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Australia 5-0 Sweep Bid: Weather and Challenges
- Updated: January 24, 2024
As Australia aims for a 5-0 sweep in the home portion of the 2023-24 season, the weather poses a potential obstacle, with rain forecasted. The first Test in Adelaide ended early, and Australia’s dominance with the pink ball puts West Indies in a challenging position. The weather may impact Australia’s World Test Championship points if the match ends in a draw.
In the Adelaide Test, debutants Shamar Joseph and Justin Greaves impressed, keeping West Indies competitive until Travis Head’s impactful century turned the game. Australia, despite some concerns about batting form, has clinched victories comfortably this season. However, the absence of centuries from key players raises questions.
Marnus Labuschagne, with an excellent record in day-night Tests, aims to shine again. For West Indies, Alzarri Joseph needs to step up, having struggled recently. Australia remains unchanged, while West Indies might consider a bowling switch.
As the Gabba pitch shows a green tinge, the threat of rain looms over the weekend, adding complexity to the day-night Test. Mitchell Starc, nearing 350 Test wickets, will be a key player. Australia has a perfect record in day-night Tests at the Gabba.
In Steven Smith’s words, the upcoming challenge against a strong West Indies attack under lights with the pink ball will be intriguing. As the series concludes, the weather and player performances will determine if Australia achieves a perfect 5-0 sweep or faces unexpected hurdles.
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By- Sahiba Suri