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West Indies out for 148, Australia on 85-3 on day 1 of test


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West Indies out for 148, Australia on 85-3 on day 1 of test

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ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson took three wickets apiece on Wednesday as Australia skittled the West Indies for 148 on the first day of their first test at Windsor Park.

Hazlewood claimed 3-33, Johnson took 3-34 and fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc chipped in with 2-48 as the tourists routed a home side whose top scorer was Shai Hope with 36.

Australia reached 85-3 by close, just 63 runs in arrears. Steve Smith was unbeaten on 17 with debutant Adam Voges on 20 not out.

“We’re obviously pretty happy with how we went. We did our job as a (bowling) group.” Hazlewood said.

The home team, after winning the toss, enjoyed a solid enough start, reaching 63-1 midway through the first session.

But Australia produced a disciplined performance with the ball and was spectacular in the field, prompting a West Indies collapse either side of lunch — with five middle-order wickets being lost for 28 runs.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Hope added 23 before Hazlewood drew a tentative stroke from Brathwaite, who tickled the ball to wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.

Hope and Darren Bravo put on a further 40 for the second wicket before Nathan Lyon broke the blossoming stand. The off-spinner induced an edge from Bravo and captain Michael Clarke lunged low to his left to pluck a brilliant one-handed catch.

Australia were further rewarded half an hour before lunch when Johnson removed Hope. The 21-year-old drove loosely outside off stump and sparred to gully where Shaun Marsh claimed a fine diving catch.

After lunch, the wickets continued to tumble as Hazlewood bowled debutant Shane Dowrich (15) off the inside edge and soon added the scalp of Jermaine Blackwood to a second slip catch.

Hazlewood then contributed a well-judged catch at fine leg to pouch Marlon Samuels’ top-edged hook off Starc as the hosts slumped to 91-6.

Jason Holder and captain Denesh Ramdin rallied to add 30 for the seventh wicket. But Johnson returned to bowl Ramdin off the inside edge and the tail failed to wag.

Starc claimed Holder via a gully catch before Voges, a 35-year-old making his debut, hauled in an excellent running catch to remove Jerome Taylor off Smith’s part-time leg-spin.

Johnson finished off the innings on the stroke of tea when last man Shannon Gabriel edged to second slip, where Clarke claimed his third sharp catch.

The West Indies bowlers hit back strongly in the final session as Taylor and Holder dismissed openers David Warner and Shaun Marsh cheaply.

Warner (8) spooned Taylor to gully off the leading edge while fellow left-hander Marsh (19) edged to first slip off Holder at 38-2.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo added the key wicket of skipper Clarke, caught behind to provide Ramdin with his 200th test dismissal and leave Australia on 61-3.

Smith and Voges steadied the tourists’ innings in the final half hour in an unbroken stand of 24, with Voges hitting four fours off 27 balls while Smith had a boundary-free innings of just over two hours.

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