Australia has retained the Frank Worrell Trophy in emphatic fashion, sealing a 2-0 series triumph with a crushing 277-run over a dismal West Indies outfit in the second Test at Kingston.
The tourists racked up an imposing 399 all out on the back of a sparkling knock by Steve Smith, who posted his best Test score but was agonisingly dismissed for 199.
Captain Michael Clarke was next best with 47, while first Test hero Adam Voges scored 37 as Australia recovered from 2/16. Jerome Taylor was superb for the Windies, claiming 6/47 off 25 overs.
After wrapping up the innings just after lunch on Day 2, the hosts were left reeling at 8/143 by the close of play. No.8 Jason Holder showed some outstanding lower-order fight, however, smacking 82 of 63 balls – including 12 fours and two sixes – but they were still all out for 220.
Josh Hazlewood was the chief destroyer with 5/38 off 15.5 overs, while Nathan Lyon provided the breakthroughs early in the innings to finish with 3/55 off 14.
Australia declared their second dig 2/212 as Shaun Marsh (69) and David Warner (62) atoned for their first-innings failures, and Smith (54 not out) again took the Windies’ attack to task.
Set an improbable 392 for victory, West Indies were left teetering at 2/16 at the end of Day 3.
The Aussie bowlers shared the wicket-taking load as they clinched victory in just the fourth over after lunch on Day 4, with Mitchell Starc (3/34), Hazlewood (2/18), Lyon (2/12), Mitchell Johnson (2/23) and Shane Watson (1/3) all chiming in to rout the Windies for a meagre 114.
Stud of the match
It seems unfeasible that Steve Smith was once a No.8 that specialised in off-spin bowling, such has been his development into one of the dominant batsman in world cricket. While his eight-and-a-half-hour knock ended one run short of a maiden double century, it virtually set Australia on track for victory after what was otherwise an impressive bowling effort from the hapless Windies.
Great to see our vice captain ranked number 1 on the ICC rankings. Well done @stevesmith49 a great achievement.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) June 15, 2015
Stud of the series
Hazlewood was named player of the series following stellar displays in both Tests. Coming into the campaign with just three Tests under his belt, Hazlewood notched 3/33 and 2/17 in the first-Test demolition, before posting career-best innings and match bowling figures in the second clash. Favourably compared to Glenn McGrath thanks to his superb display in Kingston, Hazlewood’s handy lower-order hitting gives him an even better chance of securing an Ashes berth.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) June 14, 2015
Focus turns towards England now with the Ashes kicking off in Cardiff on July 8. The Windies didn’t provide the Australians with the stiff opposition they perhaps would have been looking for, but the convincing nature of their twin victories will nevertheless provide confidence heading into the marquee event of the Test cricket calendar.
Steve Smith became just the 10th player in Test history to be dismissed for 199, and the third Australian after Matthew Elliott (v England, 1997) and Steve Waugh (v West Indies, 1999).