Australia kept their pink-ball domination with a massive 419-run victory in the second and final Test against the West Indies at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. The hosts clean-swept the visitors after bundling them for just 77 in their second innings, with the Windies losing their final four batters for just eight runs in the afternoon of Day 4.
After Scott Boland‘s triple-wicket over on Day 3, Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser ran through the West Indies batting unit and claimed three wickets apiece today as only five Caribbean batters could score in double figures.
Travis Head was named Player of the Match for his unbelievable 175 in Australia’s first innings. Similarly, Marnus Labuschagne grabbed the Player of the Series after hitting a double-century and two hundreds in the four innings he batted.
Brief scores: Australia 511/7 decl (Travis Head 175, Marnus Labuschagne 163; Devon Thomas 2/53) and 199/6 decl (Usman Khawaja 45, Travis Head 38*; Alzarri Joseph 3/33) beat West Indies 214 (Tagnarine Chanderpaul 47, Anderson Phillip 43; Nathan Lyon 3/57) and 77 (Scott Boland 3/16, Michael Neser 3/22, Mitchell Starc 3/29) by 419 runs.
“Nice toss to win, boys batted particularly well the first day. The partnership between Marnus and Travis set the game up for us. It’s been a good week. Everyone is contributing when they need to. He (Marnus) is batting really well and very adaptable to whichever situation in that time, and no reason why he can’t continue that form further. Last night he (Boland) was spectacular, Ness has been excellent today, and Starc keeps doing what he does best for a number of years now,” said Australia’s stand-in skipper Steve Smith after the game.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Australia seal the series 2-0 with a massive win 💥#WTC23 | #AUSvWI | | https://t.co/jfgb365Spl pic.twitter.com/o6QwzuFTpV
— ICC (@ICC) December 11, 2022
Marnus Labuschagne is Player Of The Series #AUSvWI pic.twitter.com/9bBW5zvJ3S
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 11, 2022
The West Indies are bowled out for 77, their lowest score on Australia soil in Test history.#AUSvWI
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) December 11, 2022
10th consecutive win for Australia in the Day-night Test history.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 11, 2022
Michael Neser has a bowling average of 16.71 after two Tests. The #NeserMustPlay campaign has been more than worth it eh @collinsadam #AusvWI
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 11, 2022
Nah, see ya later, Boland for PM
— Ian Higgins (@1an_Higgins) December 10, 2022
16 wickets, 349 runs today – and I don’t reckon I’ve seen many more dull or one-sided days of Test cricket. #AUSvWI
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) December 10, 2022
Smith on Warner’s situation. “From my point of view, banning someone for life is fundamentally wrong.” #AUSvWI pic.twitter.com/uM9KpsqRaw
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) December 11, 2022
Most batters dismissed bowled by AUS Test bowlers
116 – Shane Warne
97 – Ray Lindwall
76 – MITCH STARC
76 – Glenn McGrath
69 – Garth McKenzie
66 – Brett Lee
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) December 11, 2022
In the last one year, Starc has added the wobble. It has given him another weapon.
— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) December 11, 2022
Australia’s record in Day Night Tests:
– 11 wins out of 11 matches.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 11, 2022
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