Australia’s march to a 2-0 series win over the West Indies has continued in Adelaide where the hosts dominated another day of the Frank-Worrell series on Friday.
Having declared shortly before tea on day 2 with 7-511 on the board, late inclusion Michael Neser, Nathan Lyon and Cameron Green all struck in the final session to have the West Indies in strife at 4-102.
After 13 overs, Neser made the early breakthrough for Kraigg Brathwaite for 19.
Just six overs later, Neser had his second wicket with Shamarh Brooks (8) gone in a near carbon copy of the West Indies’ first dismissal.
West Indies needed their experienced batters to step up on Friday evening, but vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood wasn’t up for the task.
Blackwood, playing in his 50th Test match, was back in the sheds for 3 after playing a reckless shot when Nathan Lyon tempted him with a flighted delivery.
It was an ugly and unnecessary dismissal. The West Indies were chasing a 511- run first-innings deficit, but Blackwood’s brain fade left the windies struggling at 3/50.
“Well, well, well. Oh my god,” West Indies legend Brian Lara muttered on Fox Cricket.
“Unnecessary at this time. Just stay in and bat.”
Former New Zealand wicketkeeper Ian Smith continued: “It’s not responsible batting. That’s poor.
“No. 4 has to be there and has to fight hard … it’s exposing players when there’s no need to.”
As well as, Devon Thomas (19) then chopped on to Cameron Green shortly before stumps to leave the West Indies four down overnight.
However, if there is one good news story to come out of this series for the west indies, it’s Tagenarine Chanderpaul.
In just his second Test match, the opener once again proved to offer more resilience than the vast majority of his teammates doing so against the pink ball no less.
Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul remained defiant on 47, seeing off 98 balls under lights in a gritty display.
One of his biggest admirers has been West Indies legend Brian Lara who, unsurprisingly, sees a lot of Chanderpaul’s father, Shivnarine, in him.
Lara said that despite this being his first Test series, there’s already plenty that the West Indies can learn from him.
“The first thing I was asking myself is, ‘Are the more senior batsmen going to go to him and say, ‘Hey, what are you doing that you’re immediately being successful?’” Lara told foxsports.com.au.
“If I was in that dressing room, I’d be trying to find out.
“I learnt a lot from his dad as well in terms of his resilience and his patience.
“I just think … he’s definitely Shiv Chanderpaul’s son, that’s for sure. He’s got that resilience, he’s got that fight. That willingness to bat on in any situation. And that is a great asset to have.
“I think some of the other batters can learn from Tagenerine. His resilience, his ability to be disciplined, especially with the ball outside off stump. Not pushing his bat too hard at it.
“I am very, very impressed. I look forward to seeing more of him.”