Recent Match Report – Australia vs West Indies 2nd Test 2022/23
Australia 199 for 6 dec (Khawaja 45, Joseph 3-33) and 511 for 7 dec beat West Indies 77 (Boland 3-16, Neser 3-22) and 214 (Chanderpaul 47, Phillip 43, Lyon 3-57) by 419 runs
Lyon became the third Australian bowler after Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to reach the landmark by clean bowling Alzarri Joseph to cap Australia’s convincing 2-0 series triumph in the Frank Worrell Trophy.
It was their biggest-ever victory by runs against West Indies, whose second-innings total of 77 was their second-lowest total ever against Australia.
Australia stretched their unbeaten record in day-night Tests to 11 matches with seven of them having been at the Adelaide Oval. In contrast, West Indies offered little resistance in an uncompetitive performance to cap a disappointing series – their first against Australia since 2015-16.
It was only a matter of time before a probing Starc removed Thomas, who was caught behind after flashing at a wider delivery. It was a lacklustre end for debutant Thomas, a reserve wicketkeeper in the squad, after showing grit with the bat and surprisingly taking two wickets with his handy seamers.
West Indies’ slim chance of getting through the session was left to Holder, who put up a rearguard of 11 off 61 balls. But he could do little against a red-hot Starc, who produced a gem of an inswinger to knock out the off stump and move to 296 Test wickets.
Lyon came into the attack before the drinks break as he eyed his 450th wicket. The offspinner thought he had it when Travis Head took a sharp one-handed take at leg slip only for the ball to have missed the bat of Joshua Da Silva. But Lyon would savour his milestone shortly later.
Neser claimed Da Silva later in the over after another sharp take from Carey, who claimed his fifth catch for the innings. The Neser-Carey pairing then dismissed Marquino Mindley to put West Indies out of their misery.
Australia’s depth of pace bowlers was underlined by sensational performances from miserly seamers Neser and Boland, who combined for eight wickets in the match – their first Test since last summer’s Ashes.
Australia’s big victory was set up when stand-in captain Steven Smith won a crucial toss and elected to bowl on a batting-friendly pitch. Australia’s massive first innings of 511 for 7 was highlighted by a 297-run fourth-wicket partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and hometown hero Head, who each scored big centuries.
A second-string West Indies attack failed to trouble Australia’s batters on a pitch with tennis ball-like bounce and occasional movement.
Their injury woes deepened when debutant quick Mindley broke down on day one with a hamstring injury after two overs. It was heartbreak for him after arriving in Adelaide from the Caribbean just 48 overs before the match.
Australia declared in each of their four innings with their batting order dominating listless West Indies bowling, most notably Player-of-the Series Labuschagne who scored 502 runs with three centuries.
But their 25-year Test drought in Australia continued as West Indies will need to do plenty of soul-searching ahead of returning Down Under next summer.
Tristan Lavalette is a journalist based in Perth