WI force Aussies to rebuild
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies grabbed two wickets in the morning session to keep Australia in check in the crucial second Digicel Test on Sunday here.
At the interval, Australia, choosing to bat, were 74 for two with vice-captain Shane Watson not out on 10 and former captain Ricky Ponting not out on five.
Left-handed openers Ed Cowan and David Warner survived a testing opening burst from the West Indies new-ball attack of Fidel Edwards and Kemar Roach to put on 53 for the first wicket.
Warner hit a breezy 29 from 42 balls with four fours, while Cowan, quick on the pull, but suspect on the front foot, got 28 off 74 balls with five boundaries.
On a pitch offering precious little assistance to the faster bowlers, the new ball pair of Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards bowled impressively to beat the bat on several occasions.
Warner appeared to be caught behind for four off the sixth ball of the innings from Edwards, but captain Darren Sammy quickly withdrew the appeal, indicating the ball had not carried to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr.
TV replays showed however, that the ball had brushed the pad – and not the bat – on the way through and there was a strong case for an lbw verdict.
Both batsmen rode their luck before off-spinner Shane Shillingford, playing his first Test in nearly two years, got the breakthrough with the fifth ball of his first over, when he had Warner caught at slip, driving at a delivery that turned fractionally.
Cowan’s labour ended 14 minutes before lunch, when he played across a delivery from Roach that straightened and was adjudged lbw.
Both sides made two changes.
For the Windies, Kieran Powell and Shillingford replaced new vice-captain Kirk Edwards, who has been sidelined with an injury to the back of his knee, and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
For Australia, James Pattinson and Michael Beer have been brought in for Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris.
The hosts 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.
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
D. Warner c *Sammy b Shillingford 29
E. Cowan lbw b Roach 28
S. Watson not out 6
R. Ponting not out 5
Extras (lb2) 2
TOTAL (2 wkts) 74
*M. Clarke, M. Hussey, +M. Wade, J. Pattinson, B. Hilfenhaus, N. Lyon, M. Beer to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-53 (Warner), 2-65 (Cowan)
Bowling: F. Edwards 6-2-21-0; Roach 7-2-35-1; *Sammy 8-3-12-0; Shillingford 6-3-4-1
WEST INDIES: A. Barath, K. Brathwaite, K. Powell, D.M. Bravo, S. Chanderpaul, N. Deonarine, +C. Baugh Jr, *D. Sammy (captain), S. Shillingford, K. Roach, F. Edwards
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)