Pattinson spearheads Aussies to an innings victory over Windies

Hobart, December 12

Recalled paceman James Pattinson claimed five wickets as the West Indies succumbed to a dispiriting innings and 212-run loss to Australia on the third day of the first Test in Hobart on Saturday.

Pattinson, playing in his first Test since March last year after recovering from hamstring issues, spearheaded the Australian assault to rip apart the threadbare Windies batting. The hapless Caribbean tourists were sent back in by Australia skipper Steve Smith after being dismissed for 223 in the first innings to trail the home side by 360 runs. The Windies went into freefall in their second innings, confirming fears about their competitiveness ahead of the remaining Melbourne and Sydney Tests.

It was a triumph for Pattinson, who returned to the Australian side for injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and justified his recall after going wicketless for 68 bowling in the West Indies first innings.

The West Indies have won just four of their last 21 Tests and went into the first Hobart Test on the back of a humbling 10-wicket loss in their only warm-up game to a modest Cricket Australia XI. The once-great Windies are ranked above only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and last won a Test in 1997. Only opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite showed any resolve in the second innings shambles, finishing with 94 out of the paltry 148 total.

Pattinson triggered the rot by having Rajendra Chandrika caught by Smith in the slips for a duck. First-innings centurion Darren Bravo fell for just four when his middle stump was uprooted by Pattinson. Marlon Samuels came and went for three, caught off the bat’s handle by David Warner, and Jermaine Blackwood completed a pair of ducks when he was out the next ball, bowled by Pattinson. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin gave Warner his second catch of the innings off Mitchell Marsh for four.

Holder was caught down the leg-side off Pattinson for 17, Kemar Roach gloved Josh Hazlewood to Peter Nevill for three, and Jerome Taylor fell to a catch in the deep off Hazlewood for 12. Brathwaite was the last man out, bowled by Hazlewood six runs short of his century. The tourists were earlier dismissed for 223 with Hazlewood missing a hat-trick after dismissing Roach and Taylor with successive balls to finish with 4-45.

Bravo, on 94 overnight, was the last man out for 108 after raising his seventh Test century. Bravo’s defiant innings came to an anti-climactic finish when he dollied a catch off Peter Siddle to Nathan Lyon at point. He faced 177 balls for his hundred with 20 fours.

The West Indies innings finished on the ninth wicket down with injured fast bowler Shannon Gabriel unable to bat because of a stressed left ankle injury. Smith quickly enforced the follow-on as the Australians went after a quick-fire win.