Australia v West Indies first cricket Test: Five things we learnt on day three

1. There is something wrong in the West Indies team

It’s one thing to be well beaten because the other team is simply much better, but to lose by such a big margin in 7½ sessions is just not good enough.

This may be one of the worst teams to come out of the Caribbean for decades, but they were good enough to beat England seven months ago to square a series. England regained the Ashes not long after.

The most worrying aspect of the innings and 212-run defeat is the lack of fight shown, particularly from senior players Marlon Samuels and Jerome Taylor.

Samuels’ contribution in the game was a mere nine and three, and his lack of energy in the field was also noted, not least by his nemesis Shane Warne, who tore shreds off him in the commentary box.

2. A two-day Test is on the cards this series

We’ve had 19 Tests finish in two days, and the 20th could occur this summer. We have not seen a two-day Test in Australia since 1931, but it’s not out of the question that the 84-year drought could end either in Melbourne or Sydney.

The West Indies have been every bit as bad as we thought. Their batsmen survived a total of 106.3 overs across the two innings. That’s the equivalent of losing a wicket nearly every six overs.

But it will not be easy for Australia to win in two days. They would have to bowl first, dismiss the Windies cheaply twice and in between score quickly while also losing wickets. As silly as it sounds, it will not happen unless the Windies are more competitive with the ball.

3. Josh Hazlewood can play all six Tests this summer

How to manage the giant quick has been an issue since the build up to the Perth Test when it was revealed there were concerns over Hazlewood’s workload, but the little resistance offered by the West Indies batsmen means it’s unlikely to remain a major talking point.

For Hazlewood to get tired he’ll have to bowl a lot of overs, but if their lack of application in Hobart is a guide the Windies aren’t capable of occupying the crease.

Hazlewood now has a fortnight to recover from his 28.3 overs in Hobart. Unless the curator produces a road at the MCG, Hazlewood should have enough left in the tank to get to Sydney for his home Test.

4. James Pattinson bounced back very well

Playing in his first Test since March last year, the Victorian firebrand made a poor return in the first innings but was far more potent in the second, claiming figures of 5-27.

Willing to pitch the ball up, Pattinson found movement in the air and off the pitch, which proved too potent a combination for the hapless West Indies batsmen.

But it’s premature to cast judgment based on one game against a team that is barely Test standard. Taking wickets has never been a problem for Pattinson, the big question mark against him has been his durability. It might be a while before we find out how resilient his body is.

5. Day-night Tests are not the way to breathe life into this series

Shane Warne floated the idea of playing the Boxing Day Test under lights in a bid to increase interest, but that would have been recipe for disaster judging by the way the Windies batted.

If they could not handle facing the red ball on a pitch where Australia made 4-583, imagine how they would have fared against the new pink ball under lights.

Cricket authorities will have to find another way to sell the Test. At this stage the Boxing Day sales and movies are looking good options. Even the start of the Sydney to Hobart could provide more entertainment than the Test.

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