Australia National Cricket Team hammered West Indies National Cricket Team by 419 runs in the second Test of the two-match Test series at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide to bag 12 crucial ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 points.
Steve Smith led the Aussies in the second Test against West Indies, which was a pink-ball Test match, in the absence of skipper Pat Cummins, who got ruled out of the match after sustaining a minor quad injury.
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Also, premier pacer Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the second Test due to “general soreness” but further investigation revealed the low-grade left side strain. The Ashes 2021-22 hero Scott Boland and pacer Michael Neser were included in the playing XI as replacements for Cummins and Hazlewood.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the match. In-form Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head batted exceptionally well against the West Indies attack and Australia decided to declare the innings at the score of 511/7.
The World No.1 Test batter Labuschagne scored 163 runs off 305 balls, including 14 fours, and Head scored 175 runs off 219 balls, including 20 fours.
West Indies batters batted poorly in their first innings and got bowled out for 214. Notably, no West Indies player scored a half-century in the innings.
Australia Gave A Target Of 497 To West Indies In Adelaide Test
In their second innings, Australia’s top 5 – David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, and Travis Head – contributed good runs and Australia declared for 199/6 to give the Kraigg Brathwaite-led side a humongous target of 497 to chase.
All the West Indies batters failed miserably in their second innings and Australian bowlers dominated. Michael Neser, Scott Boland, and Mitchell Starc bagged three wickets each while Nathan Lyon bagged one wicket to bundle West Indies out for 77. Dominant Australia won the match by 419 runs and the series by 2-0.
Updated ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 Points Table After Australia vs West Indies 2nd Test:
With the victory in the second game, Australia retained their No.1 spot on the points table and now they have 75 percentage points. On the other hand, West Indies are at the No.7 spot with 40.91 percentage points.