The second match of the 2-match Test series being played between Australia and West Indies is being played at the Gabba ground in Brisbane. In the second day of the Pink Ball Test match, the West Indies team was limited to 311 runs in its first innings. After this, the Australian team, who came to bat, again got a bad start in which Steve Smith, who played a new role in the Test as an opening batsman, returned to the pavilion after scoring only 6 runs. Kemar Roach sent Smith out to the pavilion LBW on his own ball.
Big decline in test average after 2016
Steve Smith’s record so far in the Test format has been quite good compared to other active players. However, with the end of David Warner’s Test series against Pakistan, he had expressed his desire to open in this format. After this, he played an innings of 12 runs as an opening batsman in the Adelaide Test against West Indies. Now, due to his early return to the pavilion in the Brisbane Test, Smith’s Test average has reached its lowest since November 2016. Smith’s Test average has now come down to 57.49. Smith’s performance in the last few Test innings was also not as expected. In the year 2023, after playing 13 Test matches, Smith was successful in scoring centuries in only 3. In such a situation, this new responsibility has not been any pressure for him till now.
West Indies scored more than 300 in the first innings
If we talk about the first innings of the West Indies team in the Brisbane Test, the team managed to reach a score of 311 in which Kavem Hodge scored 71 runs while Joshua da Silva scored 79 runs. Apart from this, Kevin Sinclair scored 50 runs. For Australia, Mitchell Starc took 4 wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon took 2-2 wickets in this innings.
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