Player of the Match
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103dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Khawaja, Burns subdue West Indies

Usman Khawaja celebrated his Australia recall and Joe Burns his retention by combining for an unbeaten stand to shut out West Indies on day one of the Boxing Day Test

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

UT Khawaja
144(227) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 41 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
9 10 17 24 30 22 8 24
SPD Smith
134(177) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %97%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 28 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
14 4 22 11 20 10 20 33

Best performances - Bowlers

MR Marsh
O17.3
M2
R61
W4
Eco3.48
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
NM Lyon
O29
M8
R66
W4
Eco2.27
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

6.10pm That's all from us from this Boxing Day Test. Hope you've enjoyed it. Keep tuning in to our coverage, keep sending in your comments, and have an awesome New Year. I'll leave you with a few of your comments. Until next time, goodbye!

Mal: "I'm very pleased with what I saw from both teams today. WI showed encouraging fight and determination, and almost held their own today. Australia, despite missing so many fast bowlers due to retirement or injury, chiselled them out."

AJ: "Among all this, I just cant believe how selfless Smith is. HE could have easily made another ton to his credit but it takes much much than what we think to declare like this and look at teams cause. Great captain in the making.."

Old Buzzard: "So now we have a Mitchell Pheiffer!" -- Well, not quite, but I'll include your comment for wit anyway.

Nathan Lyon is the Man of the Match. "I'm trying to improve each day," he says. "That was a great Test match, credit to our bowlers. We stuck there and got the late reward. Definitely [work at catching off my own bowling]. Obviously helps if you can hold on to your catches. Can't wait to get down to the dressing room and celebrate with the boys. Credit to the West Indies to push us all the way to the end of day four, made us work really hard."

Steven Smith: We made it difficult for ourselves, overstepping, we had to take 23 wickets, not 20. I thought Mitchell Marsh was impressive today, he really charged in, hit the pitch hard, got it reversing. Usman is playing beautifully. I've put myself down at No. 4 and I think it's a good decision. He's made three hundreds in a row, and another in the Big Bash as well. Lyon is bowling extremely well at the moment and is taking crucial wickets. Hopefully he can continue doing that for a long time. You want to try and wrap up the series 3-0. The West Indies fought really well and I'm sure they'll come back hard at Sydney as well.

Jason Holder: I thought most of the guys applied themselves, which was really commendable. Credit to the way Australia played, they outplayed us. We had to keep wickets in hand, occupy the crease. Our plan was for me and Ramdin to stick on till the end of the day. Carlos came in and showed spirit [in the first innings], and bowled well. We have been criticised from all different angles, but I've just stressed to the team to keep faith. This shows what we can do if we apply ourselves. We just need to keep that belief and keep pushing Australia.

6.02pm Two-nil to Australia, and it was never in doubt. West Indies fought pretty well today, but they will know they could have done so much better. All of their top seven got starts, but only Ramdin and Holder made half-centuries. In any case, the match was lost much, much earlier, when their bowlers let four of the Australian top five make hundreds.

88.3
W
Marsh to Taylor, OUT, short on off stump, and Australia have won the Frank Worrell Trophy! Goes for the pull, doesn't get hold of it, it goes high in the air off the top edge and Pattinson moves to his left at long leg and dives to take a well-judged catch at long leg

JE Taylor c Pattinson b Marsh 0 (8m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

88.2
0
Marsh to Taylor, no run, yorker on off stump, jams down and just about keeps it out

Tim: "Who can take this test into a fifth day? Warri'can'!"

88.1
0
Marsh to Taylor, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the covers

END OF OVER:
88 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 282/9

  • Jomel Warrican4 (3b)
  • Jerome Taylor0 (0b)
  • James Pattinson17-4-49-2
  • Mitchell Marsh17-2-61-3
87.6
4
Pattinson to Warrican, FOUR runs, boom. Shortish on off stump and he clears his front leg and heaves it over wide mid-on
87.5
0
Pattinson to Warrican, no run, fullish outside off and he chases away from his body, finishing with left elbow high, picture postcard, really, but for the small detail that he hasn't made any contact with the ball
87.4
0
Pattinson to Warrican, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

Jomel Warrican. Can he take this Test match into a fifth day?

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    Stats highlights from a comprehensive Australian win at the MCG

Windies show some fight

2012

The last time WI batted 80-plus overs in both innings of a Test - at Lord's against England

A fifty at last

15

Number of innings since Ramdin last scored a Test 50 - he made 57 against England in North South in April 2015

Starts for everyone

20

Number of times each of West Indies' top 7 batsmen have scored 15 or more in a Test innings. Since 2000, it's happened only four times

Samuels' slump

26.51

Marlon Samuels' Test average since Jan 2013, the lowest among top six batsmen who've played a min of 25 inngs during this period

Slow going

7

Number of times Darren Bravo has faced 150-plus balls in a Test match at a strike rate of less than 40. SR in this Test: 38.49

100 overs at last

12

Consecutive innings since WI last played 100 overs in an overseas Test. The last time was in Hamilton in 2013

Woeful top order

4

No. of times WI have been six down for less than 100 in Tests in 2015, once in each of their four Tests against Australia this year

Biggest run-fest of all

162

Australia's batting average in the series, the highest by any team in any series (min 200 overs faced)

A debut year to remember

3

Batsmen who have scored 1000+ Test runs in their debut year: Mark Taylor 1219 (1989), Alastair Cook 1013 (2006) and Adam Voges 1028 (2015)