Australia dominated the play on the first day of the Perth Test against West Indies as they piled up 293 runs for the loss of just two wickets.
The day belonged to Marnus Labuschagne who ended the day unbeaten at 154 with the help of 16 fours and a six. It is his eighth hundred in 29th Test.
He was first involved in a 142-run second wicket stand with Usman Khawaja that stabilised the after David Warner Jayden Seales in the fourth over.
Warner managed only 5 runs during his short stay on the crease, providing West Indies a bright start and leaving Australia at 9-1, after Pat Cummins decided to bat first in hot and dry conditions.
However, Labuschagne and Khawaja had other ideas. Their long partnership ended at 151 when Khawaja was caught behind by Joshua Da Silva. Kayle Mayers was the bowler.
But any chances of the West Indies recovery were soon ended as Labuschagne and Smith built another partnership. They have scored 142 runs so far.
Smith is batting on 59. The 33-year-old was untroubled as he swept to a 37th test 50, eyeing another century to draw level with the great Donald Bradman on 29.
Meanwhile, Labuschagne’s innings wasn’t flawless as he survived two chances when was on 75 and 137, brought up his eighth century in his 29th test and with the in-form Smith unbeaten on 59 the omens are not good for the visitors, who have failed to win a test in Australia for 25 years.
The West Indies bowled with plenty of discipline in front of just 10,929 spectators, but the chances were few and far between despite a green-tinged Optus Stadium pitch.
“We bowled well in spurts, but we didn’t get the breaks,” said West Indies coach Phil Simmons.
“We’ll look to get a couple of wickets early tomorrow and try and peg them back that way. Even if they get 450 we’re still in it because I think the wicket looks like it can get better.”
The West Indies suffered a blow before the match with all-rounder Raymon Reifer ruled out after picking up a groin injury. They handed a debut to batsman Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of retired great Shivnarine.
Australia made just one change from their last test against Sri Lanka in July, with speedster Josh Hazlewood in for spinner Mitchell Swepson.
The touring side is in Australia for a two-Test series. The second match – a day and night encounter – will be played in Adelaide from December 8 to 12.
AUSTRALIA: Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (Capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
WEST INDIES: Kraigg Brathwaite (Capt), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales