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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 14 December 2015
For his unbeaten knock of 269 which came in just 285 deliveries in the first Test against West Indies, Australia’s Adam Voges is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
When Voges came to bat, Australia had lost both Steven Smith and David Warner and were placed precariously at 121 for three.
It took Voges only 100 deliveries to get to his century, which is the fastest in Hobart surpassing Adam Gilchrist's ton off 110 deliveries.
Giving him company at the other end was Shaun Marsh, who himself made a confident 182 as the pair went on to add 449 runs, which is the most for the fourth wicket in cricketing history. This was also Australia’s first 400+ stand against West Indies.
Both Marsh and Voges surpassed their best individual first-class scores as Australia declared their first innings at 583 for four.
In response, West Indies managed only 223 in the first innings with Darren Bravo providing a lone fight with a classy 108.
The innings was destructed mainly by Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon who shared seven out of the nine wickets between them. Australia decided to enforce the follow-on.
James Pattinson registered figures of 27 for five as he wrecked the West Indies batting lineup in the second innings which lasted only 36.3 overs.
West Indies were bowled out for just 148 with Kraigg Brathwaite contributing 94 of it. Australia won the game by an innings and 212 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Dunedin too had some special performances.
Martin Guptill amassed a massive 156 in the first innings to lay the platform for New Zealand after they were sent to bat first by Angelo Mathews.
Guptill added 173 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson and another 89 with Brendon McCullum to take New Zealand to 431. Williamson contributed 88 while McCullum came up with a breezy 57-ball 75.
Dimuth Karunaratne's 84 and Dinesh Chandimal's 83 were the only consolation for Sri Lanka in the first innings where they managed to score only 294, conceding a lead of 137 to New Zealand.
It was Guptill's opening partner Tom Latham, who shut the door for Sri Lanka in the second innings, bringing his maiden Test century at home. Williamson contributed again with a 115-ball 71.
Needing 405 for a victory, only Chandimal managed to cross fifty-run mark as Sri Lanka collapsed on the final day getting dismissed for 282.
Tim Southee claimed six wickets in the game and was ably supported by Neil Wagner who accounted for five wickets.
New Zealand won the game by 122 runs to take an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.
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