After Travis Head’s counter-punch century, Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood landed further blows to leave the West Indies on the ropes after two days of the first Test.
Home-town hero Head’s belligerent 119 helped Australia bank a 95-run first-innings lead at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
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At stumps, the wobbling West Indies are 6-73 — still 22 runs behind Australia — after Hazlewood took 4-2 from his initial 27 deliveries.
The right-armer, who took 4-41 in the first innings, removed Tagenarine Chanderpaul for a duck, Kraigg Brathwaite (one), Alick Athanaze (duck) and Kavem Hodge (three) in a 27-ball span.
Cameron Green (1-9) later dismissed Kirk McKenzie, who followed his 50 in the first dig with 26.
Justin Greaves (24) was trapped lbw by Nathan Lyon (1-4) on what proved to be the last ball of the day after Pat Cummins opted against asking the umpires for an extra 30 minutes of play.
With victory in sight, the Australian captain was permitted to request the extension and appeared undecided as he lingered with his teammates while surviving batter Joshua Da Silva began to leave the field alongside Greaves.
But Cummins decided the Aussies were best served resting and coming back for a third day, walking away in the knowledge they are still awfully close to a comfortable win.
Hazlewood has two four-wicket hauls in the match. Credit: AAP
Earlier, Australia posted 283 in reply to the West Indies’ first innings of 188.
South Australian Head dominated the innings, smacking a dozen fours and three sixes in an audacious 134-ball knock.
But the visitors unearthed a gem in Shamar Joseph, who took 5-95 in his first innings as a Test bowler.
Three years ago, Joseph, from the remote Guyanese village of Baracara, had only bowled with fruit and tape-balls.
Now, a year after playing his first first-class match, the 24-year-old is the 10th West Indian to take five or more wickets in an innings on Test debut.
“Getting those five wickets on my debut is really amazing — against the No.1 team in the world,” Joseph told Channel 7 in a mid-match interview.
“I’m full of joy. Can’t explain it.”
Joseph’s feats helped curtail the Australian batsmen, apart from Head.
The 30-year-old reached his ton from 122 balls to a raucous reception from a parochial 23,698-strong home crowd.
On a tricky batting pitch, Head, Usman Khawaja (45) and No.10 Nathan Lyon (24) were the only Australians to pass 15.
Travis Head’s century helped put Australia on the cusp of beating the West Indies. (Matt Turner/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP
Cameron Green’s return to the line-up fell flat when he was dismissed for 12 by Joseph in Thursday’s second over.
The West Indian novice later added the scalps of Mitchell Starc (10) and Lyon, adding to his prized day-one victims of Steve Smith (12) and Marnus Labuschagne (10).
Greaves (2-36) removed Khawaja and Alex Carey (15).
Kemar Roach (2-48) dismissed Mitchell Marsh for five and Pat Cummins for 12.
But Head flourished, mixing some edgy near-misses with brutal strokeplay.
He reached his century with a cracking cover drive, highlighting a return to form after averaging only 16 in the recent three-Test series against Pakistan.
The Head knock delivered Australia a handy lead and Hazlewood promptly cashed in with a stunning opening spell.
– with 7NEWS