Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the second Test between Australia and the West Indies in Brisbane.
The fifth and final Test of the summer is upon us, with the Gabba to host a day-night pink ball Test.
Australia won the first Test by 10 wickets and are favoured to wrap up a 2-0 series win in style.
But they haven’t had an ideal preparation, with Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Cameron Green battling various ailments. Follow below for live updates.
9.19pm – Windies summer-high stunner
So much for playing under lights with a pink ball…
Conventional knowledge dictates the most dangerous session of a day-night Test in the final session, but you won’t know it watching the Windies.
It’s been nearly 50 overs since the last wicket and with 50s for both Kavem Hodge and Josh Da Silva, the partnership of 127 is easily the highest against Australia of the summer.
The top by Pakistan was 94 between Mahammad Rizwan and Agha Salman in the New Year’s Test.
With another 26 more runs, they can even claim the highest partnership of the summer, which was in the Boxing Day Test between Mitch Marsh and Steve Smith.
But’s slow going as the Windies bat at just over 2.5 runs per over.
Even Mitch Marsh said he was “bloody bored” at deep square-leg before dinner.
8.26pm – Hodge hits 50
Kavem Hodge is in just his second Test match but his fighting 50 has been just reward for his patience.
In three hours, Hodge has hit five fours and a six to bring up the milestone as he and Josh Da Silva saved the Windies from 5/64.
It’s been a 95-run stand between the pair as Da Silva nears a milestone of his own on 45.
7.42pm – Windies going strong
The West Indies are 5/145 at the dinner break with Kavem Hodge 44 not out and Joshua Da Silva unbeaten on 37.
They’ve combined for an 81-run partnership, the longest of the series, but will hope to still be batting at stumps.
Kerry O’Keefee said on Fox Cricket: “One or both of this pair need to go on and get three figures. They’ve got to go on with it.”
Mitch Marsh quipped: “I was bloody bored out there at deep square leg.”
6.55pm – 50 partnership up
Joshua Da Silva and Kavem Hodge have brought up their 50-run partnership as they so some good fight against the Aussies. Their 58-run stand is the biggest partnership of the series.
The Gabba pitch looks favourable for batting and the Windies will be hoping for a first innings total above 200.
6.15pm – Windies bring up 100
It’s been a battle but the West Indies have passed 100 as Joshua Da Silva and Kavem Hodge knuckle down in the second session of the day.
The Windies are five wickets down but are hanging in there, for now.
“This is good fight shown by this pair,” Kerry O’Keeffe said on Fox Cricket.
Joshua Da Silva and Kavem Hodge showed some fight for the Windies. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
5.02pm – Aussies ripping through Windies
Australia have ripped through the West Indies’ top order to have the visitors 5/64 after the first session.
Tagenarine Chanderpaul (out for 21) flicked a delivery from Mitchell Starc to Steve Smith at second slip before Alick Athanaze (out for eight) nicked one to Alex Carey.
Starc struck again, dismissing Kavem Hodge caught behind to have figures of 3/11.
Those three wickets take Starc’s tally to 351 Test wickets. He’s the fifth Aussie bowler to achieve the milestone and is now only four wickets behind Dennis Lillee.
Isa Guha said on Fox Cricket: “The Windies are reeling.”
Mark Waugh added: “That’s a huge session by the Australians. Just too easy.”
Pat Cummins said Starc was the “most resilient player I’ve ever seen”.
4.11pm – Cummins gets dangerman
Kirk McKenzie was looking in good touch when he drove Pat Cummins through the covers, only to be out four balls later.
Looking to slap a short ball through the off side, McKenzie edged through to Usman Khawaja, who took a sharp chance at first slip. The Windies are 2/42.
3.37pm – Hazlewood gets the breakthrough
Josh Hazlewood has broken the opening partnership, dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite for four when he edged through to Alex Carey.
Hazlewood has drawn level with Jason Gillespie on 259 Test wickets, equal 10th on the list of Australia’s all-time Test wicket takers.
The fast bowler hilariously shooed Cameron Green away when the Covid positive all-rounder ran in to celebrate the wicket with the team.
Matthew Hayden said on Channel 7: “I’ve watched a lot of cricket in my time, but rarely have I ever seen a fast bowler giving someone from his own side a send off!.”
Josh Hazlewood shoos Cam Green away.
3.15pm – Umpire has a howler
Umpire Shahid Saikat has had a bit of a howler, incorrectly giving an lbw in the first ball he umpired of the match.
The Australians went up for a half hearted appeal, thinking Josh Hazlewood might have struck Kraigg Brathwaite on the pad.
After a very long delay, Saikat raised his finger, only for Brathwaite to review immediately.
Replays showed the Windies skipper had clearly edged the ball before it hit his pad and he was given not out.
There was talk Green might field in the outfield but he took his usual place in at gully.
Cam Green had to keep his distance.
2.30pm – Windies win toss, bat first
The West Indies won the toss and captain Kraigg Brathwaite has chosen to bat first at the Gabba.
Australia have named an unchanged line-up, while spinner Kevin Sinclair will make his Test debut for the West Indies, replacing Gudakesh Motie.
Australia XI: Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kirk McKenzie, Alick Athanaze, Kavem Hodge, Justin Greaves, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Kevin Sinclair, Alzarri Joseph, Shamar Joseph, Kemar Roach
Cameron Green will play through Covid. Picture: Lachie Millard
1.45pm – Left field theory for sick Aussies
Travis Head has recovered from Covid, now Cameron Green has picked up the virus but he’s still expected to play.
Green fields at gully and took some blinders in his return to the side in the first Test, but the gully’s proximity to the slips cordon could make things interesting.
Cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan said Green will still have to isolate from his teammates and might have to move to the outfield.
Sundaresan wrote on X: “With Cameron Green now set to play after having tested positive for Covid, you wonder if he’ll be allowed to stand at gully based on the protocols & what if he throws himself towards the rest of the cordon for a catch?
“Maybe third slip might have to dive the other way.”
Will Cam Green be allowed to field at gully with Covid? Photo: Fox Cricket.
1.30pm – Aussies unchanged despite Covid
After cruising to victory in the opening Test, the Aussies have been hit hard by Covid with a second player going down to the virus.
Following the Test in Adelaide, Travis Head tested positive to the virus before all-rounder Cameron Green returned a positive test.
Head did not participate in training on Tuesday, but is expected to line up for the Aussies on Thursday.
Green did take part in the training session before returning a positive test. Provided his symptoms are not too bad, he’s also expected to play.
The virus latched onto a third member of the squad with coach Andrew McDonald returning a positive test on Wednesday.
New protocols allowed players to compete even with a positive test, they must keep separate from their own teammates.
Usman Khawaja was cleared to play after scans showed he avoided a broken jaw and he wasn’t showing concussion symptoms after a nasty blow in the first Test.
Travis Head and Usman Khawaja didn’t have ideal preparations.
1.20pm – Weather looking fine, for now
Brisbane is expected to see around 10-30mm of rainfall over the coming days, but the weather should hold up for the first couple of days of the Test.