‘Emulate the openers’: Chase wants West Indies’ fight to continue in Adelaide


The West Indies will be a force to be reckoned with against Australia in the day-night Test in Adelaide if they can emulate their openers, according to all-rounder Roston Chase.

Nathan Lyon snared 6-128 on Sunday to spin Australia to a 164-run victory midway through day five of the first Test at Optus Stadium.

But the West Indies were 159-1 in the first innings before being bowled out for 283, and they were 116-0 in the second dig before being dismissed for 333.

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite starred with scores of 64 and 110, while debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul made an instant impact at the top of the order with 51 and 45.

Roston Chase (File photo)

The son of West Indies legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed plenty of guts, recovering from a painful blow early in the first innings to post his maiden Test half-century.

“Obviously Australia is a tough place to play cricket, so to start the way he did shows a lot of character,” Chase said of the 26-year-old.

“His dad had that same kind of characteristics about sticking in and fighting. That’s where he got it from.

“If he can emulate what his dad did, he will be a legend in the game as well. I hope he continues in this vein and takes confidence from this first game.”

Chase (55) and Alzarri Joseph (43) were brave amidst a lower-order fightback in the second innings, but overall the West Indies lacked depth on the batting front.

The second Test will be a day-night fixture in Adelaide, starting on Thursday, and Chase wants a more even effort.

“Once the other batters take a leaf out of the openers’ (books), we’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the second Test,” Chase said.

“We have seen how the bowlers are bowling and we will do our homework and have a better run at it in the second Test.

“I thought although we didn’t get that big total in the first innings we were looking for, the opening partnership was a great sight to see.

“The guys really applied themselves. They showed glimpses of what we can do.

“We didn’t cash in on that good start and that let us down for the rest of the game.”

The West Indies could be without Kemar Roach in Adelaide after the veteran paceman tweaked his thigh in Perth, though fellow quick Joseph recovered from some early struggled to bring the heat in Australia’s second innings, reaching 148kph during a devastating spell in the second dig in which he struck Marnus Labuschagne on the helmet.

“I spoke to Alzarri on the first morning, he wasn’t feeling well,” Chase said.

“I said he looked a bit down on pace, so I spoke to him. He said he was having a bit of a headache but was still trying to push through.

“I admire that about him. Then in the second innings he really got it through and it was exciting to see.”

Uncapped paceman Marquino Mindley will fly to Adelaide and has a chance to play if Roach doesn’t get up for the match.

Batsman Nkrumah Bonner is also in doubt after being subbed out of the Perth Test with concussion, while all-rounder Kyle Mayers was not able to bowl in the second innings after injuring his shoulder. (Cricket Australia)

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