Australia took a grip on the primary Take a look at in Perth Friday with Pat Cummins bagging his two hundredth wicket as they bowled out a resolute West Indies then piled on extra runs to stretch their result in a commanding 344. The guests had been dismissed for 283 within the last session on day three after the hosts declared their first innings at 598-4 on the again of double centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. David Warner, on 17, and Labuschagne, on three, then hammered dwelling Australia’s benefit after they opted in opposition to the comply with on to bat once more, with Usman Khawaja the one casualty, out for 5 as they reached 29-1.
“You all the time bowl higher once you’re barely brisker, there’s actually not too many cases the place the comply with on is real looking,” mentioned skipper Cummins in explaining the choice to bat once more.
“I felt like all the fellows caught to it rather well at this time. Even the primary session, we did not actually get rewards however I felt we had been in it. Comfortable everybody caught at it,” he added.
The West Indies, who haven’t gained a Take a look at on Australian soil in 25 years, began on 74-0 and made it to lunch with the lack of simply debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul for 51 and with Nkrumah Bonner retiring harm after a blow to the pinnacle from a Cameron Inexperienced supply.
However Cummins bowled fellow skipper and dangerman Kraigg Brathwaite for 64 quickly after the break — his two hundredth Take a look at wicket — and the momentum swung again in Australia’s favour.
Three wickets fell within the second session earlier than Mitchell Starc took the brand new ball and proved nearly unplayable, eradicating Kyle Mayers and Joshua Da Silva in 4 deliveries.
Inexperienced was thrown into the cauldron for his second spell and accounted for the cussed Shamarh Brooks, Bonner’s concussion substitute, as they misplaced 6-38. Cummins took 3-34 and Starc 3-51, however Australia additionally bowled an unbelievable 27 leg byes amongst 38 extras.
“Have 300 plus runs as a lead, it could be a bit out of our attain to get a win,” admitted Brooks.
“So at this level we have to simply attempt to prohibit them as a lot as potential. Realistically, I feel we are able to final three to 4 classes (batting for a draw). I feel that’s what they may give us.”
Brathwaite and debutant Chanderpaul — son of West Indies nice Shivnarine — had negotiated 25 hostile overs earlier than stumps on Thursday.
Blow to the pinnacle
Starc mentioned he, Cummins and Josh Hazlewood had bowled too brief they usually adjusted accordingly on Friday.
It paid fast dividends with Hazlewood extracting a nick from Chanderpaul’s bat within the first over and David Warner amassing comfortably at slip. Chanderpaul’s demise for 51 got here a ball after he reached a maiden Take a look at half-century to showcase his potential.
Cummins was a continuing menace, usually beating the bat, however Brathwaite, who resumed on 18, confirmed loads of grit and struggle to carry up a twenty eighth Take a look at half-century. However he had no reply to Cummins within the fourth over after lunch with an ideal supply clattering into his off stump, ending a 166-ball innings.
Bonner took a blow to the pinnacle on eight and continued with a brand new helmet after remedy for an additional six overs, including eight extra runs, however finally left the sector.
Left-hander Myers got here in for Brathwaite however by no means settled and chopped on from Starc with the West Indies dropping two wickets for seven runs. Veteran Jason Holder steadied the ship with a gutsy 27 earlier than prodding a catch to Warner at slip off spinner Nathan Lyon.
Starc took the brand new ball after tea and bowled a maiden earlier than a full, straight supply rattled the pads of Jermaine Blackwood, who was out lbw for a gritty 36.
The massive left-armer then cleaned up Joshua Da Silva because the West Indies collapsed.
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