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Head in command after Labuschagne departs for 163

Australia 436 for 4 (Head 172*, Labuschagne 163, Thomas 2-53) vs West Indies

Marnus Labuschagne fell for 163 earlier than the dinner break on day two however Travis Head closed in on a maiden Test double century, as Australia continued to make an uninspired West Indies toil within the second Test at Adelaide Oval.

Starting at 330 for 3, Australia’s stranglehold on the day-night contest tightened with a dominant first session as they eye a 3rd straight declaration on this one-sided two-Test collection.

Labuschagne and Head mixed for a 297-run partnership, the third-highest fourth-wicket partnership for Australia towards West Indies.

The beleaguered vacationers have taken simply 10 wickets in additional than 300 overs within the collection having misplaced the primary Test in Perth by 164 runs.

They had transient respite with the wicket of Labuschagne, who fell wanting a second double ton amid his purple patch of three straight centuries. The No.1 ranked Test batter additionally handed 3000 Test runs in simply his 51st innings with solely Don Bradman reaching the landmark sooner for an Australia batter.

Hometown hero Head, nonetheless, handed his highest rating of 161 to proceed dominating a lacklustre West Indies assault a lot to the delight of the Adelaide Oval devoted.

West Indies as soon as once more rued sloppy bowling, whereas skipper Kraigg Brathwaite’s techniques have been slightly puzzling underlined by usually not implementing a gully in a conservative transfer.

He was typically reactionary, however a second-string assault hasn’t helped his trigger.

A shorthanded West Indies assault, with out spearheads Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales, have been additional depleted with debutant fast Marquino Mindley seemingly out for the match after struggling a hamstring damage early on day one after bowling simply two overs.

Mindley had arrived in Adelaide from the Caribbean simply 48 hours earlier than the Test as damage cowl.

Amid their growing woes, West Indies desperately wanted a spark on day two and speedster Alzarri Joseph belatedly tried to supply one with a number of menacing quick deliveries to check Labuschagne harking back to his fiery spell on day 4 in Perth.

With the floor showing faster than on day one, marked by tennis ball-like bounce, Joseph frustratingly could not penetrate for lengthy sufficient with debutant Devon Thomas exhibiting up the frontline bowlers.

Having taken the wicket of opener Usman Khawaja on day one, Thomas’ useful seamers once more did the trick and he eliminated Labuschagne after which nearly dismissed Cameron Green, who edged his first ball of the collection in entrance of the slips.

It was a short vivid spot for West Indies after being plundered by Labuschagne and Head, who notched their 200-run partnership on the second ball of the day’s play.

Head had capitalised on overpitched West Indies bowling en path to a rollicking first hundred in entrance of residence devoted. He encountered extra correct bowling early on day two and was lucky {that a} uncommon edge sailed by the slips to the boundary.

Normal service resumed with Head flamboyantly slashing over gully for consecutive boundaries as he overtook Labuschagne to succeed in 150 with a boundary off the innocuous spin of Roston Chase.

Labuschagne additionally reached the landmark earlier than his shock wicket, as a centered Head batted cautiously by to the break understanding he has a golden alternative at his fingertips.

Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based mostly in Perth

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