Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Australia’s Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne stars of second Check with West Indies


ADELAIDE: Travis Head crunched 175 after Marnus Labuschagne turned the second-fastest man to three,000 Check runs behind solely Donald Bradman on Friday as Australia put the West Indies to the sword within the day-night second Check.

At tea in Adelaide on day two, the guests have been 14 with out loss after Australia declared their first innings at 511-7 quickly earlier than the break.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul have been each on seven.

Australian skipper Steve Smith’s determination gave his bowlers simply over a full session to inflict most injury with the brand new pink ball beneath lights, which is often essentially the most treacherous time to bat in day-night Assessments.

Head make a glowing 175, his highest Check rating, earlier than a mind fade with Cameron Inexperienced ended his spectacular 219-ball knock, depriving him of a maiden double century.

Inexperienced had nudged to superb leg and was pushing for 2, however then despatched Head again. He dived for the crease, however fell simply quick.

It was an enormous waste and much more so with Inexperienced, who by no means seemed comfy, out for 9 quickly after, dragging an Alzarri Joseph supply onto his stumps.

Alex Carey (41 not out) and Michael Neser (18) got here collectively and consolidated earlier than the declaration half-hour earlier than tea.

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Labuschagne made 163, to go together with his 204 and 104 not out within the first Check, earlier than the West Indies made their first breakthrough of the day forward of dinner, with wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva holding a catch off Devon Thomas’s bowling.

It snapped a 297-run stand between Head and Labuschagne and ended one other fashionable efficiency from the left-hander.

Within the course of, he handed 3,000 Check runs in his 51st innings, matching West Indies nice Everton Weekes because the second-quickest to the milestone.

However they have been nonetheless significantly slower than Australian legend Bradman, who achieved the feat in 33 innings.

Australia resumed day two on 330-3 after dominating on Thursday, when David Warner (21), Usman Khawaja (62) and skipper Steve Smith (0) have been the one wickets to fall.

Labuschagne started on 120 and Head 114, with an injury-hit West Indies once more confronted with a flat pitch providing little assist.

Joseph extracted some early bounce, however the Australians have been largely untroubled with Head spectacular, pouncing on something quick or huge.

The West Indies bowling shares have been diminished with allrounder Kyle Mayers and pacemen Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales out injured.

Including to their woes, substitute Marquino Mindley once more did not bowl, having limped off after simply two overs on his debut Thursday.

Head was the primary to achieve 150, with a boundary off spinner Roston Chase, however Labuschagne was not far behind earlier than being dismissed shortly earlier than dinner. Head was out within the third over after they returned.

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