Aussies make bright start to 1st Test

Australia have made a strong start to the first Test against the West Indies in Dominica, reducing the hosts to 3-85 at lunch on day one.

Josh Hazlewood (1-19), Nathan Lyon (1-18) and Mitchell Johnson (1-21) all struck at Windsor Park after the Windies won the toss and chose to bat.

Hazlewood, who also impressed in Australia’s practice match in Antigua last week, continued his fine form when given the new ball by captain Michael Clarke.

The tall quick used his bounce to get opener Kraigg Brathwaite (10) caught behind in the perfect start to the two-Test series for the tourists.

Impressive youngster Shai Hope (36) and Darren Bravo (19) steadied the innings with a 40-run second-wicket stand before Clarke took a sharp catch low to his left at slip off Lyon.

Johnson removed Hope shortly afterwards when the opener chased a wide delivery and Shaun Marsh took a smart diving catch at gully to end the 21-year-old’s innings.

Debutant Shane Dowrich, who was rewarded for his two half-centuries against the tourists in Antigua, reached the break at 15 not out while Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on a patient three.

Earlier, Adam Voges became Australia’s 442nd Test cricketer when he was named to make his debut.

The 35-year-old batsman received his baggy green before the match from former Test quick Brendon Julian as Australia opted for three quicks and one spinner in their bowling attack.

“He’s excited and pumped and deserves his chance,” coach Darren Lehmann said.

“He had an outstanding couple of years of Shield cricket. So (I’m) really excited for him and his family and all the hard work he’s done to get his chance.”

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