WI blown away for 148
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
Life for West Indies in the post-Shiv Chanderpaul era began disastrously when they were bowled out for 148 in their first innings yesterday on the opening day of the first Test against Australia.
Opting to bat first in good conditions at Windsor Park, West Indies were cruising at 63 for one before lunch, but dramatically lost their last nine wickets for just 85 runs to be all out at tea, 10 minutes into an extended second session.
Opener Shai Hope top-scored with 36 and Jason Holder, at number eight, got 21, but no other batsman made it past 20.
New ball bowler Josh Hazlewood, in only his fourth Test, picked up three for 33 while left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson grabbed three for 34. Mitchell Starc, also a left-armer, provided support with two for 48.
West Indies bowlers, however, took some of the shame off the lethargic batting display, fighting back gamely in the final session to claim three wickets, to leave the tourists on 85 for three, still 63 runs in arrears.
With much of the build-up to the series overshadowed by the controversial dropping of the veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies would have been hoping to quickly turn the page with a solid performance.
Instead, they found themselves in an all too familiar situation, where Chanderpaul's powers had been repeatedly showcased over 164 Tests.
Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite (10) eased through the first half-hour in adding 23 before the right-handed Brathwaite feathered a defensive prod though to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off an innocuous delivery from Hazlewood.
The Windies recovered well through a 40-run stand between Hope and Darren Bravo, who made 19 from 26 balls with three fours.
Hope appeared in good touch, pulling Johnson to the square leg boundary in the fifth over and banging Starc square on the off-side for his second four.
Bravo, meanwhile, also flourished, gathering his first boundary by stroking Hazlewood through mid-off before pulling the same bowler over mid-wicket two balls later.
However, despite looking in little trouble, he played back to off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the third over after the first drinks break and edged to a diving captain Michael Clarke at slip.
Hope followed 21 deliveries later after striking five fours off 54 balls, driving at a wide delivery from Johnson to be taken by Shaun Marsh diving away to his right at gully.
Debutant Shane Dowrich, on 15 and Marlon Samuels, three, took West Indies to lunch at 85 for three, but three quick wickets in the space of 20 balls in the first half hour after lunch, set in motion a now familiar rapid West Indies decline.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K. Brathwaite c wk Haddin b Hazlewood 10
S. Hope c Marsh b Johnson 36
D. Bravo c Clarke b Lyon 19
S. Dowrich b Hazlewood 15
M. Samuels c Hazlewood b Starc 7
J. Blackwood c Clarke b Hazlewood 2
*+ D. Ramdin b Johnson 19
J. Holder c Marsh b Starc 21
J. Taylor c Voges b Smith 6
D. Bishoo not out 9
S. Gabriel c Clarke b Johnson 2
Extras (w1, nb1) 2
TOTAL (all out; 53.5 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Brathwaite), 2-63 (Bravo), 3-75 (Hope), 4-85 (Dowrich), 5-87 (Blackwood), 6-91 (Samuels), 7-121 (Ramdin), 8-133 (Holder), 9-144 (Taylor), 10-148 (Gabriel)
Bowling: Johnson 13.5-2-34-3 (nb1), Hazlewood 15-7-33-3 (w1), Starc 15-5-48-2, Lyon 6-1-20-1, Watson 3-1-11-0, Smith 1-0-2-1.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
D. Warner c Blackwood b Taylor 8
S. Marsh c Bravo b Holder 19
S. Smith not out 17
*M. Clarke c wk Ramdin b Bishoo 18
A. Voges not out 20
Extras (nb3) 3
Total (3 wkts, 30 overs) 85
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Warner), 2-38 (Marsh), 3-61 (Clarke).
Bowling: Taylor 8-0-19-1 (nb1), Gabriel 6-1-20-0 (nb2), Holder 7-2-14-1, Bishoo 9-1-32-1.
Toss: West Indies.
UMPIRES: Aleem Dar, Richard Kettleborough; TV - Ian Gould.