Ton-up Labuschagne powers Australia but Windies dig in

The Nation  |  Dec 04, 2022

PERTH-Marnus Labuschagne racked up another century on Saturday to help Australia set West Indies a huge target of 498 on day four of the first Test in Perth, but the hosts still require seven wickets to secure a win on the last day.

Visiting captain Kraigg Brathwaite ended the day unbeaten on 101 to give his sidea fighting chance after Australia earlier declared their second innings on 182-2. West Indies were bowled out for 283 in their first innings but Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on despite posting a massive 598-4 in their first dig.

A fiery Saturday morning spell by Alzarri Josephhad Marnus Labuschagne twisting and weaving early in the proceedings. Caught at gully off a no-ball on 19, Labuschagne capitalised on his good fortune and punished the weary fielders in an innings that became ever more belligerent as a lunchtime declaration loomed.Five balls before the break, he became only the eighth batter to register a double and single century in the same Test, ending unbeaten on 104 off 110 balls. 

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With fast bowler Pat Cummins out of the attack due to quad soreness, the West Indies openers batted resolutely to guide their side to 84-0 at tea. Debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 45 before chopping Mitchell Starc on to his stumps, induced to drive through an open off-side field. Shamarh Brooks was next to fall, edging Nathan Lyon (2-54) to slip on 11. Australia’s bowlers laboured late into the afternoon as Brathwaite worked towards his 11th Test ton, which he brought up with a sweep to deep midwicket, but Lyon struck late to send Jermaine Blackwood on his way for 24.


WEST INDIES 283 & 192-3 (Brathwaite 101*) need 306 more runs to beat AUSTRALIA 598-4 dec & 182-2 dec (Labuschagne 104*). 

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