The first Test match between Australia and West Indies in Adelaide proved to be an intense battle of skills and determination. Australia ended Day 1 on a stronger note, displaying their dominance over the West Indies. The host team's bowlers, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, took four wickets each, restricting the West Indies to a paltry 188 runs in their first innings. Despite a valiant effort from debutant Shamar Joseph, who shone with both bat and ball, the West Indies struggled to make a significant impact.
West Indies Struggle to Establish a Strong Start
The West Indies had a poor start, losing wickets at key moments throughout their innings. They were 133/9 at one stage, but a resilient 46-run partnership between Kirk McKenzie and Kavem Hodge for the fourth wicket provided some hope. McKenzie, playing in just his third Test match, displayed great resolve and scored his maiden half-century. However, the West Indies failed to capitalize on this partnership and eventually finished their innings on 188 runs.
Debutant Shamar Joseph Shines
Despite the West Indies' struggles, debutant Shamar Joseph had a standout performance. Coming in at number 11, Joseph showcased his talent with a valiant 41-ball 36, including a crucial 50-plus partnership with Kemar Roach (17) for the final wicket. Joseph also made an impact with the ball, taking two important wickets, dismissing Australia's Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. His all-round performance was a silver lining for the West Indies.
Hazlewood and Cummins Lead the Australian Bowling Attack
Australia's bowling duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins proved to be a formidable force against the West Indies. Hazlewood, playing his 65th Test match, achieved a significant milestone by reaching 250 Test wickets. With an average of 25.71, Hazlewood's impressive bowling figures of 4/44 against the West Indies further solidified his reputation as a key player in the Australian team. Cummins, on the other hand, continued his excellent form, taking 4/41 in the match. He surpassed former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie to become the ninth-highest wicket-taker for Australia.
Australia's Batting Response
In response to the West Indies' total of 188 runs, Australia got off to a steady start but also lost two early wickets. Steve Smith, who replaced David Warner as an opener, was dismissed for 12 by Shamar Joseph, while Marnus Labuschagne fell for just 10 runs. However, Usman Khawaja remained unbeaten on 30, showing great composure and resilience. Alongside Cameron Green, Khawaja steadied the innings, and Australia ended Day 1 at 59/2 from 21 overs.
The first day of the Test match between Australia and West Indies in Adelaide witnessed Australia's dominance in both bowling and batting. While the West Indies struggled to establish a strong start, debutant Shamar Joseph's impressive performance provided some hope for the team. However, Australia's formidable bowling attack, led by Hazlewood and Cummins, limited the West Indies to a modest total. As the match continues, it will be interesting to see how Australia's batsmen respond to the West Indies' bowling challenge and whether the West Indies can make a comeback in the game.