Dominica (West Indies), June 4: Thirteen wickets tumbled on the opening day of the first Test between the West Indies and Australia at the Windsor Park in Roseau here with the visitors placed better at stumps.
The hosts were reduced to 91 for 6 after captain Danish Ramdin won the toss and elected to bat on a surprisingly challenging wicket. Opener Shai Diego Hope's 36, Jason Holder's 21 down the order and a couple of 19s from Darren Bravo and skipper Ramdin what the Caribbean innings was all about.
They lasted just 53.5 overs for a paltry 148 with Josh Hazelhood and Mitchell Johnson claiming 3 scalps each. The Australian bowlers found a perfect backing from their fielders who took some sharp catches.
Australia were 85 for 3 at stumps with Steven Smith and debutant Adam Voges batting on 17 (67 balls) and 20 (27 balls), respectively. Jerome Taylor, Holder and Devendra Bishoo took one wicket each.
Smith, who stood like an unmovable rock against India in the home series last summer, looked his normal self although his scoring wasn't easy. Voges was more free on the other hand, hitting four boundaries in his 20.
Openers David Warner (8) and Shaun Marsh (19) and captain Michael Clarke (18) were the wickets to fall for Australia.
The West Indies have left out veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the Australia series to make way for new blood. The southpaw's exclusion sparked a controversy with a number of former players getting split over the decision.