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Boland facing summer on sidelines with no sign of changing XI after big win

Jarred Cross -

Scott Boland's chances of returning to the men's Test side this summer appear to be waning after Australia's 10-wicket win over the West Indies inside three days at Adelaide.

The Gulidjan seamer carried on with his off-field duties in the South Australian capital after going unused with first-choice bowling lineup Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and skipper Pat Cummins all fit and continuing to carry out the required task against the Windies after a 3-nil win over Pakistan.

Travis Head's player of the match performance for his day two hundred, while most others struggled with the bat, set up the host's fourth-straight Test victory and quickest ever at Adelaide Oval.

Boland has remained in the squad through the entire summer without breaking into the team, which limited his opportunity to bowl with Big Bash side Melbourne Stars.

All-rounders Mitch Marsh and Adelaide re-selection Cameron Green have also contributed with ball in hand when Australia has taken the field.

After wrapping up the first Test before lunch on Friday, Cummins gave clear suggestions of the same bowling attack being named for Brisbane next week.

"It's trending that way," he said.

"Again, (you) always give it a day or two to see how everyone pulls up, but I think everyone's in a good spot. So say chances are we'll all line up again next week."

An extra two day break will help the side all head north fresh.

Australia's only concern could be opener Usman Khwaja, who retired hurt after being hit in the grill by a short ball from debutant Shamar Joseph with scores tied in the 26-run chase for victory.

The home side's bowlers combined for less than 100 overs at the crease to dismiss the West Indies twice.

Cummins said quick wins can come welcome when compared to gruelling contests requiring 45 overs-plus from each bowler left "pretty battered and bruised" after five days.

The Aussie captain have previously said the message to Boland was to "stay ready" for an opportunity, however rotations are less favoured with each game putting "points on the line", as put by head selector George Bailey last month, in the World test Championship standings.

Much of the post-match address surrounded Hazlewood's performance and condition with one red-ball left in the home summer.

Hazlewood ripped through the Windies top order with figures of 4/18 overnight to go with his 4/44 on Wednesday.

In eight of Boland's ten Test games, he's taken an either injured or rested Hazlewood's spot in the starting side - among other slight tweaks to the XI.

His 4/42 performance in Brisbane in December 2022 came from such opportunties.

Cummins gave no indications of a repeat this time around with Hazlewood "flying at the moment".

"I think he just had some injuries at the wrong times over the last couple of years and missed a couple of key series but he's back to I guess, the Joshy that we all remember and know and just shows his worth to the team with a new ball," Cummins said.

Boland bowled with a red ball in his Victoria's Sheffield Shield win over Queensland in November.

The Vics' next Shield match is scheduled for February 3 in Melbourne against South Australia.

Australia are due in New Zealand for a two-Test series against the Black Caps starting February 29.

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