Hobart, Dec 12: Recalled paceman James Pattinson claimed five wickets as the West Indies succumbed to a dispiriting innings and 212-run loss to Australia on the third day of the first Test in Hobart today. Pattinson, playing in his first Test since March last year after recovering from chronic back and hamstring issues, spearheaded the Australian assault to rip apart the threadbare Windies batting. (ALSO READ:IPL Players’ draft to be held in Mumbai on December 15 ) Also Read - In Strong Repulse to China, India Invites Australia, Forms 'Quad' Alliance in Malabar Naval Drill | What to Expect
The hapless Caribbean tourists were sent back in by Australia skipper Steve Smith after being dismissed for 223 in the first innings to trail the home side by 360 runs.The West Indies went into freefall in their second innings, confirming fears about their competitiveness ahead of the remaining Melbourne and Sydney Tests. Also Read - IPL 2020: 'Surface Doesn't Matter', Mahela Jayawardene Won't Change Mumbai Indians' Pace-Heavy Bowling Attack
It was a triumph for Pattinson, who returned to the Australian side for injured pace spearhead Mitchell Starc and justified his recall after going wicketless for 68 bowling in the West Indies first innings.The West Indies have now won just four of their last 21 Tests and went into the first Hobart Test on the back of a humbling 10-wicket loss in their only warm-up game to a modest Cricket Australia XI. Also Read - IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma Names James Pattinson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan to Replace Lasith Malinga in MI
The once-great West Indies are ranked above only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and last won a Test in Australia in 1997.Only opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite showed any resolve in the second innings shambles, finishing with 94 out of the paltry 148 total. Pattinson triggered the rot by having Rajendra Chandrika caught by Smith in the slips for a duck. First-innings centurion Darren Bravo fell for just four when his middle stump was uprooted by Pattinson.