Australia clinched a nine-wicket win in the first Test against West Indies at Roseau inside three days, wrapping up the hosts’ second innings for 216 and picking off the 47 runs needed for victory for the loss of one wicket in just five overs.
Mitchell Starc was the pick of the Australian bowlers this time, following Josh Hazlewood’s dominant display in the first innings, taking 4/28 off 18 overs.
Hazlewood again kept the Windies batsman on tenterhooks, however, picking up 2/17 at the ridiculous economy rate of 1.06 runs per over.
Debutant Shane Dowrich (70) and Marlon Samuels (74) showed some belated fight at the crease, adding 144 for the fourth wicket. But when both fell in the space of 10 overs, West Indies’ fate was sealed. The last seven wickets went for the miserable addition of just 35 runs.
Australia wasted no time in reaching the target, with David Warner smashing 28 off 20 balls – including three fours and two sixes – before falling to Jerome Taylor. Shaun Marsh (13 not out) and Steve Smith (5) saw the visitors through to a comprehensive victory, booking themselves a couple of extra leisure days in the Caribbean paradise.
Stud of the day
Starc bowled impressively all day before gaining some tangible rewards towards the end of the Windies’ innings, picking up three of the last four wickets.
Stud of the match
Adam Voges’ stellar debut century set up Australia’s big first innings lead when they were in a spot of bother.
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Hazlewood’s removal of Dowrich, caught Watson, opened the floodgates for Australia. The Windies had just got back into the black and looked capable of setting a half-decent fourth-innings target with Dowrich and Samuels still out in the middle, but an all-too-familiar collapse followed Hazlewood’s crucial scalp.
The teams now head to Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, for the second and final Test of the Frank Worrell Trophy series, starting on June 11. Another resounding result in Australia’s appears to be a formality, but as they showed recently against England, West Indies can be a tricky proposition on home soil.
West Indies are winless in Tests against Australia since the 2002/03 home series, while they have not won a series against Australia since their 1992/93 visit Down Under.