West Indies humiliated again
HOBART, Australia (AP):
The warning signs were evident when a mostly full-strength West Indies lost a tour match by 10 wickets to a Cricket Australia selection with six players making their first-class debuts.
Against Australia's Test team, ranked No. 3 in the world, the mostly young and inexperienced players from the Caribbean never stood a chance, losing by an innings and 212 runs yesterday inside three days at Bellerive Oval.
Fast bowler James Pattinson took five wickets in the second innings to complement fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood's four-wicket haul in the first. Off-spin bowler Nathan Lyon, playing in his 50th Test, took three vital first-innings wickets that placed the West Indies in early trouble.
And then there was the Australian batting.
Australia declared their first innings on 583-4 led by Man of the Match Adam Voges' unbeaten 269 and record 449-run fourth-wicket partnership with Shaun Marsh.
The West Indies were forced to follow-on earlier yesterday when they scored just 223-9 in their first innings injured paceman Shannon Gabriel (left ankle) could not bat in either innings.
The match ended before tea yesterday when the West Indies led by Darren Bravo's 108 in the first innings, and Kraigg Brathwaite's 94 in the second were bowled out for 148.
The West Indies lost 14 wickets in a session and a half. The team announced yesterday that Gabriel would return home due to the injury and a tour replacement would be named in the coming days.
Pattinson (5-27) took up where Hazlewood left off in a West Indies first innings dominated by Bravo's seventh Test century. Pattinson's haul included the second-innings wicket of Bravo for four, ensuring the West Indies batsman was dismissed twice in 37 minutes.
The West Indies resumed on 207-6 yesterday morning in their first innings before Hazlewood (4-45) cleaned up the tail. Resuming on 94, Bravo hit two boundaries off Peter Siddle in the first over to reach the century mark.
Brathwaite tried vainly to notch a late century in the second innings, hitting four boundaries in a row, before being bowled by Hazlewood to end the match.
"To win in three days was very satisfying," Australia captain Steve Smith said.
West Indies captain Jason Holder said the big loss wasn't unfamiliar to him or a team hit by player strikes, pay disputes, coach suspensions and a decision by many of the top players to choose lucrative international Twenty20 league contracts over Test duty.
"It's a situation we've been in for the past few months, the past few years, really," Holder said. "We need to be more disciplined... to spend more time in the middle. Hopefully, we can come back strong in the second Test."
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 583-4 decl.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 207 for six)
D.M. Bravo c Lyon b Siddle 108
K. Roach c wk Nevill
b Hazlewood 31
J. Taylor b Hazlewood 0
J. Warrican not out 2
S Gabriel absent hurt
Extras (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23
TOTAL (all out, 70 overs) 223
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Brathwaite), 2-58 (Chandrika), 3-78 (Samuels), 4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder), 7-215 (Roach), 8-215 (Taylor), 9-223 (Bravo)
Bowling: Hazlewood 18-5-45-4, Pattinson 15-0-68-0 (w1, nb5), Siddle 15-5-36-2, Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0.
WEST INDIES 2nd innings (following on)
K. Brathwaite b Hazlewood 94
R. Chandrika c Smith b Pattinson 0
D.M. Bravo b Pattinson 4
M. Samuels c Warner b Pattinson 0
+D. Ramdin c Warner b MR Marsh 4
*J. Holder c wk Nevill b Pattinson 17
K. Roach c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 3
J. Taylor c Pattinson b Hazlewood 12
J. Warrican not out 6
S. Gabriel absent hurt
Extras (lb1, w1, nb3) 5
TOTAL (all out; 36.3 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Chandrika), 2-20 (Bravo), 3-24 (Samuels), 4-24 (Blackwood), 5-30 (Ramdin), 6-60 (Holder), 7-91 (Roach), 8-117 (Taylor), 9-148 (Brathwaite).
Bowling: Hazlewood 10.3-3-33-3, Pattinson 8-2-27-5 (w1, nb2), Siddle 7.-1-34-0, Marsh 7-0-36-1 (nb1), Lyon 4-0-17-0.
Result: Australia won by an innings and 212 runs.
Man-of-the-Match: Adam Voges.
Umpires: M. Erasmus, I. Gould; TV - C Gaffaney.