Australia v West Indies – day two of the first Test in Hobart – live!

94th over: Australia 462-3 (Voges 191, S Marsh 146) Remember when Allan Border used to grind England’s nose into the dirt by batting on until lunch on the third day before declaring on 600-odd for four? Well at this rate Steve Smith will be able to declare on the same score at lunch on the second day. Holder beats Marsh with a gorgeous legcutter, the highlight of another good over. He is standing alone on the burning deck.

93rd over: Australia 462-3 (Voges 192, S Marsh 146) Taylor beats Voges with a fine lifting leg-cutter. Good balls have never really been an issue for the West Indies fast bowlers. It’s the amount of filth that is the problem. Anyway, this is now a record fourth-wicket partnership for Australia against the West Indies, surpassing Bill Lawry and Doug Walters in 1969. The stand almost ends at 338 when Marsh, attempting to leave Taylor at the last minute, deflects the ball just wide of the stumps.

“Interesting point you made about away Tests. New Zealand were made to look ordinary by Australia, but already they look streets ahead of SL. How much of this is down to sides playing two or three match series with no preparation at all. NZ are playing SL, Pakistan and Australia this summer… why not play two sides and have decent series?” Yeah I agree, though there are many other issues too. NZ v Australia should be a brilliant series.

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