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Australia hammer West Indies despite Barath ton

First Test, Brisbane, day three: Australia 480-8 dec beat West Indies 228 & 187 by an innings and 65 runs
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Australia's players celebrate their first-Test victory over the West Indies
Australia's players celebrate their first-Test victory over the West Indies

Australia romped to a comprehensive innings-and-65-run victory over West Indies with two days of the first Test to spare at the Gabba.

Despite a record-breaking debut century from opener Adrian Barath, the tourists crashed to 187 all out in their second innings, following-on after lunch.

Barath, 19, became the youngest West Indian to score a Test ton with 104.

But he had little support and with Ben Hilfenhaus taking three more wickets, the Aussies eased to a comfortable win.

Hilfenhaus took three for 20 from his seven-over opening spell, dismissing West Indies captain Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, before all-rounder Shane Watson finally brought an end to Barath's superb effort.

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The Test rookie became the youngest player to hit a century against Australia since India's Sachin Tendulkar almost 18 years ago, his impressive three-hour knock including 20 fours (one of them all run) and just five singles.

Dwayne Bravo (23), Denesh Ramdin (16) and Sulieman Benn (15 not out) were the only other batsmen to make it into double figures in the second innings as the visitors lost 15 wickets over the course of the day.

Australia had taken five wickets in the opening session to finish off their opponents for a total of 228 in their first innings.

And after some deliberation, skipper Ricky Ponting opted for the Windies to bat again after lunch, only the third time in his career as skipper that he has opted to make use of the follow-on.

Adrian Barath celebrates
West Indies batsman Adrian Barath hails his debut century at the Gabba

The Windies resumed needing another 252 runs to make the home side bat again, but a hefty defeat beckoned when Hilfenhaus started to wreak havoc with the new ball.

The Tasmanian was almost unplayable in overcast conditions as the Windies collapsed to three for 39.

The dismissal of Bravo shortly before tea revived the home side's hopes of wrapping up victory inside three days.

And former Queensland batsman Brendan Nash departed soon after when ex-team-mate Nathan Hauritz trapped him lbw.

Barath toiled manfully and celebrated appropriately when he brought up his milestone with a boundary off Watson, but when trapped lbw two overs later, the game was up.

And when Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul also fell quickly, the Windies were defeated for the ninth consecutive time on Australian soil.

The match was also significant for its implementation for the first time in Australia of the ICC'S controversial Umpire Decision Review System.

Home skipper Ponting backed its use, despite third umpire Mark Benson not overturning a first-innings decision when TV replays supported Mitchell Johnson's claim he had not produced an edge.

"It's always going to be good for the game, whether or not every (decision) is right is irrelevant," Ponting said. "We will end up getting more correct decisions made."

However, West Indies captain Gayle said: "Sometimes mistakes are still made even with the technology, that's why I'm not a big fan of it.

"We might as well just go with the two umpires in the middle and leave it as is, whether they get it wrong or right."

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