Shillingford, Wade share spotlight
ROSEAU, Dominica – Shane Shillingford finished with his best bowling figures in Tests, but a blistering Australia counter-attack led by Matthew Wade’s maiden Test hundred tilted the balance of power in the third and final Digicel Test on Tuesday.
To the delight of a crowd comprising several fellow Dominicans, Shillingford captured two of the last three Australian wickets – including Wade for 106 – to end with six for 119 from 42.5 overs, as the visitors were dismissed for 328 in their first innings about 10 minutes before lunch on the second day at Windsor Park.
His intervention came following a feisty innings from the compact Wade, whose knock included 10 fours and three sixes from 146 balls in just over 3 ¼ hours, that beefed up Australia’s total, after they continued from their overnight total of 212 for seven.
A full length delivery outside the off-stump from Roach was stroked through cover for the last of his fours to carry Wade to his milestone from 143 balls before Shillingford had him caught at deep mid-wicket trying to smack another six.
Shillingford quickly brought the innings to a close just two deliveries later, when he bowled Ben Hilfenhaus for 19.
West Indies had a chance to remove Wade in the first half-hour, but Roach dropped a hot return chance, when he mistimed a pull on 22.
But West Indies did not have to wait long for an early breakthrough to come, as an absent-minded Mitchell Starc was run out for 35, when he sauntered into the striker’s end going for a third run with Wade, failing to beat Kraigg Brathwaite’s throw from long-off following a nifty diving save. The Aussies pair added 59 for the eighth wicket.
West Indies then endured another wobbly period, when Wade took charge, dominating a 102-run, ninth-wicket stand with Hilfenhaus that frustrated the hosts.
Shillingford however, ensured the celebrations were short-lived, wrapping things up swiftly.
West Indies trail 0-1 in the series, following a three-wicket defeat in the first Digicel Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and a draw in the second Digicel Test at Queen’s Park Oval, which meant that Australia would retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, symbol of supremacy between the two sides.
West Indies are still in the hunt for their first Test win over the Aussies in nine years.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
E. Cowan lbw b Rampaul 1
D. Warner c Powell b Shillingford 50
S. Watson c Deonarine b *Sammy 41
R. Ponting c Sammy b Shillinford 23
*M. Clarke c Barath b Shillingford 24
Hussey c *Sammy b Shillingford 10
+M. Wade c Bravo b Shillingford 106
R. Harris c wkpr Baugh b Roach 4
M. Starc run out (Brathwaite) 35
B. Hilfenhaus b Shillingford 19
N. Lyon not out 0
Extras (b4, lb6, w3, nb2) 15
TOTAL (all out) 328
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cowan), 2-84 (Watson), 3-105 (Warner), 4-142 (Ponting), 5-157 (*Clarke), 6-146 (Hussey), 7-169 (Harris), 8-226 (Starc), 9-328 (+Wade)
Bowling: Roach 23-5-72-1 (nb2); Rampaul 24-6-65-1 (w1); *Sammy 21-7-48-1; Shillingford 42.5-9-119-6; Doenarine 4-0-14-0
WEST INDIES: A. Barath, K. Brathwaite, K. Powell, D.M. Bravo, S. Chanderpaul, N. Deonarine, +C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy, S. Shillingford, K. Roach, F. Edwards
Umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: P. Nero (Trinidad & Tobago/West Indies)