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Australia take on the Windies tomorrow in the first Test of the series.

The Australian side is potentially the least predictable it’s been in ages, with Hayden a doubt. If, as cricinfo thinks, this means moving Simon Katich up the order, and with Michael Clarke on compassionate leave, then Brad Hodge, or possibly Ashley Noffke, will play.

Another unusual feature of this particular lineup will be the absence of Adam Gilchrist. It remains to be seen whether or not Brad Haddin will crumble under the weight of unrealistic expectations, as is the norm for English wicketkeepers. He probably won’t – he’s Australian.

The West Indies will need to get up to full speed quickly to compete, which won’t be easy with many key players having just returned from the IPL. This is also the first time they’ve faced Australia in a Test without Brian Lara, who often performed cosmetic surgery on the scorecards when these two side met in the past.

The most likely result is a Baggy Green whitewash, but with any luck Chanderpaul, Bravo and company can prevent a total walkover.

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