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AUSTRALIA TEAM WINS THE FIRST TEST AGAINST WEST INDIES WITH SIX WICKETS TAKEN BY NATHAN LYON



West Indies went on to go 192-3 and had to beat 90 overs for a tie after bravely repelling an attack on Saturday that saw the injured Pat Cummins out for two sessions. But they were all out for 333


Spin king Nathan Lyon sacked six wickets, including century-maker Kraigg Brathwaite, as Australia beat a plucky West Indies to win the first Test in Perth by 164 runs on Sunday. Skipper Brathwaite, who led the game on a final day with a defiant 101 overnight after Australia declared their second innings 182-2 on day four, failed to keep up the momentum against Lyon and was launched for 110.


The Caribbean nation recovered at 192-3 and had to beat 90 overs for a tie after bravely fending off an attack, with the injured Pat Cummins missing for two sessions on Saturday. But they were all out for 333 after a brave late resistance.


Lyon finished 6-128, overcoming Indian Ravichandran Ashwin to become the eighth wicket-taker in Test history with 446. 'It's important to win the first Test of a series. We are playing Test cricket and expect a tough fight ' said Lyon: 'I was quite happy with that (Brathwaite's wicket), he's a superstar batsman.'


He extended a 25-year streak of failing to win a Test on Australian soil, with the hosts retaining the Frank Worrell Trophy ahead of the second and final Test in Adelaide which gets underway on Thursday.


Brathwaite said after his exploit on day four that the opener would be "very, very crucial", and for a Spartan crowd it was Australia who won. Kyle Mayers, who was ruled out of any further bowling in the Two Test series due to shoulder strain, added just 10 points to his zero overnight. Lyon made the breakthrough when Mayers gave Steve Smith a huge advantage while sliding.Brathwaite was nearly defeated in making his 100, but Lyon, in his 111th Test, finally batted and was bowled, ending a magnificent innings.


Part-time spinner Travis Head was carried across and in the first over of him accounted for Jason Holder for three, with Smith taking a spectacular slip catch. Australia took the new ball and with it came the rhythm drums. Josh Hazlewood drew an outside lead from Joshua Da Silva who collected Usman Khawaja on a second error to put the West Indies in trouble.


But Rostan Chase and Alzarri Joseph (43) held on and added 82 runs for the eighth wicket before Head stepped in again to end the partnership bowling Joseph. Lyon took their fifth to knock out Chase for a struggling 55 and then Kemar Roach for a duck to wrap it up.


Double Tons


West Indies never recovered from a dominant batting performance in Australia's first inning, in which Marnus Labuschagne and Smith both beat two centuries to propel them to a whopping 598-4.


After West Indies were pulled as an answer for 283, Labuschagne failed to tie 104, becoming just the eighth player to achieve the 200-100 feat in the same Test, with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara and Kumar. Sangakakara.


While being dominated, a young West Indian showed courage and determination.


Few expected them to extend the game to five days against the best team in the world, with their new opening partnership of Brathwaite and promising debutante Tagearine Chanderpaul producing scores of 78 and 116 respectively. But her bowlers let her down, taking just six wickets while allowing 780 runs.


However, their supplies were depleted, and all-rounder Raymon Reifer ruled out injury before a ball was bowled.


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Top-notch batter Nkrumah Bonner suffered a concussion and was substituted, Mayers was unable to pitch in the second inning with a shoulder strain, and Roach limped off with a hamstring injury.


As the wounds mount, West Indies has sent an SOS in the open Marquino Mindley who is en route to Australia as cover for the Adelaide test.


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