A sparkling debut century from Adam Voges and a wagging tail helped Australia to a 170-run first-innings lead on Day 2 of the first Test against West Indies in Roseau, Dominica.
After a nervous middle-order effort, Australia were eventually bowled out for 318 in response to the Windies’ 148, and had the home side at a precarious 2/25 at the end of the day’s play.
Resuming on 3/85, Australia was put under the pump by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who dismissed Steve Smith (25), Shane Watson (11) and Brad Haddin (8) in the space of six overs to leave the tourists reeling at 6/126.
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A 52-run stand between Voges and Mitchell Johnson (20) steadied the ship, but it appeared Voges would run out of partners in his quest for triple figures when Bishoo got rid of Johnson and Mitchell Starc in the space of just three balls.
But Nathan Lyon (22) and Josh Hazlewood (39) frustrated the West Indian attack and allowed Voges, who finished unbeaten on 130, to become the oldest player in Test history to score a ton on debut. Voges and Hazlewood added an invaluable 93 for the 10th wicket.
The rearguard action undid some of the brilliant work done by Bishoo, who finished with 6/80 from 33 overs.
Shai Hope (2), caught by Michael Clarke off Johnson, and Kraigg Braithwaite (15), bowled by Starc, fell in consecutive balls as the Windies’ second dig got off to a disastrous start.
Darren Bravo (3 not out) and debutant Shane Dowrich survived the remaining seven overs, but the hosts face a tall order just to make Australia bat again on Day 3.
Stud of the day
It has to be Voges, who held Australia’s innings together with an outstanding knock of 130 not out. The West Australian veteran stood tall while experienced Test campaigners fell around him, and clubbed 13 fours and a six in a well-crafted 247-ball innings.
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_M_FOX) June 4, 2015
Bishoo’s ball to dismiss Haddin has been described as a contender for ‘ball of the 21st Century’, remarkably similar to Shane Warne’s famous delivery to Mike Gatting – which, incredibly, was 22 years to the day earlier.
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A landslide victory inside three days looks to be a formality for Australia, who still lead by 145 runs and need only to claim eight wickets. West Indies need a couple of huge partnerships to turn the Test around, get past Australia’s total and set a reasonable fourth-innings target.
- Voges broke the record for the oldest player to score a debut ton, but the record for oldest player to score a maiden ton in Test history is South Africa’s Dave Nourse, who scored 111 against Australia in Johannesburg in 1921. He was 42 years and 119 days old, playing in his 34th Test.