Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    73.2 got him! Classic offie's dismissal! Burns skips down the pitch but Brathwaite sees him coming and fires it a bit quicker and shorter outside off. It doesn't turn, it slips past the edge of his prodding bat, and Ramdin has the bails off in a flash. Big ovation for Burns as he walks back, this has been a very impressive innings, especially the discipline outside off stump until he reached his hundred 287/2
    4.1 short ball, juggle, gone! Looked to pull that from outside off, Warner, and it hurried on to him and he was a touch late on it. Pops up in the air off the high part of the bat, near the sticker, and lobs up towards Samuels running to his right from short extra cover. Can't quite grab it on the first or second attempt, but it settles nicely in his hands on the third. 29/1
    84.1 gone, strangled down the leg side. Shortish ball angling down the leg side, and Khawaja gets a little tickle on it while looking to work it off his hips, and Ramdin moves smartly to his right, just a couple of understated steps, and takes a nice catch. Khawaja soaks in warm applause from the crowd as he walks back to the dressing room. He's shown a terrific appetite for runs ever since his Test comeback. 328/3
    not out
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    244
    177
    8
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    75.70
    not out
    106
    201
    166
    12
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    63.85
    Extras
    16 (lb 10, nb 2, w 4)
    TOTAL
    551/3d (135 Overs, RR: 4.08, 554 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (DA Warner, 4.1 ov), 2-287 (JA Burns, 73.2 ov), 3-328 (UT Khawaja, 84.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JE Taylor2229724.4000
    KAJ Roach1719705.7000
    JO Holder2274702.1302
    CR Brathwaite30310903.6340
    JA Warrican26211304.3400
    KC Brathwaite1817814.3300
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    15.1 got him! Beautifully bowled, tossed it up on off stump, and got it to dip on Brathwaite, who came forward to defend, ended up playing with hard hands, and inside edged into forward short leg's lap as Lyon achieved a bit of extra bounce 35/1
    23.5 big appeal for lbw as Chandrika pads up to a reverse-swinging ball, and it's given. Chandrika reviews it, and I guess height is the only issue. Hit him on the flap of the back pad, just outside off. Ball-tracking says it's hitting a good chunk of the top of middle stump, so he'll have to walk back 50/2
    100.3 No hundred for Bravo! He falls five minutes before tea. Pattinson's front-foot is fine. West Indies have been wrapped up for 271. Fullish and in the channel outside off, Bravo chases it with a drive and slices it to gully. Smith bends low and snaps it up even as the ball was dying on him 271/10
    25.2 gone, that is plumb. Samuels is not the ideal batsman coming in when the ball is reversing. His lack of footwork leaves him severely exposed. Perfect length from Pattinson, quick, darting in to smack his pad right in front of middle stump as he looks to defend with feet rooted to the crease 50/3
    37.5 got him, Lyon has another. There's that dip again, beats Blackwood in the air as he charges down the track again. Checks his shot, looking to whip it down the ground, and ends up offering a simple, waist-high return catch 82/4
    40.1 this is clearly a plan. Siddle swerves another one into the pads and Ramdin flicks in the air. Burns dives to his right at square leg, and this time he catches it a good foot above the ground. West Indies are five down and floundering 83/5
    40.2 bowled him! Siddle is on fire! Full, no footwork from Holder, and it straightened past the outside edge to peg back off stump 83/6
    71.3 got him, right on the brink of lunch! floats it across towards off stump, and that's an unusually uncertain shot from Brathwaite, maybe it didn't turn as much as expected, and Brathwaite, looking to flick, gets a bit of a leading edge on it and Lyon leaps to his right to catch it at shoulder height 173/7
    83.4 that's plumb. Roach caught on the shuffle by the full, straight ball. He's reviewed, but I can't see this being overturned. Let's see now. Pattinson hasn't overstepped, there is no inside edge. What does ball tracking say? Struck him in line with middle, hitting the inside part of leg stump, he's a goner. 215/8
    89.5 Taylor can't. The G.O.A.T strikes! The finger goes up. Lyon gets it to straighten after pitching outside off, the batsman is bound to the crease as he has a loose poke at it and edges behind 239/9
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    Extras
    13 (b 5, lb 3, nb 5)
    TOTAL
    271 all out (100.3 Overs, RR: 2.69, 422 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-35 (KC Brathwaite, 15.1 ov), 2-50 (R Chandrika, 23.5 ov), 3-50 (MN Samuels, 25.2 ov), 4-82 (J Blackwood, 37.5 ov), 5-83 (D Ramdin, 40.1 ov), 6-83 (JO Holder, 40.2 ov), 7-173 (CR Brathwaite, 71.3 ov), 8-215 (KAJ Roach, 83.4 ov), 9-239 (JE Taylor, 89.5 ov), 10-271 (DM Bravo, 100.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JR Hazlewood2164902.3300
    JL Pattinson22.317243.2004
    NM Lyon2986642.2700
    PM Siddle1834022.2201
    MR Marsh741502.1400
    SPD Smith302107.0000
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    1.5 got him! This one curls away from a lovely fullish length wide of off stump. Burns is in the mood to play his shots, but his feet go nowhere, his hands go chasing wide of his body, and the nick carries nicely to second slip 7/1
    10.3 gone, and that's Brathwaite's first Test wicket! Short ball angling into Warner, and he leans away looking to ramp over gully, but he doesn't get the desired elevation and Holder takes a good catch over his shoulder, falling to his left. Brathwaite is jubilant, pulls off a delighted if ill-coordinated sliding celebration after missing a high-five with the catcher 46/2
    22.4 well, well, Khawaja outsmarts himself. Shaped to move away from leg stump first, then moved the other way to finish outside off. Holder followed him with a fullish slower ball, which he looked to lap-sweep, and ended up edging it to the keeper. Hang on, he's more or less middled it 123/3
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    Extras
    13 (lb 6, nb 5, w 2)
    TOTAL
    179/3d (32 Overs, RR: 5.59, 144 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (JA Burns, 1.5 ov), 2-46 (DA Warner, 10.3 ov), 3-123 (UT Khawaja, 22.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JE Taylor302508.3300
    JO Holder1114924.4501
    CR Brathwaite613015.0010
    KAJ Roach402205.5010
    JA Warrican804705.8700
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    11.3 gone! He was looking so good, and as wise old cricketers often say, the ball after a good shot is often quite dangerous for batsmen. This wasn't short or wide enough to cut, and it got big on him as he went for the shot and only managed to steer it to slip 35/1
    38.5 big lbw shout, given! This was beautifully bowled, pulls his length back just a couple of inches from the previous ball, and Chandrika played the same sort of shot. The reduction of length allowed it to swing in, past his inside edge. Hits him on the back thigh, and it was given out without much hesitation. Chandrika consults with Samuels and reviews. Impact in line, middle and off, and ball-tracking says it was clipping the very top of leg stump, so it stays with the on-field decision 91/3
    33.4 gone! Siddle produces a beauty on the full side of good length, curling away slightly to accentuate the angle away from Bravo. Didn't need to be playing at it, particularly since he wasn't really playing an attacking shot, just a push at it with a slightly open face, and Nevill dives across first slip again and takes an excellent catch 83/2
    50.3 got him! beautifully bowled by Marsh, length ball in the corridor, straightening to produce the edge as Samuels pokes at it instinctively, following the movement of the ball. No footwork at all 118/4
    57.3 not as short and he goes for the pull again, the ball turns in, hits him on the back thigh, and the lbw appeal is immediately upheld. They decide not to review, and on first sight it looks like the right decision. His back leg was bent, and it hit him in line with middle and off 150/5
    78.3 and that is the breakthrough. Beautiful ball from Marsh, a fullish length but not quite up there for the drive. Right there in the corridor, and it straightens away to take Ramdin's edge as he pushes his bat out a long way in front of his pad, looking for that drive through mid-off 250/6
    86.6 got him! That was full on off stump and Holder checked his drive, maybe it held up a bit on the pitch. No feet, and he pushed at it in front of his body, and ended up scooping it straight to mid-off 274/8
    79.3 and is that bowled? Beautiful delivery in any case, drifting away as it so often does, causing the batsman to push down the wrong line in defence. Then it turned in and... and it's just nudged the top of the off bail. A wonderful sight in slow-motion, and then it falls forward off its groove 253/7
    87.3 got him, Australia only need one wicket now. Perfectly directed, hits the pitch hard, short of a good length, gets it to rise and straighten on off stump, and Roach is squared up, nicks it off the shoulder of the bat to third slip 278/9
    88.3 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 282/10
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    10 (lb 7, nb 2, w 1)
    TOTAL
    282 all out (88.3 Overs, RR: 3.18, 391 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-35 (KC Brathwaite, 11.3 ov), 2-83 (DM Bravo, 33.4 ov), 3-91 (R Chandrika, 38.5 ov), 4-118 (MN Samuels, 50.3 ov), 5-150 (J Blackwood, 57.3 ov), 6-250 (D Ramdin, 78.3 ov), 7-253 (CR Brathwaite, 79.3 ov), 8-274 (JO Holder, 86.6 ov), 9-278 (KAJ Roach, 87.3 ov), 10-282 (JE Taylor, 88.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JR Hazlewood2064002.0011
    JL Pattinson1744922.8800
    NM Lyon2378533.6900
    PM Siddle923513.8800
    MR Marsh17.326143.4801
    SPD Smith21502.5000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 345/3 (SPD Smith 32*, AC Voges 10*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 27 Dec - day 2 - West Indies 1st innings 91/6 (DM Bravo 13*, CR Brathwaite 3*, 43 ov)
  • Mon, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 179/3 (SPD Smith 70*, MR Marsh 18*, 32 ov)
  • Tue, 29 Dec - day 4 - West Indies 2nd innings 282 (88.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

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)