Australia, having already secured the Frank Worrell trophy, will be chasing a clean sweep against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Paceman Peter Siddle will be rested because of an ankle strain he suffered in the second Test at the MCG. Spinner Stephen O’Keefe (pictured) will make his debut for Australia while Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Mitchell Marsh will retain their places in the bowling lineup.
O’Keefe, 31, captain of the New South Wales Sheffield Shield team, began his first class career in 2005. He has taken 191 wickets at an average of 24.79 in 58 first class matches. This is his second Test cap, but his first in Australia. He made his test debut in Parkistan in 2014, claiming four wickets.
The West Indies showed signs of a revival in the Boxing Day Test, offering some spirited resistance, but their top order will need to post a decent score against Australia’s rampant bowling attack of Australia. Captain Jason Holder is adamant that his team will be victorious if they stick to their game plan and play together as a unit.
A sure winner will be the McGrath Foundation and breast cancer charities which will benefit from special event proceeds during this “Pink Test” – now an annual event at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Supporters will be encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause and to donate generously in memory of former Test great Glenn McGrath’s late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer but has inspired millions. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Stephen O’Keefe bowling from the Cricket Australia Twitter feed.