Roach wobbles Aussies early
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – An opening burst from Kemar Roach put Australia on the back-foot after they gained a 54-run, first innings lead over West Indies in the second Digicel Test on Wednesday.
Roach snared the scalps of opener David Warner and all-rounder Shane Watson, as Australia reached 40 for two in their second innings when rain brought lunch 45 minutes earlier than scheduled on the penultimate day at the Queen’s Park Oval.
This came after Australia needed just four balls to dismiss West Indies for 257, replying to the visitors’ first innings total of 311.
Roach’s intervention lifted West Indian heads, after West Indies captain Darren Sammy dropped Ed Cowan on zero at slip, after the left-handed opener fended away a short, rapidly rising delivery from Fidel Edwards in the fifth over of the innings.
Roach made the breakthrough in his very first over, when he had Warner caught at first slip for 17, playing defensively forward to a delivery moving away from him.
Three deliveries later, Roach bowled Shane Watson for a duck with a perfectly-pitched delivery which moved back, slipped between the bat and pad, and sent the off-stump cart-wheeling in spectacular fashion, leaving Australia 26 for two.
Roach has so far taken two wickets for 10 runs from five overs.
Next over, Shillingford created another chance, when Ricky Ponting, on three, was dropped at forward short leg by Adrian Barath playing defensively forward.
Earlier, West Indies innings came to a close, when Carlton Baugh Jr was adjudged lbw to left-arm spinner Michael Beer for 21, when he swept at a well-directed delivery.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-match series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test, which ended last Wednesday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The third and final Digicel Test starts next Monday at Windsor Park in Dominica.
West Indies are seeking their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years, and first series victory in close to two decades.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings 311
(M. Hussey 73; K. Roach 5-105)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 252 for nine)
A. Barath lbw b Beer 7
K. Brathwaite lbw b Hilfenhaus 0
K. Powell lbw b Pattinson 19
D.M. Bravo lbw b Hussey 38
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Lyon 94
N. Deonarine st Wade b Lyon 55
+C. Baugh Jr lbw b Beer 21
*D. Sammy c Hussey b Lyon 1
S. Shillingford c Cowan b Lyon 4
K. Roach c wkpr Wade b Lyon 0
F. Edwards not out 0
Extras (b3, lb6, w1, nb8) 18
TOTAL (all out) 257
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Brathwaite), 2-26 (Brathwaite), 3-38 (Powell), 4-100 (Bravo), 5-230 (Deonarine), 6-231 (Chanderpaul), 7-237 (*Sammy), 8-241 (Shillingford), 9-249 (Roach)
Bowling: Beer 25.4-9-56-2; Hilfenhaus 16-4-39-1; Lyon 29-9-68-5; Pattinson 11-2-40-1 (nb8); Hussey 6-1-19-1 (w1); Watson 12-5-14-0; Warner 3-1-9-0; *Clarke 2-0-3-0
AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings
E. Cowan not out 14
D. Warner c Bravo b Roach 17
S. Watson b Roach 0
R. Ponting not out 8
Extras (nb1) 1
TOTAL (2 wkts) 40
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Warner), 2-26 (Watson)
Bowling: Edwards 5-2-13-0 (nb1); Shillingford 10-2-17-0; Roach 5-1-10-2
Position: Australia lead by 94 runs with eight second innings wickets standing
Umpires: M. Erasmus (South Africa), I. Gould (England)
TV umpire: A. Hill (New Zealand)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: J. Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)