Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 4

672dBrydon Coverdale

West Indies' fighting spirit surfaces

West Indies might have lost the Melbourne Test by a massive margin but, given how their batsmen fought, they would have certainly finished with more belief than what they had begun the match with

672dDaniel Brettig

Smith forecasts bowling changes for SCG

All signs point towards Australia calling upon twin spin in the third and final Test against West Indies at the SCG, a scenario the captain Steven Smith was more than open to as he assessed his side's 177-run victory in Melbourne

Day 3

672dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Bravo holds up Australian victory push

A superbly stubborn Darren Bravo and an uncharacteristically generous Australia allowed West Indies to force Australia to bat again on day three of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG

672dBrydon Coverdale

Darren Bravo's shades of Shiv

Relying on patience and discipline against Australia's bowlers, Darren Bravo played an innings that was reminiscent of the kind played by Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Day 2

672dBrydon Coverdale

Holder doing a good job - Simmons

Amid the recent failures, West Indies captain Jason Holder has tried to lead by example, and his coach Phil Simmons admires his courage in doing so

672dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

The gamble on Voges paying off

In his first year as a Test cricketer Adam Voges has plundered runs but struggled in Australia's most important series - the Ashes. His challenge is to prove himself in more testing conditions next year

Day 1

672dThe 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

672dESPNcricinfo staff

Bishoo injures shoulder at training

West Indies legspinner Devendra Bishoo has been sent for scans on his left shoulder after falling and injuring his rotator cuff during a practice session on the first morning of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne

672dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

Brathwaite steels himself for long shift

Kraigg Brathwaite is fighting to change his captain's opinion of his bowling, but knows he will have a long shift ahead with the bat if West Indies are going to make a contest of the Boxing Day Test

672dBrydon Coverdale

Burns repays selectors' faith

Usman Khawaja's return looked like it might force Joe Burns out of Australia's Test side; instead, it was Shaun Marsh who had to watch on as they celebrated Boxing Day centuries

Others

672dDaniel Brettig

EagleEye explains Holder DRS failure

Challenging light conditions and a system crash contributed to the unavailability of ball-tracking for an LBW appeal against Jason Holder late on the final day of the Boxing Day Test, the technology operators EagleEye have revealed

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)