Starc and Hazlewood Shine as Australia Secures Resounding Test Triumph

Clinical Australia took a commanding 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series, securing a resounding 10-wicket victory over West Indies in Adelaide on January 19. Led by Mitchell Starc, Australia’s bowling unit efficiently dismissed West Indies’ tail in just over an hour on the third morning. Despite a strong final-wicket stand, Australia was left with a modest target of 26.

Entering the second innings at 73/6 on Day 2, West Indies faced a tough challenge against Australia’s formidable bowling attack. Mitchell Starc set the tone early, claiming crucial wickets in his opening spell. Alzarri Joseph showed resilience, but Starc eventually induced a wicket with a cleverly placed length ball. Josh Hazlewood continued his dominance, completing a fifer and breaking the backbone of West Indies’ top-order.

Australia secured the ninth wicket with West Indies on the brink of equalizing the first-innings lead. Shamar Joseph, continuing his impressive debut with the bat, contributed a stylish cover drive and a couple of boundaries before falling to Lyon. As the Australia openers leveled the scores, a directed short ball hit Usman Khawaja on the helmet, leading to a concussion check. Despite the interruption, Australia efficiently wrapped up the game in just 6.4 overs.

With this decisive 1-0 lead, Australia ensured the retention of the Frank Worrell Trophy. Notable performances include Travis Head’s century and Josh Hazlewood’s impactful bowling, securing a well-deserved victory.

Summary scores: West Indies 188 (Kirk McKenzie 50, Shamar Joseph 36; Pat Cummins 4-41, Josh Hazlewood 4-44) & 120 (Kirk McKenzie 26; Josh Hazlewood 5-35) lost to Australia 283 (Travis Head 119, Usman Khawaja 45; Shamar Joseph 5-94) & 26/0 (Steve Smith 11*) by 10 wickets.


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