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Australia batsman Steven Smith scored an unbeaten 135 to keep his side in firm control against the West Indies on the first day of the second Test in Jamaica.
West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Jerome Taylor removed Australia’s opening duo of David Warner and Shaun Marsh in quick succession.
Smith and Australia skipper Michael Clarke stabilised the innings with a 118-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his half-century, before Clarke was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for 47.
Smith and Adam Voges kept the runs flowing with a 76-run partnership, during which Smith registered his ninth Test century, before Voges was caught behind off the bowling of Taylor for 37.
Australia’s dominance with the bat continued as Smith and Shane Watson amassed an unbeaten 48-run partnership before stumps was called.
Smith finished on 135 off 278 balls, which included 16 boundaries and two sixes, while Watson remained undefeated on 20 off 59 deliveries, which included three boundaries.
Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Holder chipped in with one.
Australia ended day one on 258/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.