Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the opening day of the first Test between Australia and West Indies at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Thursday. The regular updates of the first day’s play will be presented to you by Amit Banerjee and Devarchit Varma.  Australia enter the game as the overwhelming favourites ahead of the game, having completed a 2-0 victory in the recent three-Test series against New Zealand on home soil. West Indies, on the other hand, look shaky following their 10-wicket mauling at the hands of Cricket Australia XI (CA XI) in their warm-up fixture at Brisbane. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 1st Test at Hobart, Day 1

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 438/3 in 89 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 174(204), Shaun Marsh 139(205):  Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh now need 19 more runs to break the record for highest fourth wicket stand for Australia against the West Indies. The two batsmen have added 317 runs for the fourth wicket, and the record of 336 runs for the fourth wicket made by Bill Lawry and Doug Walters in 1969 is under serious threat. Goodbye for today!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 428/3 in 85 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 170(194), Shaun Marsh 133(194):  The play on the first day will end in sometime, with Australia driving themselves in to a commanding position on the first day itself. Voges and Marsh have been excellent with the bat today.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 428/3 in 85 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 170(194), Shaun Marsh 133(194):  The play on the first day will end in sometime, with Australia driving themselves in to a commanding position on the first day itself. Voges and Marsh have been excellent with the bat today.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 394/3 in 77 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 160(172), Shaun Marsh 114(164):  Adam Voges has notched up his career-best score, which is in excess of 150. The West Indies are looking sapped on the first day of the series itself, with no hope of a wicket falling whatsoever. Australia making giant strides.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 369/3 in 73 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 145(155), Shaun Marsh 102(153): Shaun Marsh has completed his third Test century for Australia, as he has made most of the opportunity that came his way with Usman Khawaja being injured. Unlike Voges, Marsh took his time to score the runs. He faced 153 balls and cracked nine boundaries to bring up his third Test hundred of the career.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 350/3 in 70 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 145(155), Shaun Marsh 88(138): It has been Australia all the way ever since the beginning of the second session on he first day. The pre lunch session may have been tilted in West Indies’ side slightly, but with 350 already on the board, and 400 likely in day’s play today, there are not many ways the West Indies can bounce back. About 20 more overs left in the day.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 311/3 in 60 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 128(126), Shaun Marsh 68(106): In only 60 overs, Australia have brought up their 300 runs on the board in the first innings. When the day began, it was being said that the toss was crucial and batting first could be a little risky. A few wickets did fall but Australia have put themselves in a commanding position through this partnership between Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 288/3 in 56 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 112(113), Shaun Marsh 61(95): Australia have resumed in the same manner where they had left off at tea, with Shaun Marsh coming up with his fifth half-century in Test cricket. The West Indies need some inspiration from their bowlers or else they might be staring at a massive first innings total to reply.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 257/3 in 50 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 100(100), Shaun Marsh 42(71): Century No. 3 in Test cricket for Adam Voges as he has brought up the milestone in only 100 balls with the help of 16 boundaries. Australia have pummeled the West Indies in this session, even though the scoring rate has now dropped down to 5.30. It’s time for tea!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 237/3 in 45 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 86(87), Shaun Marsh 36(55): Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges have brought up their century stand, and it must be said that it is Voges who has cut loose at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The pair has scored more than seven runs an over in the last 10 overs, and Voges is eyeing a century as he has been scoring almost run a ball. Australia are right back on top, West Indies need wickets to get back into the contest.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 181/3 in 37 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 54(58), Shaun Marsh 12(36): Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges have completed their half-century stand, and the right-hander has also brought up his fourth fifty in Test cricket. Marsh and Voges have not given any opportunity to the West Indies to cause any damage, and Australia are slowly getting back to the top.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 155/3 in 34 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 29(43), Shaun Marsh 12(32): Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges have a great opportunity to make runs as they have resumed in a composed passion post the lunch break. The Australians would like one or two big partnerships here, and it is important that these two keep batting for long. In little more than 10 overs, these two batsmen have added 34 runs for the fourth wicket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 121/3 in 24 overs; BATTING: Adam Voges 9(11), Shaun Marsh 0(2): The dismissal of Smith off the bowling of Warrican for a low score builds the pressure on the hosts, which ultimately culminates with the dismissal of the in-form Warner for a score of 64 at the stroke of lunch on Day 1. Warrican bowls this one along the leg-stump, with Warner edging it to the wicketkeeper while trying to play it down towards fine-leg. West Indies finally get the much-needed wicket of Warner, and the momentum is in their favour at the moment with two new batsmen at the crease! The stage is set for an exciting second session of play! OUT! David Warner c Denesh Ramdin b Jomel Warrican 64(61)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 110/2 in 20 overs; BATTING: David Warner 57(48), Adam Voges 5(2): The hosts cross the 100-run mark, with Warner bringing up his 20th Test fifty with a quick single in just 40 deliveries. Smith, meanwhile, is playing a slow knock at the other end, and is batting on 10 off 31 deliveries when he is sent back to the pavilion by the young Jomel Warrican, who made a memorable debut in the second Test against Sri Lanka with a four-wicket haul. The left-arm orthodox bowler foxes the Australian captain with a flighted delivery pitched along the middle-stump that straightens, with Smith edging it to Blackwood in the slips off the shoulder of the bat. Another big wicket for the West Indians, though Warner’s presence continues to be a headache for them. OUT! Steven Smith c Jermaine Blackwood b Jomel Warrican 10(32)

 

 

 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 75/1 in 11 overs; BATTING: David Warner 39(26), Steven Smith 0(0): Australia are positively cruising at a score of 70 for no loss at the end of 10 overs, scoring at a rate of seven per over in almost Twenty20-like fashion. Warner has been particularly harsh on the West Indian bowlers, having hammered nine boundaries in his innings so far. At this rate, Australia could very well pile 350 runs at the end of day’s play, and might as well declare at the end of the day! Roach has been particularly expensive, conceding 33 runs in just four overs (including a maiden), with skipper Jason Holder introducing himself as well as Shannon Gabriel into the attack. OUT! Gabriel finally gets the much-needed breakthrough, with a good-length delivery that angles into Burns, crashing into the middle-stump through the gap between the bat and the pad. The 75-run opening stand finally comes to an end, though the task for the West Indians is still enormous! OUT! Joe Burns b Shannon Gabriel 33(43)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: AUS 37/0 in 5 overs; BATTING: David Warner 16(13), Joe Burns 19(19): Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach open the bowling for West Indies, and both start off with a no-ball. The Australians are off to a decent start, with both Warner and Burns scoring a majority of their runs in boundaries. Warner survives a dismissal scare in the second over of the innings, getting an edge to the slips where wicketkeeper Ramdin fails to complete the catch, resulting in a boundary towards third man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams:

Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.

TOSS: Australia win the toss, and elect to bat first.

 

 

 

The turnout for the upcoming Test at Hobart is expected to be a low one, given the lack of interest people are showing in the series due to the perception of it being a one-sided contest. Indeed, West Indies have not had much to boast of throughout this year, barring their 2-0 victory over South Africa in a Twenty20 International (T20I) series in the latter’s den. The men from the Caribbean were pummeled 0-2 and 0-3 in the Test and One-Day International (ODI) series’ in their recent tour of Sri Lanka. PREVIEW: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 1st Test at Hobart

Australia, on the other hand, appear a much superior side even without the presence of pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, who suffered a stress injury to his right foot on the opening day of the historic day-night Test against New Zealand at Adelaide, which makes his case doubtful even for the tour of New Zealand that is to follow the current series. Australia announced their playing XI a day before the start of play, with James Pattinson making a comeback into the Test side after sitting out for more than one-and-a-half years. Pattinson is part of the three-pronged pace attack that also features Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood, with Nathan Coulter-Nile being picked as the 12th man.

Squads:

Australia XI for 1st Test: David Warner, Joe Burns, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

West Indies squad for Australia tour: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Jomel Warrican.

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