Australia’s bowlers have put their side in a commanding position on day one of the first cricket test against the West Indies in Dominica.Australia’s pace attack led the way with an eight-wicket haul which backed up with some terrific fielding from skipper Michael Clarke and Adam Voges. Josh Hazlewood ripped through the West Indies after lunch, claiming the scalps of Shane Dowrich, Jermaine Blackwood and catching Marlon Samuels on the boundary off Mitchell Starc.
Hazlewood got the first scalp of opener Kraigg Braithwaite on a surprisingly bouncy Windsor Park.
“Probably the bounce surprised me,” he said in the press conference.
“I was happy with the bounce I could get. You could still bowl that fourth stump line that we do in Australia and get those edges.”
Windies’ skipper Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder steadied the ship by adding 30 runs in the seventh wicket to get them past 120. However the partnership ended when a terrific ball from Mitchell Johnson dismissed Ramdin. Johnson ended with impressive figures of three for 34 and the hosts were bowled out for 148.
Australia themselves got off to a nervy start with the wickets of openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh going cheaply. Warner was dismissed for eight while trying to glance a Jerome Taylor bouncer to leg side, but ended up giving a leading edge to the point. Marsh steadied the ship with Steve Smith before Marsh edged the ball to first slip.
Captain Michael Clarke came to the crease with intent, belting spinner Devendra Bishoo’s long-hop over the fence for six. The Bishoo then got the better of Clarke, catching the skipper off-guard as he got the ball to skid through and catch the bottom edge which welcomed 35-year-old debutant Adam Voges to the crease.
Smith and Voges remain unbeaten for 17 and 20 respectively, as Australia finished the day on three for 85.
The visitors remain 63 runs behind at the conclusion of the first day. – Marc Summers
West Indies 148 all out in 1st innings (S Hope 36, M Johnson 3/34 & J Hazlewood 3/33)
Australia 3/85 (A Voges 20*, S Smith 17* & J Holder 1/14)
Australia trail by 63 runs with seven wickets remaining.
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