19/04/2024

Pat Cummins appeals for another wicket on Day Three of the First Test against the West Indies. (Image: cricket.com.au)

Australia staked its claim against the West Indies on Day Three, following a steady West Indian batting display early in the day.

The bowling efforts of Australia’s quartet allowed it to keep a healthy lead, despite West Indies batting for nearly 74 overs on Day Three.

Here are the moments that mattered on Day Three in Perth.

Life comes at you quickly

West Indies debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul would have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in the first over of the day. Entering day three on 47 not out, a debut half-century was on the horizon.

Chanderpaul caught an outside edge off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood, which ran away to third man for four. Thus, reaching his first fifty in his debut test, hoping to steady the West Indian ship.

However, the elation was short-lived, as he was walking back to the pavilion one ball later.

The perfectly bowled line and length from Hazlewood saw another outside edge from Chanderpaul. Yet, this time directly into the hands of David Warner at first slip.

With a promising outing in his first batting display, Chanderpaul will get the chance to show off his skills in the second innings.

Brutal Australian bowling

When Nkrumah Bonner arrived at the pitch, it was evident he was expecting a physical bowling display.

He had visible padding around his ribcage, constantly adjusting said padding before facing his first delivery.

When Cam Green took the ball, it did not take long before he struck Bonner, perhaps not where he expected though.

With just his third delivery of the day, the young West Australian hit Bonner on the helmet, forcing him to replace it under concussion regulations.

Bonner lasted only five more overs before another assessment at the drinks break, where he retired hurt after reports of feeling dizzy. Adding just 16 runs to the total, substitute Shamarh Brooks would get the chance to bat later in the day, replacing Bonner.

At the other end of the pitch, Kraigg Braithwaite made it to his half-century in the 45th over of the innings, just before lunch was called.

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A major milestone for the skipper

Australian captain Pat Cummins brought up his 200th test wicket, taking the scalp of Braithwaite, bowling him for 64 off 166 balls.

Cummins took his first test wicket against South Africa in 2011, with Ricky Ponting taking a catch in the slips.

The Aussie skipper went on to take two more wickets for the innings; Roston Chase for 13 off 42 deliveries and Alzarri Joseph for four off 27 deliveries.

Cleaned up before stumps

At lunch, the Windies looked somewhat comfortable, with the chance of batting out the day a real possibility. But, the Aussies dominated the second and third sessions, wiping them out before stumps after taking the new ball.

The ever-dangerous Mitchell Starc took three wickets; Jermaine Blackwood for 36 off 108 balls, Kyle Mayers chopped on for one off one delivery, and most satisfyingly Joshua Da Silva for a third-ball duck.

Some smart bowling and field placements from Nathan Lyon ensured he picked up some valuable wickets, allowing him to take the wicket of Jason Holder for 27, caught by Warner at leg-slip.

Lyon took his second scalp, nicely finished by some quick reflexes by Steve Smith at slip, dismissing Kemar Roach for a third-ball duck.

To round things off, Green finally took a test wicket in Perth, his first in front of his home crowd. He enticed medical-substitute Shamarh Brooks into a shot, nicking through to Alex Carey for 33.

Early inroads

The Australians returned to the crease to face a potential nasty 11 overs to finish the day, with a healthy lead of 315 runs.

Warner got off to a rapid start compared to his first innings, scoring two boundaries, and is sitting on 17 runs off 26 balls at stumps.

Unfortunately for Australia, it did lose a wicket. Usman Khawaja was unable to back up his tally of 65 in the first innings, departing for six, thanks to Roach and Da Silva.

Australia holds a lead of 344 runs, with nine wickets in hand. With two days remaining, expect the Australians to make some quick runs, before sending the visitors back in to bat.

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