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Australia find themselves in the driver’s seat in the first Test at Perth as they have a mammoth lead of 344 runs after the end of the third day’s play. The Aussies showcased collective performances with both the bat and ball and made the West Indies toil hard throughout this contest.
Even though the Windies did fight hard with the bat for nearly two sessions of the day’s play, it was just not enough to challenge the formidable Australian team and now, they have a daunting task of saving the Test match by pulling off spectacular performances first with the ball in hand and then with the bat in the fourth innings.
Australia dominate on the third day
Having declared their innings at a mammoth 598/4 riding on double centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, the Australian bowlers then ensured that the visitors did not reach anywhere near their first innings lead as they showcased some praiseworthy bowling performances.
The Caribbeans made a strong statement on a good batting wicket as captain Kraigg Brathwaite (64) and debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul (51) added 78 runs for the opening stand.
Notably, only these two were the half-centurions for the visitors in the first innings. While some of the batters that followed did get starts, but they failed to convert them into big scores which hampered the West Indies from getting anywhere close to their first innings deficit and were bowled out for 283.
Skipper Pat Cummins and pace spearhead Mitchell Starc were the picks of the bowlers with three wickets each. Thus, with a sizeable first innings lead of 315 runs, Australia set out to add more to their tally in the second innings and bat the West Indies out of the Test match.
The Australians did lose the key wicket of opener Usman Khawaja early for six, but David Warner (18*) and Marnus Labuschagne (3*) then ensured that there were no further hiccups and finished the day at 29/1.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Australia’s performance on the third day:
Top of off stump!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 2, 2022
Update: Ricky Ponting taken to hospital following a heart scare while he was commentating on the #AUSvWI Test in Perth. Hopefully he’s fine and will fully recover.
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) December 2, 2022
Root number 1 spot in danger
Steve Smith scored a double century against West indies
Marnus labuschagne scored a double century against West indies and if Babar gets a big one then its a big competition for who will be the new number one test batsmen #PAKvENG #AUSvWI #Cricket
— Mustafa Saleem (@Callmemustafa_) December 2, 2022
Seriously, I’ve watched about 3 balls of this Test and just checked the scores. Happy to chime in that the follow-on is dead and so it should be. #AUSvWI
— Pete Guley (@peteguley) December 2, 2022
Westindies Batting well 150/1
Kraig Braithwaite Holding his wicket
Need to score 400 To avoid follow on and To draw the test
— Worlds Greatest Ben10Fan (@Bentennyson0044) December 2, 2022
Another great day of test cricket in the books!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) December 2, 2022
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) December 2, 2022
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