Windies snare Warner, Smith but runs flow for Aussies

HOBART : Australia rollicked along but lost three wickets in a breezy start to their Test series against the West Indies in Hobart on Thursday.

At lunch, the home side were 121 for three off 24 overs with Adam Voges not out nine and Shaun Marsh yet to score.

Steve Smith won the toss on a greenish Bellerive wicket and openers David Warner and Joe Burns set about helping themselves to the West Indian bowlers.

But, in a key breakthrough, Warner, who was dropped on four, was out nearing lunch for 64 off 61 balls to a leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.

It was a relief for Ramdin, who had dropped Warner in the second over from a tough chance off Kemar Roach, diving across first slip with his outstretched left glove.

Runs, however, came easily and Australia’s openers helped themselves to 12 boundaries off the first eight overs.

The Caribbean tourists had two other successes in the morning session with muscular paceman Shannon Gabriel bowling Burns on the top of middle stump for 33 in the 11th over.


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