Hobart - Recalled paceman James Pattinson
claimed five wickets as the West Indies succumbed to a dispiriting innings and
212-run loss to Australia on the third day of the first Test in Hobart on
Pattinson, playing in his first Test since
March last year after recovering from chronic back and hamstring issues,
spearheaded the Australian assault to rip apart the threadbare Windies batting.
The hapless Caribbean tourists were sent
back in by Australia skipper Steve Smith after being dismissed for 223 in the
first innings to trail the home side by 360 runs.
The West Indies went into free-fall in
their second innings, confirming fears about their competitiveness ahead of the
remaining Melbourne and Sydney Tests.
It was a triumph for Pattinson, who
returned to the Australian side for injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and
justified his recall after going wicketless for 68 bowling in the West Indies
The West Indies have now won just four of
their last 21 Tests and went into the first Hobart Test on the back of a
humbling 10-wicket loss in their only warm-up game to a modest Cricket
The once-great West Indies are ranked above
only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and last won a Test in Australia in 1997.
Only opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite
showed any resolve in the second innings shambles, finishing with 94 out of the
paltry 148 total.
Pattinson triggered the rot by having
Rajendra Chandrika caught by Smith in the slips for a duck.
First-innings centurion Darren Bravo fell
for just four when his middle stump was uprooted by Pattinson.
Marlon Samuels came and went for three,
caught off the bat's handle by David Warner, and Jermaine Blackwood completed a
pair of ducks when he was out the next ball, bowled by Pattinson.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin gave Warner his
second catch of the innings off Mitchell Marsh for four.
Skipper Jason Holder was caught down the
leg-side off Pattinson for 17, Kemar Roach gloved Josh Hazlewood to Peter
Nevill for three, and Jerome Taylor fell to a catch in the deep off Hazlewood
Brathwaite was the last man out, bowled by
Hazlewood six runs short of his century.
The tourists were earlier dismissed for 223
with Hazlewood missing a hat-trick after dismissing Roach and Taylor with
successive balls to finish with four for 45.
Hazlewood, bowling with great shape, was
unlucky not to snare Jomel Warrican who gloved just over Joe Burns' head at
short leg to see off the hat-trick attempt.
Bravo, on 94 overnight, was the last man
out for 108 after raising his seventh Test century.
Bravo's defiant innings came to an
anti-climactic finish when he dollied a catch off Peter Siddle to Nathan Lyon
He faced 177 balls for his hundred with 20
The West Indies innings finished on the
ninth wicket down with injured fast bowler Shannon Gabriel unable to bat
because of a stressed left ankle injury.
With Gabriel down Smith quickly enforced
the follow-on as the Australians pressed for a quick-fire victory.
A total attendance of 15,342 over the three
days may also spell trouble for Hobart as a Test venue with pressure for the
national capital Canberra to host one of the six Tests next summer season.