ROSEAU: Adam Voges scored a century on his debut as Australia built a 132-run lead over the West Indies in the first Test in Dominica on Thursday.
Voges, 35, became the 20th Australian to notch a century on debut, helping his team recover from 126 for six to move on to 280 for nine on the second day.
His performance overshadowed that of West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo who took a career-best haul of six wickets.
Bishoo often bamboozled the Australian batsmen with prodigious turn on the dry Windsor Park pitch on the way to figures of six for 75.
The rest of the West Indies attack was toothless, however, as Voges and Australia’s wagging tail demoralised the home team.
Voges was 114 not out at the interval with Josh Hazlewood on 17.
Voges was the only batsman untroubled by Bishoo, whose previous best Test figures were 5-90 against Bangladesh in 2011.
Australia’s lead is potentially match-winning given the turning pitch and the slow outfield but at least Bishoo gave the West Indies hope.
He picked up three wickets in the first session, collecting the prize scalps of Steve Smith (25), Shane Watson (11) and Brad Haddin (8).
The 29-year-old Bishoo had Smith stumped by a country mile after the batsman had added eight runs to his overnight score.
Bishoo sent Watson packing when the right-hander edged a sharp chance to Jason Holder at second slip.
But the best was yet to come from Bishoo after Australian wicketkeeper Haddin took the fight to his adversary by hoisting him over long-on for six.
Bishoo got revenge two balls later with a delivery that pitched on leg stump and turned sharply to clip Haddin’s off peg.
The ball, compared with former Australian great Shane Warne’s famous “ball of the century” that bowled England’s Mike Gatting at Old Trafford exactly 22 years ago to the day, left the visitors reeling at 126 for six.
Voges and Mitchell Johnson added 52 runs for the seventh wicket before Johnson was dismissed by Bishoo, caught at short fine leg off a poorly-executed sweep.
Mitchell Starc was bowled by Bishoo for a duck, giving the leg-spinner his 50th test wicket in his 13th match.
But just when Australia looked to be on the ropes, Bishoo had to leave the field for treatment on a cut finger.
Bishoo later had to depart for a second time, leaving his participation in the second innings in doubt.