The Australian fast bowlers drew first blood in the long awaited series against the West Indies which most cricketers agree will decide the best side in the world at the moment.
GV Greenidge 1bw by Lillee (5 shots)
GV Fredericks caught behind off Gilmour
GV Kallicharan caught Turner off Lillee
GV Richards caught Gilmour off Lillee (3 shots)
GV Lloyd caught Marsh off Gilmour (2 shots)
GV Gilmour to Murray--Rowe run out by Turner (3 shots)
GV Deryck Murray caught Mallett off Gilmour (4 shots)
GV Inshan Ali caught Redpath off Thomson (2 shots)
GV Roberts caught by Ian Chappell off Mallett
ALL THE FIRST WEST INDIAN WICKETS FALLING
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Background: The Australian fast bowlers drew first blood in the long awaited series against the West Indies which most cricketers agree will decide the best side in the world at the moment.
In the first day of the first test at Brisbane's Gabba Ground on Friday (28 November), swing bowler Gary Gilmour took 4-42 and the West Indies never once looked like scoring a sizeable total. Backed up by fast bowler Dennis Lillee (3-84), Gilmour and some smart catching by the Australian side made sure that the wickets kept falling each time the West Indians seemed set to steady the innings. They were all out for 214.
Gilmour himself, who had trouble getting a test place in England last season despite several excellent performances, made the finest catch of the day with a spectacular dive to dismiss Viv Richards for a duck off Lillee.
Specialist batsmen Gordon Greenidge, Alvin Kallicharan, and Clive Lloyd also failed to reach double figures. It was left to wicketkeeper Deryck Murray to score a typically West Indian 66 -- attacking the bowling with three sixes and seven fours where other country's test batsmen would probably have resorted to more dogged tactics.
West Indian opener Roy Fredericks scored 46 but Australian openers Ian Redpath and Alan Turner had taken the score to 94-0 leaving by the end of the day.
With three days gone on Monday (I December) Australia were still in a strong position. Trailing Australia by 152 on the first innings the West Indians rallied with second innings centuries by Lawrence Rowe and Alvin Kallicharan -- but then lost four wickets in 20 minutes to fall to 318-7 at the end of the day.
SYNOPSIS: Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee drew first blood on the first day of the long awaited series between Australia and the West Indies at Brisbane's Gabba ground on Friday...Gordon Greenidge 1.b.w. for nought but fellow opener Roy Fredericks made forty-six before falling to Gilmour. Most Cricketers agree the winner of this series will be the best side in the world and on the first day it was the Australians who were on top -- Kallicharan out for four and West Indies are three for seventy.
Then this spectacular catch by Gilmour made them four for seventy with Viv Richards out for a duck.
Gilmour added to the West Indies troubles when he had captain and last specialist batsman Clive Lloyd caught by Graham Marsh for seven. At five for eighty-one it was left to wicketkeeper Deryck Murray to get his side out of trouble with a typically West Indian innings. This call led to Lawrence Rowe being run out but Murray went on to attack the bowling and score sixty-six with three sixes and seven four. Michael Holding, a pace bowler scored thirty-four in his first test innings.
The pair added seventy-two before Murray, here, fell to Gilmour.
The West Indies never recovered. Inshan Ali here was caught off Thomson and fast bowler Andy Roberts was spinner Ashley Mallett's only victim.
West Indies finished two hundred and fourteen, all out. Australian openers put on ninety-four for no wicket and after three days Australia was still in a strong position with West Indies only a hundred and sixty ahead with just three wickets left after another good spell of bowling by Gilmour.