The recent news coming out of Australia’s camp shows that cricket can be a harsh game, and how critical the selectors have to be in making these tough decisions.
It has been announced that Usman Khawaja will replace Shaun Marsh in the starting XI for the second test against the West Indies, even though he scored a solid and well deserved 182 in the first test.
Himself and Adam Voges set the start for an Australian triumph, against the ‘mediocre’ West Indian team. Shaun Marsh will consider himself unlucky, but Khawaja has similar quality after scoring a century against New Zealand in the same game he was injured in, so there was no doubt he was going to return.
Much of the speculation lay around Joe Burns in his opening spot. Burns, who is yet to justify his spot was given the benefit of the doubt, and will remain in the team, looking to boost his credentials.
Australia are no doubt the favourites heading into the second test, after cruising to a win by an innings and 212 runs. Even though they faltered when fielding in parts, as Darren Bravo made a century in the first innings, and Kraigg Brathwaite fell just short of one himself in the second innings.
The West Indians did show some signs of hope in the game, but only once there was no chance of a comeback. They failed to build and maintain partnerships, and lost wickets in clusters, meaning they were to fall very short of a large Australian total. If they want to have any chance in this game, they will have to be at it from ball one, and not let the game get away from the by losing concentration in the field.
There bowling will have to improve dramatically from the first test to have any chance of a result from this test. The West Indian coaches, board and players will need to face a stiff task to rebuild this corrupt West Indian team, but can only start with the right attitude from the players.
The test starts at 12:30am UK GMT on boxing day in Melbourne, where anticipating cricket fans want a late christmas present from their respective teams in the form of a win.