Australia reached strong position in Perth Test
West Indies were all out for 283 in the first innings
Australia lead by 344 runs on the basis of first innings
Perth. Australia’s position strengthened in the Perth Test against the West Indies. After declaring the first innings at a score of 598 runs for four wickets, Australia all out West Indies for 283 runs. Australian captain Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc played an important role in this. Both bowlers took three wickets each. For the West Indies, both openers Craig Brathwaite and Tegnarayan Chanderpaul scored half-centuries. Apart from these, Jermaine Blackwood scored 36 runs. No other batsman could play a big innings. Australia did not give the follow-up to the West Indies and scored 29 runs for one wicket in their second innings till the end of the third day’s play. In this way, Australia’s total lead has increased to 344 runs and two days of play is left.
At stumps on the third day of the Perth Test, David Warner was playing on 17 and Marnus Labushen on three runs. Australia lost the wicket of Usman Khawaja in the second innings, who scored 6 runs. West Indies’ score was 245 for four at one time after the tea break, but after the second new ball was taken, they lost 6 wickets within 48 runs. In this way, Australia took a huge lead of 315 runs in the first innings.
West Indies extended their first innings by 74 runs without loss in the morning and by lunch they had scored 150 runs for one wicket. After this, Stark (three for 51) and Cummins (three for 34) wreaked havoc on him. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon took two wickets for 61 runs while fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Cameron Green took one wicket each. For the West Indies, captain Craig Brathwaite scored 64 and Tegnarayan Chanderpaul, playing his first Test match, scored 51 runs.
Earlier, the highlight of the Australian innings were the double centuries of Labushen (204) and Steve Smith (200 not out). Australian captain Cummins ended Brathwaite’s four-hour innings. This was Cummins’s 200th wicket in the 44th Test match. He has reached fifth place in the list of bowlers taking 200 wickets in the fewest matches for Australia. His number comes after Clarrie Grimmett (36 Tests), Dennis Lillee (38), Stuart McGill (41) and Shane Warne (42). West Indies lost consecutive wickets after Brathwaite’s dismissal. Apart from the opening pair, Jermaine Blackwood contributed 36, Jason Holder 27 and Shamrah Brooks contributed 33 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 02, 2022, 17:13 IST