Records tumble for Voges and Marsh
After putting on 317 together on Day 1, Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh made an indelible mark in the Test cricket record books during the first session of Day 2 before Marsh fell for 182. The WA duo finished with a mammoth 449-run stand, while Voges was unbeaten on 269 when Steve Smith declared Australia’s innings at lunch at 4/583.
Among the records to fall were:
Voges and Marsh’s partnership was the highest in Test cricket history for the fourth wicket, beating the 437 Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera put on for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in 2009.
- It is the highest partnership ever on Australian soil, overtaking the 405 Don Bradman and Sid Barnes amassed at the SCG during the 1946-47 Ashes series.
- The 449-run stand was the sixth-highest of all time for any wicket, and just two runs shy of the Australian record held by legendary pair Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford (v England at The Oval, 1934).
- It is the highest partnership ever scored against the West Indies, beating the 411 Colin Cowdrey and Peter May racked up at Birmingham in 1957, while it also knocked Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson’s 382 off the top of the list for the biggest stand by an Australian pair against the Windies.
— Jason Gillespie (@YCCCDizzy) December 11, 2015
Lyon, Hazlewood put the clamp on Windies
It didn’t take long to realise this Test is unlikely to make it past Day 3. Josh Hazlewood removed Kraigg Braithwate (2) in the ninth over, before Nathan Lyon went on a rampage via the wickets of Rajendra Chadrika (25), Marlon Samuels (9) – from a spectacular diving caught-and-bowled effort – and Jermaine Blackwood (0). Hazlewood struck again soon afterwards, rattling the stumps of Denesh Ramdin for 8, to leave the Windies struggling at 5/89. Peter Siddle trapped skipper Jason Holder for 15 with the score on 116, the only wicket to fall in the last 27 overs of the day.
— Cricket Video (@CricketVideo) December 11, 2015
Bravo stands tall
Darren Bravo, one of the few world-class players in the Windies’ line up, refused to wilt as the batting order capitulated around him. The 26-year-old is on the cusp of his seventh Test ton, finishing the day unbeaten on 94 from 159 balls – including 17 boundaries. Bravo and Kemar Roach (31 not out) have put on 91 for the seventh wicket as the tourists shape up for Day 3 on 6/207. Bravo averages an outstanding 51.46 in away Tests, compared to just 31.25 at home.
— The Age Sport (@theagesport) December 11, 2015
Stud of the day
The standard of the opposition notwithstanding, Adam Voges’ brilliant unbeaten innings will live long in the memory. Robbed of the chance to push for 300 by Smith’s desire to move the game forward, Voges nevertheless created several pockets of history with his 269 not out from just 285 balls:
- His strike-rate of 94.38 is the fourth-highest in Test history for an innings of 250 or more; Virender Sehwag occupies each of the top three spots.
- Voges’ mammoth score is the fifth-highest in a Test by a batsman 35 years or older, and the best by a 35-plus Australian, beating Bradman’s 234 in the 1946-47 Ashes.
- Voges’ average after 76.83 is the fifth-highest by any batsman in history after 11 Test appearances, behind only Bradman, Neil Harvey, Herb Sutcliffe and Vinod Kambli.
- He beat Doug Walters’ record for the highest individual score by an Australian against the West Indies. The irrepressible Walters scored 242 at the SCG in 1968-69.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 11, 2015
Bravo and Roach have fought bravely, but the Windies’ top order needs to show the same spirit in the seemingly inevitable follow-on innings if they are to make Australia bat again.
Around the world
Sri Lanka showed plenty of fight on Day 2 against New Zealand in Dunedin, grinding their way to 4/197 in 81 overs. The Black Caps added 22 to their overnight score, with Doug Bracewell reaching a career-best 47 in the hosts 431 and Nuwan Pradeep finishing with four wickets. A 122-run stand between opener Dimuth Karunaratne (84) and Dinesh Chandimal (83 not out) rescued the visitors from a precarious 2/29 and kept them in what is shaping up as an intriguing contest.