About the Match
Australia crushed West Indies to an innings and 212-run defeat in the first test to take an emphatic 1-0 lead in the 3-match test series; they will go up against each other for the 2nd Test match at Melbourne on 26th December. This defeat was their second worst defeat against Australia and West Indies now searches for some inspiration from some of their team mates who tried their best to avoid a humiliating loss; the hosts on the other hand dominated the visitors in all departments of the game and will come out all guns blazing to continue with their winning momentum.
James Pattinson returned to the squad with a bang as he took 5 wickets in the second innings to demolish West Indies and help secure a massive win for the team; in the first innings he took 4 scalps leading to a total of nine wickets that annihilated the visitors in all sessions of the first test. Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle and Hazlewood were the other contributors with the ball to make an impact; they synergised their skills to topple the West Indies batting line-up and crush them to an innings and 212-run defeat.
Batting first, AdmVoges’ astounding 269 off 285 deliveries in the first innings and Shaun Marsh’s brilliantly crafted 182 helped Australia post a humungous total of 583 runs; West Indies tried desperately to achieve the target but the Aussie bowlers proved to be a mighty challenge for the opposition.
With Pattinson, Hazlewood, Lyon, Siddle and Mitchell Marsh being in good form, the bowling unit looks sharp to yet again dominate on the field; the batsmen have consistently been putting up valiant efforts to build strong partnerships and they will definitely bring their A-game once again.
Brathwaite was the lone fighter in the second innings as he posted a heroic 94 from 122 deliveries but with all the others in the top order falling at single digit scores, there was imminent defeat on the cards for the visitors. Players like Darren Bravo, who had scored a well-made 108 in the first innings, failed in the second and they were all-out for just 148 runs.
Earlier, Warrican was successful with the ball as he took 3 wickets and Gabriel took a wicket but they couldn’t combine as a team to restrict Australia in the run-flow. Kemar Roach, Holder, Blackwood and Brathwaite bring variety to the attack but they need more than just skills to overcome the hosts here.
West Indies has been in poor test form for a long time now and its necessary for this team to bounce back with a better performance; the batsmen should focus on building strong foundation and exhibit determination to succeed if they want to stay alive in the series.
While the visitors have been outwitted by the Aussies thoroughly in the first test, West Indiesdefinitely has the resources to make amends here; however, Australia continues to excel on the field and with the in-form players, are clear favourites to win the second match and take the series