Cricket: Australia name Travis Head, Cameron Green for second test against West Indies against despite positive COVID-19 tests

Cameron Green and Travis Head both tested positive for COVID-19 this week, but will still line up against the West Indies.
Cameron Green and Travis Head both tested positive for COVID-19 this week, but will still line up against the West Indies. Photo credit: Getty Images

Australia took a little over two days to wrap up victory in the series opener at Adelaide, and a similar fate could befall West Indies in the day-night second and final test at Brisbane.

World Test Champions (WTC) Australia needed seven sessions to seal their 10-wicket romp against a depleted West Indies, who fielded three debutants in the match.

Australia quick Josh Hazlewood, who finished with a nine-wicket match haul, spearheaded the rout, with West Indies failing to reach 200 in either innings, and Kirk McKenzie the only batsman to make 50 runs or more.

Their task may be even tougher at Brisbane, where Australia beat South Africa inside two days in December 2022 on a minefield of a pitch at the Gabba.

Furthermore, Australia boast a perfect 11-0 record in day-night tests and the tourists look ill-equipped to master the ever-swinging pink ball.

Australia will field an unchanged side, with Travis Head, who hit a brilliant century in Adelaide, recovered from COVID-19.

Allrounder Cameron Green and coach Andrew McDonald have since been diagnosed with the virus, but both can play full parts in the match, while separated from the rest of the squad until they test negative.

"He's fine," said vice-captain Steve Smith of Green. "No physical drama at all, just tested positive.

"Him and Andrew McDonald are both fine."

Opener Usman Khawaja has also cleared his concussion tests, after being hit on the helmet by Shamar Joseph and forced to retire hurt in the last few overs of the Adelaide run chase.

Raw paceman Joseph was the one shining light for West Indies at Adelaide, dazzling on his test debut with 5/94 and a solid batting cameo at No.11 in the first innings.

Smith - who will play his second test in his new opening role, after replacing the retired David Warner at the top of the order - says he has been impressed with the West Indies attack.

"They've got some good bowlers in there and the pink ball, when it's sniffing around and swinging around, it might suit them nicely, like it does our bowlers," he added.

West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has asked his batters to draw inspiration from McKenzie's gritty half-century at Adelaide.

"It shows that he has the ability to score runs against world-class bowlers," he said. "The other guys didn't get runs, but from watching Kirk, they know now that we could get it done."

Rain has been forecast for the weekend, but West Indies will need a much-improved display to make the weather a serious factor.