At the end of the Bellerive Test, West Indies were left embarrassed and nothing but helpless and hopeless when they lost the first Test by an innings and 212 runs. They were shown no mercy by the destructive Australians as all this mayhem for the Caribbean boys ended within three days of play.
This was the visitors’ second heaviest defeat in Tests against the Aussies. An interesting fact of this match was that Australia batted for four sessions and lost just 4 wickets in the proceedings, West Indies, on the other hand, batted for less than four innings and lost all of their wickets, following their loss in the first Test.
James Pattinson was the star of the bowling line-up for Australia in the second innings. Taking a fiver in his comeback Test, he broke through the top-order batting line-up and became the only bowler to take 2 five-fors at the Bellerive Oval venue.
He was very well supported by strike bowler Josh Hazlewood who took 3 wickets in the second innings and 4 in the first on. Having both these bowlers on fire, statistics showed that West Indies lost 5 wickets for just 35 runs in the pre-lunch session in their second innings.
It took Michael Clarke his final Test to enforce the follow-on while his successor Steve Smith took it to effect in just his fourth Test as a Test captain. The first innings had nothing much for the West Indies to be proud of except Darren Bravo who stood out. His 108 runs of 223 balls were the lone performer who got to reach to his century on the day 3 morning. His good deed was neutralized by a not-so-good one as Bravo was among the unlucky ones to be dismissed twice in a session.
The Aussie bowlers were fresh enough to be bowling throughout the day as they wrapped up the Australian innings under the first 5 overs. After Bravo reached his ton and his celebrations got over, Hazlewood struck twice in the next over by taking out Kemar Roach(31) while he edged the ball behind, ending the 99-run stand. Jerome Taylor was sent back to the dressing room with a golden duck as Bravo was the last man to go, ending the West Indies innings where they were still trailing by 360 runs. Therefore, Smith enforced the follow-on, without knowing that the play wouldn’t even last for 40 overs.
The second innings started and the play soon ended for Rajendra Chandrika as he edged on to the opposition’s captain at slip, possessing his 3rd duck in his 4-innings Test career. Pattinson didn’t let the savior for West Indies make a mark again as he bowled him out. Pattinson’s anarchy continued throughout the top-order as he took out both Samuels (3), off an edge towards gully and Blackwood (0), getting his stumps shattered.
It was turning out to be a disastrous morning for visitors as only Brathwaite had survived this chaos. Experienced batsman Ramdin also became a part of this horrific start as he edged one to gully, scoring just 4 runs. The score was 30/5 with the visitors trying to avoid getting bundled out under 100 runs. The captain stepped in and along with Vice-captain Brathwaite, made sure that anomaly never became a reality. They somewhat steadied the West Indies’ innings but contributing through a 30-run partnership.
Smith went to his go-to man to end the play as early as possible and the speedster didn’t disappoint. Pattinson took out Holder for 17, getting his edge. Hazlewood took care of the last 3 wickets. Roach (3) couldn’t handle Josh’s bouncer and his attempted hook went straight to the keeper. Taylor (12) was caught at mid-off while Brathwaite’s well-deserved century was denied as he was bowled for 94 runs.
12 wickets had fallen in less than two sessions on Friday as West Indies suffered a great loss. Now, they wait for a fortnight till their next game at the MCG, while many of the Australians wouldn’t mind turning up for the domestic club teams in the upcoming matches of the Big Bash League starting this week.