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2nd Test: Labuschagne, Head centuries for Australia deflate depleted West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne‘s third consecutive hundred and native boy Travis Head‘s speedy century powered the hosts to a commanding 330-3 on the opening day of the day-night second Test in Adelaide on Thursday.
Their 199-run collaboration for the unbroken fourth wicket helped Australia overcome a wobble within the second session, after they misplaced two fast wickets, and keep on target for a 2-0 sequence sweep.
Labuschagne, who scored 204 and 104 not out within the opening Test in Perth, hit 11 boundaries in his unbeaten 120.
Head’s breezy 114 was his first hundred at his house floor and included 12 fours.
Australia rested common skipper Pat Cummins due to a quadricep pressure. Fellow fast Josh Hazlewood was dominated out with a aspect pressure which makes him uncertain for the beginning of the next sequence towards South Africa.
Stand-in skipper Steve Smith elected to bat towards an injury-ravaged West Indies aspect who needed to make 4 modifications to the squad that suffered a complete defeat in Perth.
David Warner (21) smashed Alzarri Joseph for 3 fours in an over however squandered a effective begin by chasing a wild supply from the bowlers solely to be caught behind.
Opening companion Usman Khawaja (62) accomplished 1000 runs for the calendar yr and was wanting in nice contact earlier than West Indies struck again with two fast wickets after the lunch break.
Debutant Devon Thomas dismissed Khawaja lbw with an angling supply, a choice Khawaja challenged however couldn’t reverse.
In the following over, Jason Holder stooped in his comply with via to take a return catch from Smith, who fell for an eight-ball duck.
Head joined Labuschagne to punish a depleted West Indies assault lacking the injured trio of Kyle Mayers, Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales.
As if that was not dangerous sufficient, debutant paceman Marquino Mindley bowled solely two overs earlier than leaving the sector with a suspected hamstring harm.
Labuschagne, at present the top-ranked Test batsman, shrugged off a gradual begin and hit Thomas to the purpose boundary to deliver up his third successive century of the sequence.
Head, who fell for 99 in Perth, couldn’t be denied his hundred both and the left-hander reached the mark with a boundary off Joseph.
“It’s probably one of the better ones, it’s very nice,” Head informed Cricket Australia and in addition heaped reward on Labuschagne.
“A chanceless hundred from Marnus. He’s played beautifully. He’s come and done it in challenging conditions and with a short turnaround.”

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