First Test Match

West Indies v Australia

At Kingston, March 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. West Indies won by 179 runs. The margin of their maiden home victory over Australia defeated all argument. It was essentially a triumph of fast bowling on a pitch of erratic bounce.

Hall, who had match figures of nine for 105, has probably never bowled faster or straighter. Though not as impressive on paper, Griffith's contribution was considerable. Together, from first to last in exacting heat, they maintained a pressure under which Australia, 22 behind on the first innings, finally succumbed.

The West Indies batting was less impressive. They owed much to the steadiness of Hunte. His third-wicket stand of 116 with Butcher turned the fluctuating match the West Indies' way.

When Australia weakened for the first time, Solomon spiritedly hit 76, and from that point the West Indies marched to a spectacular success. Both Mayne, at a medium fast pace, and Philpott, with leg breaks and googlies, bowled well. In his first Test Mayne took eight wickets for 99.

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