Australia seeking Windies whitewash in Sydney


Australia will be hopeful of completing a comprehensive whitewash of West Indies when the third and final Test gets underway at the SCG on Sunday.

The Australians have battered the Windies, winning by an innings and 233 runs in the first Test in Hobart before sealing the three-match series with a 177-run victory in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon have been the Windies' chief tormentors, tearing through the tourists batting order with 11 and nine wickets respectively.

By contrast, the Windies have managed just 10 wickets in two Tests, as Australia captain Steve Smith and Co. have mercilessly blasted West Indies' attack with consummate ease.

Still, the tourists stepped up considerably between the first and second Test, and improvement will be the main aim for captain Jason Holder and his side in Sydney.

Holder took the wickets of Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja in Australia's second innings at the MCG - his first wickets of the series - which he will hope to better in Sydney.

The comfort of Australia's victories, coupled with a foot concern for Peter Siddle (five wickets), has seen Australia opt for two genuine spinners for the first time since 2006 with Steve O'Keefe called into the attack to partner with Lyon, who will both be hoping to use the traditional SCG turn to their advantage.

"We're happy with the side with the two spinners - we think it [the pitch] is going to turn and we're ready to go," Smith told reporters on Saturday.

"It [the decision] was more I think it's going to turn and it gives us an opportunity now to look at Stephen and see how he goes.

"Obviously we've got a tour of Sri Lanka coming up where two spinners is a pretty good possibility."

There should be plenty for the batsman too, however, as Adam Voges looks to build on his remarkable average of 542 against the Windies, while Smith will be hopeful of adding to the 214 runs he has already posted this series.

Darren Bravo has been the only Windies batsman to stand up consistently for the tourists, refusing to give up his wickets easily.

He posted 108 in his first innings in Hobart, and batted for over six hours at the MCG, adding some much needed stubbornness to West Indies' batting.

He will need much more support from the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika and Marlon Samuels if the Windies are going to have any hope of pulling off the most unlikely of victories and avoid the much dreaded 0-3 result.