Friday 23 March 2018 / 07:55 PM

AUS v WI – 1st Test: Day 1 wrap

Bowlers dominated Day 1 of the first Test between West Indies and Australia in Roseau, Dominica. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson were in imperious touch as the hosts were skittled for just 148 at Windsor Park, before the Frank Worrell Trophy holders stumbled their way to 3/85 at stumps.

Hazlewood was the chief destroyer with 3/34 off 15 overs, while Johnson claimed 3/34 off 13.5, Mitchell Starc took 2/48 off 15, and Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith chipped in with a wicket each.

The Windies recovered from the early loss of Kraigg Braithwaite for 10 as top-scorer Shai Hope (36) and Darren Bravo advanced the score to 1/63, but when Lyon had Bravo out for 19, the inexperienced line-up crumbled.

Another four wickets fell for just 28 runs, while a brief resistance by Denesh Ramdin (19) and Jason Holder (21) for the seventh wicket only delayed the inevitable, with the last four players dismissed for the addition of just 27 runs.

Outstanding catching was the standout feature of the day, with Michael Clarke making three brilliant slips catches, and Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges taking superb diving efforts.

The tourists failed to ram home the advantage, however. David Warner was out to Jerome Taylor for 8 in just the third over, while opening partner Marsh (19) departed at the hands of Holder with the score on 38.

Captain Clarke was unable to see out the day, caught behind for 18 off leg spinner Devendra Bishoo. Steve Smith, elevated to No.3, finished unbeaten on a painstaking 17 off 67 balls, while debutant Voges hit four boundaries as he advanced to 20 not out off 27.

Stud of the day

Playing in just his fourth Test – and his first overseas – Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers, laying the platform for a first-innings rout.

Key moment

Clarke’s sensational one-handed grab to send Bravo on his way sparked the Windies’ initial collapse.

Looking ahead

With a combined run-rate of under 2.80 on Day 1, it’s far from the thrilling Test cricket produced by England and New Zealand in their recently completed two-match series, but this one still looks like it will be wrapped up inside three days. Australia should be able to push on to a decent first-innings lead, and given what the Windies produced in their first dig, it would be a surprise to see the tourists batting again.

Fun facts

  • Adam Voges, a veteran of 160 first-class matches, is the seventh Australian to debut in Tests over the age of 35.
  • Aleem Dar has gone equal-third on the all-time list of most Tests by an umpire with Daryl Harper on 95. Only Steve Bucknor (128) and Rudi Koertzen (108) stand above him. 

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