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Australia pile on the runs
MarnusLabuschagne and Steve Smith celebrates after raising their double century at Optus Stadium, Perth on Thursday. Photo: AP

Australia pile on the runs

Steve Smith continued to turn the screws on a listless West Indies and notched his fourth Test double century before Australia declared their massive first innings shortly after tea on day two of the first Test.Fifteen minutes into the final session, a near-flawless Smith reached the landmark with a single off spinner Kraigg Brathwaite but Travis Head chopped onto his stumps on the next delivery to fall for 99.Head's dismissal brought a close to Australia's massive first innings, where they batted for 152.4 overs to vindicate skipper Pat Cummins' decision to bat first.Smith's concentration never wavered through the day, even when the match meandered amid a smattering of fans, who started to create their own excitement by mocking West Indies' sloppy fielding. He also reinforced his penchant for his new refined technique, where he has eradicated shuffling across the crease.After a disciplined start earlier in the match, West Indies were unable to conjure fireworks on a surface with a strip of grass down its middle.Amid overcast and cooler conditions, a relief after warm weather on day one, West Indies' batters will need to take heed of an imperious Smith, who powered Australia past 500 with an audacious boundary over deep third to further exasperate quick Alzarri Joseph.Just before lunch, Smith equalled Sir Donald Bradman with his 29th Test century. He reached the milestone with a single to long on, who was strangely not brought in to restrict the run.In the process, Smith also passed 4000 Test runs at home. Only Bradman (98.22) and Sir Garfield Sobers...

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