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West Indies batting collapses, facing another defeat


West Indies batting collapses, facing another defeat

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MELBOURNE – The West Indies batsmen crumbled late on Sunday to leave their team teetering on 91 for six and staring at another humiliating defeat at the close of day two of the second cricket Test against Australia.

The dramatic collapse in the final session left the tourists 261 runs short of making the hosts bat again and came after centuries to Australia captain Steven Smith and Adam Voges drove the hosts to a mammoth first innings declaration at 551 for three.

Darren Bravo was 13 not out, with debutant paceman Carlos Brathwaite on three, and their team in absolute disarray.

Pacemen James Pattinson and Peter Siddle grabbed two wickets apiece along with spinner Nathan Lyon as the Caribbeans’ hopes of staving off a 2-0 series defeat appeared shot.

Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Rajendra Chandrika had negotiated a nervous hour to tea but their hard work was undone straight after the break by Lyon. (Reuters)

Summarised scores:

Australia 551 for three in 135 overs (Usman Khawaja 144, Steven Smith 134*, Joe Burns 128, Adam Voges 106; Jerome Taylor 2-97). West Indies: 91 for six in 43 overs (Jermaine Blackwood 28, Rajindra Chandrika 25, Kraigg Brathwaite 17, Darren Bravo 13; Nathan Lyon 2-18, Peter Siddle 2-19, James Pattinson 2-36). Australia lead by 460 runs.