Welcome to news.com.au’s coverage of the second Test between Australia and the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval.
Australia claimed a dominant 164-run in the first match in Perth and are red hot favourites to claim a 2-0 series win with a victory in the day-night Test.
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Pat Cummins hasn’t recovered from a quad injury and will miss the second Test, with Steve Smith to stand in as captain.
Australia has won the toss and elected to bat.
(All times AEDT)
6:49pm – Smith gone for a duck
Steve Smith has been dismissed for a duck by Jason Holder, who tempted the stand-in skipper with a pitched-up delivery and prompted a mistimed drive directly back into his hands.
No. 5 Travis Head has replaced him at the crease following a 99 in Perth.
6:20pm – Khawaja out LBW
Part timer Devon Thomas snagged Usman Khawaja midway through the second session, catching the left-hander off guard with a delivery skidding into his pads.
The umpire’s finger went up, but Marnus Labuschagne at the non-striker’s end urged Khawaja to review. DRS cameras had the ball hitting the leg stump — sending the opener to the sheds with 62.
It was Thomas’ first wicket in Tests.
The in-form Steve Smith has now joined Labuschagne at the crease.
6:20pm – Khawaja in control
The West Indies look to be already out of answers in the second session at Adelaide.
Usman Khawaja started to free his arms against the part-timers after the dinner break, as Marnus Labuschagne wore down the bowlers from the other end.
A few hot moments in the field have kept Australia from completely dominating the run rate, but it looks like the visitors need something special to make a statement on day one.
5pm – Windies blunted on day one
It’s not been a perfect start for the tourists in Adelaide. The Windies were able to snag David Warner cheaply, but from there it’s been all downhill.
With debut paceman Marquino Mindley going off early with a suspected hamstring injury, skipper Kraigg Brathwaite was forced to bring on the part time spinners, just begging the in-form Aussie top order to get their eye in.
“That’s rubbish,” former Test batsman Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket as Roston Chase sent a half-tracker for Usman Khawaja to belt away.
“That’s not good enough. He should not be bowling now.”
Aside from a few early short balls from Alzarri Joseph, the pace attack has looked unthreatening, with veteran Jason Holder rarely putting a ball above 130km/h.
4:45pm – Khawaja continues mammoth year
Usman Khawaja has caressed his way past 1,000 runs for the year with a smooth innings to kick off the second Test. He is only the third man behind England’s Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow on the world run leaders list for 2022, hitting four centuries at 91 in nine Tests.
The West Indies’ attack have toyed with the outside edge but have been mostly subdued throughout the first session.
3:35pm – Warner out for 21
David Warner was out caught behind in the ninth over after attempting to free his hands against Alzarri Joseph and edging one behind.
The left-hander was looking solid at the crease, poking the ball around for a careful 21 alongside Usman Khawaja — who began to find his feet despite a nasty short ball to the gloves from Joseph earlier in his spell.
Marnus Labuschagne has now arrived at the crease — hours after retaking the top the ICC’s Test batting rankings following a mammoth outing in Perth last week.
Hazlewood out at 11th hour
Australia’s bowling attack will be significantly weakened after Josh Hazlewood was also ruled out just an hour before the first ball was due to bowled.
Perennial 12th man Michael Neser will replace Hazlewood in the line-up in his second Test for Australia after he made his debut in the same day night match last summer.
Cricket Australia said Hazlewood is suffering from “general soreness”.
Ashes hero Scott Boland, who famously took 6/7 at the MCG in the Boxing Day Test, returns to Australia’s XI in place of Cummins.
The second Test is scheduled to get underway at 3pm AEDT.
Warner furious over leadership ban process
The lead-up to the Test has been overshadowed by David Warner’s furious letter in which he declared he will not be appealing his leadership ban because he does not want to drag his family through another media circus.
The Australian opening batsman has regularly come under fire even after serving a one-year ban over the sandpaper saga that brought the Baggy Green into disrepute in 2018.
His position as vice-captain was scrapped, forced to serve the ban alongside former skipper Steve Smith. However, Smith has been given the opportunity to lead his country again despite his involvement in the Newlands ball tampering saga.
The same privilege was not extended to Warner, who will never hold a leadership position in Australian cricket ever again.
The opening batsman’s wife Candice doubled down on Thursday, speaking about the painful review process husband David was expected to endure in order to return to leadership positions within cricket.
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