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Record stand finally ends in Hobart

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A record fourth-wicket stand by Australia’s Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh has finally ended in the first Test against the West Indies in Hobart on Friday.

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Their remarkable partnership concluded on 449 runs after Marsh was caught slogging left arm spinner Jomel Warrican for 182.

Australia declared at lunch at 4-583, with Voges not out on 258.

They overtook the fourth-wicket Test record of 437 by Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene (240) and Thilan Samaraweera (231) against Pakistan at Karachi in the 2008-09 season.

They came within a whisker of setting Australia’s biggest Test stand – a landmark 451-run second wicket partnership by Bill Ponsford and Don Bradman against England at The Oval in 1934.

The pair came together at lunch on day one with Australia at 3-121.

They have set a new record for biggest Test stand by Australia in Australia, eclipsing the 405-run fifth wicket partnership by Sid Barnes and Don Bradman against England in Sydney in 1946.

Voges and Marsh also own the record for highest fourth-wicket stand by Australia in Tests.

They overtook the 388 mark set by Bill Ponsford (181) and Don Bradman (304) against England at Leeds way back in 1934.

The pair have also set a new fourth-wicket record by Australia against the West Indies in Tests.

They easily overtook the 336 stand by Bill Lawry (151) and Doug Walters (242) set at Sydney in 1969.

Voges’s maiden double century has also ensured he has set the highest score in a Hobart Test, overtaking Ricky Ponting’s 209 against Pakistan in 2010.

– AAP

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