Hazlewood shines for Aussies in Antigua

Another magnificent new-ball spell by Josh Hazlewood has highlighted Australia’s play on the final day of their tour match in Antigua.

Hazlewood, who took two wickets early on the first day, claimed 3-4 off four overs in an impressive display at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

At tea on day three, the WICB President’s XI are 4-89, an overall lead of 221 with six second-innings wickets remaining.

Hazlewood began his spell with a simple dismissal of opener Rajindra Chandrika (0), caught by Mitchell Marsh at gully.

The tall NSW quick then trapped President’s XI captain Leon Johnson (0) LBW, all but ending the batsman’s hopes of sneaking back into the West Indies team for next week’s Test.

A third wicket came when Sharmarh Brooks (0) also fell LBW in what was the third appeal against him in the over.

It was hard work for Australia’s other bowlers as the pitch flattened out and Roston Chase (25no) and Shane Dowrich (25no) shared an unbroken 48-run fourth-wicket stand to the break.

Test aspirant Fawad Ahmed (0-16) was tidy in his nine overs while Nathan Lyon (0-16) also bowled economically without causing too many troubles for the batsmen.

The session ended with opening batsman Chris Rogers getting a rare bowl, completing a maiden.

Earlier, the Australians were only able to add 45 runs to their overnight score of 6-205 before being dismissed for 250.

Century-maker Shaun Marsh lasted just five balls before he fell without adding to the 118 he’d made on Thursday.

Marsh was squared up by a rising ball from impressive allrounder Carlos Brathwaite (3-39) to offer an easy catch to the slip cordon.

Nathan Lyon was then run out for eight by a direct hit at the non-striker’s end.

Peter Siddle (6) and Hazlewood (31no) delayed proceedings with a gritty 29-run stand for the ninth wicket before Siddle was caught behind off the bowling of Marquino Mindley (2-42)

Fawad (0) also fell to Mindley as the young quick wrapped up the innings on the stroke of lunch.

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