Fantasy: Pacers might play a huge role in the Pink-ball Test

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07 Dec 2022 | 01:06 PM
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Fantasy: Pacers might play a huge role in the Pink-ball Test

Here are a few tips that could help you create your fantasy XI for the second Test between Australia and West Indies in Adelaide

The caravan moves to Adelaide as the second and the decider Test between Australia and West Indies will be played under lights. Australia’s batting might was superior in the first Test. Heading into the second, Australia are clear favorites, and their 100 percent win record in day/night Tests is a testimony of it.

In this space, we bring you some helpful tips that may help you create an efficient fantasy XI for the second Test.

Ground details

Adelaide has hosted six day/night matches and in all the six matches, there has been a result. No other venue in the world has hosted more pink-ball Tests than Adelaide. In fact, in 19 D/N Tests played overall, there hasn’t been a draw. Overall, since 2013, Adelaide has witnessed nine matches and in all the nine, a team has emerged as winners.

In comparison between the pacers and spinners, there is a clear day-light gap between the numbers. In six Tests, pacers have bagged 15o wickets at a balls/wicket ratio of 54.8 and runs/wicket ratio of 26.4. Whereas, spinners have bagged only 40 wickets at a bowling strike rate of 73.8 and an average of 39.8. In terms of overs bowled, pacers have bowled 73.6 percent of the balls as compared to 26.4 by spinners.

Suggested Team

While you could go for the above team, you can also choose your team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Then, based on your preferences, the platform will guide you through creating the ideal fantasy XI.

Captaincy Suggestions

For Small leagues: Marnus Labuschagne (c), Mitchell Starc (vc)

For Grand leagues: Scott Bolland (c), Alzarri Joseph (vc)

Stats That Matter

-Mitchell Starc has 56 wickets in day/night Tests, which is 22 more than Nathan Lyon at second.

-Marnus Labuschagne has scored 692 runs in 10 innings of a day/night Test at an average of 69.2. Among batters who have scored 250+ runs, no batter averages more than him.

-Nathan Lyon has 56 wickets in Adelaide, which is the joint most alongside Shane Warne for a bowler.

-In Tests this year, Kraigg Brathwaite with 665 runs at an average of 73.9 is the leading run scorer for West Indies. He has scored 316 runs more than Jermaine Blackwood at second. To add more, none of the other batters who have played three or more innings have an average higher than 40.

-Kemar Roach and Kyle Mayers suffered injuries and are not 100 percent starters.

Grand League Punts

-Scott Boland has played only three Tests, but has 18 wickets at a bowling strike rate of 27.0 and an average of 9.55. In all the three matches he has played, he has bagged more than four wickets in each of those.

-Alzarri Joseph was the only one who troubled Labuschagne in the first Test. He could be the man once again to achieve it. In Tests this year, Joseph has bagged 22 wickets at a bowling strike rate of 53.9. Alongside Kemar Roach, he is the joint highest wicket taker for West Indies.

Here are the Top 10 Criclytics Projections

Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (c), Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Scott Boland, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

West Indies Probable XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers/Raymon Reifer, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Jaden Seales, Kemar Roach/ Anderson Phillip/ Marquino Mindley.

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Australia vs West IndiesWest Indies tour of Australia, 2022AustraliaWest IndiesMarnus LabuschagneMitchell StarcScott BolandAlzarri JosephKraigg Brathwaite

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