After all the short commotion, the gentle beats of Test cricket are back. He has also returned to Perth after a mandatory absence from 2019 due to the epidemic. Australian players knelt in a gesture against racism in a Test match for the first time in solidarity with the West Indies team. Then, after Australia won the draw and chose to hit, work as opponents began, taking serious trouble against good bowling to reach 293 by 293 on the stumps, with Steve Smith at 59 and Marnus Labuschagne notching the eighth Test century before moving on to 154. .
Eyes on Justin Langer started the day, after the week the ex coach criticizes his ex players before trying to backtrack. “Perception and reality. Perception usually sells newspapers,” said Langer, who had earlier released a full-length photo portrait of Western Australia with her corner behind her. Before playing in her new job as a television commentator, she was on the court smiling and hugging players who had every reason to show as much grace as a coach. Bonhomie Helpfully edited into a short video pack by Langer’s employer.
When it comes to the supposed discontent between the people of Perth and Test cricket, or specifically regarding this Australian team, the day’s crowd of 10,929 will be mentioned. In reality, in the context of the West Indies Tests in Perth, it was higher than the 10,091 that came out on a Saturday to kick off the 1997 Test, and not far behind 13,037 in 2009, 15,721 in 1993, or 420,000. 2000. The enormous size of the new stadium makes the smaller crowds look terrifying compared to what they used to look like on the much smaller WACA arena.
This West Indies team isn’t as good as those in the 1990s and probably better than 2000 or 2009. A balanced team had four fast bowlers made up of Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and Jayden Seales, a hit spinner from top to bottom through Kyle Mayers and Roston Chase. These bowlers were fast, accurate and hostile throughout the first session.
For a long time patience was the only virtue. David Warner managed to pass four overs before taking a shot from Joseph, then couldn’t resist chasing the width with great confidence. The thick bottom edge slammed into their logs amid a roar of frustration from a bull. But Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne stuck to the task and had just 39 laps from the bowlers by lunchtime. Roach and Seales’ early quality was bolstered by Mayers’ choke and Holder’s five overshoots for a run. Just 23 laps off the spinner relieved the pressure, including a run-down Khawaja from the long break, making the score 72 to 1 on the long break.
Joseph had already jumped Labuschagne with shorts, and after lunch a Seales saw him invent an uppercut pull hit before two quads slid off. But as the ball and bowlers got tired, the task got easier and the hard work paid off. Khawaja moved to 65 before the pearl of a delivery from Mayers opened and curled to the left-handed side and took over the edge, bringing together the old firm of Labuschagne and Smith, both of which brought a calmer and less ostentatious presence to the middle.
A few missed catches were as good as things were for the West Indies after that, with Australia reaching tee at 162 by tea and then looting 131 in the long final session. Bouncer tactics were practiced in bursts with the catchers hooked, but the striking double was able to pick up the short ball with increased comfort. An eighth-century partnership between Smith and Labuschagne was 142 on the stumpy, West Indies hopes now rest on an early boom with a second-morning 10-year-old ball.
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