West Indies suffer humilating defeat

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood, left, celebrates getting out West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite during their cricket test match in Hobart, Australia, Friday Dec. 11, 2015.
Associated Press / Andy Brownbill

West Indies suffered its worst defeat to Australia in 84 years when the team crashed to an embarrassing innings defeat and 212 runs loss inside three days last week.

The defeat was West Indies’12th in the last 15 Tests against Australia and it has left its campaign Down Under in shambles, especially following their humiliating 10-wicket defeat in a tour match recently against a Cricket Australia X1 with an average of 21.

Resuming at Bellerive Oval on 207 for six in their first innings, the Caribbean side was dismissed for 223 with left-hander Daren Bravo scoring 108 — his seventh Test century.

Following on by a massive 360 runs, West Indies produced yet another poor batting display in the second innings to be defeated in less than two sessions in just over 36 overs for a paltry 148, to concede defeat about half an hour before tea. Only opener Kraigg Braithwaite with a counter-attacking 94, hammered 13 fours and a 6 off 122 deliveries before he was dismissed.

The Australian team which won the toss and decided to bat first, scored a mammoth 583 for 4 declared. Adams Voges scored an unbeaten 269, while Shaun Marsh slammed 182.

Australia media has been critical of the attitude of the West Indies senior players, in particular batsman Marlon Samuels, who they accused of appearing indifferent in his approach throughout the contest at the Bellerive Oval.

But West Indies Captain Jason Holder has defended the attitude and contribution of his senior players saying he believes a stronger collective effort is needed by the team in order to turn the series around. There are two more Test matches in the series.

West Indies’ Darren Bravo celebrates after scoring a century against Australia during their cricket test match in Hobart, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Associated Press / Andy Brownbill

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