Activate discovery+Sep 23
The Australian Test summer begins with a two-match series against West Indies – and all the action is exclusively live on BT Sport.
The hosts are the top ranked Test side and are unbeaten in the format on home soil since January 2021. West Indies are eighth but have won their last two series against England and Bangladesh.
The opener in Perth marks the start of a five-match Test summer for Australia, with a three-match series against South Africa to come, before tours to England and India in 2023.
The West Indies, who have endured a torrid year in white-ball cricket, head to South Africa for a cross-format tour in the new year.
The build-up to the series has been dominated by former coach Justin Langer’s latest comments about his departure, blaming “cowards” in the squad for bringing him down.
For the tourists, Phil Simmons will look to mastermind a first Test win in Australia in 25 years as he takes charge for the final time following his resignation after the T20 World Cup.
More on Australia vs West Indies
Pat Cummins misses out in Adelaide as Australia look to seal a 2-0 series win over the West Indies.
Australia vs West Indies schedule
First Test: Optus Stadium - Australia won by 164 runs
Second Test: Thursday 8 December, Adelaide Oval - BT Sport 1 (4am)
Australia vs West Indies squads
Australia: Pat Cummins (C), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Lance Morris, Michael Neser.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Devon Thomas, Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Marquino Mindley.
Australia vs West Indies quotes
Steve Smith on captaining Australia in place of the injured Pat Cummins
“There’s a bit more time to prepare for this game than last year, that was chaotic. I have to do it my own way, I can’t try and be someone else.
“When something like this happens, we have plans in place for certain batters, but ultimately, it’s what the game entails is what needs to be done. I’m pretty chilled, I took over the game here last year and it went pretty smoothly.
“I don’t think [Cummins] was too far away. With what’s coming up with a big series against South Africa and Tests in India, there is a lot of cricket.
“From a strategic point of view, to have the possibility of going down and putting the load through the other quicks after they bowled some overs during the Perth Test. It would have been a risky decision to continue going, so I think we have made the right call.”
Phil Simmons on his final match in charge of the West Indies
“[I feel] good, from the point of view that every time I come out and every time, I’m part of West Indies, I give everything I can give. I will give all for the next six days and let’s hope we can come out with a win, so I finish on a high.
“We’ve lost one Test in a year, and it’s shown in the way we’ve played - especially the series against England where we had to fight for a few games then come out on top in the last - that some progress has been made. For me, the joy is seeing people improve. You’ve had Jermaine [Blackwood], who is going into his 50th Test and he was out for a while, now we see the difference in him. It’s little things like that that bring joy to me.”
What channel is Australia vs West Indies on?
BT Sport will show every ball from the series, with the second Test on BT Sport 1.
Where can I watch Australia vs West Indies highlights?
Extended highlights of each game will be made available for BT Sport customers after each game.