West Indies debutant Kevin Sinclair has celebrated his maiden Test wicket in ripping style on Day 2 against Australia.
Sinclair, who earlier made a half-century to help the West Indies make 311 in the first innings, struck with the ball late on Friday to grab the crucial wicket of Usman Khawaja.
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Khawaja was the only Aussie of the top five to make double figures and looked on track to make a century at the Gabba.
But Sinclair had other ideas and he found the edge, which left Alick Athanaze with an easy catch at first slip.
The wicket was crucial in the context of the match and it had a celebration to match.
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Sinclair, who had already conceded 48 runs in just over six overs, sprinted off and did a cartwheel and backflip in extraordinary scenes.
“The breakthrough has come from nowhere and the celebration 10/10,” Alister Nicholson said on Channel 7.
Sinclair celebrates in epic style. Credit: Channel 7
“How was that, he was pummelled and then he claimed the prized scalp.”
Former Aussie coach Justin Langer loved it.
“Look at this celebration,” he said in excitement as the replay was played.
Australia declared despite trailing West Indies by 22 runs on a day of punch and counterpunch that has the Gabba pink-ball Test evenly poised.
Opener Khawaja was the rock for Australia against a venomous visiting pace attack.
Khawaja (75) featured in two vital partnerships with the rollicking Alex Carey (65 off 49 deliveries) and swashbuckling Pat Cummins (64 not out off 73 balls) to ensure Australia recovered from a dire 5-54 to declare at 9-289 after West Indies were dismissed for 311.
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The couldn’t survive the final 35 minutes with Josh Hazelwood removing Tagenarine Chanderpaul to leave West Indies at 1-13 at stumps.
Earlier, West Indies opening bowlers Kemar Roach (3-47) and Alzarri Joseph (4-84) stunned Australia’s top order.
Steve Smith (six) failed again as an opener when Roach had him lbw in the first over. Joseph had a tentative Marnus Labuschagne brilliantly caught by a diving Kevin Sinclair at fourth slip before Roach removed Cameron Green (eight) and Travis Head for a first ball duck in successive deliveries.
Smith’s elevation to open the batting for Australia has yet to yield dividends. Credit: AAP
Khawaja, ICC Test cricketer of 2023, was in serene form and appeared to be playing on a different surface to his teammates. His partnerships of 96 with Carey and 81 with Cummins, the ICC cricketer of the year, were key in Australia’s revival.
West Indies offspinner Sinclair did a backflip somersault to celebrate the opener’s wicket, his first in Test cricket. The debutant had earlier made a vital 50 to lift his side to a competitive total.
Carey made his own luck with the bat after enjoying a huge slice of it. Australia’s wicketkeeper was on eight, and Australia 5-72, when a ripping delivery from Shamar Joseph hit the off stump bail.
It rotated in its groove but did not dislodge and Carey somehow survived.
From that moment, he found top gear with an assortment of cover drives and reverse sweeps.
Sinclair and veteran paceman Roach (eight) added 31 for the ninth wicket after the visitors resumed at 8-266 on Friday.
Sinclair, cool as a cucumber on debut, boasts a first-class record that suggests he is no mug with the bat.
The 24-year-old now has nine first-class half-centuries, with a highest score of 86.
West Indies did well to recover from 5-64 to set Australia a competitive total.
No.5 batter Kavem Hodge (71) and wicketkeeper Da Silva (79) were the stars on day one, while left-armer Mitchell Starc (4-82) was the pick of the Australian bowlers.
– With AAP