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Kevin Sinclair’s Spectacular Catch Sends Labuschagne Packing In Memorable Test Debut
By CricShots - Jan 26, 2024 2:18 pm
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West Indies all-rounder Kevin Sinclair made an impactful Test debut at the Gabba, contributing with both bat and in the field. After scoring a crucial 50 in West Indies’ first innings, Sinclair displayed his brilliance in the slip cordon, taking a stunning catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne for just three runs.

Kevin Sinclair
Kevin Sinclair took an exceptional catch

Australia, in their first innings, faced an early setback as Steve Smith fell to Kemar Roach in the opening over. Sinclair’s moment in the field came when Roach induced an edge from Labuschagne. The ball took a sharp edge, and Sinclair, stationed at fourth slip, flew to his right, completing an outstanding catch. Labuschagne wore a look of disbelief as he departed.

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Sinclair’s catch was a highlight of the Test series, showcasing his agility and skill in the slip region. The dismissal added to Australia’s early struggles, as they found themselves at 24/5 within five overs before the tea break. At that point, Australia trailed West Indies by 287 runs, with West Indies having posted a total of 311 in their first innings.

Earlier in the match, West Indies won the toss and chose to bat, reaching 266/8 on the first day. Contributions from Kavem Hodge (71) and Joshua Da Silva (79) set the tone, and Sinclair’s valuable 50, along with Alzarri Joseph’s quick cameo, propelled West Indies past the 300-run mark.

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With Australia facing a challenging total and losing key wickets early, West Indies now have an opportunity to build a substantial lead and make a strong statement in the Test match. Kemar Roach, who played a pivotal role in Australia’s early troubles, not only demonstrated his prowess as a bowler but also expressed his commitment to mentoring the emerging pacers for the West Indies team in the future.

Australia, starting the Test series as the top team on the ICC World Test Championship points table, will need a resilient performance to counter the West Indies’ spirited showing at the Gabba.