We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Probable XI for Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Probable XI for West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kyle Mayers, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales
Venue: Optus Stadium, Perth
(Based on the last 2 games)
1st innings average score: 371
2nd innings average score: 225
3rd innings average score: 230
4th innings average score: 156
Wickets per innings: 9
Type: Genuine pace and bounce on offer.
Batting 1st: 100%
Batting 2nd: —
Fantasy Tips of The Day
The wicket at Perth is one of the fastest and bounciest in Australia. Expect plenty of catches going in the direction of the wicketkeeper and slips.
Given the exaggerated bounce, bowlers are unlikely to get many LBW decisions going in their favour.
As compared to the turn, Nathan Lyon has relied more on the bounce on offer on the Australian wickets. He has taken 14 wickets in 2 Tests at the venue.
When Marnus Labuschagne last batted at Perth in 2019, he registered a century and a fifty. Moreover, he also slammed 104 and 32 in his last Test in July.
The stats suggest that Steven Smith likes to plunder the West Indian attack in the longest format. He has accumulated 497 runs, including 2 hundreds and as many fifties in 7 innings.
The inexperienced West Indian batters will have their work cut out in negotiating the probing lines and lengths of Josh Hazlewood. He has bagged 20 wickets against them in only 4 Tests.
West Indies will pin their hopes on lead seamers Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph for regular breakthroughs with the ball. For the year, they have collectively taken 43 wickets in 5 Tests.
On the batting front, Kraigg Brathwaite has been consistently amongst the runs in 2022. He has collected 491 runs at an impressive average of 70, including a century and 4 half-centuries.
Thanks to his dual skills, fantasy players can expect handy points from Kyle Mayers. Besides adding 181 runs, he has picked 13 wickets in his last 3 Tests.