West Indies lose 1st Test against Australia by 164 runs
Australia bowled the West Indies out for 333 on Sunday to claim a thumping 164- run win in the first Test at Perth Stadium and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Resuming on 192/3 with a 306-run deficit on Day V, the West Indies’ hopes of batting out the final day were dashed when off-spinner Nathan Lyon (6/128) struck early.
The visitors, who made 283 in their first innings, were comprehensively outplayed by Australia, who controlled the match with declarations of 598/4 and 182/2 driven by run machine Marnus Labuschagne’s innings of 204 and 104 not out.
“The way that the batters set up the game was relentless,” said Australia captain Pat Cummins, who was also full of praise for Lyon’s performance. “He can bowl 25 to 30 quality overs in a day.”
The top-ranked test team were short a bowler as Cummins, who laboured in the field, elected not to bowl due to quad soreness.
Lyon shouldered a heavy workload and had Kyle Mayers caught for 10 before clipping Kraigg Brathwaite’s off stump, sending the skipper packing for a defiant 110.
Brief scores: Australia 598/4d & 182/2d; West Indies 283 & 333 (K. Brathwaite 110, N. Lyon 6/128) Australia won by 164 runs.