David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 64 off 61 balls © Getty Images
David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 64 off 61 balls © Getty Images

Australia stuttered in the last few overs of the morning session reaching a score of 121 for the loss of three wickets after 24 overs on Day 1 of the first Test against West Indies. David Warner (64 off 61) and Joe Burns (33 off 43) got the hosts off to a dominating start on the opening day at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, putting up a whirlwind 75-run first-wicket stand at a rate of more than seven-per-over, before West Indies managed to fight back and shift the momentum in their balance at the end of the session. Jomel Warrican was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, taking two for 30 in seven overs. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 1st Test at Hobart, Day 1

Electing to bat after winning the toss on a bright sunny day, Australia were off to a rollicking start in no time. Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach opened the bowling for the West Indies, both of whom overstepped at the start of their overs. Warner and Burns wasted no time in despatching the pacers to the boundaries at regular intervals, which became a common occurrence at one point. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 1st Test at Hobart, Day 1

The duo soon put up 70 for no loss in just 10 overs, with the duo hammering Taylor and Roach all over the ground off loose deliveries. Warner was particularly harsh on Roach, hitting three consecutive boundaries off the right-arm pacer to score 12 runs off the eighth over. Things were getting out of control for the visitors when Shannon Gabriel got the much-needed breakthrough, bowling Burns with a beautiful delivery that angled into the stumps, and went through the defense of the batsman to crash into the middle stump.

In a key breakthrough, Warner, who was dropped on four, was out nearing lunch for 64 off 61 balls to a leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican. It was a relief for Ramdin, who had dropped Warner in the second over from a tough chance off Kemar Roach, diving across first slip with his outstretched left glove. Runs, however, came easily and Australia’s openers helped themselves to 12 boundaries off the first eight overs.

The West Indies picked Warrican as their spin option ahead of wrist spinner Devendra Bishoo. James Pattinson was Australia’s only change getting the nod ahead of Nathan Coulter-Nile to replace Mitchell Starc, who is to have ankle surgery.

The West Indies are ranked above only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and have won just four of their last 20 Tests. They last won a Test in Australia in 1997. Doubts about the West Indies redoubled after they were humiliated by a rookie Cricket Australia XI by 10 wickets in their only warm-up game. In contrast, third-ranked Australia are coming off a 2-0 home series win over New Zealand and spanked the West Indies in two Tests earlier this year.

Brief scores:

Australia 121 for 3 (Joe Burns 33, David Warner 64; Jomel Warrican 2 for 30, Shannon Gabriel 1 for 18) vs West Indies.

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(with inputs from AFP)