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West Indies could still lose by an innings tomorrow. Or they could scrap to some sort of lead and make Australia chase a few. Either way, it probably won’t last long. So if you’re planning to come to the ground tomorrow, get here for the first ball. At least the SACA will get a bit of a third day.

We’ll be here – see you in the morning, Adelaide time.

Stumps – Day 2, West Indies 73-6 trail by 22 in the third innings

That was a meek batting effort from West Indies, though unsurprisingly so – their bowling has exceeded their batting for years now, even before this vastly inexperienced squad was picked. They were blown away by Hazlewood, who had 4 for 2 at one stage in his fifth over. No answers.

McKenzie fought back a bit, and Greaves a bit, but those sorts of innings are scraps at the feast. All this after a magnificent bowling and fielding performance, really, that would have put a better batting side right in the game. Shamar Joseph got 5-for on debut, Roach and Greaves got a couple, Alzarri got the key wicket of Head.

And salute Travis Head, with that knack of making big runs when his team is down and out. Another superb counter-attacking hundred today in conditions that had the bowlers in it throughout.

22.5 overs: West Indies 73-6 (da Silva 16) That’s the end of the day, with da Silva the only player not out overnight.

WICKET! Greaves lbw Lyon 24, West Indies 73-6

There will be no two-day Test – three minutes until the scheduled close when this over starts, which means there isn’t time for two wickets to fall. There is time for one though, the Australians sending a not-out decision upstairs. Lyon, around the wicket, hitting Greaves on the pad while playing back.

The replay shows it just pitching in line with the stumps, and just hitting firmly enough for three reds rather than a saving yellow. Even on the ball-tracking, I thought that looked like it was pitching outside the line, at least part of the ball was. I guess not quite enough.

22nd over: West Indies 72-5 (Greaves 24, da Silva 16) Nearly caught in the gully! Edged by da Silva, Marsh dives across from third slip into the gap, gets the ball but it has bounced just before his fingers. He lies on the ground holding and shakes his head to his teammates. Undeterred, da Silva drives through cover for three, Labuschagne chasing back to save a run.

21st over: West Indies 69-5 (Greaves 24, da Silva 13) A little wrist-whip from da Silva to take Lyon through midwicket, only one run with a stacked leg-side field. Short leg, leg slip, square leg, midwicket, plus two in the deep.

20th over: West Indies 68-5 (Greaves 24, da Silva 12) “Shot, yarr,” says West Indies enthusiast Bharat Sundaresan sitting next to me. Greaves gets forward and utterly smokes a cover drive against Hazlewood. Just beats the fielder at cover, then leads him all the way to the rope.

19th over: West Indies 64-5 (Greaves 20, da Silva 12) Time for spin – Nathan Lyon. Immediately the batters show a bit more purpose, looking to work ones into gaps.

18th over: West Indies 62-5 (Greaves 19, da Silva 11) Another pulled single for da Silva. Green with that ambling sort of run up is sending the ball down. Greaves plays a good shot, chopping down on a ball to send it through gully for four. He’s played a good hand so far.

17th over: West Indies 57-5 (Greaves 15, da Silva 10) Cummins continues. Australia need two more wickets in 26 minutes to claim the extra half hour. Nothing doing this over. A no-ball, a few singles.

16th over: West Indies 53-5 (Greaves 14, da Silva 8) Another pull shot for da Silva, can’t help himself. One run from Green.

The crowd today is 23,698. Feel sorry for all those would-be weekend cricket-goers in Adelaide, who will have to find something else to do.

15th over: West Indies 51-5 (Greaves 13, da Silva 7) Cummins continues, and at least a few runs comes for West Indies: two singles, then Greaves drives three through cover, and da Silva produces a solid pull shot for four. Got out doing that the first time around, straight to deep square. Keeps this one down, it doesn’t bounce nearly as high, and into the gap at deep backward between the two would-be catchers.

14th over: West Indies 42-5 (Greaves 9, da Silva 2) We’re down to the wicketkeeper. Joshua da Silva played a shocker of a shot in his first innings. Gets moving here with a back-foot punch for two, into the cover gap. Good running. Ignores a bouncer. They’re still 53 behind.

WICKET! McKenzie c Labuschagne b Green 26, West Indies 40-5

That’s no good at all. Kirk McKenzie has been the best of an entirely uncompetitive field, has played a few lovely shots. But too much hydration muddles his timing. Sees width from Green and drives too early, chips it to cover. Yuck.

13th over: West Indies 40-4 (McKenzie 26, Greaves 9) Three more for McKenzie, though he drives in the air past Cummins – a dangerous thing to do. Now four slips plus Green at gully for Greaves, facing Cummins. But Greaves gets off strike, and McKenzie plays the pull shot well! Good signs. Picks up three runs, well in front of square. Drinks.

12th over: West Indies 33-4 (McKenzie 20, Greaves 8) STOP THE PRESSES. A boundary from Hazlewood. McKenzie, of course, plays another textbook cover drive. He’s playing at a different level to his teammates. An adequate one.

Inspired, though, Greaves attacks width and plays a waving-wand kind of square drive for four of his own. Much riskier shot, horizontal bat. But gets it.

Five overs for two runs, one over for nine runs. The Josh Hazlewood story.

11th over: West Indies 24-4 (McKenzie 15, Greaves 4) Next wicket feels like it’s moments away with Cummins bowling – there’s an edge from McKenzie for a run, another from Greaves for two, either side of one that actually hits near the middle of the bat for Greaves to take a couple to midwicket.

10th over: West Indies 19-4 (McKenzie 14, Greaves 0) A ball cuts in at Justin Greaves, hitting him high on the front leg, above the pad. He booms a drive and misses the next ball. Hazlewood has 4 (wickets) for 2 (runs).

West Indies still 76 runs behind.

WICKET! Hodge c Smith b Hazlewood 3, West Indies 19-4

Finally, from his 25th ball of the innings, the first runs from Hazlewood. Hodge drives towards extra cover and gets an inside edge through square leg. But Hodge must feel bad, and decides to soothe the pain by offering Hazlewood another wicket. It’s very full, and honestly I don’t know he’s managed to edge that at such a length, but it’s a thick one to second slip.

Career catch number 175 for Steve Smith, he levels with Alastair Cook. Only six players ahead of him.

9th over: West Indies 17-3 (McKenzie 14, Hodge 1) Bowling change, it’s Cummins from the Cathedral End. Around the wicket to the left-hander, getting the ball to seam inward off the deck. McKenzie plays a couple really well, in behind it and guarding his stumps. Then not so well, driving at width and dropped! That flies off the edge. Marsh at third slip has to throw his left arm up, above his head and wide of his body. Gets a hand to it but can’t cling on. That would have been lucky had it stuck.

8th over: West Indies 17-3 (McKenzie 14, Hodge 1) There is one aim for Hodge, and that is Do Not Get Out to Josh Hazlewood. He bats stubbornly for the whole ever, except when one gets short and he misses a pull shot.

7th over: West Indies 17-3 (McKenzie 14, Hodge 1) A run for McKenzie, angled in at the stomach, blocked to midwicket. He might need to farm the strike for his whole team at the moment, you’re nervous as soon as anyone else is facing. Kavem Hodge is next, right-hander, and gets going right away with a tip-and-run to cover. Now then, Kirk McKenzie isn’t having trouble! Plays a smart flick through midwicket for four, then two balls later follows it up with a picture perfect cover drive, same result.

Hazlewood is about to start his fourth over having not conceded a run, and Starc has just gone for 10 off this over.

6th over: West Indies 7-3 (McKenzie 5, Hodge 0) We really could be on for that two-day finish. It’s coming up to 16:10 local time. Scheduled close is 17:00 which means we can play in normal conditions to 17:30. If West Indies have lost 7 or more wickets by then, the umpires can add another half hour and play until 18:00. That’s an hour and fifty minutes. They’re still 88 behind.

Hazlewood 3 overs, 3 maidens, 3 for 0.

WICKET! Athenaze c Carey b Hazlewood 0, West Indies 7-3

A review for Hazlewood fourth ball of the over, Athenaze propping forward and missing on the front foot. Didn’t look like an edge live, but they send it up. Nothing on the soundwave, he survives. So to celebrate his good fortune, Athenaze hooks at the next ball and gloves it through to Carey.

Josh Hazlewood dismisses Alick Athanaze, his third wicket on day two.
Josh Hazlewood dismisses Alick Athanaze, his third wicket on day two. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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5th over: West Indies 7-2 (McKenzie 5, Athenaze 0) McKenzie draws runs level with wickets, nudging Starc to midwicket for one. Three left-handers in the West Indies top four, with Alick Athenaze following McKenzie and Chanderpaul. Gets a leg bye as Starc bowls that leg-stump line. Then wide, and McKenzie drives for four! Finally a shot of confidence. Front foot, pressing down towards a kneeling stance as he gets the full ball through cover.

4th over: West Indies 1-2 (McKenzie 0, Athenaze 0) Nearly bowled, Athenaze. Inside edge onto pad, spinning back past leg stump. He got bowled leaving Hazlewood in the first innings. Runs a ball off the face to gully but can’t get past Green. Four overs, two wickets, one run. Hazlewood has 2 for 0.

WICKET! Brathwaite c Head b Hazlewood 1, West Indies 1-2

Oh dear, there goes another one. That’s a fine catch at short leg. Hard inside edge, it’s travelling flat at the shins of Travis Head, set several paces back. He gets both hands around it. Both openers, the only two long-innings players of any pedigree in this side, are gone.

Australia’s Travis Head celebrates with Marnus Labuschagne after taking a sharp catch to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite.
Australia’s Travis Head celebrates with Marnus Labuschagne after taking a sharp catch to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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3rd over: West Indies 1-1 (Brathwaite 1, McKenzie 0) First run in the innings, as Brathwaite presses Starc to cover and sprints through.

2nd over: West Indies 0-1 (Brathwaite 0, McKenzie 0) Nearly another for Hazlewood, as McKenzie reaches for a ball that swings away from him. Another lefty, made 50 in the first innings. Three slips and a 2-for-1 gully in Green. Lyon at point. Open ground at cover. Mid off, mid on, midwicket, long leg. Hazlewood over the wicket, angling across. Sun shining, medium windy, a few wrappers blowing across the ground, although these West Indies batters don’t kick up a fuss about it. Wicket maiden.

WICKET! Chanderpaul c Carey b Hazlewood 0, West Indies 0-1

Golden duck for Chanderpaul. Decent delivery, it’s full and maybe swings in a touch to the left-hander, then seams away. He’s just covering his off stump and it takes a faint outside edge.

Josh Hazlewood celebrates the wicket of Tagenarine Chanderpaul for a golden duck on day two.
Josh Hazlewood celebrates the wicket of Tagenarine Chanderpaul for a golden duck on day two. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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1st over: West Indies 0-0 (Brathwaite 0, Chanderpaul 0) Mitchell Starc with the new ball, and Brathwaite hangs in there watchfully. Almost scores with a steer through gully, but Green is able to sprawl and get a long arm across to stop it.

Time for the West Indies reply.

Australia all out 283, lead by 95 on the first innings

81.1 overs in the end, and what a sight this is. Shamar Joseph, 24 years old, from a tiny town in Guyana, who gave up his job a couple of years ago to try to make it as a cricketer, has taken 5 for 94 on Test debut.

He leads his team off the field, teammates hanging back to give him his moment. And this guy, who last night at the press conference was so nervous that he put his head on his forearms for a good 30 seconds to breathe before he was ready to answer our very gentle questions, he stops before the rope, looks up at the crowd, spreads both arms wide, and gives them a low stately bow, his maroon cap in one hand.

The noise in response is immense. They love it. They let him know.

You can’t describe the size of the smile on his face as he walks off. Test cricket. It’s pretty good.

WICKET! Cummins b Roach 12, Australia 283-10

Two in two balls. Kemar Roach to start the next over, gets it full and swinging right away. Too good for Cummins. The new ball does its work.

WICKET! Lyon b S. Joseph 24, Australia 283-9

81st over: Australia 283-9 (Cummins 12) Shamar Joseph gets five wickets on debut!

Takes the new ball, with four wickets in his bag. Alzarri and Roach took it at the start of the innings. Lyon crashes a drive back at him that he fields. Takes two through square leg, then hooks six off a short ball!

That was so nearly caught at fine leg, just clears Roach who could have been a foot further back on the rope. Probably wouldn’t have got it anyway.

But that doesn’t faze Shamar. He races in for his final ball, spears it at the stumps, late swing, new ball, in towards the batter, and it takes out leg stump.

80th over: Australia 275-8 (Cummins 12, Lyon 16) Three singles from Greaves, still no breakthrough… but here comes the new Kooka.

79th over: Australia 272-8 (Cummins 11, Lyon 14) Motie carries on, has not been any threat to the Australians. Cummins drives a run, Motie appeals as a full toss hits Lyon’s pad but it was angled well down leg. Flat and quick. They get a leg bye.

78th over: Australia 270-8 (Cummins 10, Lyon 14) Greaves bowling, I assume, to take us up to the new ball. Due after 80 overs. Three slips waiting. A good rolling stop at backward point prevents Lyon scoring. Nearly gloves a ball down the leg side. Then thinks he has his man! Full ball, swinging in, strikes the pad, big appeal. I thought that was swinging down, but the umpire gives it… and the review show it missing leg stump by a way. A sharp angle. No run from the over, but no wicket either for Greaves.

77th over: Australia 270-8 (Cummins 10, Lyon 14) Another boundary for Lyon. Smartly played with a little steer against the spinner Motie, through deep third. He’s still never made a Test fifty, got out for 47 in Cape Town during that infamous Test. Slapped one to cover, I can still see it. Could be a chance to get there today. Beautiful afternoon, tiring attack.

76th over: Australia 265-8 (Cummins 10, Lyon 9) Justin Greaves to start us off after tea, right arm mediums, and the third ball is dropped! Oh no. They’ve caught so well after da Silva’s early miss yesterday. But their best slipper is bowling right now, and McKenzie in his place at a floating slip lets the ball out. Lyon cashes in by steering the fifth ball for four.

Tea – Day 2, Australia 260-8 lead by 72 in the first innings

Australia in front, but not by too much. West Indies with a chance to keep them to something modest, then bat again and set them a testing chase. At least that’s the conventional path.

Or – whisper it – West Indies could lose today. Say we see Australia lead by 90, all out, then the fast bowlers go on a tear. Two and a half hour session to come. It’s not out of the question.

75th over: Australia 260-8 (Cummins 10, Lyon 4) Motie to finish the session, just a swept single for Lyon.

74th over: Australia 259-8 (Cummins 10, Lyon 3) The genuine lower order then. Lyon loves the pull shot, we know that. Has nailed plenty. So Joseph pitches it up, three slips and a gully in place. But after a few balls, overpitches, and Lyon can drive three. No-ball, too.

WICKET! Head c Hodge b A. Joseph 119, Australia 255-8

What a catch! Head sees a pulling length from Joseph, rocks back and clouts it as ever. Backs himself to clear the deeps quare leg. Hodge there sees the ball swirling up and has to gauge it. Comes in from the rope a little. Then goes back. Along the rope a few metres. Waiting. It hangs. Looks like it will clear him. He steps close to the rope. Lets the ball go over him, reaches back, and plucks it with two hands behind his body, stopping himself from teetering over.

The crowd was anticipating that he would drop that. Usually when players have to make so many different movements, they do. But he holds it, and they let out an astonished “Oooh!” He holds the ball up in salute, beaming.

West Indies' Kavem Hodge catches Travis Head on day two of the first Test.
West Indies’ Kavem Hodge catches Travis Head on day two of the first Test. Photograph: James Elsby/AP

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73rd over: Australia 255-7 (Head 118, Cummins 10) Same M.O. for M.O.T.I.E – a Head single, then Blocktown.

72nd over: Australia 254-7 (Head 118, Cummins 10) There’s a Joseph swap, Alzarri coming back. Head still drills the ball, but only down the ground for one. Cummins sees off the est, beaten once by a good ‘un.

71st over: Australia 253-7 (Head 117, Cummins 10) Things calm down a jot with Motie only conceding some singles.

Greg Baum: “Counterintuitively to the cavalier way he plays, Travis Head often gets his runs not when they are most available, but when they are most needed.”

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70th over: Australia 250-7 (Head 115, Cummins 9) Time for Head to party, which he does by pumping Joseph over deep midwicket for six. That slapping sloppy pull shot style of his. Feels good? Yeah? So he has another. Hauling his body in a half circle, knitted sweater vest trailing behind the movement. Might be the least elegant specialist player of that shot in the world. Nearly gets out to it next ball! Top edge swirling high over mid off, but Braithwaite can’t judge where it’s going to fall and can’t make up the distance running back. Braithwaite throws the field back, and Head pushes a run to deep point. That was easy. Keeps strike.

16 from the over. Shamar just laughs. What else can you do?

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