The new Opta Stadium in Perth is expected to have a pitch with more speed and bounce that can challenge the best in the business.
Given the circumstances, West Indies pacers have been advised to exercise restraint and patience in the first Test, which begins on Wednesday, when they will face an experienced Australian batting order.
West Indies will begin the two-match Test series as the underdogs because they haven’t won a Test series in Australia in 25 years. On a field where runs can come fairly rapidly, they would be tempted to go for an all-out attack, but pacer Jason Holder has cautioned against bowling too full or too short.
“People get carried away seeing the pace and bounce, but you still have got to find a really good length suitable for the wicket. Understanding when to attack, when to defend and just understanding the context of the game,” Holder said on Monday.
He added: “I think the most important thing for our bowlers is to make sure that the Australian batters work really hard for their runs. We’ve got to assess the conditions early and make the necessary adjustments.”
The Test series is a part of the World Test Championship and the visitors will be hoping to cause an upset Down Under.