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Chase and Joseph Battle Hard but Aussies Go 1-0 Up

Roston Chase & Alzarri Joseph vs Australia 2022

West Indies tour of Australia

Series: Two matches for Frank Worrell trophy

Day 5 of 1st Test Match

Venue: Perth Stadium, Western Australia

Result: Australia won by 164 runs

Scorecardhttps://bit.ly/ausvwi1sttest

Roston Chase and Alzarri Joseph combined for a record eight-wicket partnership which at one stage looked like it would give West Indies hope of saving the match but they both succumbed to spin which secured a victory for the hosts.

Chase, batting atn8, then carried the fight with 55 – his 10th Test fifty – in a precious 82-run, eighth wicket partnership with Joseph who entertained with a bold 43. This took the score from 233-7 to 315 when Joseph was eighth man out midway through the second session. West Indies were eventually bowled out for 333, with the best bowler being off-spinner Nathan Lyon with 6-128, while Travis Head had 2-25 with his off-breaks.

While Chase faced 85 balls in nearly 2-¼ hours and counted three fours and a six, Joseph used the long handle, and hit four fours and three sixes off 73 balls. Joseph eventually played down the wrong line to the occasional spin of Head and was bowled and Chase was ninth out, lofting Lyon to deep mid-wicket where Mitchell Starc took a tumbling catch.

GOOD TO SEE FIGHT

Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was West Indies best batter in the match with scores of 64 and 110 – when he was dismissed on the final morning to a superb delivery from Lyon. Speaking after the match he said: said: “It’s good to see the fight from the batters, but still a lot of improvement to be done. here was consideration to go for runs if we had wickets, but losing wickets put us under pressure.”

Chase noted:Roston Chase vs Australia 2022

“Throughout this match we really applied ourselves and worked hard. Before the match the captain called for a ‘fight’ and asked that we play five days or hard Test cricket. He led from the front with the bat, with a great century in the second innings and gave us the belief. We played with great spirt and commitment. We now have to regroup and come again tougher in Adelaide. We believe we can do it there.”

BOTTOM LINE

The series will now move Adelaide in South Australia for the second and final Test which will be the first ever pink-ball day/night contest between two teams. The match bowls off at Adelaide Oval on Thursday at 2:30pm (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean/11pm Wednesday Jamaica).  The return of the visitors to the iconic venue will mark the 30-year anniversary of one of the greatest Test matches ever seen in Adelaide when West Indies won by a single run. It will be the West Indies seventh and final match of the year. They have so far won three, drawn two and lost one.

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Brathwaite leads from the front, joins elite 5000 club

Kraigg Braithwaite 11th test century vs Australia 1st test Perth 2022

West Indies tour of Australia

Series: Two matches for Frank Worrell trophy

Day 4 of 1st Test Match

Venue: Perth Stadium, Western Australia

Toss: Australia won and batted

Scorecardhttps://bit.ly/ausvwi1sttest

Kraigg Brathwaite’s 11th Test century set the tone for a superb rearguard from West Indies and has left the first Test hanging in the balance with all four results still possible heading into the final day. On an enthralling penultimate day, the lion-hearted Brathwaite delivered a monumental knock of 101 not out which laid the foundation for the visitors score of 192-3.West indies remain 306 runs adrift of their target while the Aussies will need to take seven wickets in 90 overs available and this has the making for a blockbuster final day at the ultramodern venue.

West Indies have fought hard to stay in contention for most of this Test match and Brathwaite’s century has now ensured that a victory is not completely out of reach. Together with debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul (45) he laid the platform with a 116-run opening stand. Chanderpaul showed tremendous composure as he batted 2 ½ hours, faced 126 balls and hit five boundaries, to follow up his first innings 51.

Brathwaite has so far 166 balls and struck 11 fours. He reached the landmark when he nudged a single off spinner Nathan Lyon, just before the eventual close of play. On reaching the millstone he was embraced by batting partner Jermaine Blackwood, raised his bat to the crowd, and saluted his team-mates. When he reached 43 he joined elite company to become the 13th West Indies batsman to complete 5,000 Test runs.

He said this innings has been “special”.

“For me it means everything. Growing up as a youngster watching West Indies play … Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Brian Lara, it means everything. Australia is No. 1. This is up there. As a leader I want to lead from the front. We know it is tough playing test cricket in Australia. For us it’s all about fighting. That’s the belief. It all starts from the first over. We don’t want to think too far ahead. It was good to get through today. Australia is going to come hard at us so it is important we start (Sunday) extremely well.”.

Chanderpaul was missed by Mitchell Starc at long leg off a top-edged hook off Cameron Green with the score at 109-0. Soon after Starc bowled Chanderpaul to end the opening resistance and conclude Chanderpaul’s highly impressive debut match against one of the world’s best bowling attacks.

Tagenarine Chanderpaul v Australia 2022

Shamarh Brooks, the concussion substitute for Nkrumah Bonner, scored 11 before Lyon had him caught by Steve Smith at slip. Blackwood made 24 in which time he kept Brathwaite’s company for 82 minutes as the pair added 58 runs. He was brilliantly caught one-handed by Labuschagne off Lyon at short leg.

Earlier in the day, Marnus Labuschagne hit an unbeaten 104 to add to his first innings of 204 to become the third Australian with single and double centuries in a Test as Australia set the West Indies 498 runs to win. The Aussies declared on 182-2 at lunch with Labuschagne and Steve Smith 20 not out after having resumed the fourth day on 29-1. The home side scored 153 runs in the session in just 26 overs.

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West Indies batters put up fight, before fall to new ball

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West Indies tour of Australia

Series: Two matches for Frank Worrell trophy

Day 3 of 1st Test Match

Venue: Perth Stadium, Western Australia

Toss: Australia won and batted

Scorecardhttps://bit.ly/ausvwi1sttest

Kraigg Brathwaite struck a gritty half-century while his debutant partner Tagenarine Chanderpaul completed his maiden one but West Indies had a lower order collapse to give Australia the advantage in the opening Test on Friday.

On a compelling third day, Brathwaite demonstrated his immense powers of concentration and adaptability with 64, Chanderpaul scored 51 while vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood (36), Shamarh Brooks (33) and Jason Holder (27) all weighed in to lift West Indies to 245-4 just after tea, in reply to Australia’s 598-4 declared.

However, arrival of the second new ball changed the course of the innings and the match, Pat Cummins (3-34) and Mitchell Starc (3-51) produced good effort for the hosts as West Indies lost their last six wickets for just 38 runs.

PIVOTAL DAY

With a first innings lead of 315, Australia opted not to enforce the follow on, and reached 29-1 at the close – ahead by 344 runs heading into the pivotal day four of the contest. Usman Khawaja was the lone casualty, as he edged a delivery from seamer Kemar Roach and was taken behind for five in the fifth over.

Resuming on their overnight 74-0, West Indies suffered an early setback when Chanderpaul perished to the final delivery of the first over. Unbeaten at the start on 47, the 26-year-old left-hander edged the fifth delivery of the morning from pacer Josh Hazlewood to the third man boundary before being squared up by the next and finding the safe hands of David Warner low at first slip.

Nkrumah Bonner added a further 28 for the second wicket with Brathwaite but ducked into a Cameron Green bouncer on six and never quite recovered. He left the field on 16 at the first drinks break and never returned, Brooks taking his place in the batting order as the concussion substitute.

IN TUNE WITH THE GAME

Speaking after the day’s play Brooks detailed how he kept himself mentally fixed on the game in case he was needed at any stage. He said:5CFFB3DC-4C20-4ABF-8D98-DDF177753ED7

“I always kept myself ready in case I was called upon. I was 12th man so my job was to service the players in the match but I kept a keen eye on the pitch, how things were happening and how the game was processing. When the captain came to me and said Nkrumah might be out and I would have to come in and do the job for the team I was ready. It didn’t require much preparation, I knew what was required and how to go about my business, I’ve played at this level before so I kept focused and in tune.”

Brathwaite dug in, facing 166 balls in nearly 4-¼ hours at the crease and counting five fours and a six. He extended the second wicket stand by 53 with Blackwood, taking West Indies to lunch on 150-1.

The 30-year-old Brathwaite reached his 28th Test half-century about half-hour before lunch when he deposited off-spinner Nathan Lyon (2-61) for a straight six to move to 49 and then pinched a single to mid-wicket in the same over.

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West Indies openers drop anchor after Aussies post big score

Tagenarine Chanderpaul 1st test vs Australia Perth 2022

West Indies tour of Australia

Series: Two matches for Frank Worrell trophy

Day 2 of 1st Test Match

Venue: Perth Stadium, Western Australia

Toss: Australia won and batted

Scorecardhttps://bit.ly/ausvwi1sttest

West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul fought hard on the second evening to ensure West Indies did not lose any wickets in a testing 90-minute period. After Australia declared their first innings at 598/4, the pair was forced to combat a barrage of short and menacing bowling from the Aussie pace attack on Thursday. They will resume on Friday at 74/0 with the left-handed Chanderpaul on an impressive 47 not out off 73 balls, and the skipper on 18 not out off 79 balls.

Chanderpaul got off the mark with a boundary off Mitchel Starc but took a painful blow on the groin from fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and had to be treated on the field by physio Dr Denis Byam. He recovered and soldiered on and also hooked skipper Pat Cummins for a towering six over long leg and way back into the stands.

It was a superb demonstration of toughness in the face of tremendous pressure in his first knock at the highest level. Brathwaite addressed the media after stumps on his birthday and said he was happy with the fight demonstrated so far.

HE IS A FIGHTER!Kraigg Braithwaite 1st test vs Australia Perth 2022

“I know he [Chanderpaul] is a fighter, so it isn’t surprising. I really look forward to seeing a lot for him playing for the West indies. It was good to see but obviously we need to continue tomorrow…. I knew for a while, playing against him, that he always takes his time and he bats long periods.  He’s going to be special. He is going to do a great job. I look forward to batting with him for many years to come.”

Earlier, double centuries by Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith allowed Australia to declare with a big total. Labuschagne scored 204, his second double century, and was out to the last ball before lunch, caught behind off Brathwaite’s off-spin. Smith reached 200 not out and Australia declared when Travis Head was out on 99 after playing on to Brathwaite, the tourist’s most successful bowler with 2-65.

Joshua Da Silva 1st test vs Australia Perth 2022

BOTTOM LINE

West Indies will have a lot of work to do when play resumes on Friday at 10:20am (10:20pm Thursday Eastern Caribbean/9:20pm Thursday Jamaica) and they will look to carry the momentum into the third day and beyond.

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Labuschagne hits top ton as Aussies draw first blood

Jayden Seales 1st test vs Australia Perth 2022

West Indies tour of Australia

Series: Two matches for Frank Worrell trophy

Day 1 of 1st Test Match

Venue: Perth Stadium, Western Australia

Toss: Australia won and batted

Scorecardhttps://bit.ly/ausvwi1sttest

West Indies were put to the test on the opening day of their two-Test campaign Down Under as Marnus Labuschagne recorded his eighth Test hundred to lead Australia’s domination on Wednesday.0E85B445-CAC4-4D48-8F43-4F1AF86D9D07

The visited started well when fast bowler Jayden Seales removed David Warner’s leg stump in the morning’s fourth over, after they were asked to bowl. But the prolific Labuschagne arrived to stroke a supremely impressive unbeaten 154 to carry Australia to 293-2 at the close. He was supported by left-handed Usman Khawaja with 65 while Steve Smith was unbeaten on 59 not out at stumps.

There was a testing period for Australia in the final hour before lunch when fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder, along with medium Kyle Mayers also produced probing spells, but Australia weathered the challenge to take charge in the day’s remaining sessions.Kyle Mayers vs Australia 1st test Perth 2022

Labuschagne, in his 29th Test, faced 270 balls and struck 16 fours and a six. He was at the centre of two century stands which underpinned the innings. First, he put on 142 for the second wicket with the left-handed Khawaja whose half-century came from 149 balls and included five fours and a six.Labuschagne then added a further 142 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Smith who counted seven fours and faced 107 balls in his 37th half century at this level.

ASSESSMENT

Head Coach Phil Simmons gave his assessment after the day’s play.West Indies 1st test Australia Perth 2022

“The first two sessions were good because we didn’t let them get away. I think the last session a few too many runs leaked…makes the day look bad but I think the first two sessions were good. I think that’s the way you have to bat, especially with the new ball swinging around,” he said. “As we saw in the last session, it belonged to Marnus because he had fought out the hard times before that. We need to get a couple of wickets early tomorrow … realistically, looking at maybe 400…even 450 you’re still in the game, because I think the wicket looks like it can get better.”

Early in the day Seales got Warner (5) to drag on a wide ball, the delivery after he had pulled a short ball to the square boundary. The next breakthrough came four overs before the tea break when Khawaja succumbed to the persistent Mayers, edging a beauty behind for wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva to complete the catch.

LARA PRESENTS CAP

Ahead of the start of play West Indies legend Brian Lara presented debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul with his first Test cap. Both teams participated in the barefoot circle as well as took the knee. West Indies also wore black armbands in tribute for David Murray, the former Test keeper who passed away last weekend in Barbados.

Play resumes on Thursday at 10:20am (10:20pm WednesdayEastern Caribbean/9:20pm Wednesday Jamaica).

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