Current Match Report – Australia vs West Indies 1st Take a look at 2023/24

West Indies 188 and 73 for six (Hazlewood 4-18) path Australia 283 (Head 119, S Joseph 5-94) by 22 runs

Australia could not fairly full a two-day victory in Adelaide, however are unlikely to be detained lengthy in wrapping up victory. Josh Hazlewood dismantled West Indies’ prime order in ruthless type after Travis Head’s hometown century secured a useful lead on a tough floor in opposition to a spiriting visiting assault.

From what was a a lot even contest halfway via the day, with Australia six down and nonetheless 20 behind, they pulled away as pre-series prediction advised they’d though with the bat have been made to earn their place of power. The sport hurtled alongside, significantly when Head switched on the afterburners, however regardless that West Indies didn’t start their second innings till into the final session – with Shamar Joseph finishing a memorable debut by claiming a five-wicket haul – there was the looming worry about what may occur in opposition to the brand new ball.

And it got here to go as Hazlewood took out the highest 4 whereas conceded simply two runs (he had three wickets earlier than being scored off). He struck along with his first ball of the second innings when Tagenarine Chanderpaul’s technical challenges have been uncovered with an edge to Alex Carey. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite may contemplate himself a bit unlucky when a agency clip off the pads was snapped up by Head at brief leg on a day the place he may do no mistaken.

Alick Athanaze gloved a free hook (and burned a evaluation) the ball after Australia had wasted the DRS for a caught behind attraction. Kavem Hodge, one in all West Indies’ three debutants, edged a drive to second slip because the innings sank to 19 for 4.

Briefly Kirk McKenzie counterattacked with some crisp strokeplay, particularly via the off aspect, earlier than driving Cameron Inexperienced to cowl. At that stage 40 minutes remained within the day and it was removed from out of the query Australia’s bowlers would rattle via the remainder.

Justin Greaves, who had earlier bowled properly on debut, and Joshua Da Silva supplied resistance just for Greaves to fall to what grew to become the ultimate ball of the day. Australia efficiently reviewed for an lbw in opposition to Nathan Lyon which was hitting leg stump from across the wicket. With West Indies nonetheless 22 behind, Pat Cummins appeared to briefly ponder asking for the additional half an hour though there is no actually the umpires would have granted it.

The actual fact Australia had the lead they did was virtually solely all the way down to Head. West Indies had chipped away throughout the morning session and when Carey was caught behind they nonetheless trailed. However Head sped into the 90s with a flurry of runs in opposition to Shamar Joseph and introduced up his century from 122 balls when he dispatched left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie via the off aspect.

It was his first Take a look at century for the reason that World Take a look at Championship remaining in opposition to India in June and the primary time he had handed 50 for the reason that Headingley encounter within the Ashes. He had entered in simply the second over of the day and dominated on a unique degree to another batter within the sport. After reaching his century, Head flicked the swap and carted Shamar Joseph for consecutive sixes over the leg aspect.

Head and Mitchell Starc added 54 for the seventh wicket to take Australia forward. After Starc had fended Shamar Joseph to brief leg, Cummins supplied help in one other helpful stand till Head picked out deep midwicket aiming for one more six.

However whereas the consequence will probably finish horribly one-sided, it mustn’t detract from the efficiency of Shamar Joseph whose fifth wicket got here when he speared one via Lyon with the second new ball. He walked off to a standing ovation, and gave the gang a bow.

In his first over of the day he was taken for consecutive boundaries by Inexperienced, however responded by discovering the surface edge subsequent ball with an ideal supply which moved away a fraction and despatched the bowler on one other dash celebration throughout the Adelaide Oval outfield the morning after he had grow to be a narrative around the globe.

Shamar and Alzarri Joseph maintained early strain on Head and Usman Khawaja, the latter glad to bide his time whereas the previous was eager to be aggressive though was not all the time at his most fluent. West Indies rapidly went to a short-ball plan in opposition to Head though the floor didn’t fairly have the tempo in it to be massively problematic.

Head went previous 3000 Take a look at runs with a lofted drive over the covers because the partnership began to dominate. Khawaja was shaping up properly, placing a few pulls away strongly via midwicket, whereas Head additionally deposited Greaves into the stands over sq. leg.

However simply as issues have been rising as as to if West Indies may preserve the strain, the medium tempo of Greaves lured Khawaja into driving a large supply and the sting was properly held at second slip for his first Take a look at wicket.

Mitchell Marsh struggled early in his innings, a number of instances edging wanting the cordon, and had 1 off 22 balls earlier than he laced a canopy drive off Shamar Joseph. Nonetheless, it wasn’t an indication of a change in fortune. After one other edge fell wanting third slip, Greaves moved up even nearer, sporting a helmet, after which brilliantly held the chance off Kemar Roach.

Australia have been 129 for five and West Indies had a glimmer of staying within the sport – a couple of hours later they have been simply attempting to make the third day.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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