HOBART (AUSTRALIA), Dec 10: Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh pounded tons in a triple-century unbroken stand to crush the dispirited West Indies and put Australia in command of the first Test in Hobart today.
In a grim foreboding of what lies ahead for the maligned Caribbean tourists in the three-Test series, Australia cruised effortlessly to 438 for three at stumps on the opening day with the West Australian pair taking the game away from the Windies.
It was the most runs scored by Australia on an opening day of a Test against the West Indies.
At the close, Voges was unbeaten on 174 with Marsh not out on 139 in a unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 317.
Voges slammed the fastest century for Australia in Hobart, his ton coming off 100 balls and eclipsing another West Australian Adam Gilchrist�s hundred off 110 balls against Pakistan at the venue in 1999.
It was Voges�s third Test century and second against the West Indies after scoring an unbeaten 130 on his Test debut in Dominica last June.
Marsh in scoring his third Test century and first at home also posed a dilemma for selectors whether he will make way as a replacement for the imminent return of Usman Khawaja from a hamstring injury.
The West Indies had got themselves into a reasonable position to have Australia at 121 for three at lunch with key batsmen David Warner (64) and skipper Steve Smith (10) back in the dressing room. But Voges and Marsh batted through the remaining two sessions without difficulty to leave the West Indies in despair.
Voges reached his Test century on the penultimate ball before tea, scampering through for two with Marsh taking the risk running to the danger end.
Australia 1st innings: J Burns b Gabriel 33, D Warner c Ramdin b Warrican 64, S Smith c Blackwood b Warrican 10, A Voges not out 174, S Marsh not out 139. Extras: (b4, lb2, w1, nb11) 18. Total: (3 wickets; 89 overs) 438. Fall of wickets: 1-75, 2-104, 3-121. Bowling: Taylor 12-0-76-0, Roach 11-1-64-0, Gabriel 10-1-59-1, Holder 15-1-45-0, Warrican 22-1-111-2, Brathwaite 13-0-52-0, Blackwood 6-0-25-0. � AFP