The Frank Worrell Trophy may have been won, but Australia and the West Indies will both be eager to kick-start 2016 on a winning note in the New Year’s Test.
Despite the series being won, Sydneysiders are set to flock to the Sydney Cricket Ground with the immaculate Members and Ladies Pavilions alongside the modern grandstands creating a buzzing atmosphere.
The West Indies will come into the Test match with renewed hope and determination. They will have taken plenty of confidence from their performance in Melbourne, where the team finally showed some Caribbean flair that cricket fans had been hoping for. The debut of Carlos Brathwaite was a success and captain Jason Holder is proving to be a handful with the bat as well as with the ball.
For Australia, the batting line-up has rarely been troubled this series. Joe Burns and David Warner have been solid at the top of the order and the form of Adam Voges has been a revelation. However many keen eyes will be on Stephen O’Keefe, who alongside Nathan Lyon will form the first twin spin bowling attack Australia has deployed on home soil since 2006.
The Sydney Cricket Ground is steeped in tradition, with both teams looking to add to the history and thrilling contests of yesteryear. Some of Spartan’s finest ambassadors have graced the Sydney pitch and created many memorable moments.
The 2012 Test between Australia and India saw the opposing captains lead from the front. With wickets falling around him, MS Dhoni made a defiant 57 to top score for his side on Day 1. However Michael Clarke responded brilliantly, coming to the crease at 3/37 to score his maiden triple-century and record his highest Test score of 329 not out.
Two years later, in what proved to be his last Test match at the historic ground, Mitchell Johnson helped steer Australia to a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against England, finishing with match figures of 6/73.
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