Australia showcased world-class performance in all departments as they demolished visitors West Indies in two and a half days by an innings and 212 runs. Adam Voges scored an unbeaten double century and Shaun Marsh scored 182. Josh Hazlewood picked up 4 wickets in the first wicket and James Pattinson scalped 5 West Indian batsmen in the second Innings.
West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bowl on day 1. West Indian bowlers seemed to respond to their captain’s decision as they sent the top three of Australian line-up back in the pavilion within 121 runs. But then Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh came together at the crease and they separated only after putting together a partnership of 449 runs. This partnership is now the highest partnership for 4th wicket in the history of test matches.
Voges remained not out on 269 when Australia finally declared their first innings on 583/5. Jomel Warrican picked up 3 wickets including that of David Warner and Shaun Marsh. Shannon Gabriel picked up the lone wicket of Joe Burns.
In reply, West Indies sculpted a semblance of fight in the first innings as Darr bravo scored his 7th test century before he fell to peter Siddle. Apart from Rajendra Chandrika and Kemar Roach, Bravo did not get any support from his other team mates. West Indies’s first innings ended on 223 runs. Josh Hazlewood picked up 4 wickets and Nathan Lyon picked up 3.
Australia enforced the follow on and West Indies cut an even sorrier figure in the second innings. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 94 runs and fell 6 runs short of century as Hazlewood got him clean bowled. James Pattinson picked up 5 wickets in the second innings as West Indies managed only 148. The innings collapsed in only 36.3 overs. Australia won the match by an innings and 212 runs. Adam Voges was awarded the man of the match.
Incidentally, there were a lot of talks about bad pitch after the recent India – South Africa test series where 2 matches were decided in 2 and a half days. But in this match the talks seem to revolve around quality Australian bowling and hapless West Indian batting.