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Bravo holds firm after Voges-Marsh double act

Lyon keeps West Indies to 207 for 6 on day two, after Australia's dynamic duo add record 449 runs to steer side to 583 for 4

Bravo holds firm after Voges-Marsh double act - Cricket News
Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges put on a record 449-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Nathan Lyon's triple strike put Australia in a strong position despite Darren Bravo's effort on day two of the first Test against West Indies in Hobart on Friday (December 11).

At the close of play, the visiting side was 207 for 6 with Bravo offering spirited resistance on 94 not out and Kemar Roach providing him support on 31 not out. The pair kept the innings ticking over with an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 91.

Before tea, Lyon claimed the wickets of Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood in one over to rein West Indies in its chase of Australia's total of 583 for 4.

West Indies then lost Dinesh Ramdin, bowled by Josh Hazlewood, and Jason Holder, the captain, who was lbw to Peter Siddle, leaving the side at 116 for 6.

No doubt, any side would have found it difficult to match Australia's herculean effort earlier in the day -- a record 449-run fourth-wicket stand between Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh. The pair eclipsed the fourth-wicket Test record of 437 set by Sri Lanka's Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardena against Pakistan in 2009.

It was also the biggest Test stand by Australia at home, bettering the 405-run fifth-wicket partnership by Sid Barnes and Don Bradman against England in Sydney in 1946. The duo fell two runs short of Australia's all-time highest partnership for any wicket of 451 held by Bill Ponsford and Bradman against England at The Oval in 1934.

Voges also posted Australia's highest score against West Indies with an unbeaten 269, surpassing Doug Walters's 242 in 1969. Marsh holed out just before lunch for 182, caught on the ropes by Bravo off Jomel Warrican, ending a day's occupation of the crease as he compiled his highest Test score. 

Australia scored 145 runs in the session to go to lunch at 583 for 4, enabling Steve Smith to declare during the break.

West Indies made a cautious start after lunch, but Australia brought that to a grinding halt. Kraigg Brathwaite lasted 26 balls before Josh Hazlewood trapped him leg before wicket for 2 in the ninth over. Chandrika followed in the 20th over when he was deceived by a drifting Lyon delivery and got an outside edge to Smith, who took a juggling catch at slip, for 25.

Samuels lasted only 14 balls before he was caught and bowled by Lyon for 9. Blackwood didn't see out Lyon's over and was gone five balls later, caught at bat-pad by Joe Burns, giving the spinner his 175th career Test wicket.

Click here to review the match in full in the ICC Match Centre.

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