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Cricket Australia v West Indies live stream, scores updates, video, Steve Smith equals Don Bradman

Australia is in a dominant position in the first Test against the West Indies.

Can the tourists hit back on day two?

Follow all the latest news from Perth in our live coverage below.

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STATE OF PLAY: WHEN TO DECLARE?

It’s becoming obvious Australia plans to have a decent crack at West Indies’ top order this afternoon.

New man Travis Head (38* from 43) is throwing his bat at everything as the hosts edge towards a 500 plus first innings lead.

The question is does Australia give Steve Smith (143*) a shot at posting a double century or will Andrew McDonald and Pat Cummins declare at tea?

History suggests Australia will look to push the score as close to 600 as possible and rip in for 15 overs before stumps.

SKULL’S RIHANNA LOVE

Kerry O’keeffe: Was it Kraigg Bratwaite that went to the same school as Rhinana?

Brian Lara: Carlos Brathwaite

O’keeffe: I thought Kraigg went there too?

Lara: Maybe she (RiRi) is more interested in T20s?

O’keeffe: Chris Jordan (England fast bowler) went to school with Rihanna. I would’ve turned up everyday … sit next to Ri.

Anyway, back to the cricket…

SMITH ON JOINING SIR DON

Steve Smith equalled Sir Donald Bradman’s 29 Test century mark in Perth.

“I’m feeling good,” Smith told Fox Sports, “he was the greatest to play our game.

“Nice to be on 29, hopefully a few more to come.”

We reckon Smith is odds on to pass the great man in Adelaide.

Steve Smith joins Bradman on 29 Test tons

LABUSCHAGNE’S DOUBLE TON MILESTONE

The apprentice follows his master in Perth – but the Smith-Labuschagne partnership is broken two balls later.

Marnus reached the second double century of his career before falling to part-time tweaker Kraigg Brathwaite in the last over before lunch.

As so often happens after a milestone, a lack of concentration proved Labuschagne’s downfall following an exuberant celebration.

Nevertheless, Australia’s red hot No.3 helped lay a near impenetrable first innings lead for the hosts.

Here’s hoping young daughter Hallie was awake for the double ton!

Labuschagne reaches DOUBLE TON but is then out

SMITH REACHES BRILLIANT CENTURY

There it is!

Steve Smith, take a bow. The Aussie superstar has started the Test summer in the best possible fashion, blasting a chanceless century.

That is Test match century number 29 for the middle order master blaster, equalling Sir Donald Bradman’s mark.

And the tourists should be worried. Smith has that look in his eye. He knows a big score in on offer.

When he is in this sort of form, there is no way to slow him down. It feels like a runout might be their best chance.

Now the big question is, will Marnus join him in reaching a first session milestone?

He has 197 to his name and we’ve got 13 minutes until the lunch break.

‘THEY FELT LIKE THEY FLOATED IN AND OUT OF THE GAME’

Where did things go wrong for the West Indies on day one?

Fox Cricket commentator Mark Waugh has given an insight into the opening day.

The Australian batting great said there were positive signs for the tourists but they weren’t able to build pressure for long enough.

“At times, they felt like they floated in and out of the game throughout the day,” he told Fox Cricket.

“I thought they bowled reasonably well. It just lacked a little bit of class. And when you’re up against, Australia’s top four would be the best top four in the world … they beat the bat a few times.

“On another day they might have had four or five wickets down at stumps. So I don’t think they bowled poorly and Australia didn’t really get away from them.

“There was enough good signs there but just not long enough periods of pressure from them.”

STATE OF PLAY: WHO WILL TAKE OPENING SESSION HONOURS?

We are ready to go in Perth for day two of this match and the most important question is, how big will this Australian first innings total go?

At 2/293 at stumps, the Aussies will absolutely be thinking 500 is the play here.

How quickly can they get there?

The scoring rate was lightning quick during the second half of day one and if that maintains, Australia could reach that figure before tea.

For the tourists, they need wickets and they need them now!

The only way to get back into this match is with a bunch of wickets in this opening session.

Can they do it?

‘SHE WAS ASLEEP’: MARNUS’ BIGGEST FAN MISSES CENTURY

Marnus Labuschagne opened the Australian Test summer with a century of the highest order – but the newest member of the Labuschagne clan missed the famous moment.

Labuschagne showed his appetite for Test match runs hadn’t waned since his last ton in Galle, powering Australia to a commanding first innings lead against West Indies in Perth.

Unfortunately, his young daughter Hallie was fast asleep in the Optus Stadium players’ box when he hit the runs that took him to three figures.

In his stumps interview, Labuschagne told Fox Sports presenter Kath Loughnan it was extra special having his wife Rebekah and Hallie in the stands.

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his century.
Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his century.

“My wife and daughter came over (to Perth) so it was nice for her to see her first day of Test cricket and my hundred,” he said. “Those memories will sit with you for a very long time.

“Very thankful that they’re here and this one (century) was a little bit more special as a dad.”

But Loughnan broke the news Hallie was asleep in mum’s arm when he was saluting his eighth Test century.

“I think she was asleep when you made your hundred but was quickly woken up by mum jumping up and down.”

There’s a good chance Hallie will see dad make his second double ton when play resumes on Thursday afternoon (AEDT).

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