West Indies in Australia ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Australia v West Indies

Australia won by 54 runs

Right, Roach to start, two slips in place...

Mick: "Michael Slater just said he'd like to see Warner open with Maxwell one day. I'd pay big money for that." I would pay a lot to see Maxwell open with Djokovic.


10.50 am: West Indies have won the toss and they will field first. Darren Sammy has decided to field an unchanged XI for today's game. Could they do what Australia did to them two days back? Australia are also going with the same team.

Pavan: "The best thing about Aus batting first is that crowd atleast will have atleast 75 overs of play unlike the first match."

Ashwin Rishinaramangalam: "@ Pavan.. I think Australia getting all out for 70 was not last century. Lets hope for a good game"

"West indies all the way ! They are far superior than any other team around !" says FeroodSultan... And now that they have beefed up the bowling with the inclusion of the tall Jason Holder, I think they are just unbeatable in any format, right Ferood?

Tim: "Ferood must have been born yesterday, cos 2 days ago Mitch Starc happened."

felixon: "i wish roach could do the same what starc did in last match,he definitely can"

Rob Noah: "See, this is what happens when you introduce such an insubstantial, instantly-forgettable, insubstantial format as 20-20 to the glorious game of cricket: extremely low scores, endless cow-shots and tennis strokes a la Maxwell the other night, dwindling crowds, and desperation in trying to keep the game valid with - heaven forbid - back-to-back Ashes series."

Julius: "I still don't understand why they didn'b bowl first in the first game....Darren knows that they tend to do better chasing totals....smh....I wish them luck today though....Gayle all the way!!!"

David: "Pity WI aren't batting first. I have a spare half an hour this afternoon, and watching an entire ODI would have filled the gap nicely."

Brad: "Interesting if Australia can follow up their bowling with an emphatic statement in their batting, the area we truly need to see the most improvement in. Sure the bowling can be inconsistent but when the batting is bad its awful. Feel like Australia is becoming a copy of Pakistan. Exciting young fast bowlers with outstanding batsmen that sometimes forget to turn up"


Is it the season of low scores? Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Pakistan have all been bowled out less than 100 in Tests/ODIs. Wonder which one is more exciting - a high-scoring one-sided match or a low-scoring one? I probably will take bowler's fun day over batsmen's on most occasions. Fast-bowling seems to have a bit of je ne sais quoi about it. I won't mind seeing another spell like Starc's or Steyn's today at Perth, but let's hope there is better contest this time. Welcome to our coverage of the second ODI. A hot and fast Perth awaits the West Indies team again...

0.1

Roach to Finch, no run, full delivery on the middle first up, driven down to mid-on

0.2

Roach to Finch, no run, short of length angling in from wide off the crease, Finch leaves it alone

0.3

Roach to Finch, no run, another one from wide off the crease, slightly fuller and Finch comes forward to drive it to cover

socafighter: "Come on West Indies Kangaroos hopping today ...."

0.4

Roach to Finch, 1 run, fuller delivery on the middle stump, pushed towards mid-on and the two take off immediately. The throw hits Finch and ricochets almost all the way to the ropes

0.5

Roach to Khawaja, no run, comes forward to the full delivery and defends towards mid-off

0.6

Roach to Khawaja, no run, 143 ks, fuller length on off stump, Khawaja comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
UT Khawaja    0* (2b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-1-0
AJ Finch    1* (4b)     

Jason Holder comes in now. All 6'7" of him..

1.1

Holder to Finch, 1 wide, short and very wide, loose start from Holder

1.1

Holder to Finch, no run, another short delivery, but this is outside off stump and Finch goes for the pull, good stop at square leg

1.2

Holder to Finch, 1 leg bye, length ball on the pads, he tries to flick it but misses, gets hit on the pads and the ball rolls down to fine leg

1.3

Holder to Khawaja, no run, length ball on off and middle, Uzzie stays in the crease and defends it towards the leg side

1.4

Holder to Khawaja, no run, edged, and just drops short of the fielder at second slip. It was bowled on a length outside off and Uzzie didn't really go forward to that. Lucky there

1.5

Holder to Khawaja, 1 run, wristy flick through the leg side, but fine leg cuts it off. It went very close to the left of him. Would have been a certain boundary had it been hit a meter away from the fielder

1.6

Holder to Finch, FOUR, now he dishes a short and wide delivery and Finch stays on the back foot, cuts it through point with just timing

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Finch    5* (7b 1x4)      JO Holder    1-0-6-0
UT Khawaja    1* (5b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-1-0

2.1

Roach to Khawaja, no run, fuller ball wide outside off, left alone by the batsman

2.2

Roach to Khawaja, 1 run, he goes for the drive off a fuller delivery outside off, slices it towards point. The fielder doesn't stop it cleanly and it allows a single

2.3

Roach to Finch, FOUR, full and on the pads, Finch gets good placement with his flick, it runs down to the deep backward square leg boundary with ease

2.4

Roach to Finch, no run, pulls the length back a bit, it is still on a length, defended off the front foot

2.5

Roach to Finch, 2 runs, back of length outside off, Finch cuts even though there is not much room, places it past point and third-man has to come around and field

2.6

Roach to Finch, no run, fuller delivery on off and middle, angling in, driven to wide mid-on

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 15/0 (RR: 5.00)
AJ Finch    11* (11b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    2-0-8-0
UT Khawaja    2* (7b)      JO Holder    1-0-6-0

3.1

Holder to Khawaja, no run, a short of length ball on off, angling across the left-hander, Uzzie goes for the pull, but the extra bounce takes it past the outside edge

3.2

Holder to Khawaja, no run, fuller length delivery, the batsman comes forward and defends towards leg side

3.3

Holder to Khawaja, no run, fuller length on off stump, Uzzie comes forward and defends it towards the off side

3.4

Holder to Khawaja, no run, length ball on off stump, pushed towards short midwicket off the front foot

3.5

Holder to Khawaja, 1 run, short of length, but it's on the pads, Uzzie Khawaja hops and tucks it down to fine leg

3.6

Holder to Finch, no run, length ball angling in, Finch comes forward and pushes it to square leg

End of over 4 (1 run) Australia 16/0 (RR: 4.00)
AJ Finch    11* (12b 2x4)      JO Holder    2-0-7-0
UT Khawaja    3* (12b)      KAJ Roach    2-0-8-0

4.1

Roach to Khawaja, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman drives it on the up but straight to extra cover

4.2

Roach to Khawaja, OUT, caught at square leg! Oh wow! That is a double-handed ripper. It was a length ball on the middle stump and Khawaja went for a flick, he timed it really well and I thought it was heading towards the boundary, but Powell at square-leg dives full length to his right, catches the ball while in air and cuts off Uzzie's innings.

UT Khawaja c Powell b Roach 3 (16m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Phillip Hughes walks in.

4.3

Roach to Hughes, no run, he is greeted with a quick bouncer which sails over his head

4.4

Roach to Hughes, no run, short of length delivery, angling across the batsman, left alone

nuka: "wow...am i really seeing west indies fielding..that was an un west indies effort to get rid of khwaja" They have always been an awesome fielding unit, no?

4.5

Roach to Hughes, no run, 145 ks, fuller length delivery outside off nearly takes the edge, Hughes was playing the drive but that went very close to the edge

4.6

Roach to Hughes, FOUR, this time he gets and edge, but it trickles down to third-man boundary. Hughes was squared up in his defence by that short of length delivery on off stump

End of over 5 (4 runs) Australia 20/1 (RR: 4.00)
PJ Hughes    4* (4b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-12-1
AJ Finch    11* (12b 2x4)      JO Holder    2-0-7-0

5.1

Holder to Finch, no run, length ball, but very wide, Finch think about going after it, but leaves it alone

5.2

Holder to Finch, no run, length ball on the pads, Finch turns it towards midwicket but it goes straight to the fielder

5.3

Holder to Finch, no run, fuller length just outside off, Finch comes forward but leaves it at the last moment

Austen: "Shame about Khawaja.. he's a really good batsman but he's failing to take his opportunities at international level."

5.4

Holder to Finch, no run, short of length wide of off, wobbles a bit in the air too, left alone again

Sambo P: "Can someone please tell me why Uzzie is opening? He isnt an opening batsman, are the selectors trying to destroy his career on purpose?"

5.5

Holder to Finch, no run, short of length outside off, but instead of going for a cut he goes for the straight pull, finds the fielder at mid-on

5.6

Holder to Finch, 1 wide, full and wide outswinger, it swings past the wide marker

5.6

Holder to Finch, no run, whoah! that was cut with some ferocity and Finch lets out a grunt as he hits it straight to the fielder at cover point

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 21/1 (RR: 3.50)
AJ Finch    11* (18b 2x4)      JO Holder    3-0-8-0
PJ Hughes    4* (4b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-0-12-1

Jules: "Let's hope Khawaja's place in the test team for India isn't called into question by somewhat unlucky dismissals batting out of position in his less-preferred (ODI) format under very different (Australian) conditions."

6.1

Roach to Hughes, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, Hughes shuffles across and has to get up on his toes to defend that one

6.2

Roach to Hughes, no run, fuller delivery outside off, going away with the angle, Hughes comes forward and leaves it alone

6.3

Roach to Hughes, 3 runs, too full, and it comes quickly towards the batsman, Hughes jams his bat down and finds the gap at cover. It doesn't go all the way and they run back for three

6.4

Roach to Finch, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman hops and defends it back down the pitch

hugh: "Pity Maxwell failed so badly last time he opened that they couldn't trust him with the job again."

6.5

Roach to Finch, 1 leg bye, 147 ks, length ball on the pads, too quick for the batsman as he goes for the flick, but gets hit on the pads

6.6

Roach to Hughes, no run, 146, short of length delivery on off, Hughes is pushed right back and he has to jump on his toes to defend that

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 25/1 (RR: 3.57)
PJ Hughes    7* (8b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-0-15-1
AJ Finch    11* (20b 2x4)      JO Holder    3-0-8-0

John: "Holder's not that quick yet (average 132kph) but he's only just turned 21 and tall guys take longer to get up to full strength. In a couple of years he'll be bowling ar 140+ and then he'll be a handful."

Jason: "@Austen. How is he failing to take advantage of his opportunities? He's barely been given any opportunities. In his three ODIs he's been run out once, not out and the victim of a brilliant catch. He was also dropped unfairly at Test level. He needs to be given an extended run in the team instead of just a match here and there."

7.1

Holder to Finch, no run, short of length outside off, Finch cuts it straight to point

7.2

Holder to Finch, OUT, caught at cover! One handed! Another catch plucked from nowhere. Finch went back to the short of length delivery outside off and smashed it, reallly smashed it. The only thing was that he hit in the air, and Bravo pulls off a super reflex catch. he went with two hands, but only could get a hand on it as it went too quick to him

AJ Finch c DM Bravo b Holder 11 (29m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Captain Clarke in early

Ronnie: "@Sambo P....Khawaja doesnt need the selectors to fail, he's doing it all by himself."

7.3

Holder to Clarke, no run, short of length outside off, left alone

7.4

Holder to Clarke, no run, slightly fuller and in the channel outside off, left alone

bobby: "i don't see why the aussie commentators talk so much about finch..he really isn't all that"

7.5

Holder to Clarke, no run, angles in from wide off the crease, it is short of length on off stump but Clarke leaves it on the bounce

hugh: "Also a pity that Finch hasn't worked out that the idea is to place the shot wide of the fielders not straight at them."

7.6

Holder to Clarke, no run, fuller length a touch wide of off, Clarke comes forward and shoulders arms

Drew: "I must be the only one who thinks the Khawaja experiment has been going on for too long and short be permanently rejected. I've seen most of his innings (inc in SA) and have seen him fail every time - I can't remember him making 61... whether I didn't see it or perhaps just don't believe it happened..."

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Australia 25/2 (RR: 3.12)
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      JO Holder    4-1-8-1
PJ Hughes    7* (8b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-0-15-1

8.1

Roach to Hughes, no run, quick short ball, Hughes has enough time to duck under

Ronnie: "@Jason. Khawaja was not dropped unfairly. He did'nt perform...he was dropped. Simple"

8.2

Roach to Hughes, no run, length ball on off stump, Hughes comes forward and defends it down the pitch

Archit: "If anyone is"failing to take his opportunities at international level," its Aaron Finch."

8.3

Roach to Hughes, 1 run, short of length outside off, Hughes goes back to cut, but gets an outside edge past gully. Holder at third-man makes a full-length diving stop

8.4

Roach to Clarke, no run, 145 ks, short of length on off stump, Clarke gets up on his toes and defends to the off side

8.5

Roach to Clarke, FOUR, comes forward to place the ball in the gap at cover as soon as he sees the fuller length

Phil: "Khawaja is an outstanding long form talent, but limited-overs batting - either 50 or 20 over format - does not come naturally to him. He should be left out of the national one-day side for now in order to prepare for the coming tours of India and England by playing first-class cricket for Queensland."

8.6

Roach to Clarke, no run, short of length outside off, bounces a touch extra and Clarke sways away from it

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 30/2 (RR: 3.33)
MJ Clarke    4* (7b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    5-0-20-1
PJ Hughes    8* (11b 1x4)      JO Holder    4-1-8-1

Round the wicket he comes.

Jez: "@Drew: He was excellent in that innings. Positive from the 3rd ball (beautiful cover drive for 4). Think he plays better when he is being more positive (In Tas recently). Circumspect Khawaja gets out."

Anish: "Its funny how people want to drop Khwaja and Finch with only 8 games at the international level. Seems a bit premature."

9.1

Holder to Hughes, 1 wide, bowls it full and wide of off, called a wide

A gully in place too

9.1

Holder to Hughes, no run, keeps it on a length wide of off, no problems for Hughes in letting that one go

9.2

Holder to Hughes, no run, short of length delivery beats the outside edge. Hughes stays in the crease as he tries to defend that and doesn't cover the line of the ball

9.3

Holder to Hughes, no run, this time he leaves it alone as it is still wide of off stump

sree: "Wow ! so much vitriol.... Guys , this is Khawaja's third ODI and he was out to a great catch. Judgement being passed too soon. Also he's played in 3 different positions in those 3 games"

9.4

Holder to Hughes, 2 runs, back of length on off stump, he goes back and punches it through cover point for a couple

9.5

Holder to Hughes, SIX, oh wooow! Super timing and it made a good sound as well. It was just short of length and he quickly went for the pull, it goes flat and over the square leg boundary

9.6

Holder to Hughes, no run, leaves the length ball wide outside off without much problem

End of over 10 (9 runs) Australia 39/2 (RR: 3.90)
PJ Hughes    16* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JO Holder    5-1-17-1
MJ Clarke    4* (7b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    5-0-20-1

Sammy into the attack now.

John: "I'm with Anish, young players have to be given a decent run to see whether they can cut it- particularly as, let's face it, Australia isn't exactly brimming over with good young batsmen."

Jimmy: "Australia arent in a position to discard players after a couple of low scores. This series is a perfect opportunity to blood young players while our test players play warm up games in India preparing for a much more important series. I'd tell Finch he is certain to play next 3 games which should settle his nerves."

10.1

Sammy to Clarke, no run, 120 ks, gentle length delivery on off stump to start off, pushed to cover off the back foot

10.2

Sammy to Clarke, FOUR, bit of width outside off and Clarke places it beautifully through cover point, no power only timing in that one, it just races to the boundary

James: "Khawaja is one of the very few decent batsmen we have. Who do you suggest replaces him?"

10.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, fuller length outside off, Clarke comes comfortably forward and drives it on the up to mid-off

10.4

Sammy to Clarke, no run, keeps it on a length wide of off, the batsman has to stretch out to defend that

10.5

Sammy to Clarke, no run, and he keeps it there, wide of off, Clarke comes forward and lets it go

TheGenuineTailender: "What's all this talk that one day cricket is unnatural to Khawaja. He averages in the high 30s in List A cricket and is a natural stroke player."

10.6

Sammy to Clarke, FOUR, oh nice! He comes forward, and with Sammy's pace, he has enough time to place that drive to the right of the widish mid-off fielder, beautifully driven

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 47/2 (RR: 4.27)
MJ Clarke    12* (13b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-8-0
PJ Hughes    16* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JO Holder    5-1-17-1

Dwayne Bravo in the next man in. Round the wicket he comes

11.1

DJ Bravo to Hughes, 1 run, he floats it wide and full outside off, it would have been a wide, but Hughes throws his bat at it and it goes in the air through cover point down to the fielder in the deep

hugh: "top batsman usually ensure the ball hits the ground soon after leaving the bat. for some reason that makes it harder to catch."

11.2

DJ Bravo to Clarke, no run, 126ks, length ball outside off, angling in from wide off the crease, left alone

11.3

DJ Bravo to Clarke, no run, he bowls a yorker on off stump, punched towards mid-on

Andrew Schulz: "Obviously both Khawaja and Finch will be gone when Warner and Watson are available. Those who are defending them have little to stand on . It is not just that Khawaja failed, but what he did while he was out there: leaving a full toss outside off stump, turning a certain 2 into a 1, and then keeping Finch from the strike when he was on fire. Absolutely unacceptable."

11.4

DJ Bravo to Clarke, no run, length ball on off stump, Clarke comes forward and lets it go

11.5

DJ Bravo to Clarke, no run, length ball wide of off, Clarke comes forward and drives it away from the body, straight to point

Kiran: "I see that many people are passing judegements on Khawaja after 3 innings (of which 1 is not out). Wonder what they would say about Rohit Sharma who is still "promising" after 90 matches. Strange world this.."

11.6

DJ Bravo to Clarke, FOUR, gets a full delivery outside off and he drives it handsomely through extra cover, that races along on the turf, the fielder at deep cover had no chance

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 52/2 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Clarke    16* (18b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0
PJ Hughes    17* (18b 1x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-8-0

Sakthi: "" Selectors these days should draw inspiration from the case of Marvan Atapattu. He started his odi career with three consecutive ducks but selectors kept faith in him and he went on to become one of sri lanka's greats""

12.1

Sammy to Hughes, FOUR, more driving through the off side, this time it is Hughes who plays a mirror image shot of what Clarke played previous ball, beats the man at deep cover easily

12.2

Sammy to Hughes, no run, back of length on off stump, defended toward the off side off the back foot

12.3

Sammy to Hughes, no run, length ball on off stump, he comes forward and defends it towards cover

12.4

Sammy to Hughes, OUT, caught at midwicket! Oh no! There goes another one to a shot he would have thought was going towards the boundary. It was a hit-me delivery, short of length on the body, and Hughes goes for a pull. He had all the time at Sammy's pace, but he neither places it on the ground, or high up in the air, hits it straight to Darren Bravo at midwicket.

PJ Hughes c DM Bravo b Sammy 21 (37m 22b 2x4 1x6) SR: 95.45

How many of them are going to give their wickets away today!!

12.5

Sammy to Bailey, no run, length ball wide outside off, Clarke comes forward and lets it go

12.6

Sammy to Bailey, no run, length ball a touch outside off, left alone easily

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 56/3 (RR: 4.30)
GJ Bailey    0* (2b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-12-1
MJ Clarke    16* (18b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-5-0

Dave Gandy: "Geez, easy on all these negative comments ref Khawaja and finch. It takes time for these players to understand and feel comfortable at this level. we have to high expectations ref cricketers who are living their dream"

13.1

DJ Bravo to Clarke, OUT, Timber!!!! full delivery on the middle stump, a bit quicker from Bravo and Clarke looks to flick it through the leg side, but misses the ball completely and hears the clatter of the stumps behind him. That is a huge huge wicket.

MJ Clarke b DJ Bravo 16 (28m 19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

It's Four down! Geez, I wasn't really looking at the score...

Wade comes in. Two slips waiting

bernie: "Every time a wicket falls, I think...don't worry we still have Hussey! Then I wake up. Those to follow aren't exactly legends"

13.2

DJ Bravo to Wade, FOUR, gets off the mark with a super straight drive. Bravo bowled it full in search of swing which wasn't there, Wade comes forward and drives it all the way down the ground

13.3

DJ Bravo to Wade, no run, full and wide outside off, left alone easily

13.4

DJ Bravo to Wade, no run, length ball on off stump, Wade comes forward and defends it to the off side

hyclass: "@Dave Ganzy...this is the top level representing country and is paid as such. It requires the top attitude. Top preparation. Toughest approach. Best results and highest proof of standards.-not wrapping in cotton wool and singing nursery rhymes."

13.5

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 wide, way down the leg side, exercise for the Umpire

13.5

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Wade comes forward and opens the face to run the ball towards point

Hamza: "i think khwaja must be given chance, if look at the history one of the most talented and out standing batsman of Pakistan Inizamam ul haq was about to be dropped from the team due to his poor performance at the very beginning stage of his career but Imran khan still believed in him and gave him chance and now people miss his bating style. so decision must not be taken on just 4 or 5 matches, give him sometime to settle."

13.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, length ball wide of off stump, the batsman watches it go through to the keeper

End of over 14 (6 runs) Australia 62/4 (RR: 4.42)
GJ Bailey    0* (3b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-1
MS Wade    5* (4b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-12-1

Sunil the Narine into the attack. One slip in place, a short-leg too.

Paul: "So Michael Clarke got out for 16 today. Will it cost his IPL chances?"

14.1

Narine to Wade, no run, quicker on the middle stump line, tucked away towards short fine

14.2

Narine to Wade, no run, flighted on middle and off, the batsman comes forward and defends

Forward short leg has been moved to silly mid-off

14.3

Narine to Wade, no run, flatter delivery, spins a touch, defended off the back foot

14.4

Narine to Wade, 1 run, goes back and punches this one to the cover for a single

ucas: "Looking at the scorecard our lower order batsmen look a better chance of getting runs then the top order, surely starc, maxwell and johnson all have proven this over the summer"

14.5

Narine to Bailey, no run, flat and quick, turns in, turned towards short-leg fielder

14.6

Narine to Bailey, no run, he goes back to turn it to the leg side, but gets and inside edge on to the pads

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 63/4 (RR: 4.20)
GJ Bailey    0* (5b)      SP Narine    1-0-1-0
MS Wade    6* (8b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-11-1

Dave Gandy: "@hyclass. yep said from the comfort of someone who isnt in that position, all legends of the game took time to become the eventual champions of the game. You dont just make it straight away. We expect these guys to be the best straight away."

15.1

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 run, full delivery outside off, Wade comes forward to drive but can't beat the fielder at mid-off

Krish: "So, once again George Bailey comes to the crease when Australia is in trouble. He must score above 100 strike rate and must score a century, otherwise he's gonna be crucified by fans."

15.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, full delivery on off stump, driven back to the left of the bowler, who makes a good stop

Mick: "Re: Finch, Khwaja - Most statisticians agree that a sample size less than thirty is not enough to draw solid conclusions from."

15.3

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 2 runs, oh my god! That was almost wicket no. 5. It was a full length delivery on off stump and Bailey went for a full-blooded drive, he gets an inside edge that just runs past the leg stump, very lucky

15.4

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, stays on the back foot and cuts the length delivery outside off to third man

15.5

DJ Bravo to Wade, no run, fuller length on off stump, Wade aims towards the leg side this time, drives it straight to mid-on

Round the wicket now.

Spencer : "Perhaps if OD cricket wasn't such a circus, we would not see Australian caps handed out so cheaply"

15.6

DJ Bravo to Wade, no run, length ball on off stump, angling in to the batsman, turned to midwicket off the front foot

Matt: "This is a poor start but it also fits a pattern. Since the rules were changed to 2 new balls, there have been very few successful batting displays at the top of the innings - not only in Australia but worldwide. Australian fans need to keep a sense of perspective - we can't keep expecting quick top-order hundreds against two new white balls."

hyclass: "@Dave Ganzy-you see the irony-you're suggesting that to succeed, they had to meet the high standards expected at this level or be dropped-the usual consequence of non-performance. No cotton wool or nursery rhymes to be seen...;)"

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 67/4 (RR: 4.18)
MS Wade    7* (11b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-15-1
GJ Bailey    3* (8b)      SP Narine    1-0-1-0

16.1

Narine to Bailey, no run, turns in to the batsman, and hits the batsman high on the pads

16.2

Narine to Bailey, no run, pushes it through outside off, defended off the back foot

16.3

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, he shuffles across outside off and works it on the on side towards short fine

16.4

Narine to Wade, no run, he comes forward and defends the flighted delivery to the off side

16.5

Narine to Wade, 1 run, gets a short one outside off that is turning away, he cuts it to deep point

16.6

Narine to Bailey, no run, flatter and quicker on off stump, tucked away towards midwicket off the back foot

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 69/4 (RR: 4.05)
GJ Bailey    4* (12b)      SP Narine    2-0-3-0
MS Wade    8* (13b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-15-1

Nik: "@Matt, India and Aus are the only teams struggling with top order batting in the current series, Pak did amazingly well with top order centurions on multiple times."

Brian Lara: "C'mon windies one more cheap wicket please. Hop my comment makes it I'm only seeing Aussies writing in"

17.1

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 run, fuller length on off and middle, driven past midwicket but only goes as far as wide mid on

17.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, length delivery outside off, he pushes at it and the bat rotates in his hand, the ball goes towards cover

17.3

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, length ball on off stump, he comes forward and drives it back to the bowler

17.4

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, length ball on off, Bailey doesn't really come forward and the ball takes an inside edge and hits his pads

17.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, slightly slower wide outside off, the batsman has to stretch and plays it away from his body towards point

bernie: "Can't see why 2 new balls has anything to do with hitting the ball in the middle of the bat in the air straight to fieldsmen"

17.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, full and almost around the wide-marker, Bailey bends his knees and drives it to deep cover

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 71/4 (RR: 3.94)
GJ Bailey    5* (17b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-17-1
MS Wade    9* (14b 1x4)      SP Narine    2-0-3-0

18.1

Narine to Bailey, no run, flight and turn into the batsman, it takes the inside edge, not to far from that close -in fielder on the leg side

18.2

Narine to Bailey, 3 runs, this one was quicker and he steers it past point for three

18.3

Narine to Wade, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, turns away from the batsman, who pulls his bat out at the last moment

18.4

Narine to Wade, 1 run, the length is slightly shorter this time, allows the batsman to go back and punch it to deep cover

18.5

Narine to Bailey, no run, another inside edge on to the pads, this time falling on the off side

18.6

Narine to Bailey, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, turns in a bit, pushed to midwicket off the back foot

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 75/4 (RR: 3.94)
GJ Bailey    8* (21b)      SP Narine    3-0-7-0
MS Wade    10* (16b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    4-0-17-1

gav: "So instead of it being my fault that I jumped out of my crease for a wild slog and being stumped for 6, i can now blame the ball Matt? Awesome."

Sam: "Yes, but "Pak" (Re: Jamshed) also did that against a fifth rate Indian attack on subcontinetal highways. Look what happened to them yesterday once the ball started moving. It's quite obvious really, all modern day batsman have grown up on unresposive pitches. As soon as the ball starts moving they drop like flies and now with two white balls it's only going to happen more often."

19.1

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 run, fuller length on off stump, no swing on offer and Wade comfortably drives it down the ground to long-off

19.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, length ball outside off stump, the batsman comes forward and steers it to third-man for a single

Jyoti: "@Hyclass: no amount of preparation at lower levels adequately prepares anyone for the next level. There is something to be learned by experiencing, and that requires time. Whether Hughes has had enough time is a different matter, but immediate expectations from any cricketer is impractical."

19.3

DJ Bravo to Wade, 1 run, draws an edge with a delivery angling across the batsman, Wade was squared up as he tried to defend and the edge goes past first slip, down to third-man

19.4

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 2 runs, out of nowhere he pulls out an aerial shot. It was a full delivery on the middle stump line, and the batsman tried to go towards midwicket, gets a leading edge actually over the bowler's head

19.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 wide, some swing for Bravo but it starts too wide of off

19.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, play and a miss wide outside off! Bailey didn't need to play at that one as it was very wide outside off, the ball goes very close to the outside edge. Bravo hold his head..

19.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, closer to the stumps and it's fuller in length, the batsman comes forward and drives it to cover

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 81/4 (RR: 4.05)
GJ Bailey    11* (25b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-23-1
MS Wade    12* (18b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-7-0

20.1

Narine to Wade, no run, tossed up delivery outside off, squeezed out towards point, Wade sends Bailey back

20.2

Narine to Wade, 1 run, flighted delivery on off, doesn't turn as much and Wade gets an inside edge to the leg side

Three men around the bat, on either side

20.3

Narine to Bailey, no run, turns it to short fine leg off the front foot

20.4

Narine to Bailey, no run, flighted delivery on the off stump, Bailey comes forward and pushes it to midwicket

20.5

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, similar delivery as the last one, this time he knocks it in the gap and picks up a single at long-on

20.6

Narine to Wade, no run, tossed up on leg and middle stump line, Wade comes forward and pushes it to mid-on off the front foot

End of over 21 (2 runs) Australia 83/4 (RR: 3.95)
MS Wade    13* (21b 1x4)      SP Narine    4-0-9-0
GJ Bailey    12* (28b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-23-1

21.1

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, short of length on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and drives it towards deep cover off the back foot

21.2

Sammy to Wade, no run, length ball on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it on the up to cover

21.3

Sammy to Wade, no run, cracked hard off the back foot, but again, the batsman finds the fielder, this time it's Pollard at point

21.4

Sammy to Wade, 1 run, that flies through gully! He wanted to drive it through cover, but the ball takes an outside edge and goes safely towards third-man

21.5

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, length ball wide outside off, Bailey goes forward and runs it down to deep backward point with an open face

21.6

Sammy to Wade, 1 run, floated up to the batsman on off stump, Wade drives it down the ground to long-off for a single

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 87/4 (RR: 3.95)
MS Wade    15* (25b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-16-1
GJ Bailey    14* (30b)      SP Narine    4-0-9-0

Round the wicket ..

22.1

Narine to Wade, 1 run, angles in and turns away from Wade, who cuts it to deep point off the back foot

Silly point, short leg and a slip in place

22.2

Narine to Bailey, 4 leg byes, floated up to the batsman, but it is on the leg stump line, Bailey tries to flick but misses, it hits the pads and runs down to fine-leg boundary

22.3

Narine to Bailey, no run, tossed up on the pads again, worked around to short fine leg

22.4

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, flighted all the way to the batsman, on off stump, the batsman drives it with the turn to deep midwicket

22.5

Narine to Wade, no run, whoa!!! That was short and it came in to the batsman at some pace. Wade was looking to cut and he chops it very close to the stumps, lucky

22.6

Narine to Wade, OUT, caught at first slip! Oh what a blinder from the captain! Wade goes for the cut again, this time the ball didn't come back into him, but bounced extra. He gets a healthy edge towards first slip, but it travels fast and high, and Sammy shows excellent reflexes by pulling off a super one-hander over his head

MS Wade c Sammy b Narine 16 (43m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

End of over 23 (6 runs) Australia 93/5 (RR: 4.04)
     SP Narine    5-0-11-1
GJ Bailey    15* (33b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-16-1

23.1

Sammy to Bailey, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, Bailey goes back in a flash and cracks a pull through midwicket, all along the ground

23.2

Sammy to Bailey, no run, 118 kph, slower on off stump, pushed to cover off the front foot

Alain: "Oh my word!!! its 1am in the morning and this brilliant catching from my West Indies team is keeping me up. The bowling hasn't been brilliant but the fielding is keeping us on top"

23.3

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, a good delivery on off stump, the batsman gets squared up and edges it down to third-man

23.4

Sammy to Maxwell, OUT, Chopped on! Oh the Aussies are crumbling here.. Shot, no shot, whatever. Maxwell, who score a fifty last innings, tries to pull his bat out of the way of a length delivery outside off, he is too late though. The ball hits the inside edge and drops on to his stumps. More joy for captain Sammy

GJ Maxwell b Sammy 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

23.5

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, length ball on off stump, slow ball and Faulkner has to wait for it. He defends it to the off side

two slips in place

23.6

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, short of length outside off, Faulkner goes back and pushes it to cover

hugh: "Ah, now I see it, They sent Maxwell in lower down to see how he would handle the slower stuff. How could I have missed such tactical genius."

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 98/6 (RR: 4.08)
JP Faulkner    0* (2b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-21-2
GJ Bailey    20* (36b 1x4)      SP Narine    5-0-11-1

24.1

Narine to Bailey, no run

Chris: "I know the selectors want to give players a go, but how can they expect players to nail down a position in the side if said position changes every game?? Maxwell opens, then bats at 7?? Pick batsmen 1-7, and let them nail down their position, quit moving them around. Argh!!"

24.2

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, flighted and full on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long-on

Long-on comes in now. Two slips, Test match fields

24.3

Narine to Faulkner, no run, back of length quicker delivery outside off, played towards the gully off the back foot

24.4

Narine to Faulkner, no run, tossed up outside off, turns into the batsman, he plays it off the back foot

24.5

Narine to Faulkner, no run, tossed up further to the batsman, he comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

Round the wicket.

24.6

Narine to Faulkner, no run, flatter quicker delivery that goes across the batsman, beats the outside edge as the batsman has a poke at it

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 99/6 (RR: 3.96)
JP Faulkner    0* (6b)      SP Narine    6-0-12-1
GJ Bailey    21* (38b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-21-2

25.1

Sammy to Bailey, no run, length ball on off stump, defended off the front foot

25.2

Sammy to Bailey, no run, length on off stump again, the batsman comes forward and opens the face to play it towards gully

25.3

Sammy to Bailey, no run, off the back foot this time, it's steered to point off a slightly short of length delivery

25.4

Sammy to Bailey, 1 wide, wide delivery and the batsman has a wild swing at it, it goes past the outside edge

25.4

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, ohh! Another outside edge, the batsman plays at a swinging delivery without any feet movement, it wasn't very far from Gayle at gully

25.5

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, fuller length wide of off, the batsman watches the line carefully and lets it go

25.6

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, length delivery outside off stump, pushed to point off the back foot

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 101/6 (RR: 3.88)
JP Faulkner    0* (8b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-23-2
GJ Bailey    22* (42b 1x4)      SP Narine    6-0-12-1

26.1

Narine to Bailey, no run, flighted delivery on off stump, defended to the leg side off the front foot

26.2

Narine to Bailey, no run, full and flighted on the stumps, pushed to midwicket

26.3

Narine to Bailey, no run, turns in from around off stump, tucked away on the leg side

26.4

Narine to Bailey, FOUR, poor delivery as this goes down the leg side, paddled down to the fine-leg boundary easily

26.5

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, turns in and it's worked away to deep backward square leg

Round the wicket..

Jas: "Simple fact is Australia are not a powerhouse of cricket anymore..they are a good side but I dont think the fans have moved on..Hence unfounded criticism of everything from rotation to batting positions to coaches and every tom dick and harry writing an Argus review"

26.6

Narine to Faulkner, no run, and almost another wicket. Super piece of work by Pollard at short leg, as he flicks the ball back to the stumps in one quick motion. Faulker just got back in time

End of over 27 (5 runs) Australia 106/6 (RR: 3.92)
JP Faulkner    0* (9b)      SP Narine    7-0-17-1
GJ Bailey    27* (47b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    5-0-23-2

27.1

Sammy to Bailey, no run, short of length delivery outside off, he gets an under edge to Gayle at gully

27.2

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, and almost a run-out this time! Bailey takes off immediately after dropping the ball on the off side, Pollard from point cuts it off and aims at non-striker's. Would have been a gonner had he hit

27.3

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, back of length delivery, defended towards point off the back foot

27.4

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, keeps it back of length outside off, defended to point off the back foot again

27.5

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, defended off the back foot to cover

27.6

Sammy to Faulkner, FOUR, he gets some width outside off and he stands tall and punches that one through cover for his first boundary. No one in the deep

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 111/6 (RR: 3.96)
JP Faulkner    4* (13b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    6-0-28-2
GJ Bailey    28* (49b 2x4)      SP Narine    7-0-17-1

Kemar Roach comes back into the attack. One slip in place

28.1

Roach to Bailey, 2 runs, short of length outside off, punched hard to cover where the ball bursts through Gayle's hands. The batsmen take couple

28.2

Roach to Bailey, no run, back of length delivery outside off, left alone easily

28.3

Roach to Bailey, no run, length ball outside off stump, the batsman comes forward and steers it to point

28.4

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, short of length delivery on the body, it is tucked away to fine leg by the batsman

Two slips in.

28.5

Roach to Faulkner, no run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman has to hop on his toes to defend that one to the off side

28.6

Roach to Faulkner, 1 run, comes in with the angle on to his body, the batsman pushes it past midwicket for a single off the back foot

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 115/6 (RR: 3.96)
JP Faulkner    5* (15b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    6-0-24-1
GJ Bailey    31* (53b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    6-0-28-2

29.1

Sammy to Faulkner, 1 run, length ball on off stump, guided down to third-man off the outside half of his bat

29.2

Sammy to Bailey, no run, fuller outside off, swings away a touch, the batsman wanted to drive it to the off side, but it hits the inside half and goes towards mid-on

29.3

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, another full delivery outside off, pushed to the gap at cover for a single

29.4

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, length ball outside off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends it towards cover

29.5

Sammy to Faulkner, 1 run, some width for the batsman and he takes advantage by cutting it hard to deep cover off the back foot

29.6

Sammy to Bailey, no run, waits on the back foot and tries to steer the length delivery to third-man, but can't beat Gayle at gully

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 118/6 (RR: 3.93)
GJ Bailey    32* (56b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    7-0-31-2
JP Faulkner    7* (18b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    6-0-24-1

Patch: "The Windies must think our batting lineup never ends. Faulkner is a quality bat, and Starc at 10 must be frightening. Plenty of over to accumulate runs and put 200-220 on the board."

30.1

Roach to Faulkner, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, punched back to the bowler

30.2

Roach to Faulkner, no run, back of length angled delivery on off stump, defended off the back foot down the pitch

30.3

Roach to Faulkner, 1 run, he shuffles across and works the short of length delivery to deep square leg off the back foot

30.4

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, fuller length outside off, Bailey bends his knees and plays a forcing drive to deep cover

30.5

Roach to Faulkner, 1 run, a quick short delivery on off stump, Faulkner fends at it, taking his eyes away from the ball, and drops it towards the leg side. The batsmen take a quick single

30.6

Roach to Bailey, 2 runs, squeezed out to deep backward point for a quick couple of runs

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 123/6 (RR: 3.96)
GJ Bailey    35* (58b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    7-0-29-1
JP Faulkner    9* (22b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    7-0-31-2

Jason Holder is back

BT: "Hey Patch, sure our batting lineup never ends, but where on earth does it start?"

Ben: "@jas: I agree and I'm Australian. We are not the team we once were but the rotation policy is still questionable, if it was so good then other teams would be doing it. I realise that times are changing with respect to player management and workload but regardless there is still talent in the pipeline to bring australia back to the top with some consistency at the selection table."

31.1

Holder to Faulkner, no run, gets good bounce with a short of length delivery outside off, chopped towards point off the back foot

31.2

Holder to Faulkner, no run, oh that jags back into the batsman, hits the batsman around thigh-pad and flies to the keeper.

31.3

Holder to Faulkner, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives to mid-off

31.4

Holder to Faulkner, 1 run, plays that one softly off the back foot towards mid-on and calls for a quick single

31.5

Holder to Bailey, FOUR, leading edge goes through first slip. But Gayle has been moved to gully from there and it goes through to the boundary. The batsman was looking to turn that on the leg side and was squared-up

31.6

Holder to Bailey, no run, back of length of off stump, defended off the back foot down the pitch

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 128/6 (RR: 4.00)
GJ Bailey    39* (60b 3x4)      JO Holder    6-1-22-1
JP Faulkner    10* (26b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    7-0-29-1

So 18 overs to go from here. Judging by the way it's going, I reckon 220 would be good enough target here. But West Indies needs to pick up some wickets here and they could be chasing much less. Australia still not out of trouble... Dwayne Bravo starts after the break

32.1

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, fires it on the leg stump and that is easily glanced down to fine leg

32.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, he calls for a quick single with a push towards mid-on and gets there comfortably

32.3

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, another quick single, this time to mid-off, off a full delivery

Andre: "Great to see this fight from the WIindies. What we need is some finishing power to put the pressure on. Wi all in! Keep the troops firing Sammy!"

32.4

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, full delivery on the stumps, this time he pushes it a bit hard towards mid-on and thus there is no chance of a single

32.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, slightly slower, tucked away to midwicket off the back foot

Mark: "@Jas. 100% correct. They haven't. Growing up during the golden era (like myself), people have grown accustomed to winning all the time, which not only affects the fans, but the media as well (who seem to think they know everything). I like where the team is going, and am currently content where Australia is (though wouldn't mind another young batter to stand up)."

32.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, no run, there comes the slower ball! It hits the batsman on the pads as he fell forward. Big appeal but the umpire says no. Sammy thinks otherwise and calls for a review. The replays show the ball just missing the leg stump. It looked very close in the first instance

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 131/6 (RR: 3.96)
GJ Bailey    40* (64b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-26-1
JP Faulkner    12* (28b 1x4)      JO Holder    6-1-22-1

33.1

Holder to Faulkner, no run, gets steep bounce around off stump from just back of a length, defended back down the pitch

33.2

Holder to Faulkner, no run, inside edge bounces over the stumps as the batsman tried to defend the short of length delivery, not very far again

33.3

Holder to Faulkner, 1 wide, the bowler attempts a quick bouncer, but it easily bounces over the batsman

33.3

Holder to Faulkner, 1 wide, and another one, he gets a lot of bounce with those ones slammed hard on the deck. Goes way over

33.3

Holder to Faulkner, 2 runs, back of length, but it's on the pads and is easily turned away to deep backward square for a couple

33.4

Holder to Faulkner, no run, it was back of length around off stump, but with Holder's height, it was always going over the stumps, left alone

33.5

Holder to Faulkner, 1 run, into the batsman's body, it is easily worked away behind square on the leg side for another single

33.6

Holder to Bailey, no run, keeps it a touch outside off, the batsman gets up on his toes and defends it to the off side

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 136/6 (RR: 4.00)
GJ Bailey    40* (65b 3x4)      JO Holder    7-1-27-1
JP Faulkner    15* (33b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-26-1

The batsmen ask for the Powerplay to be taken. Bravo to continue with the ball

Sam: "I don't get everyones fascination with the "rotation policy". We've done it for years! We used to always rotate a squad through the old VB series, the only difference now is that we don't have the overall quality and depth that we used to. People have got to wake up and realise that you're not going to be the best in the world forever and stop blindly using the "rotation policy" as a scapegoat for our decline."

34.1

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, short delivery and the batsman goes for a pull, doesn't get hold of it as his hand comes off the handle, it goes down to deep backward square

34.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, length ball on off stump, slight away swing, driven down to long-on

34.3

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, no run, short of length delivery, cutting in to the batsman, he tries to flick it down to fine leg but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad

34.4

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, no run, a yorker outside off stump, the batsman gets an under-edge to the wicketkeeper

34.5

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, length ball on off, it is pushed off the front foot to mid-off who is standing a little deep

34.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, slower delivery on the middle stump line, the batsman waits for it and flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 140/6 (RR: 4.00)
GJ Bailey    42* (67b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    7-0-30-1
JP Faulkner    17* (37b 1x4)      JO Holder    7-1-27-1

35.1

Holder to Bailey, FOUR, arches back and cuts the shorter length delivery on off stump over the point fielder for a welcome boundary

35.2

Holder to Bailey, FOUR, makes room by moving outside leg and cuts this one all along the ground through cover point, it goes through a diving Darren Bravo and Bailey brings up his half-century

35.3

Holder to Bailey, 1 run, another forceful shot, this time it's a pull off a short delivery to deep backward square leg

35.4

Holder to Faulkner, no run, slightly slower on off stump, the batsman pushes it back to the bowler off the front foot

35.5

Holder to Faulkner, FOUR, more runs, this is more of what Maxwell was doing in the last game. Faulkner charges out and moves outside leg, flat bats the short of length delivery all along the ground to midwicket boundary

35.6

Holder to Faulkner, 2 runs, this time he stays in the crease, but goes for the pull anyway. The fielder at deep midwicket cuts it off

End of over 36 (15 runs) Australia 155/6 (RR: 4.30)
JP Faulkner    23* (40b 2x4)      JO Holder    8-1-42-1
GJ Bailey    51* (70b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    7-0-30-1

Davo: "Well said Sam! This is what makes cricket so intriguing... not having the same team winning time and time again. BTW did you notice that Aus lost the toss?? Change the captain perhaps?

36.1

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, the batsman wanted to play it on off, but ends up pushing it towards midwicket

armageddon: "very unassumingly baiely doing a hussey here..bailey bailing out aussies"

36.2

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, no run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman tries to work it to the leg side but gets a leading edge towards cover

Ronnie: "Great 50 to Bailey. Was'nt pretty but he got there & thats all that matters."

36.3

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, no run, makes room by moving outside leg and goes through with a big swing, but it was a slower ball and he misses it completely

36.4

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, back of length on off stump, he opens the face and runs it to the left of Pollard at point

36.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, fuller length on the pads, driven down to deep midwicket

Sancho: "One undoubted success of the new selection panel is George Bailey. 20 games in, averages 40, had some really good innings. If he hangs around, could even get a hundred here."

36.6

DJ Bravo to Faulkner, no run, attempts a yorker but it turns out to be a full-toss on the pads, the batsman misses out as he gets an inside edge on to his pads

End of over 37 (3 runs) Australia 158/6 (RR: 4.27)
JP Faulkner    24* (44b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    8-0-33-1
GJ Bailey    53* (72b 5x4)      JO Holder    8-1-42-1

Narine comes back. No close-in fielders anymore

37.1

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, starts off with a flat delivery on the stumps, it is pushed to long-on off the back foot

The slip fielder comes in now.

37.2

Narine to Faulkner, no run, full and flighted on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes that to cover

37.3

Narine to Faulkner, no run, that's the straighter one (or the one going other way), goes past the outside edge

37.4

Narine to Faulkner, no run, a quicker delivery on the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

37.5

Narine to Faulkner, no run, he still can't get it away, it is full and flighted and it's pushed to cover

37.6

Narine to Faulkner, no run, now the conventional offspinner, turns in and hits the pads as the batsman comes forward to defend

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 159/6 (RR: 4.18)
JP Faulkner    24* (49b 2x4)      SP Narine    8-0-18-1
GJ Bailey    54* (73b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    8-0-33-1

38.1

Roach to Bailey, no run, short and wide and that is cut hard, but there is a wall called Pollard that his hard to breach

38.2

Roach to Bailey, 3 runs, he goes to the other side with a flick down to deep backward square where Powell makes a sliding save

38.3

Roach to Faulkner, 1 run, gives himself some room and dabs the length delivery on the middle stump towards third-man

38.4

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, it's is outside off and it's again dabbed to the left of Pollard at point

38.5

Roach to Faulkner, 1 run, back of length on the stumps, the batsman gets beside the line and plays a late cut to third-man

Fawmy: "@James Faulkner, you have been sold to Rajasthan Royals for $400,000. Congrtz buddy..."

38.6

Roach to Bailey, no run, it is a slower ball outside off stump and the batsman completely misses it as he aims for the leg side

End of over 39 (6 runs) Australia 165/6 (RR: 4.23)
GJ Bailey    58* (77b 5x4)      KAJ Roach    8-0-35-1
JP Faulkner    26* (51b 2x4)      SP Narine    8-0-18-1

Decent Powerplay for Australia as they made sure they didn't lose any wickets there

39.1

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, quicker delivery on off stump, pushed to the off side off the back foot

39.2

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, flighted on the off stump line, turns towards leg, it is tucked down to fine-leg for a single

Round the wicket now.

J: "some one who scored a golden duck is going for more than a million dollars some where else irony"

39.3

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, fuller delivery outside off and that is pushed softly to cover, the batsmen complete a tight single

39.4

Narine to Bailey, no run, flatter delivery short of length on off stump, he goes back and punches it straight to cover

39.5

Narine to Bailey, FOUR, some extras here as this one turns down the leg side, oh, the umpire gives it as some runs. Probably there was a faint tickle, hard to tell

39.6

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, the batsman dabs it towards the vacant square leg area and calls for two, but the keeper runs around and keeps them to one

End of over 40 (8 runs) Australia 173/6 (RR: 4.32)
GJ Bailey    64* (81b 6x4)      SP Narine    9-0-26-1
JP Faulkner    28* (53b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    8-0-35-1

Sammy back into the attack.

40.1

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, he bowls length on off stump, the batsman punches it down the ground to long-on

40.2

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, length ball on off stump, a touch slower, pushed back to the bowler

40.3

Sammy to Faulkner, 1 run, he comes forward and drives the length delivery outside off to cover, who is standing a bit deep

40.4

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, makes room by moving outside leg, it is carved to deep cover

40.5

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, he comes from wide off the crease and bowls a shorter length delivery, the batsman goes for the pull but makes no connection

40.6

Sammy to Faulkner, no run, waits on the backfoot for this one on the off stump line, opens the face but it goes straight to Pollard at backward point

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 176/6 (RR: 4.29)
JP Faulkner    29* (57b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    8-0-34-2
GJ Bailey    66* (83b 6x4)      SP Narine    9-0-26-1

78 runs already, this partnership. They are slowly taking Australia towards a good score.

41.1

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, big offspinner, turns into Bailey, who does well to punch it towards cover off the back foot

41.2

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes the flighted ball to the right of point fielder

41.3

Narine to Bailey, 1 run, slightly short outside off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and pulls it to deep midwicket

41.4

Narine to Faulkner, FOUR, this goes the other way, and the batsman does well to cut it hard and beat the man at backward point

41.5

Narine to Faulkner, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and defends to off side

41.6

Narine to Faulkner, 1 run, another one that goes away, but the length is too short and allows the batsman to adjust and play that to the left of backward point

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 184/6 (RR: 4.38)
JP Faulkner    35* (61b 3x4)      SP Narine    10-0-34-1
GJ Bailey    68* (85b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    8-0-34-2

Shelts: "Has anyone else noticed that there is an Australian umpire out there and an English one. I thought you had to have an umpire from each country playing . Have they changed the rule?" One local umpire in limited-over cricket.. that's what it has always been.

42.1

Sammy to Faulkner, 1 run, fuller length delivery outside off, driven off the front foot to deep cover for a single

42.2

Sammy to Bailey, FOUR, walks across the stumps and tries to push a delivery from wide of off to the leg side but gets a leading edge to third-man boundary

42.3

Sammy to Bailey, no run, length ball on off stump, dabbed towards backward point

42.4

Sammy to Bailey, 2 runs, this time he beats the backward point fielder and third-man takes a long time to come around, they run a couple

42.5

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, short and wide outside off, cut to deep point off the back foot

42.6

Sammy to Faulkner, 1 run, full and wide outside off, it takes another outside edge but Sarwan at third-man comes around a bit quicker this time and keeps the batsmen to a single

End of over 43 (9 runs) Australia 193/6 (RR: 4.48)
JP Faulkner    37* (63b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    9-0-43-2
GJ Bailey    75* (89b 7x4)      SP Narine    10-0-34-1

Doonish: "Nice to see after Ponting's retirement that Tasmanians are still up for fixing everything."

John: "Bailey is a captain in waiting. Remember when Peter Roebuck was alive he actually thought Bailey might be the net test captain for Australia? Throw in Doolan and Paine and we might get some more stability in the middle."

43.1

Holder to Faulkner, 1 run, back of length angling in to the batsman, who opens the face and dabs it towards point for a quick single

43.2

Holder to Bailey, no run, he goes for the pull and it hit straight to Gayle at midwicket, the batsmen set off for a single anyway. Gayle had to hit the stumps, but he missed

43.3

Holder to Bailey, 1 leg bye, moves way outside off stump, but gets full yorker that hits the pads and goes towards short fine, Bailey was on the floor as he fell offbalance

43.4

Holder to Faulkner, 1 run, shorter length ball is pushed towards midwicket but the two take a single

43.5

Holder to Bailey, 1 run, back of length on off, the batsman punches it to deep cover for a single

43.6

Holder to Faulkner, no run, ahh, well done by the keeper as he stops an inside edge that looked headed towards the boundary

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 197/6 (RR: 4.47)
JP Faulkner    39* (66b 3x4)      JO Holder    9-1-45-1
GJ Bailey    76* (92b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    9-0-43-2

44.1

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, length ball, it is driven off the front foot to extra cover for a single which brings the century of this stand.

44.2

Sammy to Faulkner, OUT, caught at deep midwicket! So there is the wicket, they had to wait almost 20 overs for it. Faulkner makes room by moving outside leg and tries to flat-bat that to the stands at deep midwicket but it goes high, and is caught just inside the boundary by Powell, who didn't have to move much at all

JP Faulkner c Powell b Sammy 39 (88m 67b 3x4 0x6) SR: 58.20

44.3

Sammy to Bailey, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, pushed towards mid-on with soft hands for a quick single

44.4

Sammy to Johnson, 1 wide, called a wide as this one sails over the batsman, it was wide outside off too

44.4

Sammy to Johnson, no run, angles across the left-hander who thrusts his front foot out and lets it go through

44.5

Sammy to Johnson, 2 runs, short of length delivery angling across the batsman, Johnson pulls it in front of square to wide long-on

44.6

Sammy to Johnson, no run, he responds with a length delivery outside off that goes past the outside edge

End of over 45 (5 runs) Australia 202/7 (RR: 4.48)
MG Johnson    2* (3b)      DJG Sammy    10-0-48-3
GJ Bailey    78* (94b 7x4)      JO Holder    9-1-45-1

40 runs from here would give Australia a very strong score. Big recovery from where they were.

45.1

Holder to Bailey, FOUR, and they are on their way, it is full and on off stump, the batsman drives it hard past the bowler to the straight boundary

45.2

Holder to Bailey, FOUR, and more runs, this time it is short of length and quickly swivel and pulls it down to the gap at deep backward square

45.3

Holder to Bailey, 1 run, full and wide outside off, driven straight to cover, but they take a single

45.4

Holder to Johnson, no run, goes across the batsman who gets his bat out of the way of the ball

45.5

Holder to Johnson, 1 run, full on the pads, he flicks it to deep backward square leg

45.6

Holder to Bailey, 1 run, length ball with a lot of width outside off, cracked down to third-man for a single, Bailey keeps the strike

End of over 46 (11 runs) Australia 213/7 (RR: 4.63)
GJ Bailey    88* (98b 9x4)      JO Holder    10-1-56-1
MG Johnson    3* (5b)      DJG Sammy    10-0-48-3

Roach comes back in.

46.1

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, fuller delivery on off stump, it is swatted down to deep midwicket, but there was a fielder there and he keeps the batsmen to a single

46.2

Roach to Johnson, 1 run, back of length on off stump, he gets square up a bit as he pushes this towards point

46.3

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, it is a slower ball wide outside off, but the batsman adjusts and pulls it down to deep midwicket

46.4

Roach to Johnson, no run, low full toss outside off, Johnson fails to take advantage as he hits it straight to mid-off

Luke: "Bailey deserves a lot more credit than he is probably going to get for this match saving knock. I'm astonished that we Aussies these days have no respect for the hard yakka sort of batsmen who get the job done when it counts. Seems like people all want batting protegees or mindless sloggers, have we forgotten the legendary AB so quickly?"

46.5

Roach to Johnson, 2 runs, waits on the back foot and pushes it to deep point, where a fumble by Powell allows a couple

46.6

Roach to Johnson, 1 run, quick yorker on the pads, it is dug out towards midwicket

End of over 47 (6 runs) Australia 219/7 (RR: 4.65)
MG Johnson    7* (9b)      KAJ Roach    9-0-41-1
GJ Bailey    90* (100b 9x4)      JO Holder    10-1-56-1

Bailey pushing his way towards a deserved century... Here comes Bravo

47.1

DJ Bravo to Johnson, 1 run, short of length delivery on middle stump, pulled in front of square for a single

Jeff: "New ODI high score for Bailey and when Australia needed it the most."

47.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 2 runs, a very wide slower ball, would have been called, but Bailey throws his bat at it and hits it towards deep extra cover for a couple

47.3

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 1 run, another slower ball wide outside off, the batsman waits for it and hits it to deep extra cover with a flat-batted shot

47.4

DJ Bravo to Johnson, FOUR, full and wide outside off, it's in the arc and Johnson drives it straight down the ground, it bounces once before hitting the advertising boards

47.5

DJ Bravo to Johnson, no run, it wasn't too short, but Johnson goes for the pull and hits it straight to Gayle at backward square leg

47.6

DJ Bravo to Johnson, 1 run, it is a low full-toss and Johnson finds Gayle again with his flick, just a single. He could have hit it anywhere really

End of over 48 (9 runs) Australia 228/7 (RR: 4.75)
MG Johnson    13* (13b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    9-0-42-1
GJ Bailey    93* (102b 9x4)      KAJ Roach    9-0-41-1

48.1

Roach to Johnson, 3 leg byes, overthrows bring Bailey back into strike, it was dabbed towards deep point, and the batsmen call for a couple, the throw comes to the keeper, who then fires it towards non-striker where no one backs it up

48.2

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, makes room and drives the full delivery straight to extra cover fielder

48.3

Roach to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, punched down to long-on

48.4

Roach to Bailey, 1 run, another low full-toss and he drives it hard down to long-on

48.5

Roach to Johnson, 1 run, slower delivery on off stump, it is short of length too, Johnson waits and tucks it to the leg side for a single

48.6

Roach to Bailey, SIX, That's it!! It's a wonderful hundred and he brings it up with a wonderful swat over long-on off a low full-toss. Brilliant innings given the context of the game

John Teague: "George Bailey is a top guy and one of the nicest, happiest and positive people around. He works really hard and I think it would be fantastic if he got a century today though I'm sure he cares more about getting the team to a good score at the moment. Come on George!"

End of over 49 (13 runs) Australia 241/7 (RR: 4.91)
GJ Bailey    101* (105b 9x4 1x6)      KAJ Roach    10-0-51-1
MG Johnson    15* (16b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    9-0-42-1

49.1

DJ Bravo to Johnson, 1 run, short of length on off stump, pulled in front of square, to deep midwicket

bernie: "Can't forget AB if you tried...there is a medal named after him every year!"

49.2

DJ Bravo to Bailey, FOUR, slower ball outside off, the batsman has to wait a long time for the ball, he then just flat bats it over the bowler's head. Pollard tries hard, but is not able to stop the ball.

49.3

DJ Bravo to Bailey, SIX, same ball, but this time he gets more on it, it goes over the rope and hits the ad-boards

49.4

DJ Bravo to Bailey, 2 runs, dropped by Pollard. Very harsh, but given the fielding standards today, that is what it is I am afraid. It was a lofted shot and Pollard dived full-length but can't quite pull it off

49.5

DJ Bravo to Bailey, SIX, length ball of off and Bravo is leaking has let the floodgates open here, this one goes over long on into the stands. Pollard can just watch..

Rob: "If Bravo is leaking then Queensland has had a spot of rain!"

49.6

DJ Bravo to Bailey, SIX, What-a-way-to-finish! This time he goes over extra cover and gets a whole lot of bat on it, it sails deep into the crowd at extra cover.. what an innings and what a way to finish!

Who would have thought at the halfway stage! George Bailey has played one helluva gritty knock here. He took some blows, edged a few around, more importantly, he survived the torrid period. But then he found an able ally in James Faulkner and the two revived the innings with a century stand before Bailey finished with a flourish. 266 never looked probable at the halfway stage. West Indies must think they missed out on a big chance..

James: "I just want to point out this comment at the start of Bailey's innings: "Krish: So, once again George Bailey comes to the crease when Australia is in trouble. He must score above 100 strike rate and must score a century, otherwise he's gonna be crucified by fans." Mission Accomplished."

Sam: "Baley got an inside edge just past the stumps for 4, then was beaten and egded a ball that went between wicket keeper and slip, then survived an LBW shout that should have been given out, then 100 runs later. Just proves when you are lucky, nothing can stop you."

Alan: "You see George Bailey, you really had a wonderful life!"

Jason Plummer: "Very poor death bowling and superb batting by Bailey forms a perfect storm for Australia"

Julius: "Wow...where did THAT come from....impressive from lil George....now for the Gayle show.....:D"

Dylan: "I will happily eat crow. What an innings -- George Bailey is here to stay!"

John: "Real simple -Bailey and Faulkner played it the way Tasmania does - with grit and determination."

Luke: "Did Michael Hussey and Michael Bevan have a child and name it George by any chance?"

Shakil: "Bailey probably wishing the squad for India was being picked after this game (and Khawaja probably happy it has already been picked)."


End of over 50 (25 runs) Australia 266/7
GJ Bailey    125* (110b 10x4 4x6)      DJ Bravo    10-0-67-1
MG Johnson    16* (17b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    10-0-51-1
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Australia v West Indies at Perth - Feb 3, 2013
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