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Australia vs West Indies 2nd Test Tips - Head to score big in Aussie win

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Last updated: 24 Jan 2024
Ralph Staniforth 24 Jan 2024
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Travis Head backed to score big again in 2nd Test (Getty Images)

Australia vs West Indies Tips


Australia are huge favourites yet again so the value can be found in the run scoring markets. Travis Head was superb in the first Test so I’m backing him to score 50+ runs in the first innings as my best bet.
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  • Australia have won their last 4 Test matches.
  • Australia’s Travis Head scored 119 runs in the 1st Test.
  • Australia have won 4 of their last 5 Test matches against the West Indies.
  • West Indies have lost 4 of their last 5 Test matches.
  • West Indies’ Kirk McKenzie top scored in both innings of the first Test.

Head to Head


Australia have won five of their last six Test matches against the West Indies. There was one draw. In the first Test of this series the Aussies won by 10 wickets.

Australia Form


Australia bowled first in the opening Test against the West Indies, dismissing the visitors for 188 runs. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood took four wickets apiece.

In response, Australia did not have it all their own way. They have Travis Head to thank after a superb 119 runs to take the hosts to 283 all out. With less than a 100 lead, the game was still open, but Josh Hazelwood quickly put that to bed with a superb 5-35 as the Windies were all out for 120 runs.

The Aussies scored the required 26 runs without the loss of a wicket, although Usman Khawaja went off injured.

Australia Team News


The experiment of Steven Smith at the top of the order is likely to continue. Usman Khawaja has been cleared to play.

West Indies Form


The West Indies put up a decent fight in the first Test for the first two days. They were bowled out on day one for 188 runs, but they managed to bat out 62 overs. Kirk McKenzie top scored with 50 runs.

 Shamar Joseph then impressed on debut, taking 5-94 including a wicket with his first ball. Australia were all out for 283.

That is where things went wrong for the visitors as the batsmen couldn’t handle the Aussie bowlers on a tough pitch. McKenzie again top scored on 26 but the Windies were all out for 120 runs.

Australia scored the 26 runs required to win without the loss of a wicket.

West Indies Team News


I expect the Windies to make a couple of changes to their side for the second Test, for which they are $34.00 outsiders with Chasebet.

Verdict

I am backing Travis Head to score 50+ runs in the first innings of the Test. He is also tipped to top score for Australia.

The West Indies is tough to predict, but Kirk McKenzie showed he can deal with the Aussie bowlers. There is value in him top scoring again.

Best Bet1: Head 50+ runs To Score 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @6/4 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
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Best Bet3: Kirk McKenzie Best West Indies 1st Innings Batsman @7/2 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit
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