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Aussies power to victory against West Indies

A tremendous final session has earned Australia a nine-wicket victory inside three days in the first Test against West Indies in Roseau.

The West Indies had made it through to tea with only four wickets down, but Mitchell Starc starred late in the day as the home side lost 6 for 27 to be dismissed for 216.

Adam Voges (left) celebrates his first Test century with number 11 Josh Hazlewood, with whom he shared a 97-run final-wicket partnership.6523414-3x2-940x627

Adam Voges (left) celebrates his first Test century with Josh Hazlewood.

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The win ensures Australia retains the Frank Worrell Trophy, with the second and final Test beginning on June 11 at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Australia faced a target of just 47 for victory, and the tourists smashed their way to 1 for 47, scoring the winning runs as storm clouds loomed.

With under half an hour of batting time left in the day, Dave Warner crashed three fours and two sixes before edging Jerome Taylor to slip to depart for 28. But Marsh (13) and Steve Smith (5) clinched the win.

West Indies had started the day on 2 for 25, and Josh Hazlewood struck early, producing the edge from Darren Bravo (5) to David Warner to make it 3 for 37.

Marlon Samuels and Shane Dowrich then led a fightback to improve the score to 3 for 98 at lunch.

The pair extended their fourth-wicket stand to 144, and looked to have survived the middle session when Dowrich was caught at mid-on by Shane Watson off the bowling of Hazlewood for 70 just before tea.

This left the West Indies on 4 for 189 with a session to go, but the tourists seized the momentum after tea.

Nathan Lyon struck first, having Jermaine Blackwood stumped by Haddin for 12 to leave the score on 5 for 198.

Mitchell Johnson then made the key breakthrough without addition to the score, dismissing Samuels for 74 when he top-edged a hook off a short delivery down to Mitchell Starc.

Dinesh Ramdin was next to go, clean bowled by Lyon for 3 as the tourists sensed the possibility of a win on day three.

Starc then cleaned up the tail, trapping Jerome Taylor in front for a duck to make it 8 for 206. He then bowled Devendra Bishoo for 1 to leave the home side 9 for 216, before repeating the effort to dismiss Shannon Gabriel to end the innings.

Australia’s Adam Voges was named man-of-the-match for his century on debut.

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