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Australia outshines West Indies in Cricket test series




Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh made centuries in an unbroken 317-run stand as Australia dominated day one of the first Test against the West Indies in Hobart.

The batsmen came together with Australia unsteady at 121 for three, but they piled on the runs thereafter to put the home side in a commanding position.

By stumps, Voges had reached a career-best Test score of 174 not out, and Marsh alongside him was undefeated on 139. Australia, on 438 for three, were sitting pretty.

The tortured West Indies bowlers had shipped runs at an average of almost five runs an over, and the tourists’ best hope of salvaging reward from the game may lie in a mixed weather forecast for the next four days.

Opening pair David Warner and Joe Burns took just 48 balls to bring up Australia’s first 50 runs and they had put on 75 by the time Burns was clean bowled for 33, beaten by Shannon Gabriel’s pace.

A dangerous leg-side single – a direct hit would have seen captain Steve Smith run out – took Warner to a 40-ball half-century featuring 10 fours, five of them through the covers. His 11th 50-plus score of the year was an Australian Test record.

It was 104 for two when Smith, on 10, edged a beauty from spinner Jomel Warrican to Jermaine Blackwood at slip and 121 for three at lunch after Warner was caught behind down leg off Warrican for 64 from 61 balls.

Voges played himself in before hitting four fours in a Warrican over. He continued to go through the gears and reached his fifty from 55 balls with a cover drive off a Gabriel no-ball for his 10th boundary.
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