Australia vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3: Pattinson takes five as Australia rout West Indies

Pattinson finished with a career-best 5-27 off eight overs

Pattinson finished with a career-best 5-27 off eight overs

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Australia pace bowler James Pattinson finished with a five-wicket haul as the Baggy Greens annihilated the West Indies by an innings and 212 runs.

Starting out the day on 207/6, West Indies batsman Darren Bravo brought up his century before the tourists collapsed and were bowled out for 223.

Bravo scored his seventh Test century

Bravo scored his seventh Test century

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Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Nathan Lyon snapped up three and Peter Siddle chipped in with two.

With the West Indies still trailing by 360 runs, Australia decided to enforce the follow-on and were all over the men from the Caribbean right from the get-go as Pattinson sliced through the top order.

The West Indies looked as if they were on the road to recovery for a short while before Australia ripped through the rest of the batting line-up.

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite was the only batsman to have an impact as he scored 94 off 122 balls, which included 13 boundaries and a six, as the West Indies were bundled out for 148.

Brathwaite made a gutsy 94

Brathwaite made a gutsy 94

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Pattinson was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Hazlewood took three and Mitchell Marsh claimed one.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “Tough three days for us, indisciplined on the first session and continued throughout the day. We have to be patient when we bowl. Spend some time in the middle when we bat, credit to Bravo and Brathwaite, unfortunately most of the batsmen didn’t get in, and those who did, did not carry on. We have a practice game, hopefully we can make use of it. A lot of soul-searching to be done. Definitely believe in my team, have to stay together as a team.”

Australia skipper Steven Smith was thrilled to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “Was a good win, we fought back after being 3 for 120, the stand set us up. Voges has looked good every match he has played. He understands the game really well and it is nice to bounce a few ideas off him. Nice to have some stocks there, Hazlewood has stepped up and led the attack beautifully. Outstanding effort from Pattinson. Lyon bowled beautifully, not much assistance for him. Always great to play the Boxing Day test, always a pleasure. Hopefully we can keep it up.”

Australia batsman Adam Voges was named Man of the Match, and said: “Fantastic to be part of another Test match win, quite fitting that they (Ponsford and Bradman) still hold the record. I’m enjoying every minute of it, I probably wear my cap around the house a bit too. It has been a bit of a transition, great to see Pattinson back in the side. We are gelling nicely as a unit, we are feeling part of the Test match unit.”

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