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Lyon spins Australia to 1-0 lead

Six wickets for off spinner Nathan Lyon was enough for Australia on the fifth and final day, defeating West Indies by 164 runs at Optus Stadium.

Resuming at 3/192, the visitors lost both overnight batsmen within the first hour of play, Kyle Mayers (10) and centurion Kraigg Braithwaite (110) falling to Lyon to set Australia on their way.

Australia weren’t willing to risk captain Pat Cummins at the bowling crease, having spent time off the field on day four with quad soreness.

That left Lyon to shoulder a lot of the workload, with support from pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

Travis Head lured Jason Holder in to a false shot, edging to first slip with Steve Smith taking a stunning catch to his left.

Joshua De Silva also fell before the lunch break as the innings looked like wrapping up swiftly, Australia needing just three more wickets by lunch.

Roston Chase and Alzarri Joseph added 82 to prolong the inevitable, Joseph clouting three sixes on his way to 43.

Chase made 55 before Lyon wrapped up the match with wickets in consecutive balls, finishing with 6/128 from 42.5 overs as the West Indies were bowled out for 333, a gallant effort in the fourth innings.

Australia retain the Frank Worrell Trophy with the victory, the second Test starting in Adelaide on Thursday.

IMAGE: The Roar.


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