West Indies win toss, elect to bat in first Test against Australia

Since they last hosted Australia four years ago, the West Indies have won only three of the 30 Tests that they’ve played while trying to rebuild their team AFP


By CricketCountry Staff

Barbados: Apr 7, 2012

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Australia at Barbados on Saturday.

Since they last hosted Australia four years ago, the West Indies have won only three of the 30 Tests that they’ve played while trying to rebuild their team.

Those three wins have been enough to produce series wins over England and, more recently, in Bangladesh, their first victory away since 2003.

Meanwhile, Australia are on a high having had a 4-0 cleansweep over India in their last series in January.

They haven’t lost a Test series since the Ashes defeat in January 2011 that led to significant changes in their structure and approach to the game. It also saw a change to the playing organization with Michael Clarke taking over from Ricky Ponting as captain and South African Mickey Arthur installed as coach.

Despite their woeful recent Test record, there are signs that the West Indies may be closing the gap.

They played well in both the recent Twenty20 and ODI series with neither team getting the upper hand as both series were tied.

The changes for both teams in the last four years have been significant.

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