WI fail to make waves after Rampaul strike
ROSEAU, Dominica – Ravi Rampaul made an immediate impact on his return, but West Indies failed to make early inroads into Australia’s batting before lunch in the third and final Digicel Test on Monday.
Rampaul removed Ed Cowan in the second over of the morning, but David Warner, not out on 28, and Shane Watson, not out on 30, carried Australia to 69 for one in their first innings at the interval on the opening day at Windsor Park.
West Indies might have taken a firmer grip had their captain Darren Sammy not spilled a catch at third slip off Rampaul, when Warner, on five, edged a loose drive at a delivery outside the off-stump.
Rampaul gave West Indies an early breakthrough after Australia chose to bat, when Ed Cowan offered no stroke to a delivery that straightened and was adjudged lbw for one in the second over.
West Indies continued to bowl with acute discipline, but Watson joined Warner and they put up a roadblock, putting on 68 – unbroken – for the second wicket.
For West Indies, Rampaul came in to play his first match of the series, replacing fellow fast bowler Fidel Edwards, whose stiff back put him on the sidelines.
For Australia, Ryan Harris and left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc replaced left-arm spinner Michael Beer and fast bowler James Pattinson, who has returned home to seek treatment on a stiff back.
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 not out 28
S. Watson not out 30
Extras (b4, lb5, w1) 10
TOTAL (1 wkt) 69
R. Ponting, *M. Clarke, M. Hussey, +M. Wade, R. Harris, B. Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon, M. Starc to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cowan)
Bowling: Roach 9-4-16-0; Rampaul 9-4-22-1 (w1); *Sammy 6-3-10-0; Shillingford 4-0-12-0
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)