ROSEAU, Dominica (Sporting Alert) — West Indies have won the toss and will bat first in the opening Test match against Australia at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, on Wednesday morning.
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West Indies: Brathwaite, Hope, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Dowrich, Blackwood, Ramdin (c), Holder, Taylor, Bishoo, Gabriel
Australia: Warner, S Marsh, Smith, Clarke (c), Voges, Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood
Australia have handed Western Australian batsman Adam Voges his Test debut after he was presented with his “Baggy Green” cap by former fast bowler Brendon Julian prior to the start of play on Wednesday.
West Indies also have a debutant in Shane Dowrich, who is expected to bring some balance to the middle order – given that their is no Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was omitted from the squad.
For the hosts Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach and Rajindra Chandrika have been left out, while Australia are without opening batsman Chris Rogers, who is injured.
The visitors have also excluded spinner in Fawad Ahmed and Peter Siddle.
West Indies come into this series as the overwhelming under-dogs, but pace bowler Jason Holder is backing the Caribbean side to make this a contest.
“They’re ranked No.2 in the world and that says a lot,” Holder said earlier. “We’re currently down at eight and we need to work our way up.
“We have to give them the respect they’re due but obviously we’re coming to compete and win this series.
“We’ll be coming in quite hard at them. Looking to be aggressive and at least continue the rich vein of form we had in the England series.”
Windies head coach Phil Simmons is also upbeat about his team’s changes, adding that losing opening batsman Rogers has weaken the visitors.
“He’s a very important part of the batting line-up,” Simmons said.
“He’s been the glue with the others coming in and playing a lot of shots around him … that could be a big miss for them.”
Meanwhile, leading Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson believes the tourist should prepare for a difficult tour against a confident home side.
“I wouldn’t be taking too much notice of the rankings,” said Johnson on Fox Sports. “The Windies are coming off a five-wicket win against England in Barbados and are led by a very good coach in Phil Simmons.
“I rate their bowling attack. Jerome Taylor is back to his best after a five-year absence from the Test team.
“He is complemented well by the experience of Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, who is a very smart bowler.”