Voges and Marsh’s record-breaking partnership dominates West Indies
Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh entered the record books as they hold the record for the highest fourth wicket stand in the history of Test cricket after combining 449 runs, adding up to the mammoth total of 583 for 4 put up by the Aussies at lunch on Day 2 of the first Test against West Indies.
Mercifully for Wet Indies, this partnership came to a halt when Shaun Marsh was caught at mid-wicket. He had scored 182 and the duo just fell another 2 runs short to clinch the record set by Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman for the highest partnership stand by Australians in Test cricket.
Marsh’s partner Adam Voges soldiered on while remaining unbeaten on 269. He smashed two records – this marked his maiden double century in his Test career while the second one being, he bettered the previous best individual score of 209 at the Bellerive Oval scored by Ricky Ponting.
This partnership was marked as the sixth highest partnership of all time for any wicket. The 449 run was also the highest partnership scored between the current two teams.
Ironically, according to West Indies captain Jason Holder, his team’s strength was supposed to be the bowling attack. Watching the current scores and conditions, their chance of turning the match around through their bowling attack are looking extremely slim.
Facing just 285 balls in his 269 run tenure, he smashed 33 boundaries. The 36-year old reached the 200-mark with a single to deep point, while still in his first year of International Test cricket.
Even Shaun Marsh was looking strong and was about to reach the milestone of 200 runs just before lunch. An attempted slog sweep off a Jomel Warrican delivery, went straight to Darren Bravo in the field thus, ending their historic partnership.
Mitchell Marsh, Shaun’s brother, will resume on one not out alongside Voges after the break, looking to rack up a few quick runs before a declaration.
Brief Scores – (First Innings, Day two)
Australia – 583/4 (113.6) (declared) (Jomel Warrican -28 overs,1 maiden,158 runs, 3wkts)
West Indies – 207/6 (64.6) (DM Bravo – 94; Kemar Roach – 31)
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