Arjun Bhalla ∙ Dec 11 2022, 6:11 AM

Clinical bowling, enchanting batting help Australia make 11 off 11 in Pink-Ball Tests

image-lbiya4t9Mitchell Starc took 5 wickets in the match

Australia will be dominating this match, everybody knew that. But they will be steering the game with this much dominance - no one could have anticipated. 

A stunning bowling effort from Mitchell Starc followed by Michael Neser cleaning up the tail has given the finishing touches to Australia, who have nailed a 2-nil whitewash in the Test series.

Last night after Scott Boland ripped through the West Indies' top order, it almost made sense that the visitors will be surrendering on Day 4. However, they will collapse inside the first session - it is nothing less than a shocker after watching the same Kraigg Brathwaite and co. fighting at Perth. 

On the morning of Day 4, the home side were just 6 wickets away. from a win. There was nothing left in the game for the West Indies, but one would have imagined a fighting 40 from someone like Jason Holder or an Anderson Phillip throwing his willow around. 

But it literally remained in imagination as Starc came in the fresh morning first to tempt Devon Thomas with a wide delivery, before Holder was removed via a corker of a delivery. 

With the scorecard reading 49/6, the Windies behaved eager to fly back to the Caribbean as some wild strokes summed up by peach bowling by Neser and Nathan Lyon bundled out the visitors for a paltry 77.

Travis Head won the Player of the Match for his enchanting batting of 175 and 38 not out, but he was also matched shoulder-to-shoulder Marnus Labuschagne (163 and 31 off 23) - who won the Player of the Series. 

A Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood-less Australia have a lot of positives to collect from the Test match, but the Kraigg Brathwaite and force will head back home with a couple of hard decisions to be taken. 

Brief Score: 

Australia (1st Innings) - 511/7 dec (137)
Travis Head - 175, Marnus Labuschagne - 163
Devon Thomas - 2/53 (14) 

West Indies (1st Innings) - 214/10 (69.3)
Tagenarine Chanderpaul - 47, Anderson Phillip - 43
Nathan Lyon - 3/57 (20), Michael Neser - 2/34 (12)

Australia (2nd Innings) - 199/6 dec (31)
Usman Khawaja - 45, Travis Head - 38*
Roston Chase 3/25 (4), Alzarri Joseph - 3/33(7)

West Indies (2nd Innings) - 77/10 (40.5)
Tagenarine Chanderpaul - 17, Joshua Da Silva - 15
Scott Boland - 3/16 (10), Michael Neser - 3/22 (10.5)

Australia won the match by 419 runs. 

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