Australia has taken the upper hand in its first Test against the West Indies in Dominica after dismissing the hosts for a paltry 148.
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The visitors were shaky with the bat however, reaching stumps at 3 for 85, with Test debutant Adam Voges unbeaten on 20 alongside Steve Smith (17 n.o).
Michael Clarke’s decision to overlook a two-pronged spin attack paid dividends, with Australia’s quicks taking eight wickets to dismantle the West Indies on what looked to be a flat and dry pitch.
Josh Hazlewood (3 for 33) was the pick of the bowlers after dismissing three of the West Indies’ top-order batsman, while Mitchell Johnson (3 for 34) and Mitchell Starc (2 for 48) were also impressive.
Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon chimed in with a wicket each as the West Indies were completely dominated on the opening day.
Shai Hope (36) top scored for the hosts, with tailender Jason Holder the next best batsman with 21.
Australia response with the bat was disappointing however as David Warner was sent back to the pavilion for just eight after edging a Jerome Taylor delivery to point.
Fellow opener Shaun Marsh (19) was the next to be dismissed after he short ball from Holder straight to first slip.
Australia skipper Michael Clarke also left the crease cheaply, caught behind for 18 off a Devendra Bishoo delivery.
Voges and Smith then helped steady the ship, building a 24-run partnership before the close of play.