Cameron Green's brutal Aussie reality check amid shock 62-year cricket first

The day two drama in Adelaide included a stunning feat not seen since 1962.

Pictured left to right West Indies star Shamar Joseph and Cameron Green.
Test debutant Shamar Joseph claimed a 62-year first for the Windies with the wicket of Cameron Green on day two in Adelaide. Pic: Getty

Life as Australia's new No.4 has begun in disappointing fashion for Cameron Green, with the 24-year-old out cheaply on day two of the opening Test against the West Indies in Adelaide. Green failed to make the most of his first innings since being recalled to Australia's Test side, following the retirement of veteran batter David Warner.

A day after Steve Smith flopped in his first crack at opening in Test cricket, Green also flattered to deceive as West Indies debutant Shamar Joseph clinched a special piece of history. Joseph removed both Smith (12) and Marnus Labuschagne (10) on day one after the tourists were bowled out for 188 - thanks to four-wicket hauls from Aussie quicks Pat Cummins (4-41) and Josh Hazlewood (4-44).

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Joseph continued on day two where he left off on the opening day, despite being hit for back-to-back boundaries by Green in a promising sign for the all-rounder. However, it was Joseph that had the last laugh after tempting Green into a forward defensive shot and catching the outside edge to remove the West Australian for just 14.

The wicket saw Joseph move onto figures of 3/67 and saw the quick seal an incredible 62-year first after becoming the first West Indies Test debutant since Lester King in 1962 to claim the team’s first three scalps. “Green is gone. He’s done it again the kid!” Fox Cricket’s Ian Smith said in commentary.

While it was another moment to savour for Joseph - who described his debut Test wicket of a Smith as a dream come true - it was one to forget for Green. The 24-year-old won his place back in the Test XI after being backed to fill Smith's role at No.4, following the veteran's promotion to the top of the order.

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On paper it appeared to be a favourable first-up fixture for Green against a West Indies side that most critics wrote off before the start of the two-Test series against Australia. Joseph and his teammates clearly forgot to read the script though, with Green given a brutal reminder about the step up to Test level and the expectations from success-hungry Aussie cricket fans.

Another Windies debutant stamps his mark

Green's wicket must have left the Windies sensing a big opportunity against the Test world champions in Adelaide, with the classy Usman Khawaja doing his best to steady the ship for the home side. Last season's leading Test run-scorer looked like notching his 25th Test half century, until another Windies debutant, Justin Greaves, got in on the act.

Khawaja couldn't resist the temptation to try and drive a full-pitched delivery from Greaves down the ground for a boundary, with the Windies quick instead catching the veteran's outside edge. Alick Athanaze took a slick catch at second slip to remove Khawaja for 45 to once again give the tourists a sniff.

West Indies Test debutant Justin Greaves celebrates the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Pic: Getty
West Indies Test debutant Justin Greaves celebrates the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Pic: Getty

Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh went about re-establishing Australia's position of power in the first Test, with the latter scorching a textbook cover drive to the boundary before becoming the next to fall. This time Greaves was the man on the end of a superb catch as he stepped in from third slip and dived low to his left to remove Marsh for just five runs.

Marsh's wicket brought wicketkeeper Alex Carey to the crease with the Aussies in a precarious position of 5-129 in the opening session. Carey made it to lunch on 10, with Head continuing his stunning displays in all forms of cricket for Australia by racing into the forties as the hosts got to lunch at 5-144.

Head notched his fifty shortly after the lunch break to lead the fightback for the Aussies. Moments later, however, Greaves struck again to remove Carey for 15 and leave the hosts on 6-168. That wicket saw Head accelerate his and Australia's run rate, with the 30-year-old slashing his way into the nineties.

Batting partner Mitchell Starc (10) became Joseph's fourth scalp when he was removed in a sharp catch at bat-pad but there was no stopping Head. The 30-year-old reaffirmed his growing influence on the Aussie side by bringing up his seventh Test century after a sumptuous drive through the covers for four.

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