Australia take on the West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series in Perth. The Aussies opted to bat and suffered an early blow as David Warner was dismissed on five, but Usman Khawaja (65) revived the innings alongside Marnus Labuschagne, who scored an incredible double hundred as both forged a 142-run partnership for the second wicket . . Labuschagne eventually scored 204 from 350 deliveries, setting up another solid 251 run alongside Steve Smith.
The 28-year-old batter was undefeated at the end of the first day and the minutes before the end of the day he barely survived his dismissal after a blistering attack by Jason Holder. Windies’ jack-of-all-trades threw the delivery to length and shaped it perfectly away from Labuschagne. While Holder’s ball was great in its own right, the way the batter complimented him was rather amusing.
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As Labuschagne was spanked on the delivery, he yelled, “Oh Jason, that’s a delicious ball!” put a smile on Holder’s face. The commentators also couldn’t suppress a laugh at Labuschagne’s reaction.
The batsman was eventually dismissed by captain Kraigg Brathwaite shortly after the former reached his double century in the Test. Steve Smith, meanwhile, also scored a century in the match as Australia further cemented their position in the Test.
Australia had resumed the second day at 293-2 with Labuschagne on 154 and Smith on 59, and the West Indies desperate for a breakthrough in overcast conditions conducive to swing bowling.
Instead, Labuschagne and Smith picked up where they left off overnight and stubbornly heaped the misery on the tourists, taking the game away with each run.
Smith batted flawlessly to match former Australian batting legend Bradman in his 88th Test appearance. Only Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32) and Matthew Hayden (30) scored more hundreds for Australia. Labuschagne’s double century is his second since his 215 against New Zealand in Sydney in January 2020. He went 483 minutes and hit six and 20 fours off 350 balls.
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