On the first day of the first Test match between Australia and West Indies, here is a recap of all the events and updates that occurred. During the opening day of the first Test between Australia and West Indies, here is a summary of all the happenings and announcements.
On the first day of the first Test, Steve Smith’s initial kick appeared unsuccessful, but Pat Cummins took a rare risk that ultimately resulted in a victory for Australia against the West Indies.
Australia had a successful day against West Indies, as they were able to bowl them out for a low score despite some trouble with the last wicket. They have also made a promising start in pursuit of their target, although their run rate has not been as high as usual without David Warner on the field.
On that day, Shamar Joseph had a lot to celebrate. He received his cap in the morning and went on to score 11 runs and take two wickets, including one with his first ball.
There is a lot of work ahead for the West Indies team tomorrow in order to have a chance of remaining in the game. However, victories by individual players, such as Joseph’s, may be just as crucial at this point.
We will meet again tomorrow.
In the 21st over, Australia’s score is 59 runs for the loss of two wickets. Khawaja has scored 30 runs while Green has scored 6 runs. The spin in the last over is a textbook example. Motie allows Khawaja to get away on the first delivery before changing to a around-the-wicket approach for Green. He bowls fast and flat, targeting the stumps without revealing much of his skills.
At the 20th over mark, Australia’s score is 58-2 with Khawaja at 29 and Green at 6. After returning to the strike, Green attempts to hit but misses twice from Alzarri’s deliveries.
In the 19th over, Australia’s score is 57-2 with Khawaja at 28 and Green at 6. The end of the day is approaching with only a few more overs to go. Green expertly handles most of Shamar Joseph’s delivery, finishing with a smooth back-foot punch for an easy four runs.
In the 18th over, Australia has a score of 53-2 with Khawaja at 28 and Green at 2. A steward receives a round of applause as they quickly retrieve some plastic wrappers that were causing a disturbance for Green due to the wind. Alzarri Joseph returns to the bowling position, but there is no significant excitement surrounding this over.
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In the 17th over, Australia’s score is 52-2 with Khawaja at 28 runs and Green at 1 run. Shamar Joseph faces some difficulty as Green scores a run and Khawaja hits a four. Joseph also loses the ball during his preparation and has to redo his delivery. His next ball moves sharply and narrowly misses the stumps as Khawaja plays from the back foot. This is good bowling. And once again, Joseph bowls a ball that completely deceives Khawaja, bouncing off the surface and just missing the outside edge as the batter tries to play from the back foot.
In the 16th over, Australia’s score is 47 for 2 with Khawaja scoring 24 runs and Green scoring 0. Khawaja remains composed and unfazed by the wickets and bowlers, calmly occupying the crease throughout Roach’s over. He finishes off the over by glancing the final ball for two runs.
In the 15th over, Australia’s score is 45-2 with Khawaja at 22 and Green at 0. It’s time for another change in the Australian lineup, with Cameron Green coming in at No. 4. He takes his time to settle in and begins with a defensive block to finish the over.
One more wicket falls! Labuschagne has been struggling against short deliveries recently, often attempting hooks or pulls. He tries it again here, but Joseph’s fast pace catches him off guard and he ends up sending a high top edge to the fine leg area. Motie initially seems unsure, raising his hands above his head and in front of his face, but he ultimately makes the catch.
In the 14th over, Australia’s score is 41-1 with Khawaja at 19 and Labuschagne at 9. Roach is now bowling and Labuschagne hits a drive through the covers for three runs. He simply pushes the ball. On the other hand, Khawaja puts in more effort and stretches his arms to hit the ball, sending it for a four.
In the 13th over, Australia’s score is 34-1 with Khawaja at 15 and Labuschagne at 6. Shamar Joseph continues to bowl, with Labuschagne trying to avoid playing whenever possible. He only plays when necessary, and manages to get a run to the leg side with an angled shot towards his pads.
In the 12th over, Australia is at 33-1 with Khawaja scoring 15 runs and Labuschagne scoring 5 runs. Roach returns to bowl after a drinks break, with four slips and a backward point in place. Khawaja earns two runs from the first ball with a flick.
In the 11th over, Australia’s score is 31-1, with Khawaja at 13 runs and Labuschagne at 5 runs. Shamar Joseph makes a mistake by overpitching and Labuschagne takes advantage, sending the ball through midwicket for four runs.
At the 10th over mark, Australia’s score is 27 runs for the loss of 1 wicket, with Khawaja at 13 runs and Labuschagne at 1 run. Alzarri is now bowling his second over, but Khawaja is able to handle his deliveries and takes a single. Labuschagne, on the other hand, is not as confident and edges one to fine leg for his first run.
After the ninth over, Australia has a score of 25-1 with Khawaja scoring 12 and Labuschagne scoring 0. Shamar continues to bowl well, causing Labuschagne’s bail to fly off with one delivery. Labuschagne then decides to not take the next ball due to movement in the area outside the designated section at Adelaide Oval. This happens right as the bowler is about to make their throw.
Regardless, Shamar Joseph begins his Test cricket debut with a wicket maiden.
Shamar Joseph is having an incredible day! He took a wicket on his first ball in Tests! I’m not sure of the exact number, but another member has definitely joined that club of 22. This is truly unbelievable!
Smith faces a delivery that is delivered from the back of the pitch with good speed and bounce. He is caught off guard and attempts to defend the ball, which is angled towards him. As a result, he hits the ball with the outer edge of his bat, sending it low towards the fielder in the gully position who makes a successful catch.
It can be challenging to start the batting.
In the 8th over, Australia’s score is 25-0 with Smith at 12 runs and Khawaja at 12 runs. Alzarri Joseph bowled a no-ball and Smith scored a single, keeping the game moving forward.
The next Joseph is approaching, getting ready.
In the seventh over, Australia has scored 23 runs and has not lost any wickets. The pitch does not seem to have much bounce, as the ball is not bouncing high when it reaches the wicketkeeper. When Roach bowls a short ball, it stays low and Khawaja takes advantage by hitting it for a four. Roach then bowls a full ball and Khawaja drives it through long off for another boundary. He also plays a defensive shot that edges the ball towards the gully.
Australia is already in the lead.
In the sixth over, Australia’s score is 15 runs for no wickets, with Steve Smith scoring 11 and Usman Khawaja scoring 4. Smith attempts another pull shot, but it is caught by the fielder at mid-on. The opposing team has one less fielder in a catching position, with a midwicket placed square along with a mid-on and an extra cover. Smith hits the ball towards the square, where the backward point and gully fielders quickly move to stop it. After three dot balls, Smith finally breaks the pattern by stepping across and pulling a ball from outside off stump. This earns him four runs, hitting the ball well in front of square.
In the fifth over of the match, Australia has scored 11 runs without losing any wickets. The two batsmen, Smith and Khawaja, have different physical appearances – Roach is shorter and more muscular while Joseph is taller and leaner. Roach is wearing a chunky gold chain around his neck, and the fielders behind Khawaja resemble seabirds perched on a fence rail. However, Khawaja is not giving the fielders any opportunities to take a wicket.
In the fourth over, Australia’s score is 11-0 with batsmen Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja at the crease. Smith hits a boundary by stepping across and taking advantage of a shorter ball from Alzarri Joseph. The fielding arrangement set by Kraigg Braithwaite is aggressive, with a keeper, four slips, gully, and point. There are also two fielders near the wicket at mid on and mid off, and one back at long leg near deep backward square. Smith manages to score two more runs in that direction with another pull shot, even though the ball wasn’t very short.
On the third over, Australia has a score of 5-0 with Smith at 1 and Khawaja at 4. Khawaja is now playing defensively and calmly finishes the Roach over.
In the second over, Australia’s score is 5-0 with Smith at 1 and Khawaja at 4. The game is reminiscent of the previous match against Pakistan. Alzarri Joseph puts in a lot of effort and throws a fast ball that catches Khawaja off guard. The ball hits the bat and bounces towards the fielders. However, the wicketkeeper da Silva fails to catch it, possibly because he didn’t pay close enough attention to the ball. It hits his left hand and falls out.
At the start of the game, Australia has a score of 2 runs and no wickets lost in the first over, with Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja both contributing 1 run each. This is the first time Steve Smith is opening in a Test match and he begins by defending a few balls before scoring his first run with a shot to midwicket. Usman Khawaja follows suit and also gets a run. The bowler for this over is Kemar Roach.
After 62.1 overs, West Indies scored 188 runs and lost all their wickets, with Roach scoring 17. Australia completed the task, but it took longer than expected. McKenzie played a solid innings of 50 runs as the first batsman. However, the rest of the team did not perform well except for a commendable effort by the ninth batsman.
Shamar Joseph, who scored 36 runs, has matched Norman Cowens’ debut score for England at No11 during the 1982 WACA Test.
Some notable scores include Dane Paterson’s 39 not out for South Africa, Chamila Gamage’s 40 for Sri Lanka, Warwick Armstrong’s 45 not out at the MCG in 1902 (despite not being a true 11 and making six Test hundreds), and Agar’s famous 98 at Trent Bridge (despite not being a true 11 as well).
The final wicket adds 55 runs to the West Indies’ total, indicating that their position is not as dire as it could have been. However, they are still significantly behind a strong score.
A popular tradition in Lyon to conclude an entertaining tale. The bowler approaches the left-handed batsman and delivers a delivery that stays in line with the stumps. The ball strikes the pad just below the knee roll, far from the inner edge. Joseph decides to challenge the decision, but the replay shows a clear orange light on the top of the leg stump, indicating a safe position.
In the 62nd over, the West Indies have scored 188 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Roach, with a score of 17, and S. Joseph, with a score of 36, are currently batting. The West Indies’ innings is gaining momentum as Joseph quickly takes a single to cover from a length ball by Cummins. Roach then shows great determination and blocks out the remaining five balls of the over.
In the 61st over, West Indies reaches a score of 187-9 with Roach at 17 and S. Joseph at 35. Lyon is still bowling and Roach manages to hit him over midwicket for three runs. The crowd cheers as they achieve their goal. However, the atmosphere in the room is currently quite subdued. Roach then executes a slog sweep.
Shamar Joseph has achieved one of the top five debut scores for a player wearing the No. 11 jersey. (Note: Ashton Agar holds the highest score on this list.)
The 60th over saw West Indies at 181-9 with Roach scoring 11 and S. Joseph scoring 35. Upon returning, Joseph continued to score, hitting Cummins for two runs through cover and then unconvincingly lifting him over mid on for two more with a horizontal bat.
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On his debut, Shamar Joseph achieved the highest score for a West Indies No11. The partnership is currently valued at 44 points.
The 59th over sees West Indies at 177-9 with Roach scoring 11 and S. Joseph at 31. Lyon is up against Joseph for what could potentially be a full over. Things get interesting when Joseph takes a huge swipe at the fourth ball, narrowly missing the stumps and scoring three runs.
In the 58th over, West Indies are at 174-9, with Roach scoring 11 and S. Joseph scoring 28. Joseph steps away from the ball as he faces Hazlewood and hits it through midwicket. However, there is a fielder in place now, unlike when he hit a six earlier. Roach is back on the field with a conventional setup, and he quickly gets a run with an inside edge behind square. The fielders are spread out for the No11, which may seem odd. There are deep fielders at long leg, backward square, forward square, and point. Joseph hits another strong shot, but it goes straight to the deep backward fielder.
This duo has almost completed the additional 30 minutes! They have added 41 points!
In the 57th over, the West Indies have scored 167 runs with 9 wickets down. Roach, with a score of 6, faces Lyon’s delivery and manages to get a leg bye while attempting a sweep. S. Joseph, with a score of 26, has one ball left to face against the spinner. He shifts away towards the leg side and attempts a powerful cross-bat hit towards cover, but ends up hitting it with the toe of his bat. The ball falls just short of being caught by the fielder at cover and they are able to get one run on the rebound.
In the 56th over of the match, West Indies has reached a score of 165 with only 9 wickets remaining. S. Joseph, who is currently batting with Roach, attempts to hit the ball with great force as Hazlewood bowls at a consistent length. He misses the first attempt, but on the next delivery, he successfully hits a six over deep midwicket, showcasing an impressive shot.
Hazlewood delivers a full ball, altering his strategy. Joseph fails to connect with his powerful shot. Hazlewood changes his angle of attack, having previously bowled from around the wicket to the left-handed batsman. He sends a ball across and Joseph attempts a pull shot, but misses by a significant margin. Hazlewood then returns to bowling near the off stump, and Joseph decides to let the ball go by.
The West Indies are at 159-9 in the 55th over, with Roach at 6 and S. Joseph at 19. Lyon is being brought in to bowl against the tailender, but Roach manages to hit a boundary over mid on. It’s a common occurrence for the lower order to score runs when the top order fails to do so.
The West Indies are at 155-9 in the 54th over. Roach, with a score of 2, and S. Joseph, with 19, are at the crease. Hazlewood comes in for Starc and continues to bowl at a consistent length. However, Shamar isn’t fooled by this predictable tactic. On the second ball of the over, he leans back and hits a four over midwicket. He then repeats this shot, sending the ball down the ground. This time, he comes dangerously close to hitting his batting partner Roach. To avoid this, Roach shifts his position and successfully avoids being hit. Joseph also joins in on the action, attempting two shots but failing to make contact. However, he makes up for it on the last ball of the over by hitting a cut shot through cover for another two runs. This bold and daring shot earns him praise.
At the start of the 53rd over, West Indies is at 145-9 with Roach at 1 run and S. Joseph at 6 runs. It was time for tea, but the umpires decided to extend the session since there were nine wickets down. Cummins will continue to bowl consistently. There are two slips and a gully for catching, and two fielders in the deep for a potential hook shot. There is also a short leg for defense, and fielders at mid on, mid off, and point for opportunities to drive. However, Roach chooses to block all of the balls instead.
In the 52nd over, the West Indies are at 145-9 with Roach scoring 1 and S. Joseph scoring 6. Joseph hits a powerful drive over the bowler’s head, possibly due to a wobble seam, and Starc attempts to catch it but only manages to get a fingertip on it. This results in three runs for Joseph. Roach then drops a run to square leg and walks through, bringing their partnership to 10. Joseph evades a bouncer and it is called a wide. He also misses a full ball, but the yorker narrowly misses the leg stump.
In the 51st over, the West Indies are at 140-9 with Roach scoring 1 and S. Joseph scoring 6. Despite a big swing from Kemar, he doesn’t score any runs. Cummins is aiming for another five-wicket haul, as he has achieved in previous matches, but his slips do not get any catches this time.
In the 50th over, West Indies is at 140-9 with Roach scoring 1 and S. Joseph scoring 6. Batting may seem simple, as Joseph hits a full ball on his pads for a four at midwicket. However, Starc’s deliveries make him uncomfortable and he struggles to dodge a short ball, resulting in the ball hitting his helmet. Luckily, the impact pushes the helmet up rather than causing any serious harm. Despite this, Joseph continues to play but misses an uppercut attempt.
In the 49th over, the West Indies team has a score of 136-9 with Roach at 1 and S. Joseph at 2. Shamar, who is now at 11, has replaced Alzarri, who was previously at 8. Kemar Roach has already taken over for Motie. The final pair manages to score three singles by simply blocking the ball with their bat. This tactic could be useful for some of their teammates.
The wickets aren’t as impressive as the exclamation marks suggest. Maybe Joseph is questioning why he’s putting effort into playing when others are just swinging their bats. He hits a ball that is far back on the pitch, but instead of using his front foot, he punches it with his back foot in an upward motion. Not surprisingly, Cummins gets some bounce and causes enough movement to catch the edge and send it to second slip. This adds another catch to Smith’s collection.
In the 48th over, the West Indies are at 133-8 with Joseph scoring 14 runs. Starc is bowling and there are three slips, gully, and point in the field. Motie confidently faces four balls before Starc brings in a short leg to try and unsettle him. This tactic proves successful as the fifth ball is short and off target, while the sixth ball is fuller and aimed at the leg stump. However, Motie is already moving towards the leg side and attempts to hit the ball, but it only ends up looping up and down to point.
In the 47th over, the West Indies team has a score of 133 for 7 wickets, with Joseph at 14 runs and Motie at 1 run. Motie, who is a left-handed player, comes to the crease. He quickly gets a run by nudging the ball towards the square.
Wow, that’s not very strong. Cummins has set up a few fielders for the short ball, including a deep square leg and a fine leg with a midwicket. Joshua da Silva decides to go for a pull shot, but ends up edging it behind square. Luckily, the ball lands in a safe spot. However, instead of learning from his mistake, Joshua da Silva tries the same shot again and this time, he hits it straight to deep square leg. The fielder makes a good catch while leaning forward. But still, why take the risk? Although he did try to control the shot with his wrist, he didn’t judge the bounce correctly.
In the 46th over, the West Indies team has a score of 130-6, with Da Silva at 4 runs and Joseph at 14. Starc is now on the field and Joseph continues to aggressively swing his bat. He misses the first ball and hits a lucky four on the second. The third ball goes down the leg side and is not hit, resulting in byes. Joseph then switches to a more defensive strategy and blocks several balls, but ends the over with a beautiful cover drive, leaning onto one knee and hitting a full ball with width for a boundary.