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Cricket | International

Australia fight but Windies in command



West Indies held the upper hand at the end of the third day of the first test in Bridgetown on Monday as they reduced Australia to 248 for 5, still trailing by 201 runs.

Only a solid 73 by captain Michael Clarke and a typically stubborn unbeaten 47 by veteran Mike Hussey at least all but ensured that the Aussies would avoid the follow-on.

The day started well for the home side and, in particular, for their captain Darren Sammy.

Following his positive batting display on Sunday, he brought himself on to open the bowling.

Having added only one run to his overnight score of 13, Ed Cowan was drawn into a shot to a ball just outside off stump and edged through to the keeper.

Shane Watson, batting for the first time in a test at number three, was fortunate to survive twice when he had scored five.

He left a Sammy delivery alone that came back and hit his pad outside off stump but the DRS result went in favour of the batsman, but only just.

Next over Kemar Roach also appealed for an lbw decision that was turned down but replays showed that, on appeal, Watson would have been on his way.

Sammy's persevering line just outside off stump worked again when David Warner, having scored 42 off 55 balls, played at a ball without much foot movement and Darren Bravo took the catch at second slip.

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After the early scares Watson had settled but when he turned a Fidel Edwards delivery to fine leg he was looking for a second run which would have been tight.

After running the first Ricky Ponting hadn't moved as Kraigg Brathwaite pounced on the ball and threw in one movement.

There was so much confusion between the two batsmen that Ponting was given out without a referral being necessary.

Devendra Bishoo's leg breaks were causing few problems but in the 36th over one stayed low and when Clarke, on 21, cut at the ball the West Indies went up for a catch behind.

Umpire Tony Hill gave it out but Clarke immediately called for the DRS.

There was quite a bit of surprise when TV Umpire Marais Erasmus over-turned the on-field decision as there didn't appear to be conclusive evidence in favour of Clarke.

The second ball after lunch, Watson played a loose drive at a Roach delivery outside off stump and got a thick edge through to Carlton Baugh.

The dismissal put the West Indies firmly in charge with Australia 133-4.

The West Indies knew how important Clarke's wicket would be and when Kemar Roach struck his pad when he'd scored 31 they were quick to use the review system.

It was a poor move as the ball was clearly missing the stumps and the home side had used both of their reviews. Hussey was playing the perfect support role for Clarke.

Although batting wasn't easy there were no major causes for concern although a bump ball through to keeper Baugh was referred by the umpires to verify that it wasn't a catch after the West Indies had appealed.

By the time tea came Clarke and Hussey had batted through virtually the whole session and their unbeaten 67 run partnership for the fifth wicket was pulling Australia clear of a precarious situation.

West Indies mainly used the spin of Devendra Bishoo and Narsingh Deonarine and they combined to take the all important wicket of the Australian captain.

Clarke suddenly came down the wicket to Bishoo and he continued to go through with a shot in the air to long on despite not quite getting to the pitch of the ball - Deonarine came in off the boundary and caught the ball against his chest.


Report Day 1
Report Day 2


WEST INDIES: AB Barath, KC Brathwaite, KA Edwards, DM Bravo, S Chanderpaul, N Deonarine, DJG Sammy (capt), CS Baugh (wk), D Bishoo, FH Edwards, KAJ Roach

AUSTRALIA: EJM Cowan, DA Warner, SR Watson, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke (capt), MEK Hussey, MS Wade (wk), PM Siddle, RJ Harris, BW Hilfenhaus, NM Lyon

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