Australia cruised past the West Indies to win the first Test by an innings and 212 runs at Blundstone Oval in Hobart.
The one-sided match featured a record-breaking 449-run partnership between Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh. Voges was not out at 269 off 285 balls when captain Steve Smith declared at 4/583. The stand fell only three runs shy of beating the all-time Australian Test partnership of 451 by Donald Bradman and Bill Ponsford for the second-wicket against England at The Oval in 1934. (It was, however, only the sixth-highest all-time Test partnership; the record of 624 was scored by Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene against South Africa in 2006.)
The Australian bowling was outstanding: James Pattinson, filling in for the injured Mitchell Starc, took five wickets from 27 runs and Josh Hazlewood took seven in the match as the rampant Aussies skittled the Windies’ line-up twice inside 107 overs.
The stand between Voges and Marsh break several records.
- They overtook the 437 made by Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera in a Test against Pakistan in 2009.
- It is the highest Test partnership against the West Indies, surpassing Peter May and Colin Cowdrey’s 411 for England in 1957.
- It is the highest Test stand on Australian soil, eclipsing the 405 by Bradman and Sid Barnes at Sydney in 1946.
- Voges’ 269 not out is the highest Test score by an Australian against the West Indies, breaking Doug Walters’ 242 at Sydney in 1969.
West indies captain Jason Holder acknowledged his rookie team had a lot of “soul-searching” to do, but looked forward to the challenge of coming back from defeat.
“It was a tough three days for them: they were ill-disciplined, they need to be patient with the ball to be successful for the rest of the games,” he told a post-match conference, but “The team is looking forward to the Boxing Day Test.”
The highlight for the West Indies was the modest recovery in their first innings, when they briefly looked as if they might be able to struggle through to avoid the follow on. Darren Bravo dug in for an uncharacteristically dour 108 runs in the first, and Kraigg Brathwaite, 94, was last man out for 94 in the second. Without their contributions the match would have been truly farcical. Only one other West Indian scored more in the match than the tally of extras, at 28.
The second test begins on Boxing day at the MCG. – Jesse Mullens
Top photo of Man of the Match Adam Voges from Cricket Australia’s Twitter feed.