“The opening partnership was a great sight to see. They showed glimpses of what we can do.”- Roston Chase

Australia have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-Test series after winning the first Test by 164 runs.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first, and they posted a huge score of 598/4 in the first innings. West Indies’ first innings was restricted to 283 runs, and Australia, who played the second innings, decided to suspend their innings when they scored 182 runs with the loss of two wickets.

Chasing a target of 498 runs, the visitors scored only 333 runs in the second innings. Accordingly, The hosts won the first test match by 164 runs.

According to all-rounder Roston Chase, West Indies will be a force to reckon with in the day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide if they can emulate their openers.

Opener Kraig Brathwaite scored 64 and 110, while opener Tagenarin Chandrapaul made an immediate impact with 51 and 45. The son of West Indies cricketer Shivnarine Chandrapaul showed a lot of courage as he recovered from a painful blow early in the first innings to score his maiden Test half-century.

“Obviously Australia is a tough place to play cricket, so to start the way he did shows a lot of character,” Chase said of the 26-year-old. His dad had that same kind of characteristics about sticking in and fighting. That’s where he got it from.”

“If he can emulate what his dad did, he will be a legend in the game as well. I hope he continues in this vein and takes confidence from this first game.”

The second Test is a day-night affair in Adelaide starting on Thursday, and Chase will need more effort.

“Once the other batters take a leaf out of the openers’ (books), we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the second Test. We have seen how the bowlers are bowling and we will do our homework and have a better run at it in the second Test.”

“I thought although we didn’t get that big total in the first innings we were looking for, the opening partnership was a great sight to see. The guys really applied themselves. They showed glimpses of what we can do. We didn’t cash in on that good start and that let us down for the rest of the game.”

“I spoke to Alzarri on the first morning, he wasn’t feeling well. I said he looked a bit down on pace, so I spoke to him. He said he was having a bit of a headache but was still trying to push through, I admire that about him. Then in the second innings, he really got it through and it was exciting to see.”

Uncapped pacer Marquino Mindley will fly to Adelaide and has a chance to play if Roach does not turn up.

Batsman Nkrumah Bonner is also a doubt after pulling out of the Perth Test with concussion, while all-rounder Kyle Meyers missed the second innings with a shoulder injury.

Australia squad: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner

West Indies squad: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Marquino Mindley, Anderson Phillip, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Devon Thomas

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