Ruthless Australia tighten grip over hapless Windies

Johannesburg, Dec. 27 (ANI): Australia continued to maintain complete stranglehold over West Indies on day two of the second Test in Melbourne on Saturday, thanks to contrasting centuries from captain Steve Smith and Adam Voges.

Smith produced a relentless performance as he reached his sixth Test century of the year and 13th overall with 134, while Voges remained unbeaten on 106 as Australia declared their first innings on 551 for three, Sport24 reported.

The match saw four out of five Australians score centuries, which includes Usman Khawaja (144) and Joe Burns (128) on Saturday’s opening day.

In response, West Indies failed to build on their decent start and wobbled to reach 91 for six at the close of play. The tourists are still trailing by 460 runs.

Last-match centurion Darren Bravo and debutant Carlos Brathwaite remained unbeaten on their respective scores of 13 and three.

Jermaine Blackwood was the top scorer for the tourists with 28 before offering Lyon a return catch.

Pace duo of James Pattinson and Peter Siddle and spin specialist Nathan Lyon grabbed two wickets apiece.

Australia are leading 1-0 in the three-match series after winning the opener emphatically in Hobart. (ANI)

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