Australia reeling at 24 for 4 after Roach’s carnage
Kemar Roach knocked over Australia’s top order to leave them in trouble at 24 for 4 at dinner, after Kevin Sinclair shone on Test debut to help West Indies post a huge 311 on day two at the Gabba.
Roach took three wickets in five overs, including two off the last two balls of the session, leaving Australia struggling after they failed to dismiss the West Indies tail, who posted the second-highest total by any team against Australia in 12 pink-ball Tests.
Steven Smith was trapped lbw in Roach’s first over, while Marnus Labuschagne was caught at third slip by Sinclair, who dived to his right. Cameron Green and Travis Head also fell quickly to leave Australia in deep trouble.
Earlier, Sinclair and Roach frustrated Australia’s bowlers, batting through the first hour without loss. Roach was solid while Sinclair did most of the scoring. The partnership was broken due to a mix-up, and Australia could have removed Sinclair on 30 if not for a dropped catch.
Sinclair continued to impress with some excellent shots, including a sweep for four and a lofted shot over mid-off. He eventually fell for a well-made half-century.