Lyon triple-strike puts Windies in deep trouble


Nathan Lyon spun Australia into a strong position with three quick scalps to have the West Indies in familiar trouble on the second day of the first Test in Hobart on Friday.

Lyon snared the wickets of Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood in his seventh over nearing tea to undo a steady start to the West Indies run chase after Australia’s formidable 583 for four declared.

At tea, the Caribbean tourists were 81 for four with Darren Bravo on 32 and Denesh Ramdin on one.

The Windies made a cautious start after an Australian declaration during the lunch interval, but wickets tumbled towards tea.

Kraigg Brathwaite lasted 26 balls before Josh Hazlewood trapped him leg before wicket for two in the ninth over.

Fellow opener Rajendra Chandrika followed in the 20th over when he was deceived by a drifting Lyon delivery and got an outside edge to Steve Smith at slip for 25.

Samuels only lasted 14 balls before he was caught and bowled by Lyon for nine.

Blackwood didn’t see out Lyon’s over and was gone five balls later, caught at bat-pad by Joe Burns, giving the spinner three for 18.

Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh had earlier obliterated long-standing records as they punished the limp West Indies attack.

The West Australian pair posted the all-time highest fourth-wicket partnership of 449, eclipsing the 437 held by Sri Lankans Thilan Samaraweera and Mahela Jayawardene against Pakistan in 2009.

It was also the biggest Test stand by Australians at home, bettering the 405-run fifth wicket partnership by Sid Barnes and Don Bradman against England in Sydney in 1946.

But the duo fell two runs short of Australia’s all-time highest partnership for any wicket of 451 held by Bill Ponsford and Bradman against England at The Oval in 1934.

Voges also registered Australia’s highest score against the West Indies with an unbeaten 269, eclipsing Doug Walters’ 242 in 1969.

Marsh holed out just before lunch for 182, caught on the ropes by Bravo off spinner Jomel Warrican, ending a day in total control at the crease as he compiled his highest Test score.

Australia hammered 145 runs in the session to go to lunch at 583 for four enabling Steve Smith to declare the innings during the break.

The Australians had set up the run spree with a first day total of 438 for three — the most runs scored by Australia on an opening day of a Test in 85 years against the West Indies.

The Windies attack went down a bowler when quick Shannon Gabriel left the field with what a team spokesman said was a stress reaction in his left ankle.