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Australia edges ahead after 13-wicket day

Visiting side ends first day of first Test on 85 for 3, after bowlers combine to bowl West Indies out for 148

Australia edges ahead after 13-wicket day - Cricket News
Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Australia ended the first day of its first Test against the West Indies in a position of strength, moving to 85 for 3 at the close of play after having bowled the home side out for 148 at the Windsor Park in Dominica on Wednesday (June 3).

At stumps, Steve Smith was batting on 17 while Adam Voges, on debut, was on 20, with Australia trailing by 63 runs.

West Indies had begun reasonably well after choosing to bat, but from 85 for 3, the last seven wickets fell for 63 runs.

Josh Hazlewood (3 for 33) and Mitchell Johnson (3 for 34) were the bowling stars, both bagging three wickets each on a surface that was benign for the most part. Mitchell Starc chipped in with two wickets (2 for 48).

Kraigg Brathwaite was the first one to fall, caught by Brad Haddin with only 23 runs on the board, but then Shai Hope (36) and Darren Bravo (19) stitched a 40-run stand to set the platform, taking the score to 63. Once Nathan Lyon got rid of Bravo however, Australia took control.

Bravo’s wicket left Lyon just three away from Hugh Trumble (141 Test wickets), Australia’s most successful Test off-spinner ever.

Brathwaite, who top-scored for the West Indies, played a few pleasing drives but was dismissed chasing a wide one from Mitchell Johnson, for Mitchell Marsh to take a diving catch at gully. Shane Dowrich was the first wicket to fall after lunch, bowled by Hazlewood, who then removed Jermaine Blackwood as well.

Marlon Samuels, the most experienced West Indies player in the current squad, fought hard for close to an hour, but couldn’t control a hook shot off Starc and was caught well by Hazlewood. 

Earlier in the day, Voges became Australia’s 11th oldest debutant in Tests and received his baggy green from Brendon Julian, the former pacer.

When Australia began its reply, it was jolted early, with Jerome Taylor nipping out David Warner in the third over.

Jason Holder accounted for Shaun Marsh (19) and Devendra Bishoo then made another important breakthrough with Michael Clarke, the captain, edging one to Denesh Ramdin, his opposite number, giving the West Indies wicketkeeper his 200thdismissal in Test cricket and leaving the visiting side 61 for 3.

Smith and Voges negotiated the rest of the day safely, to ensure Australia had the advantage going into the second day’s play.

To see the full scorecard of Day 1, please click here. 

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