Welcome to our live coverage of the opening test between Australia and the West Indies.
The Aussies have dominated the process so far, racking up a huge total in the first innings on what has been a batsman’s haven.
Do the runs keep flowing?
Follow all the action in our live coverage below.
WICKET: AUSSIES SMELL BLOOD IN THE WATER
Mitchell Starc follows his skipper’s lead and knocks over new batsman Kyle Mayers (1) with a searing pitch.
Mark Waugh praises Starc’s ability to identify and address weaknesses in his opponents: “Always a dangerous ball – full and straight.”
“It just didn’t look like Mayers was fully turned on and against Starc he’s going to work on every weakness.
“70 mph and straight on target and all of a sudden the Aussies smell a little blood in the water.”
The West Indies have lost 2 for 7 since the dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite.
Australia has a golden opportunity to bowl the tourists with plenty of time to spare in this session.
Former captain Jason Holder comes to the fold. The great all-rounder’s experience is the last hope in the West Indies to post a competitive total.
WICKET! CAPTAIN CUMMINS TAKE 200
Pat Cummins takes his 200th wicket with an absolute peach.
The captain removes West Indian skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (64) with a replica of the delivery Joe Root removed in the last Ashes series.
Cummins just has a knack for fishing in the right-hander and hitting the top of a stump. Incredible delivery.
And with that wicket, Australia becomes the first Test team to field four players with 200 wickets. Can you argue that this is Australia’s largest attack? Fox Sports commentator believes it’s pretty close.
• Pat Cummins 200 test wickets
• Mitch Starc 287 Test wickets
• Josh Hazlewood 215 test wickets
• Nathan Lyon 438 Test wickets
LUNCH: WEST INDIES 1/150
That’s lunch here at Perth Stadium and the credit for that session goes to the tourists.
The West Indies have moved up to 1-150, a great performance considering the tough session they had to endure last night.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite passed 50, with his eyes on completing his 11th international Test century.
The only negative point of that session was that Nkrumah Bonner was forced to pull out hurt after being hit by a Cam Green bouncer.
Australia’s lead is still 448 runs. What will it be with stumps?
JUSTICE FOR JL’: SECURITY REMOVES PRO-LONGER BANNER
Optus Stadium security sources have confirmed that they removed a Justin Langer protest sign on day three of the first test due to its controversial nature.
A group of Perth teenagers have admitted to being surprised that stadium security found a “JUSTICE FOR JL” sign they displayed over the fence at the bottom of the Justin Langer stand offensive enough to remove from them on Friday .
Optus Stadium has claimed the sign was removed because it overlapped commercial signage, but that claim was strongly denied by security sources who spoke to News Corp on condition of anonymity.
News Corp has been informed that stadium control has sent a message to security to remove the sign due to the nature of what was being displayed.
There is no doubt that the sign was a provocative message in the context of the controversial build-up to the test, but it would be going too far to say it was against Cricket Australia’s terms and conditions which stipulate; “I will not wear or otherwise display any commercial, political, religious or offensive signage or logos.”
The teens on the fence said the sign wasn’t there, but was given to them by another patron to display.
After the sign was removed by security, the boys began a “WE WANT JUSTICE” chant, followed by another “JUSTIN LANGER” chant.
However, the boys were not called out for anti-social behavior and the bay was in fact shouting support for the Australian players on the pitch.
The teens News Corp spoke to were not upset by the removal of the sign and were happily enjoying their day, but admitted to being surprised that the JUSTICE FOR JL message was considered offensive.
The teens confirmed that security told them the sign was being removed because of the message and denied Optus Stadium’s claim that it was because it covered commercial signs.
The offensive JUSTICE FOR JL banner is stored on the floor and can be picked up by the teens if they want it back after playing.
Ex-players braced this week for the prospect of anti-social behavior from Perth fans towards the players over loyalty to local hero Langer.
However, there is no evidence for this and players are well supported.
BONNER PULLS INJURED AFTER A STRANGE KNOCK
Nkrumah Bonner retires hurt.
Details are still coming in, but the number three batter got a nasty blow to the head in the first over by Cameron Green.
That was about 20 minutes ago, but during the drinking break he has decided to retire.
He will be judged as the day progresses. If he is ruled out due to a concussion, a replacement could come into play for him.
He looked great in the middle. That is a major blow to the West Indies.
STATE OF PLAY: WEST INDIES 1/105
The West Indies did a great job keeping things steady after that early wicket.
Nkrumah Bonner had some rough moments as he first headed for the crease, but he’s looked solid over the last 45 minutes.
He has moved up to 13 and ticks off the scoreboard nicely.
Kraigg Brathwaite is the anchor on the other side of the crease, with his 30 runs off 110 balls.
It feels like the West Indies’ plan is to survive as much of today as possible.
INJURY ALLOWS AUSSIE ALLROUNDER
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, along with Glenn Maxwell, has been ruled out for the entire BBL due to injury.
Marsh has undergone ankle surgery to correct a long-standing problem and will miss three months of action ahead of next year’s 50-over World Cup.
Maxwell has been the biggest draw in BBL history and Marsh is another guiding light and their losses are heavy.
WICKET: HAZLEWOOD HANDS AUSSIES DREAM START
Talk about the perfect start.
Josh Hazlewood’s brilliance saw Australia take a wicket in the first over with Tagenarine Chanderpaul caught in the slips for 51.
That was a serious over.
Hazlewood hit the right length from the opening ball and let Chanderpaul play and miss several times.
On the final episode, he caught the edge and Warner swallowed it on first slip.
Dream start for the Aussies and a disaster for the West Indies.
TURNING POINT WHICH BEGAN THE WEST INDIES CRICET INTERMEDIATELY
Former Test fast bowler Merv Hughes always enjoys raising a smile with his work as a colorful guest speaker… except for one line.
When Hughes says “The best team I dealt with was the West Indies”, he sometimes notices a smile or a giggle in the room as if people think it’s a joke and wait for the punchline.
But if you’re Hughes’ age (61) or older, there’s no punchline, because the punches used to so often fly with windmill force toward Australia.
There was not much to smile about at the brutal treatment meted out by the mighty West Indies teams of the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s – not just on Australia, but around the world.
Chances are the smiles are coming from cricket fans under the age of 40 who can’t be blamed for not remembering the carnage.
After all, it will be 30 years this summer since the West Indies won a Test series against Australia and an astonishing six series since they won a lone Test against the baggy greens, a drought that looks set to continue after the work of Labuschagne, Smith and company in Perth.
It’s a stark contrast to when the West Indies went 15 years (1980-95) without being beaten in a series – not just by Australia. By anyone. Twenty-nine series in a row without a loss. Exceptional.
Hughes tells stories of that time when he and great mate Tony Dodemaide beat off great lead-off batsmen Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes and looked up at the scoreboard and realized that even if they took a wicket it could get even worse… with Richie Richardson and Viv Richards is next to come.
“I’m not sure what happened, but I know a lot of West Indian countries are struggling financially with their cricket,” said Hughes.
“I remember West Indian players telling me many years ago that kids there watched a lot of American sports on television. I heard Curtly Ambrose say he wanted to play basketball, but he only played cricket because his mother told him to play cricket… I hate his mother!”
Remarkably, the Perth match is the first Test between Australia and the West Indies in seven years and the gap says everything about Australia’s desire not to play them unless they have to.
It’s a far cry from the Windies wonder days of the 1970s when Kerry Packer tried to get them to Australia every year.
The astounding thing about the fate of the West Indies wasn’t so much how far they fell, but how they once dominated so remarkably, primarily considering that islands like Antigua, Barbados, and Trinidad are separate nations linked by cricket and little else. .
Many reasons are given for the demise of Windies, but a turning point in their fortunes came when the English provinces began to lose interest in signing players from the Caribbean in the 1990s.
A legion of great West Indian players such as Richards and Joel Garner (Somerset), Malcolm Marshall (Hampshire), Michael Holding (Lancashire and Derbyshire) and Ambrose (Northamptonshire) learned their trade in England.
But West Indies players have since fallen out of favor with English counties and England itself.
The next Future Tours schedule will not include England’s test tour of the West Indies, which was once one of the greatest tours in cricket, a hint that the slide of the once greatest cricket team of all time will only continue.
Originally published as Australia v West Indies: Follow all day three action from the Perth Test