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Australia v West Indies: Second Test preview

Australia will be out to wrap up a 2-0 series victory when they take on the West Indies in the second Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The hosts dominated the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, winning it by 10 wickets, but there is still room for improvement as only Travis Head performed well with the bat.

They still managed to wrap up the match within three days and the tourists will be determined to make more of a fist of it in the second Test.

There are three ODIs on the horizon, but for now all eyes are on the second Test which is a day/night Test which gets underway on Thursday afternoon.

WhatAustralia v West Indies
WhereThe Gabba, Brisbane
When15:00 (AEDT) Thursday 25th January
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.18, Draw 5.50, West Indies 23.00

Khawaja boost for Aussies

Australia have been handed a big boost with the news that Usman Khawaja has been given the all-clear to play in the second Test.

The opening batter retired hurt in Australia’s second innings in the first Test after taking a blow to the jaw when ducking into a bouncer.

Thankfully, the 37-year-old avoided a broken jaw, but there were still doubts over whether he would be able to play at the Gabba.

The Australian camp have since given Khawaja the all-clear, saying he has not suffered "delayed concussion" and he is set to open the batting with Steve Smith.

Khawaja was the second top-scorer for Australia in the first innings when making 45 runs off 111 deliveries, and then nine runs in the second, before retiring hurt.

He can be backed at 5.50 to be Top 1st Innings Batter.

Aussies wait on Head

Australia hope to name the same side that won the first Test, but have to check on Travis Head who has been unwell.

Head has yet to arrive in Brisbane and he could be be forced to train away from the rest of the team unless he is given the all-clear.

Head was Player of the Match after smashing 119 runs in the first Test, and he is priced at 8.00 to scoop the award again, if declared fit.

He is also 5.00 to be Top 1st Innings Batter.

Matt Renshaw had been on standby to replace Khawaja, but will now be given the nod to play in the Big Bash League final for Brisbane Heat.

Same again for Windies

The West Indies are also set to stick with the same side that played the first Test and will be hoping to build on some of the positives.

The performance of debutant fast bowler Shamar Joseph in Adelaide gives them some hope.

Joseph took five wickets as Australia were dismissed for 283 in their first innings and his pace caused the home side no end of problems.

Joseph can be backed at 7.00 to be Top 1st Innings Bowler.

Kirk McKenzie also impressed when making 50 in the first innings and 26 in the second at the Adelaide Oval.

McKenzie is 19.00 to be Top 1st Innings Batter, but the West Indies really need some of his team-mates to step up to the plate and score runs.

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