The West Indies will look to revive some delight on Day 4 in Adelaide as they stare down the barrel of being spanked again dwelling.
Throwing warning to the wind and displaying little respect for the West Indies prime order, Australia made one other aggressive declaration on the finish of Day 3, leaving the vacationers chasing 497.
Australia fired the Windies out for 214 of their first innings earlier than piling on 199 runs in 186 balls.
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The top to the day’s play on Saturday summed up the distress of the sequence for the West Indies as Scott Boland took three wickets in an over to go away them 4/38 heading into Day 4.
1.45pm: Warner ‘simply doesn’t look proper’
David Warner’s battle with the bat continued to be the large speaking level after he was introduced undone for 28 whereas searching for fast runs on Saturday.
Fox Cricket’s Kerry O’Keeffe stated on Sunday he noticed some regarding gremlins which have crept into the batter’s type.
“I believe he’s doubtlessly in bother. His ft aren’t transferring,” he stated.
“In case your ft betray you, you’re all the time looking away out of your physique and also you lose your compactness. The underside hand takes management of the bat face.”
He stated Warner is just protected as a result of Australia is successful, however expects large inquiries to be requested of Warner if his type doesn’t enhance.
It got here after The Australian’s Peter Lalor additionally stated Warner “simply doesn’t look proper”.
He stated in commentary for SEN: “I believe I’m proper again in my eager about David Warner and his dismissal within the first innings, it simply doesn’t look proper.
“There’s that look of, ‘I’m defeated.
“He nearly appears to be like like he’s defeated by the sport. He can’t take a trick in the intervening time, he denies it, he says he’s up for it; he says he’s up for the cricket.
“However the way in which he’s enjoying his cricket in the intervening time, it’s not the David Warner we knew.”
1pm: Subsequent gen of openers ‘miles away’
David Warner is proving to be simply as large a headache on the sphere as he has been off it not too long ago for Cricket Australia.
The opener has made headlines this week after declaring he is not going to be interesting his management ban as a result of hearings could be made public.
However Warner’s type on the sphere has come underneath rising scrutiny after he struggled in opposition to a weakened West Indies bowling assault within the two-match sequence.
Whereas Usman Khawaja has seemed strong and Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head and Steve Smith have scored centuries, Warner has produced scores of 5, 48, 21 and 28 from his 4 innings.
Warner hasn’t scored a Check century since January 2020 in opposition to New Zealand — 1074 days in the past — and his final ton away from dwelling was in opposition to Bangladesh in 2017.
“I didn’t realise it was that lean, to be sincere,” Ricky Ponting stated on Channel 7 of Warner’s century drought.
“Approaching for 2 years for a Check match century. 4 half centuries in his final 26 innings.”
With a fearsome South African quick bowling assault on Australian soil and excursions of India and England on the horizon, Warner might be hoping to enhance his type shortly.
“You speak about how issues are getting harder for Warner with the assault the South Africans have gotten,” Ponting added.
“Nicely, it’s by no means simple in India both. We all know what wickets we’ll get there. We are going to get turning pitches. Little doubt. It’s by no means been simple for any Australian batsman going there and making an attempt to play in these circumstances.
“Then on the again of that, what’s after that? The Ashes, in England as effectively. We are going to get circumstances that can swimsuit (Stuart) Broad, (James) Anderson and (Ollie) Robinson.”
Warner has flagged subsequent yr’s Ashes tour of England as a possible end line to his Check profession, whereas the 36-year-old’s sturdy white ball type might see him play ODIs and T20s for a pair extra years.
However Warner’s underwhelming type in crimson ball cricket has raised a dilemma for Australian cricket.
If and when Warner and Khawaja dangle up the gloves, who will substitute them?
Will Pucovski was seen as the subsequent long run opener for Australia however the Victorian prodigy has stepped away from cricket for private causes with no timeline on his return.
“Henry Hunt from South Australia and Tim Ward, he actually impressed me final yr,” ex-Australian paceman Merv Hughes stated on Triple M.
“However they appeared miles off till Pucovski obtained injured. Everybody was simply considering and hoping that Pucovski would come again in and that hasn’t been the case. So it’s actually opened the door.”
1pm: ‘Boland for PM’
Scott Boland has completed it once more.
After going 0/29 within the first innings, perhaps the golden boy’s wicket taking brilliance had lastly worn off.
He took a outstanding 18 wickets in three matches together with a Boxing Day Check 6/7.
However few might have been prepared for his first over of the second innings.
After Michael Neser appeared to endure a knee criticism, Boland was introduced on within the sixth over — and he’s torn the center out of the West Indies.
A triple wicket maiden has renewed Australia’s love affair with the cult hero.
He took Windies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite caught behind together with his first ball.
Third ball he trapped Shamarh Brooks as plumb LBW as you possibly can get.
The sixth ball Jermaine Blackwood nicked off to Cameron Inexperienced at gully.
3/0 from one over.
Grade Cricketer podcast host Ian Higgins posted: “Nah, see ya later, Boland for PM”.
Mitchell Starc has joined the celebration as effectively, getting Tagenarine Chanderpaul caught down the legside to make it 4/21.