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WI vs AUS: Big hundreds by Labuschagne, Head hundreds plunge the Windies in second test

A depleted West Indian attack annihilated by the Australian duo.

WI vs AUS: Big hundreds by Labuschagne, Head hundreds plunge the Windies in second test

The visitors lost the toss and prepped for a full day of work against an in-form batting lineup. To make matters worse, West Indies were down a fast bowler 15 overs into the game, with Mindley suffering hamstring tightness and being forced to leave the arena for scans. With a score of 131 for 3, West Indies appeared to be putting some pressure on Australia, despite their meager resources. However, with the familiar sight of the new  No. 1 Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne making another century and a hometown hundred for Travis Head, a final tally of 330 for 3 would confirm, that was as good as it got.

Australia scored 330 runs on the first day of the pink-ball Test against a hampered West Indies side that suffered another injury blow less than a quarter of the way through the day’s play in Adelaide, led by Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head. They were tough on them, with the former recording his third straight series tonne and the latter completing his first century at home. By Stumps, Australia’s fourth-wicket pair had put on 199 runs, with no end in sight for the visitors’ suffering.

Marnus Labuschagne surpasses Don Bradman

On Friday, December 9, Marnus Labuschagne became the joint second-fastest batsman in Test cricket history to score 3000 runs. The right-hander is even with West Indies batsman Everton Weekes, who reached the milestone in 33 innings in January 1948.


Sir Donald Bradman of Australia remains the fastest to 3000 Test runs, having achieved the record in 33 innings in November 1928. Labuschagne reached the 3000-run mark in Australia’s ongoing second Test against the West Indies at the Adelaide Oval.

Before the Day-Night Test in Adelaide, Labuschagne was 153 runs away from the milestone. With 935 points in the standings, the youngster is currently the No. 1 ranked batter in Tests. Earlier this year, during Australia’s Test series against Pakistan, he set a career-high rating of 936 points.

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