June 14, 2024

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David Warner only Aussie to miss a pass mark

Australia has gone one-nil up in the Test series against the West Indies after a dominant victory in the first Test in Perth.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith were superb, while only one Australian failed to record a pass mark.

Here’s how Wide World of Sports rated each of the Australians in the first Test.

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DAVID WARNER – 4 – The opener missed out in the first innings, bowled playing a shot that could best be described as ordinary, the footwork in particular clearly lacking. Made 48 in the second innings, but by then the match was as good as won. The match continued a worrying post COVID-19 trend for Warner, in that period he averages just 28.45 in Test matches, with four half centuries from 23 innings.

USMAN KHAWAJA – 6 – A solid 65 in the first innings laid the platform for a big first innings score. Couldn’t cash in in the second innings, hardly a huge problem with a first innings lead of 315.

MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE – 10 – Certainly enjoyed a degree of luck in this match, but in making 204 and 104 not out he joined Doug Walters (1969) and Greg Chappell (1974) as the only Australians to make a double century and a century in the same Test. Hard to give anything other than a perfect score.

STEVE SMITH – 10 – 220 runs for the match without being dismissed, and you suspect he’d still be batting on day seven if the match went that long, because he hardly looked troubled by the West Indian bowling. His catch to dismiss Jason Holder off Travis Head’s bowling was top class.

TRAVIS HEAD – 9 – A bit of a nightmare for the left-hander, dismissed on 99 in his only innings for the match. But as he conceded, 99 is better than 0. Came up with two handy second innings wickets.

CAMERON GREEN – 5 – Not often you win a Test match without your number six getting a bat, but that was Cameron Green’s fate in Perth. Bowled well when the opportunity presented itself.

ALEX CAREY – 5 – A relatively quiet game, like Green he wasn’t required with the bat and was neat with the gloves behind the stumps.

PAT CUMMINS – 6 – Bowled well in the first innings but a quad problem prevented him taking the ball in the second innings. Captained the side well, you could argue he should have enforced the follow-on with a lead of 315, but being a bowler short and facing back-to-back Tests, that was never a realistic option.

MITCHELL STARC – 7 – Four wickets for the match, although given the West Indies added 78 and 116 for the first wicket it’s clear the new-ball bowling wasn’t quite at its best in this match.

JOSH HAZLEWOOD – 6 – Just the two wickets, but bowled without luck, especially in the second innings.

NATHAN LYON – 8 – Came into his own in the fourth innings, claiming a six wicket haul to bowl Australia to victory on the final day.

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