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Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head put Australia in command towards West Indies

Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head put Australia in command against West Indies
An impressed spell of bowling from Josh Hazlewood and an excellent attacking century from Travis Head put Australia in full management of the primary Take a look at towards the West Indies on the second day at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

After Head smashed 119 from 134 balls to take Australia to 283 and a first-innings lead of 95, Hazlewood took 4 wickets for simply two runs firstly of the West Indies second innings to deal a hammer blow to the guests.

At stumps on the second day, the West Indies have been 73-6, nonetheless 22 runs from making Australia bat once more.

Joshua Da Silva was not out 17, with Justin Greaves dismissed off the final ball of the day’s play.

Josh Hazlewood eliminated the highest 4 West Indies batsmen in an outstanding spell of seam bowling.

He dismissed Tagenarine Chanderpaul for a primary ball duck, then in his subsequent over he had captain Kraigg Brathwaite caught by Travis Head at a deepish quick leg.

The West Indies have been 7-3 when Alick Athanaze gloved a bouncer to keeper Alex Carey, then 19-4 when Kavem Hodge edged to Steve Smith at second slip.

Kirk McKenzie and Greaves tried to rebuild the innings and took the rating to 40 earlier than McKenzie tried an expansive drive off Cameron Inexperienced, solely to spoon the ball to Marnus Labuschagne at quick cowl.

Greaves and Da Silva batted sensibly and seemed sure to take the West Indies safely to stumps, just for off-spinner Nathan Lyon to lure Greaves lbw for twenty-four.

On a pitch that troubled each different batsman, Head gave the impression to be taking part in on a unique floor, citing his seventh Take a look at century with a wonderful cowl drive to the boundary.

He finally fell after making a brisk century, caught brilliantly on the boundary by Kavem Hodge off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph, however by then the injury had been finished and Australia have been firmly in management.

The Australians have been anticipated to dominate a below-strength West Indies, who’ve three gamers on debut on this match.

However led by thrilling newcomer Shamar Joseph, the guests took common wickets all through the primary two classes to initially hold the Australians on the again foot.

Joseph, taking part in solely his sixth first-class match, ended with 5-94 in a powerful Take a look at debut.

Australia had reshuffled their batting order on the retirement of David Warner, shifting Steve Smith to opener so they might carry Inexperienced again into the facet.

The primary a part of that experiment failed when Smith fell for 12 on Wednesday, so the Australians would have been hoping for large runs from the towering Inexperienced.

However he was gone for 14 in simply the second over on Thursday morning, caught by wicketkeeper Da Silva off Shamar Joseph to depart the Australians 67-3.

All of the batsmen struggled with the gradual tempo and variable bounce of the wicket however Head rode his luck, his usually counter-attacking century included 12 fours and three sixes and proved the distinction between the 2 sides.