Australia and West Indies are playing the 1st test of the two match series at Perth which began on Wednesday. The home team has already built itself a huge advantage with nothing going right for the West Indian team. Australia declared their first innings for 598 after the twin double centuries from Labuschagne and Smith.
West Indies were left battered and bruised as they were bowled out for a mere 283 while giving the home side a huge lead of 315. Skipper Pat Cummins elected not to enforce the follow and have a bat the 2nd time.
The story so far –
Marnus Labuschagne has emerged as one of the biggest run scorers in the world in test cricket. In the first innings he score his 2nd test double ton (204) to help Australia pile on a huge score on the board.
Alzarri Joseph gives Marnus a 2nd life –
The West Indian bowlers came into the 4th day of the 1st test hoping to minimalize the damage that lay in front of them. Joseph given the semi hard new ball early in the day got one to jump up awkwardly at Labuschagne.
The batter could only fend it off to the slip where the catch was completed. It seemed as if the batter was walking back to hut. That’s when the whole drama began as there was a check for no-ball. The entire West Indian was celebrating the wicket only for umpire Richard Illingworth to call it a no ball.
Australia bowl out WI for 283 –
Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul added 78 for the 1st wicket in 26 overs together. Chanderpaul, making his test debut scored 51 off 78 balls with 7 fours and a six. Skipper Brathwaite was the innings top scorer with 64 off 166 balls with 5 fours and one six in his innings.
N Bonner was ruled out of the game due to a blow to the head and Shamarah Brooks came as his concussion substitute and scored 33. Vice Captain of the side Jermaine Blackwood scored 108 balls 36. For the Australians the damage with the ball was done by Starc and Cummins who picked 3 wickets each. Nathan Lyon picked 2 while Hazlewood and Green picked a wicket each.
Fans react on Twitter –
The cricket fans were gutted at such a peach of a delivery not get a wicket due to no ball and took to Twitter to air their views. You can read all the tweets below.
Brute of a ball!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 3, 2022
But Joseph's joy comes quickly to a halt... #AUSvWI pic.twitter.com/OEAmGqRGGF
So good to see Alzarri Joseph finally bring the fire. He is so fired up that he had his cap off & was walking towards his mark literally before the umpire had called “over” at the other end. Fun session ahead #AusvWI pic.twitter.com/DYgmk7Fb3S— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 3, 2022
For the West Indies, they absolutely need a couple of wickets tonight. Fire up Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph. Absolutely need to be good right now. #AUSvWI— Craig M (@diminutiverowdy) December 2, 2022
Marnus Labuschagne is really struggling with this short ball here. Joseph is all over him! #AUSvWI— Jord (@jordsufc_x) December 3, 2022
Marnus is very lucky. Maybe the reason is he never sledges and is friendly with everyone.— Tony Stark (@TonySta13327820) December 3, 2022
West Indies players pulling the piss out of Marnus by calling everything remotely good "delicious" is so funny fantastic vibes— 🌈Stu 🇦🇺 (@stuwhy) December 3, 2022
marnus had big lucky patches in his double ton in innings 1,tbh, #ausvwi— Chris Stevens (@TheLadfromAus) December 3, 2022