Top-ranked On Sunday, Australia won the day-night second test match in Adelaide by a score of 419 runs, which also ensured that they would win the series 2-0. An overwhelmed West Indies team was only able to score 77 runs.
Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser did the damage to bring an end to a lopsided competition by bowling out the visitors for zero runs in the first session after they resumed play on day four with a score of 38-4.
The first test match was played at Perth, and Australia won by 164 runs. “It’s a great way to kick off the summer, and the extra day or two of rest will come in very handy.
However, outstanding performances both individually and collectively, “Starc, the pace spearhead, stated the phrase. “The batters did an excellent job of setting up both games.”
Phil Simmons, the head coach of the West Indies, stepped down after his team’s dismal performance in the Twenty20 World Cup, in which they were eliminated in the first round. Simmons had previously stated his desire to step down after the team’s performance.
Simmons was the head coach of the West Indies team that won the Twenty20 World Cup in India in 2016, and he is currently serving a second tenure in that capacity in 2019.
Travis Head’s score of 175 and Marnus Labuschagne’s score of 163 gave Australia an early advantage, which they maintained throughout the competition by not letting up.
It helped propel them to a declared score of 511-7, after which the visitors were bowled out for 214, and then Australia recorded a quickfire 199-6 to put the West Indies in a position to win with 497 runs to score.
The Caribbean team was never in the running after Scott Boland left them in ruins on Friday evening by bowling a spectacular three-wicket maiden under the lights. This left them with no chance of winning the match.
On a cloudy Sunday, Devon Thomas and Jason Holder, who were both on eight at the time, trudged out knowing that their team was still 459 runs behind and that defeat was imminent.
Thomas just survived 11 balls, scoring four runs before attempting to drive a wide delivery from Starc but only edging the ball to the wicketkeeper, Alex Carey. Thomas’s innings only lasted 11 balls.
Starc was a persistent menace, frequently thumping the bat, and on 11, he bowled a booming ball that knocked Holder’s stump out of the ground, which left the West Indies reeling on 49-6.
Roston Chase was dismissed for 13 when Carey made a juggling catch off of Neser’s delivery, and then in the same over, Carey and Neser worked together once more to stop Joshua Da Silva on 15.
Before Carey and Neser again worked their magic to snare Marquino Mindley and close the game, Lyon bowled Alzarri Joseph, who was then dismissed by the bowling.
It was the climax of a strong win for Australia that was memorable for multiple landmarks, including the fact that Labuschagne became the second-fastest man to reach 3,000 runs in a Test match, trailing only the legendary Donald Bradman.
The concentrated number three hit scores of 204, 104, 163, and 31 in his four series innings to top off a phenomenal run that catapulted him to the position of number one Test batsman in the world, surpassing England’s Joe Root in the process.
Nathan Lyon, a veteran spinner, surpassed Shane Warne’s record of 56 wickets to become the most successful bowler at the Adelaide Oval since the venerable ground first opened its doors in 1873. This achievement allowed Lyon to set a new record for the most successful bowler at the Adelaide Oval.
There were not many bright spots for the West Indies, but the emergence of talented opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who made his debut in Perth, was a major plus point. There were not many bright spots for the West Indies.
They were generally lacklustre, and were handicapped by a string of injuries that decimated their bowling arsenal. As a result, they were unable to break their winless streak in Tests played on Australian land, which had been going on for 25 years.
While they fly back home, Australia will be moving to Brisbane, where they will have an extra day of recuperation before beginning their series against South Africa on Friday. These three tests are expected to pose a more difficult challenge.
However, there are remaining concerns over fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood who continues to struggle with a side strain. Skipper Pat Cummins, who missed Adelaide with a thigh niggle, is expected to be healthy, but there are lingering doubts over Josh Hazlewood.