Australia retained Frank Worrell trophy as they registered a comfortable nine wicket victory over a slack West Indies, who lost six wickets in just 27 runs following a gritty 144 run partnership between Dowrich and Samuels in reply to Australia’s first innings lead of 170, at Roseau in Dominica.
The Dominica Test started on Wednesday and ended within three days as it dashed Dominican spectator’s hope for a weekend battle. At one point of the match West Indies were looking determined to set a big total for Australia.
The Caribbean team started the day with 25 for 2. For Australia the day was a fantastic beginning as Warner taken Darren Bravo off Josh Hazlewood for five in the mid-off. But that did not prevent Samuels and Dowrich to build the highest partnership of the diminutive affair in Dominica. They defied Australia’s illustrative bowling attack in the successive two sessions only losing one wicket. They went on to score 144 runs and seemed to make thing complicated for Australia; chopped Lyon, cut Johonson, lofted Hazelwood and drove Starc across the ground. Although, a mini collapse in the third session in which West Indies lost six wickets in just 27 runs paved the way for Australia to win the one-off test.
Lyon utilised the rough created by batsmen that helped him to swindled WI middle order batsmen Blackwood and Ramdin. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc who brought the first break-through for Australia when he uprooted Braithwaite on Thursday afternoon came back in style in the third session where he cut the West Indies tail short by showing dressing room to Taylor, Bishoo and Gabriel. The collapse started with Dowrich (70) when Watson caught him off Hazlewood in the 67th over. Later in the 76th over Samuels got out off Johnson. Finally West Indies tumbled at paltry 216 with a mere 47 run lead over Australia.
As the Australia commenced their defense of Frank Worrell trophy in the second innings Warner has no intention to leave the job for Saturday. He hits a four and a six off Taylor in the very first over, and again in the second over he lofted Shanon Gabriel that landed in the stands. However, Warner did not last long as he edged Taylor to the slip to Bravo. Five runs away from the win Steve Smith joined Shaun Marsh to cruised into the victory.
Earlier Adam Voges scored 135 in the second innings of the match, and become the oldest cricketer to score hundred on his debut has changed the fate of the match. His was a huge relief to Australia as Bishoo’s leg spin dragged Australia to a sloppy 126 for 6 in the 43rd over of their innings in reply to West Indies first innings total of 148.
In the second innings when WI batsmen were looking threatening Lyon, Hazlewood and Starc yielded a much needed fiery spell that washed away WI hope.
However, three day finish and slack approach to the game yet again made Test cricket a diminutive matter.
Brief score: Australia 318/10 & 47/1 def. West Indies 148/10 & 216/10 by nine wickets