Windies woeful, Aussies want away wins

Australia embarrassed West Indies on day two of the second Test but Adam Voges knows the challenge is to replicate that form overseas.

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Voges was one of four Australian centurions in a total of 3-551, with Steve Smith declaring on Sunday as records tumbled at the MCG.

James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon grabbed two wickets each to reduce the visitors to 6-91 at stumps.

Smith, who finished 134 not out, is set to mull enforcing the follow-on for the second time in the three-Test series.

Voges, who averages a staggering 542 against West Indies after his unbeaten 106, noted the side’s full attention was on their current opposition.

But the veteran acknowledged February’s two-Test tour of New Zealand would be a better gauge of how far they’ve come since losing the Ashes in England earlier this year.

“The ball is not moving nearly as much as what it did over in England,” Voges said.

“You’re seeing that around the world, teams are playing very well at home and winning away from home is becoming harder and harder.

“I’m sure we’ll get challenged when we do go to New Zealand and the ball might move around a little bit more there.

“We’ve batted exceptionally well this summer … we’re bowling well in our conditions.

“I hope so (Australia can reproduce this form in NZ).”

Voges was unsure about Smith’s thoughts on the follow-on, which would be complicated by the fact there’s a short break before the third Test at the SCG.

“We will have fresh bowlers with a ball that is probably still reversing and we can get stuck into their tail and see what happens,” he said.

The visitors’ collapse of 6-48 seemed as inevitable as it was ignominious.

Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder were all out for ducks.

Siddle was on a hat-trick after dismissing keeper Ramdin and skipper Holder.

“We batted fairly well leading up to tea and after tea there were some soft dismissals,” West Indies coach Phil Simmons said.

“All you can say to them is you have another chance to bat on that wicket, which to me has been a batting paradise.”

It’s not quite a carbon copy of the first Test at Hobart, where Australia won by an innings and 212 runs, but there are plenty of similarities.

Already the series is shaping as one of the most lopsided between the two sides.

It is the first time ever that four Australian batsmen scored tons in a single Test innings in Australia.

Australia’s batting average for the series is 162 – the highest by any team that has faced at least 200 overs in any series ever.

West Indies’ bowling has been woefully ineffectual – they’ve snared six wickets and conceded 1134 runs in the series in two innings.

The Caribbean force achieved a 3-0 series win over Australia at home in 1984 without losing a second-innings wicket, something Smith’s men are well placed to achieve in Melbourne.

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