Ruthless Australia pummel depleted West Indies inside three days

Ruthless australia pummel depleted west indies inside three days0

Josh Hazlewood took five for 35 as world champions Australia defeated a weakened West Indies by ten wickets in the first Test of the two-match series on Friday at the Adelaide Oval.

Usman Khawaja was forced to retire injured after being hit in the head by West Indies rookie fast Shamar Joseph with one run needed for win, and Marnus Labuschagne drove the home team over the line with the second ball he faced.

A comfortable 95-run advantage in the first innings placed the hosts in command of the low-scoring encounter, and their win was just a matter of time when Hazlewood annihilated the West Indies top order on Thursday.

The West Indies followed their first innings 188 with another below-par total of 120 on Friday morning, losing their last four wickets for 47 runs, leaving Australia needing 26 to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.

The home team defeated the target in 6.4 overs to win in three days and secure their place at the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) rankings.

The West Indies have not won a Test Down Under since 1997, and few expected their dismal skid to end when they came with a depleted lineup.

The Caribbean side made three debuts after their greatest all-rounders, Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers, opted out of the series to play in lucrative Twenty20 leagues.

Australia, on the other hand, had no such fears, and local star Travis Head once again shown his value in the middle order by hammering the lone century of the match, which proved decisive.

Despite being thoroughly outplayed, the West Indies may prefer to focus on the fact that they discovered a potential match-winner in Shamar Joseph, who shined in his Test debut.

The 24-year-old Guyana fast bowler scored 36 at number 11 in the first innings, the second highest individual score, and then took five wickets in his debut Test.

Thursday marks the start of the second and final Test in Brisbane, which will be played day and night.

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