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Current Match Report – Australia vs West Indies 1st Check 2023/24

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Lunch Australia 144 for five (Head 41*, Carey 9*) path West Indies 188 by 44 runs

West Indies loved a wonderful morning on the second day in Adelaide to maintain themselves firmly in competition. Shamar Joseph continued his spectacular Check debut and Justin Greaves claimed his personal maiden worldwide wicket, with Australia needing Travis Head to construct on his basis.

Shamar Joseph added to his first-day success early on the second when he had Cameron Inexperienced caught behind, then Greaves broke a threatening stand between Head and Usman Khawaja when the latter was taken at slip.

On a floor that was proving trickier to bat that anticipated, Mitchell Marsh was given a working over round off stump earlier than being fantastically caught by Greaves, standing very shut at third slip and sporting a helmet.

Hometown stars Head and Alex Carey carried Australia to lunch with the onus on them to safe Australia a lead earlier than exposing the bowlers.

The early indicators had been that it could possibly be Inexperienced’s day, as he resumes his Check profession at No. 4, however after a brace of early boundaries off Shamar Joseph he nicked a good-length supply that left him a fraction to ship the bowler in one other dash celebration throughout the Adelaide Oval outfield the morning after he turned a narrative all over the world.

Shamar and Alzarri Joseph maintained early stress on Khawaja and Head, the previous glad to bide his time whereas the latter was eager to be aggressive. West Indies rapidly went to a short-ball plan towards Head though the floor didn’t fairly have the tempo in it to be massively problematic.

Head went previous 3000 Check runs with a lofted drive over the covers because the partnership began to dominate. Khawaja was shaping up effectively, placing a few pulls away strongly by midwicket, whereas Head additionally deposited Greaves into the stands over sq. leg.

However simply as considerations had been rising as as to whether West Indies may preserve the stress, the medium tempo of Greaves lured Khawaja into driving a large supply and the sting was effectively held at second slip.

Marsh struggled early in his innings, a number of occasions edging wanting the cordon, and had 1 off 22 balls earlier than he laced a canopy drive off Shamar Joseph. Nonetheless, it wasn’t an indication of a change in fortune. After one other edge fell wanting third slip, Greaves moved up even nearer, after which brilliantly held the chance off Kemar Roach.


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