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The summer of Test cricket has arrived with the first day of the first Test between Australia and the West Indies at Perth Stadium.

Having won the toss, Australia is 1-22 with Usman Khawaja (8) and Marnus Labuschagne (5) at the crease.

Australia suffered an early blow in the fourth over with David Warner (5) chopping on to Jayden Seales. Warner had just hit a short ball to the ropes for four, but the follow-up was wide and full, leaving the opener reaching and, ultimately, playing a false stroke with his feet out of place.

“I think he’s special,” Kerry O’Keeffe said of Seales in commentary. “The West Indies have got a player here.

“Kemar Roach might be the unofficial leader of the attack but Seales is in waiting.”

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A lively deck is expected for the first session with 10mm of grass — four more than what was seen at the World Cup — kept on top of the wicket, which has a healthy green color to it.

During his pitch report for Fox Cricket, Mike Hussey said: “Plenty of green grass, live. Might be plenty of movement for the faster bowlers and plenty of moisture underneath the wicket, they’re worried about the pitch cracking up in hot conditons.

“The batters I think are going to have to work hard for their runs and the bowlers should have plenty of assistance if they bowl well.”

Adam Gilchrist said that the wicket looks “green and spicy”, adding “it looks like it will have plenty of life”.

Meanwhile, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of West Indies legend Shivnarine, will make his Test debut for the West Indies.

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

West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

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Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist has followed in the footsteps of the late Shane Warne, inviting his Fox Cricket commentary team for a dinner at his Perth home.

Warne, who tragically passed in March this year, was famous for his Boxing Day functions where celebrities, friends and famous cricketers would mingle at his home in a night of celebration.

Now Gilchrist, who has taken the mantle as captain of Fox’s commentary team, will reportedly keep the tradition going on the second night of the Perth Test according to The Daily Telegraph.

It has been an emotional period for Australian cricket following the passing of Warne, legendary all-rounder Andrew Symonds and great wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.

“Warnie when we went to Melbourne each year, he always took everyone around to his place for dinner and it was elaborate,” Fox Sports chief executive Steve Crawley said.

“He was such a sharing guy and he really put on a great show with caterers. It was just unbelievable how generous he was,” said Fox Sports chief, Steve Crawley.

“The second night in Perth, Gilly and his wife Mel are having us around to his place.

“We’ve always said we never want to capitalize off Warnie and Roy’s deaths. But at the same time we want to lift and they’re a big part of why we will lift.

“We want to be better. We don’t want to cover them. We actually want to be better.

“We want to be considered in all of our commentary.

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“People will say, ‘yeah, good on you,’ and say, this is a publicity stunt. But this is the way we think.

“Everyone understands what Warnie means to the team, and Andrew Symonds.”

Pat Cummins’ Australia side will kick off their summer Test on Wednesday afternoon (1:20pm AEDT) against the West Indies at Perth Stadium.

The pitch has been revealed ahead of the clash and it could favor the bowlers, with 12mm of grass being left by the curator, with most decks closer to 8mm.

While the curator was initially fearful temperatures in the high 30s on Tuesday could cause the pitch to crack, rain has begun falling in Perth.

Scott Boland is the only omission from the team who last played a Test match in January.

Nathan Lyon will be looking to bring up 450 Test wickets this summer with just 12 to get (438) and is a lock after being the only spinner named in the squad.

For the West Indies, only four players from their last tour in 2015/16 return in captain Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Jermaine Blackwood.

All-rounder Raymond Reifer has also been ruled out of the Test series with a groin injury and will return home.

The 31-year-old has featured only three times in the Test arena since making his debut in 2017 against New Zealand.


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