Australia thump West Indies by 177 runs to claim series


Melbourne: Dec 29; All-rounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets as Australia defeated a defiant West Indies to claim a 177-run win on Tuesday in the second Test to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.

Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin both scored half-centuries and shared an aggressive 100-run partnership to highlight a gritty batting performance for the West Indies after Australia declared on its overnight score of 179-3.

Chasing the unlikely target of 460, the West Indies batted patiently in the early stages and went to tea on 146-4. The Test seemed destined for a fifth day, but Marsh (4-61) sparked a collapse midway through the evening session when he had Ramdin caught behind for 59.

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