Australia in West Indies: Roseau recap and on to Kingston

Last week Australia thumped the West Indies in the French-settled town of Roseau. It was the First Test. Australian bowlers won the game, both with the ball and with the bat. It was the bowlers along with new (old) fella Adam Voges and his debut 130. Marvellous effort, that, given that no other batsman in the innings scored above 39 (and that was JR Hazlewood batting at #11).

Windies 148; crashing from 2/75 to 6/91. And then from 7/133 to all out 148.

Wickets all round to MG Johnson (3/34 from 13.5), JR Hazlewood (3/33 from 15), MA Starc (2/48 from 15).

Australia 318; with over-indulged SE Marsh again falling for less than 28 (19 this time).

With SR Watson’s dismissal, Australia was 5/112. When MA Starc fell it was 8/178. Hardly brilliant. NM Lyon (22) and JR Hazlewood (39) hung around with AC Voges (130*), who cranked up the pace – bringing up his century with Australia 9 down. So again the second 5 wickets contributed more than the first 5. And suddenly, a wobbly Australia led by 170 on first innings. Good news for the Windies was 29-y-o D Bishoo leg-spinning 6 wickets (6/80 from 33 overs), including much “ball of the century” hoop-la over his bowling of BJ Haddin (in truth, it was a leggie, it turned past the outside edge, hit off-stump – just what they’re supposed to do).

West Indies missed a trick there. And consequently the match.

Windies 216

Could the Windies establish a lead, or would they fold like deck chairs? At 3/37 (one each to MG Johnson, JR Hazlewood and MA Starc) things were looking grim. But a 140-odd stand between SO Dowrich and MN Samuels pushed out a lead. When SO Dowrich (70) fell to JR Hazlewood it was 4/181. But the second new ball swung like a World Cup white ball for left-arm skyscraper MA Starc, who spectacularly cleaned up the tail. 6/206 became 7/206 (D Ramdin b Lyon), then 8/206 (JE Taylor b MA Starc), then 9/216 (D Bishoo b MA Starc), and then 10/216 (ST Gabriel b Starc).

MA Starc (4/28 from 18 overs) taking the last two wickets with consecutive balls – putting him on a hat-trick in Kingston.

Australia 1/47

Australia went the tonk. DA Warner 28 (20 balls), SE Marsh 13* (7 balls) and SPD Smith 5* (4 balls) doing the damage. Whole thing over in three days. AC Voges man of the match. Fizzer.

Tonight the second Test (of 2) begins. Held at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. Again CJL Rogers has been ruled out with ongoing concussion, giving SE Marsh a (further) chance at the top of the order

Points to watch in Kingston

Will MA Starc collect 3 wickets in 3 balls (across 2 Tests)?

How will Australia play D Bishoo? Try to hit him out of the attack?

Will the Windies manage to post three decent partnerships?

Will SE Marsh make runs?


After this Test it’s off to England for a tour match v Kent on 25 June.

About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. You rightly refer to S Marsh as “over-indulged”. But what does that make S Watson? I feel that C Rogers’ absence has saved Watto’s bacon. Marsh would have been dropped down the list, and Watto out? After all, Voges can bowl tweakers.

    Call me a cynic E.R., but had M Clarke been sconned on the helmet while batting in the nets, would he have missed two Tests?

  2. E.regnans says

    Fair point, Smokie.
    Wonder if CJL Rogers called for a second opinion.

  3. Skip of Skipton says

    Marlon Samuels has started to realise his potential lately, albeit at age 35.

    He and young Brathwaite who is dour, put on a big stand in South Africa last summer where they both got tons. Time for a big innings on his home deck in Jamaica.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    SE Marsh very lucky to be in the team against India, yet I’ll concede he did quite well. In the middle order. Thought he deserved another crack there. He’s clearly not a red ball opener. I’d have opened with Watto given it’s a fill-in role.
    Think it’s only a hat-trick if it’s in the same game eg. can be over two innings in a Test??
    Will still look forward to MA Starc’s first ball.
    CA still seem set to schedule (probably 3 day) Tests against this Windies team for Boxing Day and New Years in Sydney. At least the players will get a break…

  5. SPD Smith and 10 runners/water carriers?

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