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Australia complete series sweep with a crushing 419-run win

Australia 511 for 7 dec (Head 175, Labuschagne 163) and 199 for six dec (Joseph 3-33) beat West Indies 214 (Chanderpaul 47, Phillip 43, Lyon 3-57) and 77 (Boland 3-16, Neser 3-22) by 419 runs

Nathan Lyon claimed his 450th Test wicket as Australia accomplished a 419-run thrashing over a dispirited West Indies early on day 4 of the second Test in Adelaide.

Lyon grew to become the third Australian bowler after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to succeed in the landmark by clear bowling Alzarri Joseph to cap Australia’s convincing 2-0 collection triumph within the Frank Worrell Trophy.

It was their biggest-ever victory by runs towards West Indies, whose second-innings whole of 77 was their second-lowest whole ever towards Australia.

A ruthless Australia assault ran via a beleaguered West Indies to wrap up victory half-hour earlier than the dinner break having won the first Test in Perth by 164 runs.

Australia stretched their unbeaten document in day-night Tests to 11 matches with seven of them having been on the Adelaide Oval. In distinction, West Indies provided little resistance in an uncompetitive efficiency to cap a disappointing collection – their first towards Australia since 2015-16.

Starting at a forlorn 38 for 4, after West Indies’ top-order was ripped aside beneath lights on day three by recalled fast Scott Boland, Devon Thomas and Jason Holder tried to extend an inevitable end result.

They have been beneath speedy stress from Australia’s correct seamers with fast Mitchell Starc hitting the pads of Thomas however the not-out determination was upheld on assessment.

It was solely a matter of time earlier than a probing Starc eliminated Thomas, who was caught behind after flashing at a wider supply. It was a lacklustre finish for debutant Thomas, a reserve wicketkeeper within the squad, after displaying grit with the bat and surprisingly taking two wickets together with his helpful seamers.

West Indies’ slim likelihood of getting via the session was left to Holder, who put up a rearguard of 11 off 61 balls. But he may do little towards a red-hot Starc, who produced a gem of an inswinger to knock out the off stump and transfer to 296 Test wickets.

Lyon got here into the assault earlier than the drinks break as he eyed his 450th wicket. The offspinner thought he had it when Travis Head took a pointy one-handed take at leg slip just for the ball to have missed the bat of Joshua Da Silva. But Lyon would savour his milestone shortly later.

Seamer Michael Neser additionally acquired among the many wickets by eradicating Roston Chase due to an outstanding juggling catch from wicketkeeper Alex Carey, who was up on the stumps.

Neser claimed Da Silva later within the over after one other sharp take from Carey, who claimed his fifth catch for the innings. The Neser-Carey pairing then dismissed Marquino Mindley to place West Indies out of their distress.

Australia’s depth of tempo bowlers was underlined by sensational performances from miserly seamers Neser and Boland, who mixed for eight wickets within the match – their first Test since final summer time’s Ashes.

Australia’s huge victory was arrange when stand-in captain Steven Smith gained an important toss and elected to bowl on a batting-friendly pitch. Australia’s large first innings of 511 for 7 was highlighted by a 297-run fourth-wicket partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and hometown hero Head, who every scored huge centuries.

A second-string West Indies assault failed to hassle Australia’s batters on a pitch with tennis ball-like bounce and occasional motion.

Their damage woes deepened when debutant fast Mindley broke down on day one with a hamstring damage after two overs. It was heartbreak for him after arriving in Adelaide from the Caribbean simply 48 overs earlier than the match.

Australia declared in every of their 4 innings with their batting order dominating listless West Indies bowling, most notably Player-of-the Series Labuschagne who scored 502 runs with three centuries.

West Indies, clearly, had few vivid spots however their one shining mild was the spectacular Test begin for opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, son of legendary batter Shivnarine, who defied Australia’s assault with 160 runs at a mean of 40.

But their 25-year Test drought in Australia continued as West Indies might want to do loads of soul-searching forward of returning Down Under subsequent summer time.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist primarily based in Perth

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