Despite a fighting century from Bravo, Australia bowls West Indies out for 223 and 148 to go up 1-0 in the series
Australia was unstoppable as it won the first Test against West Indies in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs on the third day at the Bellerive Oval on Saturday (December 12).
West Indies was asked to follow on by Steve Smith, the Australia captain, after it was dismissed for 223 in the first innings. Kraigg Brathwaite made a valiant 94, but the visiting side was bowled out for 148 in 36.3 overs.
James Pattinson was the star, returning 5 for 27 in eight overs, supported ably by Josh Hazlewood’s 3 for 33. Pattinson had Rajendra Chandrika caught at slips for a duck in his first over. Thereafter, Darren Bravo, the first-innings centurion, had his middle stump uprooted for just 4 and Marlon Samuels was caught by David Warner.
Jermaine Blackwood then had his stumps clattered for nought and when Denesh Ramdin fell for a 11-ball 4, West Indies was 30 for 5.
A brief spell of rain forced an early lunch and, on resumption, West Indies showed tenacity as Brathwaite and Jason Holder added 30 runs for the sixth wicket. The stand was broken when Holder became Pattinson’s fifth wicket, but Kemar Roach came in to provide more support for Brathwaite, adding 31 for the seventh wicket.
Australia, however, was equally determined. Hazlewood had both Roach and Jermaine Taylor dismissed before ending the innings with the wicket of Brathwaite, who had his stumps clattered. With Shannon Gabriel unavailable to bat with a left ankle injury, Australia completed a win to go up 1-0 in the three-match series.
In the morning, Hazlewood was on song after he broke the 99-run stand for the seventh wicket in West Indies’s first innings, between Bravo and Roach. He dismissed Roach and Taylor with successive balls to finish with 4 for 45.
Bravo, on 94 overnight, completed his century – his seventh in Tests – and was the last man out when Peter Siddle had him walking back for 108. With Gabriel unable to bat, that was the end of the innings.
Australia and West Indies will next face off in the second Test in Melbourne on December 26.
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