Adelaide: Steve Smith’s first outing as a test opener did not go according to plan but Australia still looked in control of the series opener against West Indies after bowling out the visitors for 188 at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday.
Home captain Pat Cummins made the early inroads and Josh Hazlewood mowed down the West Indies middle order to bowl out the visitors in a little over two seasons.
Number three batter Kirk McKenzie (50) and debutant Shamar Joseph (36) offered some resistance but the touring batters looked largely lost against Australia’s quality fast bowling.
Joseph then dismissed Smith for 12 with the first ball of his test career and bounced out Marnus Labuschagne but Australia finished day one on 59-2 and will fancy their chances of building a handy lead when play resumes on Thursday.
Joseph became the 23rd man to take a wicket with his first test delivery.
Opener Usman Khawaja capitalised on an early reprieve to be batting on 30, while Cameron Green, occupying the number four slot vacated by Smith, was on six. Agencies