Hobart: Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh scored unbeaten centuries and combined to pace Australia to a commanding 438 for 3 on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on Thursday.
This is the highest score West Indies has conceded in a single day’s play, breaking an 86-year-old record. In 1931, West Indies conceded 428 runs for the loss of three wickets on the first day of the Brisbane Test against Australia. The only other instance when West Indies conceded 400-plus in a day had happened a year before that, when England made 411 runs on the second day of the Jamaica Test. The 438 runs that they conceded today are the most they have conceded in a day in Tests.
Australia's Joe Burns plays one down fine leg. The West Indies bowlers had a thankless day on the field. (AFP Photo)
It is also the seventh highest total on any day of a Test in Australia and the highest at this venue. The previous highest score in a day of play in Hobart was the 411 scored by the hosts against New Zealand in 2001-02. This is also the third-highest score on the first day of a Test in Australia.
Adam Voges took 100 balls to complete his century. It is the fastest hundred in Tests in Hobart. The previous fastest at this venue was Adam Gilchrist's 110-ball hundred against Pakistan in 1999-00.
Adam Voges celebrates after racing to his century. (AP Photo)
There are only two instances when a batsman has scored more than Voges’ unbeaten 174 in Tests in Hobart. The only double-hundred at this venue was scored by Ricky Ponting against Pakistan in 2010-11. Kumar Sangakkara had hit a sublime 192 in 2007-08 to claim the second highest score here.
This is the 6th Number of 300-run stands for Australia's fourth wicket in Tests including the one between Voges and Shaun Marsh. The last such partnership came between Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, who added 386 in the first innings at the Adelaide Oval against India in 2011-12.
Shaun Marsh (L) and Adam Voges (R) walk off after a successful Day 1 at Hobart against the West Indies. (AFP Photo)
Dashing left-handed opener David Warner smashed his 11th half-century during Australia's first innings, which is the most by any Australian opening batsman in Test matches in a calendar year. the previous record was 10 fifty-plus knocks, which has jointly held by Matthew Hayden (2001) and Simon Katich (2009). Warner has so far amassed 1277 runs at a remarkable average of 58.04 in 2015.
Australia's David Warner plays a shot against the West Indies on Day 1 at Hobart. (AP Photo)
18 innings played by Shaun Marsh to get to a hundred since his 148-run knock in Centurion in 2014. Marsh is currently batting on 139 runs, having completed 1000 Test runs. This is the third century in Marsh's intermittent Test career.
Better late than never! Shaun Marsh got to a hundred after nearly a year of waiting. (AP Photo)
2006 was the last occasion before the Hobart Test match when four bowlers leaked runs at an economy rate greater than 5 runs per over having bowled a minimum of 10 overs each. In the current match, four West Indian bowlers, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor, and Jomel Warrican, have done poorly in terms of containing the batsmen. The Lahore Test match in 2006 was the last such occasion.