Welcome to our reside protection of day 4 of the primary Take a look at between Australia and the West Indies.
The Aussies are nicely and actually within the field seat after three days of domination in Perth.
Will it proceed?
Comply with all the newest information beneath.
RETURN OF CULT HERO ON CARDS
Pat Cummins’ quad damage may open the door for a particular return within the Adelaide Pink Ball Take a look at.
Scott Boland earned on the spot cult standing when he took 6-7 on the MCG through the Ashes summer time final yr.
In related circumstances, Boland changed an injured Josh Hazlewood within the Boxing Day Take a look at.
Boland is touring with the present squad and has been noticed in and across the workforce in Perth.
CUMMINS BLOW: BIG NEWS OUT OF PERTH
Steve Smith will captain Australia within the second session on day 4, with Pat Cummins off the sector with right-sided quadriceps soreness.
It’s understood Cummins had an MRI on Friday night time and though it’s a gentle case of soreness, he’ll proceed to be monitored and should not bowl within the second innings of the primary Take a look at except required.
Smith will take the reins as skipper and could possibly be in line to captain his second successive Adelaide Take a look at subsequent week if Cummins can’t stand up for the second Take a look at in opposition to the Windies beginning on Thursday.
CA stated Cummins shall be assessed on an ongoing foundation by the innings.
“Pat Cummins is experiencing some delicate proper sided quadricep soreness,” CA stated in a press release. “He’ll proceed to be monitored by workforce medical employees and his availability to bowl within the second innings shall be assessed on an ongoing foundation.” – Ben Horne in Perth
DECLARATION: AUSSIES LEARN THEIR LESSON
The heavy rollers are out which means Australia has declared, setting West Indies 498 for victory.
It’s a great name from the Aussies who’ve come underneath hearth for batting too lengthy previously, most just lately blowing a Take a look at victory on the SCG of their collection loss to India in 2021.
STATE OF PLAY: LABUSCHAGNE EATS TON FOR LUNCH
Marnus Labuschagne (104*) loves scoring runs in Australia!
The batting maestro notches twin centuries in Perth, reaching the milestone off simply 109 balls.
Australia’s quantity three hit 13 fours and a six to achieve his ton within the final over earlier than lunch, including to his 204 within the first innings.
Labuschagne is simply the eighth batsman to hit a double century and century in a single match.
However it wasn’t an innings with out controversy with Labuschagne caught off a no-ball early on day 4.
The incident solely provides to the narrative that Australia’s no.3 is the luckiest batsman in worldwide cricket.
A modest Labuschagne was underneath no illusions that he obtained away with one in opposition to Alzarri Joseph.
“Clearly a little bit of luck with that (no-ball) bouncer,” Labuschagne stated on the lunch break. “He (Alzarri Joseph) was bowling fairly quick there and I obtained away with one there however it’s at all times good (scoring a century) so I’m very proud.”
Labuschagne stated his battle with Joseph “obtained the beans operating”.
“I performed some rogue pictures after that (bouncer barrage) however tried to compose myself and get the heartrate down . It was a very good spell, I believe he was hitting 145hm/h.”
WARNER FALLS AS LABUSCHAGNE REACHES 50
Lastly the West Indies have struck on day 4 however they needed to wait till the primary over after the drinks break to do it.
David Warner is the person to go, falling to off-spinner Roston Chase.
Warner tried to defend a nicely flighted supply however obtained a little bit bit an excessive amount of of it. The ball squirted to the best of quick leg who was in a position to maintain on for a sensible catch.
The Aussies know they greater than doubtless have sufficient runs to ice the match now.
The large query shall be how lengthy they wish to give their bowlers to relaxation.
Count on Smith and Labuschagne, who has simply reached 50, to up the scoring price from now.
NO-BALL DRAMA HITS WINDIES AS LABUSCHAGNE SURVIVES
Issues have gone from dangerous to worse for the West Indies, who’ve been robbed of a wicket after a no-ball drama.
Contemporary off being hit for a large six, Joseph responded with a brief ball which left Labuschagne and clipped the sting of his bat.
The ball then got here off his helmet and ballooned to gully.
However earlier than there could possibly be an excessive amount of celebrating, a replay confirmed Joseph’s foot simply over the road.
It’s 30 levels in Perth and the vacationers path by 366. That form of blow shall be extraordinarily demoralising.
Labuschagne is checked by the Australian workforce medical doctors after the excessive hit however is staying within the center.
LABUSCHAGNE WEARS ONE OF THE GLOVE
We’re off and operating right here to start out day 4. And it has solely taken one over for a little bit little bit of drama.
Marnus Labuschagne has been struck on the hand after a brief ball from Alzarri Joseph.
Labuschagne was trying a pull shot however the ball smashed into his glove.
The Aussie star eliminated the glove and was seen flexing his hand. He seems to be okay.
There are not any indicators of him coming off the bottom which is nice.
Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
West Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales