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As Australia prepare to face West Indies in this year’s Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

When Marlon Samuels made his international debut in 2000 at the age of 19, he was rated amongst the highly talented upcoming cricketers. He made an impressive Test debut against Australia almost exactly 15 years ago, making a fluent 35

Three-day Tests seem to be becoming a norm, the West Indies-Australia Test at Hobart becoming the latest in the growing list. Australia were always expected to get the better of West Indies with ease, and did the same at the Bellerive Oval

For Australians, the Hobart Test has been all about players seizing the opportunity to try and cement their places in the side for the upcoming games

Australia continued their domination on day two of the first Test against West Indies at Hobart and, like on the opening day, this time as well as there was precious little for the visitors to cheer

As mentioned in the preview to the Hobart game, West Indies were always expected to struggle against a strong Australian side. However, the visitors managed to make an impression in the first session of the match. They actually had the better of the exchanges as the teams headed to lunch.

If Sri Lanka beating New Zealand in the latter’s backyard will be seen as an upset, West Indies getting the better of Australia anywhere is expecting the impossible, at least in the Test format