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Aussies lead

HOBART, Australia  –– Adam Voges’ double century then Nathan Lyon’s three wickets left Australia leading the West Indies by 376 runs at the close of play on the second day of the first Test.

The West Indies were 207-6 in reply to Australia’s formidable 583-4, the main resistance coming from Darren Bravo, who was unbeaten on 94.

Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh shared a record 449 fourth-wicket partnership.

Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh shared a record 449 fourth-wicket partnership.

Kemar Roach was with him on 31, and they will resume in hope of avoiding the follow-on at Bellerive Oval.

If Bravo should complete his century, it would be his seventh, with six of them coming away from home.

Voges was unbeaten on 269 when Australia declared at lunch.

He and century-maker Shaun Marsh shared a world-record fourth-wicket partnership of 449, eclipsing the previous mark of 437 set by Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan in Karachi in 2008.

“It was brilliant, that partnership was unbelievable,” Lyon said of the record. “It’s a credit to them the way they went about it.”

Marsh was out for 182 just before lunch, caught in the deep by Bravo off the bowling of left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (3-158).

After the declaration, pace bowler Josh Hazlewood trapped opener Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for two before offspinner Lyon took 3-19, including Marlon Samuels
on nine with a diving two-handed catch.

In a final session interrupted twice by rain, Peter Siddle dismissed Jason Holder with a lucky lbw decision. The West Indies captain declined to have the ruling reviewed by video, which showed the ball was pitched too high to have hit the stumps.

“For what he saw, he thought he [Holder] was out,” Roach said of Bravo’s call at the other end of the crease to not ask for a video review. “We moved on. Hopefully, he [Bravo] can come out and score big for us.”

Bravo and Roach combined for a 91-run unbeaten partnership to provide some respectability for the Caribbean side.

Darren Bravo’s unbeaten 94 rescued West Indies from a perilous position.

Darren Bravo’s unbeaten 94 rescued West Indies from a perilous position.

Voges and Marsh, who came together at lunch on the first day with Australia at 121-3, came close to setting Australia’s biggest ever test partnership  451 for the second wicket by Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford against England at The Oval in 1934.

Voges’ double century also set the highest score in a Hobart test, overtaking Ricky Ponting’s 209 against Pakistan in 2010.

Australia’s 438 runs on the first day was the biggest single day’s score conceded by the West Indies in their test history.

The West Indies received some positive news today scans cleared Shannon Gabriel of a left ankle fracture, but the fast bowler will take no further part in the Hobart test and possibly the tour.

Gabriel, who left the pitch during the final session yesterday, was walking on crutches at the ground.

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