AUS vs WI Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Dec 08, 2022
The second and final Test match between Australia and the West Indies is set to take place at the Adelaide Oval, but will the Aussies sweep the series? Oz took the first Test in commanding fashion by 164 runs, although the Windies did fight hard until the fifth day.
The news that captain and star bowler Pat Cummins is unlikely to suit up for Australia due to a quad injury does make things more interesting, but Oz has so many talented bowlers to act as replacements.
AUS vs WI Team Previews
It was no massive surprise that Australia picked up the victory against the Windies, and they certainly seem to be the favoured option once again for the second Test.
Australia really took care of business in the first innings after scoring a staggering 598 runs before declaring. It was a shock to see David Warner dismissed for only five runs, but Oz’s giant total was thanks to Marnus Labuschagne’s 204 and Steve Smith’s 200*. Both were in the batting groove and arguably played some of the best cricket in years. Khawaja made a solid 65 runs, however, it was a shame that Travis Head was bowled by Brathwaite for exactly 99 runs and missed a century.
Australia’s huge first innings meant that the second was fairly quick with only 182 runs, as Oz no doubt hoped to remove the Windies batters as fast as possible. Warner was better with 48 runs, but it was once again Labuschagne who excelled in his role, scoring another century with 104* runs.
The Aussie bowlers managed to keep the Windies to a respectable total of 616 across two innings, but it was still a masterful performance from the likes of Starc (4/116), Cummins (3/34), and especially spinner Lyon (8/189).
Cummins didn’t bowl in the second innings after injuring his quad muscle, and there is doubt he’ll take part in the second match in Adelaide. While the injury isn’t major, it seems madness to risk further damage when there’s also a three-match series against South Africa to prepare for in December.
Cummins’ replacement will likely be Scott Boland, although pacers Michael Neser and Lance Morris could also get a shot at bowling. Morris is the leading wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield with 27 and is incredibly fast with regular speeds of around 150 km/h. Steve Smith will take over as captain if Cummins is out.
Australia Playing 11
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.
Although the Windies are one of the worst-ranked Test teams in the world, you can’t deny that they have fighting spirit. Team captain Kraigg Brathwaite undoubtedly had the best batting performance with his 64 & 110 across two innings, while up-and-comer Tagenarine Chanderpaul was impressive with 51 & 45.
While there wasn’t much to shout about in the overall batting from the Windies, they were still resilient and pushed the Aussies until the afternoon of the last day. Some teams may have crumbled on the fourth day from the Oz bowling, but it was good to see the West Indies attempt a draw, as a victory was far from possible.
There has been some criticism of the Windies’ bowling attack, as they made things far too simple for the experienced Aussie batters. There were too many short deliveries that were easily dispatched to the fence and there was no fear from the Windies’ many pace bowlers. Brathwaite was the only player to take two wickets, and he’s barely regarded as a bowler!
To further trouble the Windies lineup, there are several injury concerns for the second Test. Bowlers Kemar Roach (hamstring) and Jayden Seales (knee) are likely to sit out, and allrounder Kyle Mayers (shoulder) won’t bowl but at least can still play as a batter. Nkrumah Bonner is doubtful to play after being hit on the helmet by a Green delivery and experiencing concussion symptoms.
There will be decent backups available for these missing players, but it’s hard to see them making much progress against the Aussie batters if the number one options couldn’t.
West Indies Playing 11
Kraigg Brathwaite, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Devon Thomas, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip, Marquino Mindley.
AUS vs WI Toss Prediction
Any team winning the toss should look to bat first and make the most opportunity from the pitch.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
Most regard the Adelaide Oval as a batting-friendly pitch, as there is far less bounce than in Perth. The weather is likely to be a decent 26°C.
AUS vs WI Betting Tips
The odds for Australia to win reflect the strength of the home side, but they are so low that it might not even be worth to place a bet.
Oz is likely to pick up the win in Adelaide with great performances from their star batters and bowlers, although the odds for a draw are attractive. If the Windies can be stubborn and push things until the end of the last day with good batting from Brathwaite and Chanderpaul, then a draw is possible. Still, a massive victory for the Aussies is far more probable.
Bet on a draw.
Bonus Cricket Bets
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