Barbados - West Indies won the toss and chose
to bat against Australia in the first Test match of the series at
Kensington Oval on Saturday.
In the absence of Brad Haddin,
wicket-keeper Matthew Wade makes his debut and he received his baggy
green, handed over by Ricky Ponting, before the start of play.
It was the 428th to be presented to an Australian.
West Indies brought Shivnarine Chanderpaul back into the side with
Kieran Powell, who played in West Indies' last Test match in India being
Ravi Rampaul, who has only recently recovered from a
bout of dengue fever and also a shoulder problem, was the other player
to miss out from the squad of thirteen that had been named.
left out James Pattinson from their three man pace attack while Nathan
Lyon continues as their front-line spinner. Vice-captain Shane Watson
will bat at number three for the first time with David Warner and Ed
Cowan opening the batting.
West Indies are aiming for their first
Test win against Australia for 9 years and for their first series win
over the visitors in 19 years.
Australia want to at least hold on
to the Frank Worrell trophy and to take another step back towards the
summit of the ICC Test rankings where they currently rank fourth with
the same number of points, 111, as India while the West Indies,
currently in 7th spot have set themselves a more modest initial aim of
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian
Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Darren
Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Carlton Baugh, Fidel Edwards, Devendra
Bishoo, Kemar Roach
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), David
Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Matthew
Wade, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon.
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Tony Hill (NZ)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ)
Third umpire: Marais Erasmus (SA)