showing the world how good they can be when they turn and play to their abilities. All rounder and captain Jason Holder was fantastic during the series, saving the first test match with a brilliant century, then producing excellent performances with the bowl in the final two tests. His leadership will need to be at its best in order for his side to have any chance of winning.
West Indies vs. Australia Live TV Times
Test Series 1
(Australia wins First Test by 9 wickets within 3 days)
Test Series 2
When: Thursday June 11 – Monday June 15
Where: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Live TV: Fox Sports 4
Time: 11:45 pm (ET)
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Australia Test Preview
With Chris Rogers ruled out through injury, Shaun Marsh gets another chance to represent Australia, and he earned his spot thanks to a brilliant hundred against a second tier West Indies outfit. He has always promised to lock down a spot in the side, and with Rogers retiring after the Ashes, Marsh gets his chance to show selectors that the empty spot should be his.
It’ll be a big test for spinner Nathan Lyon, who is being pressured for his spot by up and coming leg spinner Fawad Ahmed, who was a star for the NSW Blues and led them to winning the Sheffield Shield. Lyon was great against India and in the World Cup, so he should still hold his spot, but a bad performance, and the pressure will be on.
West Indies Test Preview
Rajindra Chandrika is an opening batsmen who forced his way into the side after an impressive half century in the first innings of the practice match against Australia. He doesn’t score runs quickly, but he can stay out in the middle for a long time and that can certainly frustrate the bowlers, so the Aussies will need to be patient.
Australia will Win If..
Just continue what they have been doing for the past 18 months; be aggressive and ruthless no matter what the situation is, like we saw throughout the World Cup. If they do that, and given their opposition can get easily flustered, the Aussies will prove very hard to beat.
West Indies will Win If..
Get David Warner out and get him out early. If he can survive the opening few overs and get into his rhythm, then that could be big trouble for the Windies and big numbers could be scored. The Windies don’t have much patience, and that is why they have struggled in the test arena.