Australia declared their innings after piling up 598 for the loss of just four wickets against West Indies on the second day of Perth Test after Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith scored double hundreds.

However, they could not mange any breakthrough as West Indies had managed 74 runs without loss by close of play at Octopus Stadium in Perth.

During the process, the debutant, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, weathered a short ball assault on a grassy pitch. He was still at the crease on 47 along his captain Kraig Brathwaite who scored a patient 18 of 78 balls.

Chanderpaul, the son of legendary batter Shivnarine, was initially at sea against the pace of Mitchell Starc and the accuracy of Josh Hazlewood, but slowly came to the grips of international Test cricket with some delightful shots while showcasing doggedness and technical characteristics of his father.

The gritty opening partnership has provided a much-needed spark for West Indies after a forgettable performance in the field which involved a 152.4 overs long stay.

Earlier, Australia declared 15 minutes into the final session when Travis Head was bowled for 99 just one delivery after Smith brought up his fourth Test double century.

Australia’s massive innings was dominated by Smith and Labuschagne, who combined for a 251-run partnership and batted almost through the entire first session.

Labuschagne reached his second Test double century just before lunch, celebrating by taking off his helmet followed by an enthusiastic wave of his bat. Two balls later, out of nowhere, he was dismissed for 204 just short of his highest Test score of 215 when he edged the spin of Brathwaite to wicketkeeper Josh Da Silva.

During the innings, Smith equalled Sir Donald Bradman with his 29th Test century. In the process, Smith also passed 4,000 Test runs at home. Only Bradman (98.22) and Sir Garfield Sobers (66.8) have better home averages than Smith’s 64.53.

He also continued his dominance over West Indies, who he currently averages 232.33 against from six Tests.


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