West Indies legend Brian Lara handed Tegnarine Chanderpaul his Test cap when he made his debut against Australia in the first Test match at Optus Stadium in Perth. Tegnarine, the 24-year-old, is the son of West Indies great Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and he bowled some good batting against the Prime Minister’s XI during their warm-up match. He has been grabbing headlines since the day he made his first division debut.
“I was there in ’94 when your dad made his debut and I’m sure he’d be very proud,” Lara said while handing the cap to Tegnarine. Watch the full video below:
Meanwhile, Tegnarine had a tiring day on the field as he saw West Indies get pushed on the back foot on the opening day of the first Test match in Perth. Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja combined a 142-run stand on Wednesday to put Australia on track for a grand total in the opening Test against the West Indies at Perth Stadium.
The hosts went up to 162-2 at the tea after captain Pat Cummins’ decision to bat in the hot and dry weather. After taking the early wicket of David Warner for five, the West Indies had to toil for hours in the heat for another load, as the patient Khawaja compiled 65 off 149 balls before edging out Kyle Myers to wicket-keeper Joshua da Silva.
Labuschagne at 81 was unbeaten and Steve Smith fired four first-half goals as the West Indies’ target was Australia’s first win for 25 years. Labushagne and Khawaja came together after Warner fell to young peacemaker Jayden Sales, barely missing a foot.
They had to work hard for runs against economical bowling in the opening session of the first Test between the two sides for nearly seven years, reaching 72-1 at lunch.
But they accelerated the run rate after the break with Labuschagne bringing up his fourteenth half-century in his 29th Test with three from Jason Holder.
He was soon followed by the faultless Khawaja, who has been rock at the top of the order this year, cracking spinner Roston Chase for four and then a single to reach his half-century of 18th in his 52nd Test.
Khawaja has scored four Test centuries and reached the 90s twice in the last 12 months, with more glory to come.
But he was undone by a sweet delivery from Myers that clipped the outside edge of his racket and it was easy for Da Silva.
The visitors wore black armbands to mourn former West Indies wicket-keeper David Murray, who died last week, and kept Warner and Khawaja in check in the opening matches.