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09-Dec-2022 14:12:00 GMT
Aus vs WI - 2nd Test, Adelaide, day 2

Chanderpaul fights after Australia declare on 511/7

West Indies 4 for 102 (Chanderpaul 47*, Neser 2-20) trail Australia 7 for 511 dec (Head 175, Labuschagne 163, Thomas 2-53) by 409 runs

Adelaide: It was another dominant day of a dominant series for Australia as Nathan Lyon claimed yet another accolade, passing Shane Warne for the most Test wickets at Adelaide Oval

For once, it wasn't Mitchell Starc who ran riot under floodlights but the lesser lights of Michael Neser and Cameron Green who led the charge as Australia tightened their hold on the second NRMA Insurance Test against West Indies.

Coupled with Nathan Lyon's dismissal of Jermaine Blackwood which saw him overtake the late Shane Warne as all-time leading Test wicket-taker at Adelaide Oval, Australia reduced their undermanned rivals to 4-102 at the close of day two, holding a lead of 409.

It came after another home team run glut, with the world's top-ranked Test batter Marnus Labuschagne (163) and equally in-form Travis Head (175) pushing their union past 250 and lifting the total to 7(dec)-511.

The nocturnal damage would have been greater but for the continued defiance of West Indies opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the mature-age rookie who has been his team's undisputed highlight of a bleak campaign and resumes tomorrow defiantly undefeated on 47.

Chanderpaul's mix of stoic defence and stylish attack led Australia to adopt some innovative field settings, with Green at one stage bowling with four in the deep behind the wicket including a long-stop immediately behind keeper Alex Carey.

It was Neser who landed the evening's two crucial blows, removing rival skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (19) to thwart any West Indian hopes he might reprise his gallant century from the series opener in Perth.

The Queenslander – who for the second time in as many Adelaide Tests was a last-minute addition to the playing XI, albeit for Josh Hazlewood rather than Pat Cummins this year – had shrugged off an earlier blow to the head he sustained when struck by an Alzarri Joseph bouncer while batting.

But in his third over tonight, Neser found the edge of Shamarh Brooks – himself a concussion substitute who had shown great poise and promise in Perth – having turfed a sharp return chance off the same batter a few balls earlier.

Lyon then produced a trademark diving snare off his own bowling to ensure Blackwood's 50th Test appearance was anything but memorable, and midway through the final session the West Indies were in typical trouble at 3-50 and still 461 in deficit.

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