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“Kohli and Smith scoring runs again! Cricket is so much better when they’re in form”, Twitter reacts after Steve Smith scored his fourth double century in first Test against West Indies

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West Indies cricket players arrived in Australia to play two T20Is followed by the two-match Test series. Earlier, the T20I series between both teams has been done and dusted.

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Australia won both games and inflicted a 2-0 whitewash on the Caribbeans. The hosts won the T20I opener by 3 wickets at Carrara Oval, Queensland and won the second T20I by 31 runs at The Gabba, Brisbane.

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Now, the cricketing action shifted to the Test series. The first of the two-match Test series is being held at Perth Stadium, Perth. Australian skipper Pat Cummins won the toss and chose to bat first.

Steve Smith scored his fourth double-century in the first Test against West Indies

Former Australian skipper Steve Smith played a surreal knock against the West Indies cricket team in the first Test match. The right-handed batter went on to score the fourth double-century of his Test career.

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In the process, he etched his name into the record books after he equalled the record accomplished by Sunil Gavaskar and Kane Williamson who scored 4 double centuries in Test cricket.

With this special knock, Steve Smith joined Gavaskar and Kane in the elite list. The right-handed batsman scored the double century off 311 balls and remained not out on 200*. Smith scored 16 boundaries to his name. His innings powered Australia to 598/4 (declared).

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Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne also played a spectacular inning for the hosts. Australia’s Test specialist who scored a century on Day 1 went about his business on the second day as well.

He scored a stupendous 204 off 350 balls with the help of 20 fours and a six. On the other hand, Travis Head scored 99 off 95 balls including 11 boundaries to his name.

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West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite took 2 wickets to his name while Jayden Seals and Kyle Mayers took a wicket each.

Australia’s playing XI

Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

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West Indies’ playing XI

Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales

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