Head in command after Labuschagne departs for 163

Australia 436 for 4 (Head 172*, Labuschagne 163, Thomas 2-53) vs West Indies

Marnus Labuschagne lost for 163 on day two, but Travis Head recorded his maiden Test double century. Australia continued its uninspired West Indies toil at Adelaide Oval in the second Test.

Australia’s grip on the day-night contest was tightened by a dominant first session. They are now aiming for a third consecutive declaration in this one-sided two Test series.

Labuschagne and Head formed a 297 run partnership, which was the fourth-highest fourth wicket partnership for Australia against West Indies.

The beleaguered tourists are now down to 10 wickets after taking more than 300 runs in the series. They lost the first Test at Perth by 164 runs.

They had a brief respite when Labuschagne was caught, who missed out on a second double-ton in his purple streak of three consecutive centuries. The No.1 Test batter passed 3000 Test runs in his 51st innings, with Don Bradman surpassing the milestone faster than him.

Head, a hometown hero, was able to pass his highest score of 161 and continue to dominate a weak West Indies attack, much to the delights of the Adelaide Oval faithful.

West Indies were again disappointed by sloppy bowling. Kraigg Brathwaite, the skipper, was rather puzzled by his tactics. He often didn’t implement a gully in an appropriate move.

He He was generally reactionary but a second-string attack hasn’t helped his cause.

A shorthanded West Indies attack was also lacking spearheads Jayden Sessions and Kemar Roach. Debutant quick Marquino Mindley is likely to play in the match after suffering a hamstring strain early on day one after only bowling two overs.

Mindley arrived from the Caribbean 48 hours prior to the Test as injury coverage.

West Indies needed a spark amid their growing woes. Speedster Alzarri Joseph tried to provide one by making several menacing deliveries to Labuschagne to test his spell.

The surface appeared faster than it did on day one and was marked by a tennis ball-like bounce. Joseph couldn’t penetrate long enough, with Devon Thomas, a debutant, taking over as the frontline bowler.

After taking the wicket of Usman Khawaja, the opener, Thomas’ handy seamers did the same and he removed Labuschagne. He then nearly dismissed Cameron Green, who edged his second ball of the series in front the slips.

After being plundered by Head and Labuschagne, it was a brief respite for West Indies. They scored their 200-run partnership in the second ball.

Head had taken advantage of West Indies bowling at an overpitch to score a rollicking first 100 in front home faithful. He Early on day two, I was able to observe more precise bowling and was able to score a rare edge through the slips to the boundary.

Normal service resumed with Head flamboyantly slashing at gully for consecutive boundaries, as Labuschagne was surpassed by him to reach 150 with a boundary from the innocuous spin Roston Chase.

Labuschagne also reached the landmark just before his surprise wicket. Head, a focused batsman, batted cautiously through the break knowing that he has a golden opportunity.

Tristan Lavalette, a journalist based out of Perth, is Tristan Lavalette.

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