Quick bowler Alzarri Joseph’s late three-wicket burst with the second new ball hauled West Indies again into competition after a trio of half-centuries had threatened to offer the Australian Prime Minister’s XI full management on day one of many four-day first-class tour match Wednesday.
The hosts had been marching alongside at 278 for six within the ultimate session earlier than Joseph (3-52) intervened with a pointy spell to ship the final three wickets tumbling for 19 runs within the area of 39 balls underneath lights at Manuka Oval.
On the shut, the Prime Minister’s XI had been 297 for 9, a complete constructed on half-centuries from Matt Renshaw (81), Marcus Harris (73) and Peter Handscomb (55).
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“I feel this recreation is a recreation of persistence. You by no means know, you possibly can bowl nicely in [a] session however you must keep affected person and your reward might come on the finish of the sport,” Joseph mentioned afterwards. “There was just a bit change of plan, simply attempting one thing totally different to try to sluggish the scoring down and unsettle the batsmen.”
His fireworks had been required after the Prime Minister’s XI acquired away to a flying begin, Renshaw and Harris placing on a rollicking 134 for the primary wicket to dominate early.
Renshaw, a 26-year-old left-hander who performed the final of his 11 Assessments 4 years in the past, counted 10 fours in a 168-ball knock whereas Harris, a 30-year-old left-hander who suited up in a Take a look at as not too long ago as January, confronted 124 balls and struck 13 fours.
They carried their aspect to the primary break at 93 with out loss and prolonged their domination following the resumption earlier than pacer Jayden Seales acquired the breakthrough when he had Harris caught at first slip by Kyle Mayers.
Renshaw added 28 for the second wicket with Henry Hunt (13) and one other 28 for the third with Handscomb earlier than lastly departing at 190 for 3, flirting with a large supply from left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer and feathering a catch behind.
Veteran seamer Kemar Roach shortly eliminated captain Josh Inglis with out scoring to a juggling catch at first slip by substitute Jason Holder, however the Prime Minister’s XI recovered by a 48-run, fifth-wicket partnership between Handscomb and Aaron Hardie (23).
Off-spinner Roston Chase (2-72) accounted for each finally, first rattling Hardie’s stumps with one which spun again sharply after which having Handscomb stumped in his very subsequent over, after the right-hander confronted 86 balls and struck seven fours.
Alzarri Joseph then took centre stage, clear bowling Michael Neser (10) because the right-hander missed a drive, yorking Joel Paris (2) earlier than getting Ashton Agar to play on for 33, to what proved to be the day’s ultimate supply.