Hobart - Nathan Lyon put the skids under the flailing West Indies as Australia
set course for an overwhelming early victory despite Darren Bravo
holding on in the first Test in Hobart on Friday.
At the close of a
stop-start day through showers, the Windies were 207 for six with Bravo
offering spirited resistance on 94 with Kemar Roach in support on 31.
Bravo and Roach kept the Windies innings ticking over with an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 91.
claimed two wickets in one over to trigger a middle-order collapse to
have the West Indies in familiar trouble in their chase after a mammoth
declaration of 583 for four on the second day.
off-spinner snared the wickets of Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood
in his seventh over along with opener Rajendra Chandrika for 175 Test
wickets to leave the hapless Caribbean tourists struggling to avoid a
heavy defeat with three days left.
The Windies sticky predicament
was accentuated by the dismissal of skipper Jason Holder, the last of
the recognised batsmen at the crease with Bravo.
Holder refused to
seek a referral after being struck high on the pad by Peter Siddle and
walked off for 15, leaving his side in deep strife at 116 for six.
showed that the ball was missing the stumps and the towering Holder may
have stayed on as the players left the field for a brief rain break.
West Indies efforts were in sharp contrast to Australia's run spree,
propelled by a record 449-run fourth-wicket stand by Adam Voges and
The West Australian pair eclipsed the fourth-wicket
Test record of 437 set by Sri Lankans Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela
Jayawardene against Pakistan in 2009.
It was also the biggest Test
stand by Australians at home, bettering the 405-run fifth-wicket
partnership by Sid Barnes and Don Bradman against England in Sydney in
But the duo fell two runs short of Australia's all-time
highest partnership for any wicket of 451 held by Bill Ponsford and
Bradman against England at The Oval in 1934.
Voges also posted Australia's highest score against the West Indies with an unbeaten 269, eclipsing Doug Walters' 242 in 1969.
holed out just before lunch for 182, caught on the ropes by Bravo off
spinner Jomel Warrican, ending a day's occupation of the crease as he
compiled his highest Test score.
Australia hammered 145 runs in
the session to go to lunch at 583 for four enabling Steve Smith to
declare the innings during the break.
The Windies made a cautious start after lunch, but soon began to unravel.
Kraigg Brathwaite lasted 26 balls before Josh Hazlewood trapped him leg before wicket for two in the ninth over.
followed in the 20th over when he was deceived by a drifting Lyon
delivery and got an outside edge to Smith at slip for 25.
Samuels lasted only 14 balls before he was splendidly caught and bowled by Lyon for nine.
didn't see out Lyon's over and was gone five balls later, caught at
bat-pad by Joe Burns, giving the spinner three for 18.
attack went down a bowler when quick Shannon Gabriel left the field
with what a team spokesman said was a stress reaction in his left ankle,
putting him in doubt for the rest of the series.