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Australia vs West Indies – AUS vs WI 1st Test, Cricket Match Prediction, Where To Watch, Probable 11 And Fantasy 11 Tips

Australia are set to take on West Indies in the first test at Perth on Wednesday (November 30th).

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam November 30, 2022 • 11:00 AM

Australia are set to take on West Indies in the first test at Perth on Wednesday (November 30th). 

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Match Preview:


Currently, at the top of World Test Championship points, Australia would look to cement its place in the WTC 2023 finals. Opener Usman Khawaja has been the top scorer for Australia this year in tests, with 888 runs to his name in just 7 matches, averaging an impeccable 98.66. Khawaja has smacked 4 tons and 3 fifties this year in tests. Steve Smith has scored 494 test runs in 2022 while all-rounder Cameron Green has also confirmed his place in the playing XI with 435 runs at an average of 43.50 in tests in 2022. 

Together with Marnus Labuschagne (425 runs), Alex Carey (354 runs) and David Warner (266 runs), the Australian batting lineup would back themselves to take on the Caribbean challenge at home. 

It was a surprising move to some as Scott Boland was excluded from the playing XI, but the Australian bowling lineup is already strong. Spinner Nathan Lyon has grabbed the most wickets amongst Aussie bowlers this year, with 27 scalps to his name in 7 matches. Captain Pat Cummins has grabbed 25 wickets while Mitchell Starc has registered 18 wickets in tests this year in the same no. of matches. 

Josh Hazlewood missed the previous test series against Sri Lanka and is set to return. The ace pacer has played just 1 test this year and will be eager to take the field. All-rounder Cameron has also managed 9 wickets in 7 tests this year. 

On the other hand, West Indies are currently placed 6th on the points table and need to win all their matches to keep their WTC final chances alive. West Indies have played 5 tests this year, in which they have managed 3 wins and 2 draws. 

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has been the top scorer for the West Indies team in tests in 2022, with 491 runs to his name in 5 matches at an average of 70.14. Brathwaite has scored a century and 4 half-centuries in these matches. In the warm-up game against Prime Ministers XI, Tagenarine Chanderpaul impressed one and all with his knock of 119 runs while opening the innings. 

Chanderpaul smacked 56 runs in the 2nd innings and may present a challenge against the settled Australian bowling attack. Apart from him, Devon Thomas (55) and wicketkeeper-batter Joshua Da Silva contributed with an unbeaten 52 runs in the 2nd innings. 

In the bowling department, Alzarri Joseph can be the highlight, who was a net bowler for the Australian team 5 years ago. The pacer returned impressive figiures of 4/65 against Prime Mininsters XI in the warm up game, and can threaten the Australian batters with his bowling. Joseph is also the top wicket-taker for West Indies in tests this year, picking up 22 wickets in 5 matches. 

Kemar Roach is not far behind with 21 wickets, while Jayden Seales has also stepped up with 20 wickets. All-rounder Kyle Mayers has also chipped in with 13 wickets this year and the West Indies bowling may possess a threat to the Australian batters.

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Match Details

  • Date – Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Time – 07:50 AM IST
  • Venue – Optus Stadium, Perth

Match Prediction: Who Will Win Today's Cricket Match? AUS vs WI 1st Test

With an impressive record in Tests this year, home team Australia will start off as favourites to win the 1st test against West Indies. 

AUS vs WI Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 116
  • Australia – 58
  • West Indies – 32
  • Tied – 1
  • Draw – 25

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Where to Watch?

The test series between Australia and West Indies will be broadcasted by Sony Sports Network in India, while the viewers can watch the game on OTT platform Sony Liv. 

AUS vs WI 1st Test Team News:

Australia have already announced their playing XI a day ahead of the 1st test, while there are no injury updates from West Indies team as of now. 

AUS vs WI 1st Test Probable Playing XI:

  • Australia – Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head (wk), Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon
  • West Indies – Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Shamrah Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

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AUS vs WI 1st Test Fantasy XI:

  • Wicket-keepers – Joshua de Silva
  • Batters – Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Kyle Mayers, Steven Smith (c)
  • All-rounders – Jason Holder, Cameron Green
  • Bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Kemar Roach, Pat Cummins (vc)