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Voges debut ton gives Australia big boost

Visiting side recovers from 126/6 to 318; West Indies trails by 145 with eight second-innings wickets in hand

Voges debut ton gives Australia big boost - Cricket News
Adam Voges celebrates scoring a century.
Adam Voges made his Test debut a memorable occasion as he notched up a composed, unbeaten hundred that put Australia in the driver’s seat at stumps on Day 2 of the first Test against West Indies at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica on Thursday (June 4).

His 130 not out was the cornerstone of Australia's revival to 318 all out in its first innings after Devendra Bishoo, the legspinner, had reduced it to 126 for 6 in the morning session after West Indies posted 148.

Deflated by Australia's rearguard effort – the last four wickets added 192 runs - West Indies lost its openers - Kraigg Braithwaite (15) and Shai Hope (2) - reaching 25 for 2 in the second innings at the close, still trailing by 145 runs.

Bishoo finished with career-best Test figures of 6 for 80, along the way becoming only the second West Indies legspinner to reach 50 wickets in Test cricket. However his effectiveness in the latter stages of the Australian innings was reduced by the recurrence of a finger injury to his bowling hand, causing him to leave the field for treatment on two occasions.

Voges, the oldest player at 35 years and 243 days to score a debut century, was already causing West Indies considerable discomfort after the morning and early-afternoon clatter of wickets.

He marshalled the lower order expertly, first adding 52 for the seventh wicket with Mitchell Johnson and then 43 for the ninth wicket with Nathan Lyon to restore normalcy after Australia was made to sweat and work for every run in the morning session. Then, to add more miles into West Indies’ weary legs, the last-wicket pair of Voges and Josh Hazlewood (39) occupied the crease for over two hours to add another 97, also the highest partnership of the match so far.

Things looked different in the morning, though. Resuming on 85 for 3, Australia started cautiously as the first six overs yielded just seven runs before the pressure of the scorecard got to Steven Smith (25) as he was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off Bishoo.

Two overs later, Shane Watson (11) was sucked into a drive that wasn’t on as Holder held on to a low chance at slip. However, Brad Haddin (8) looked to play shots right from the outset. He was successful in lofting one straight over Bishoo’s head for a boundary, but the following two deliveries set him up for an eventual downfall as the ball spin across the surface from leg to beat the outside edge and hit middle and off.

Wickets continued to come soon after lunch for West Indies, as Johnson, who held fort 58 deliveries, top edged a sweep to backward square-leg. Two balls later, Mitchell Starc’s expansive drive connected with thin air as the ball spun back in from the rough to hit middle stump.

With the lead of just 30 at that stage, Australia wasn't out of the woods. It needed someone to bat the side out of a tricky situation, which Voges did in industrious fashion before launching into the attack as he neared the magical three-figure mark.

By the end of the day though, the mood was completely reversed as Australia’s grit prevailed yet again.

To see the full scorecard of Day 2, please click here.

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