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AUS vs WI 1st Test: Aussies crush West Indies in Adelaide blitz courtesy Head, Hazlewood

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Aussies crush West Indies in Adelaide blitz courtesy Head, Hazlewood

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From the moment Josh Hazlewood ripped through the West Indies' top order with his searing pace, the writing was on the wall.

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Australia has roared back onto the Test stage with a dominating performance, crushing the West Indies by 10 wickets inside three days at the Adelaide Oval. While the win was comprehensive, the margin doesn’t fully capture the clinical precision displayed by the Aussies throughout the match.

From the moment Josh Hazlewood ripped through the West Indies’ top order with his searing pace, the writing was on the wall. Hazlewood bagged an impressive 9 wickets across the match, proving why he remains a cornerstone of the Australian attack.

Travis Head’s magnificent first-innings century provided the perfect platform for the Aussie dominance. His assured knock rescued Australia from a shaky start and gave them a substantial lead to defend. The West Indies bowlers, facing a seasoned Australian batting line-up, simply couldn’t find the answers.

However, in this glum Test, a star shone brightly for the Windies – Shamar Joseph. On his debut, he was simply fantastic. Not only did he pick up five valuable wickets, but he also scored valuable runs, showcasing an all-round talent that offers hope for the future.

AUS vs WI 1st Test: Visitors struggled with bat

The inexperienced West Indies batting order, expectedly, struggled against the experienced Aussie attack. While their youth holds promise for the future, it was exposed here in the face of relentless bowling pressure and a demanding Adelaide pitch.

The quick conclusion of the match raises questions about the West Indies’ batting application. While their inexperienced youth deserves some leeway, their performance fell short of what was required on such a big stage.

As for the much-discussed experimentation with Steve Smith batting as an opener, the Adelaide Test didn’t offer conclusive answers. However, the way he anchored the chase alongside Usman Khawaja, showcasing his trademark patience and grit, suggests the experiment might just yield positive results in the long run.

The three-day victory in Adelaide serves as a powerful statement of intent from Australia. For the West Indies, the harsh reality of international cricket served as a learning experience, highlighting areas for improvement before they head to the Gabba for the second Test.

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