Little reward for WI before tea
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – A session that promised much, delivered little reward for West Indies and Australia staged a fight-back in the first Digicel Test on Monday.
Buoyed by an early scalp after lunch for Kemar Roach, Windies hit a brick wall, when Mike Hussey joined his captain Michael Clarke, carrying Australia to 200 for four, replying to the hosts’ first innings total of 449 for nine declared, at tea on the third day at Kensington Oval.
Roach had Shane Watson caught behind for 39, driving loosely at the second delivery after lunch, which moved away outside the off-stump, leaving Australia 133 for four.
But West Indies failed to take another wicket, as Hussey, not out on 67, and Clarke, unbeaten on 25, carried the fight for the visitors, putting on 67 – unbroken – for the fifth wicket.
A flighted delivery from Narsingh Deonarine was driven through mid-off by Clarke for his third boundary, carrying him to his 50 from 121 balls in the last half-hour before the break.
Before lunch, three wickets – two to Darren Sammy – kept West Indies in control, after Australia continued from their overnight total of 44 without loss.
Sammy removed openers Ed Cowan for 14 and David Warner for 42 before Ricky Ponting was run out for four, as Australia reached 133 for three at lunch.
West Indies however, met defiance from Watson and Clarke in just over 1 ¼ hours before the interval, the pair adding 49 for the fourth wicket.
Sammy had grabbed an early breakthrough, when Cowan playing defensively forward, edged, and was caught behind for 14 in the third full over of the day. This followed an opening stand of 50 with Warner.
West Indies had an unsuccessful referral for an lbw, when Watson, on five, offered no stroke to a delivery that cut back sharply from outside the off-stump.
Hawkeye suggested the ball did not do enough to force umpire Ian Gould to change his original not-out verdict.
Typically bowling deadly accurate, Sammy struck eight overs later, when Warner playing defensively forward, thrust his bat hard at a delivery going across him, edged, and was caught at second slip for 42, leaving Australia 65 for two.
West Indies got a bonus, when Ponting was run out for four, failing to beat a throw from Kraigg Brathwaite at backward square leg to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, following a mix-up with Watson going for a single.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was a bit expensive initially, but he gradually grew in confidence, and appeared to have Clarke caught behind for 21 in the final half-hour before lunch. But the Australia captain successfully reviewed umpire Tony Hill’s decision.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 449
(S. Chanderpaul 103; D. Warner 2-45)
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
(overnight 44 without loss)
E. Cowan c wkpr Baugh b *Sammy 14
D. Warner c Bravo b *Sammy 42
S. Watson c wkpr Baugh b Roach 39
R. Ponting run out (Brathwaite/+Baugh) 4
*M. Clarke not out 67
M. Hussey not out 25
Extras (lb7, nb2) 9
TOTAL (4 wkts) 200
+M. Wade, P. Siddle, R. Harris, B. Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (Cowan), 2-65 (Warner), 3-84 (Ponting), 4-133 (Watson)
Bowling: Edwards 15-2-41-0 (nb1); Roach 17-2-56-0; Bishoo 17-2-50-0 (nb1); *Sammy 15-5-33-2; Deonarine 6-1-13-0
Position: Australia trail by 249 runs with six first innings wickets standing
Umpires: I. Gould (England), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (Barbados/West Indies)