West Indies lost the 1st Test vs Australia by an innings and 212 runs at Hobart © Getty Images
West Indies lost the 1st Test vs Australia by an innings and 212 runs at Hobart © Getty Images

West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel will return home after he suffering an ankle injury early in his team’s crushing first Test loss to Australia, team officials said on Saturday. Gabriel could not bat in either innings after suffering a stress-related injury to his left ankle late on Thursday’s opening day. A replacement will be named in the coming days, a team spokesman said. Gabriel bowled with some impressive pace and claimed the wicket of Joe Burns in a first-innings haul of one for 59 off 10 overs. The West Indies played for most of Australia’s massive first innings of 583 for four declared without their fastest bowler and went down by an innings and 212 runs in Hobart within three days. FULL SOCRECARD: Australia vs West Indies, 1st Test at Hobart

Australia’s Test win on Saturday was their second biggest over the Windies. The hosts thrashed West Indies in the opening game at Hobart by an innings and 212 runs with the match ending inside three days. Batting first, Australia declared at 583 for 4 before bowling out the visitors at 223 in 70 overs. Australia then enforced follow-on to which West Indies lasted only a couple of sessions before getting bundled up for a mere total of 148.

On the other hand, injured Australian skipper Steven Smith has confirmed that he will be available for the boxing day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Smith who is suffering from knee and hip injuries is set to sit out the opening two Big Bash League Twenty20 games for the Sydney Sixers next week as a precaution as Australia faces almost a fortnight’s break before the second Test at the MCG. READ: Usman Khawaja returns to Australia Test squad for remaining Tests against West Indies

(With inputs from AFP)