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Jason Holder takes Windies on his back, but Australia in full control


Jason Holder takes Windies on his back, but Australia in full control

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder lashed an unbeaten 82 off 63 balls on Saturday but fast bowler Josh Hazlewood grabbed five for 38 to seal a first innings lead of 179 for Australia on the third day of the second cricket Test.

West Indies, resuming on 143 for eight at Sabina Park in reply to Australia’s first innings of 399, were eventually bowled out for 220 and Australia reached lunch on 22-0 in their second innings for an overall lead of 201.

Holder dominated the morning session, blasting 12 fours and two sixes in his counter-attacking knock which saw him add 69 runs in 39 balls after resuming on 13.

He got straight-batted assistance from fellow Barbadian pacer, Kemar Roach, who stood firm to score 7 off 36 balls in a ninth-wicket partnership of 77.

Holder was severe on all the main bowlers, with two lofted fours over cover in Hazlewood’s second over signalling his intent. The 23-year-old also lofted Hazlewood over long-off for six.

Holder brought up his fifty off 48 balls, with his second six sailing over long-off from Nathan Lyon’s off spin.

He continued to find the boundary before Hazlewood removed Roach and last man Jerome Taylor in the space of three balls to end the innings.

Roach feathered an edge through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who claimed his fifth catch of the innings, while Taylor played no stroke and was plumb lbw.

The 24-year-old Hazlewood’s second five-wicket haul began on Friday when he claimed Shane Dowrich, Denesh Ramdin and Jermaine Blackwood.

Australia’s openers Shaun Marsh and David Warner were cautious in stretching the tourists’ lead to 201 by the break.

Marsh was unbeaten on 14 while Warner hit 8 not out.