On Saturday, as the top-ranked team in the world looked to wrap up the series with another victory, Scott Boland took three wickets in an over, reducing the West Indies to 38-4 and setting up a crushing defeat.
Day three of the pink-ball encounter in Adelaide saw the visitors dismissed for 214 in response to the hosts’ 511-7 declared. Australia then called time at 199-6 in their second innings.
The Caribbean team were left needing 497 runs to win, but they capitulated under the floodlights to the line and length of Boland, who had replaced Pat Cummins due to injury.
The West Indians’ hopes were dashed when he removed Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, and Jermaine Blackwood in a combined six deliveries of blistering pace (two caught, one lbw).
When Boland last participated in the Ashes campaign on home soil a year ago, he took an astounding 6-7 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, demonstrating the strength of Australia’s bowling stocks. Boland finished with 3-9.
With Devon Thomas and Jason Holder still at the crease and 459 runs behind, Mitchell Starc induced a nick from Tagenarine Chanderpaul (17), which wicketkeeper Alex Carey caught as they slogged to stumps.
That was extremely cool!” In the first innings, I bowled well but failed to take any wickets. Boland exclaimed his joy at the arrival of the visitors.
I made an effort to eat more today than I have in recent days. When bowling in the Sheffield Shield, I like to keep things straightforward by consistently hitting the same places. Nonetheless, there is much to anticipate.
After the West Indies lost their first innings right before the first break of the day, Australian captain Steve Smith decided not to enforce the follow on because he was worried about overworking his bowlers before the upcoming three Tests against South Africa.
Both Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were sidelined in the first Test at Perth, which the hosts won by 164 runs, thus they could not play in the match in Adelaide.
Instead, they returned to the batting order with the intention of scoring quickly.
Spinner Roston Chase slowed down the early progress of openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja.
In the same over, Warner lost his wicket to Chase’s first delivery for 28 runs and Khawaja was caught behind by Joshua Da Silva for 45.
After that, Marnus Labuschagne joined Smith, and the two of them smashed 21 runs off of one Brathwaite over.
After a double century and two hundreds, Labuschagne was undone by Anderson Phillip and caught at gully by Chase for 31 to end his two-Test series with 501 runs.
After Thomas collected a catch by the ropes to end Smith’s innings on 35, Travis Head smashed 38 off 27 balls before the declaration was made.