Australia v West Indies, 3rd Test, Sydney, 2nd day January 4, 2016

Rain sets in after Brathwaite's quick 69

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West Indies 7 for 248 (C Brathwaite 69, Ramdin 30*, Roach 0*) v Australia
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Carlos Brathwaite struck four sixes and seven fours in his innings © Getty Images

West Indies' hopes of avoiding a 3-0 series result were boosted significantly on the second day in Sydney, where only 68 deliveries were bowled due to persistent rain. Further rain is expected on the third day and a draw now looms as the most likely outcome, with West Indies still batting in their first innings on 7 for 248 after Carlos Brathwaite completed an entertaining 69 during the short periods of play possible on day two.

It was a day of frustration for players, spectators and match officials. The start of play was delayed by 10 minutes after morning rain, and when Nathan Lyon was finally able to take the ball he sent down only three deliveries before the rain returned to the ground and the players to the dressing rooms. An 80-minute delay was followed by 3.3 overs of spin before further rain ended the session early.

The weather cleared enough for play to resume after lunch and the 7.2 overs that were then bowled at least provided the crowd with some entertainment as Brathwaite went after James Pattinson with the new ball. He brought up his half-century from exactly 50 balls with the first of two consecutive fours off Pattinson, and became the first West Indian since Darren Bravo in 2010 to score a fifty in each of his first two Tests.

Brathwaite upped the ante in Pattinson's next over, lifting him over extra cover for six and two balls later clipping another six over square leg, with 15 runs coming from the over after Denesh Ramdin started it with a three. But Pattinson had his revenge in his third over of the day when he produced an excellent fullish outswinger that beat Brathwaite, who was bowled for 69 from 71 deliveries.

It was the end of an 87-run partnership between Brathwaite and Ramdin, who quietly moved along to 30 not out from his 103 balls. He had just struck two runs off Josh Hazlewood, whose previous three overs in the day had all been maidens, when the afternoon rain arrived and set in. Play was eventually abandoned for the day with Ramdin on 30 and Kemar Roach yet to score, West Indies having added 41 to their overnight total.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • dunger.bob on January 5, 2016, 5:01 GMT

    It's a wet blanket this test. Nothing to see here folks. A better effort from the WI though and that IS good to see.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 5, 2016, 0:28 GMT

    The most interesting test match so far this series

  • Havealendofitind on January 4, 2016, 23:47 GMT

    Maybe the WI are not that bad, after all they did flog Bangladesh and England recently and both their sets of supporters think they are " the rising teams".

  • JoshFromJamRock on January 4, 2016, 23:38 GMT

    @Metman, so what u think of the bowling? - surely WI need to replace Taylor and Roach... As it relates to the opener, WI has Johnson - he was discarded despite fighting admirably against South Africa... As it relates to the middle order batman, WI have Carter - he has not been given an opportunity despite his temperament and resilience shown in the World Cup... As it relates to keeper, WI have ditched Dowrich in favor of non-performing "batsmen" and Ramdin, interestingly, although not surprisingly, has started performing as calls for his axing have gotten louder... As I always tell people, you'd be surprised to see how well the written off guys like Gayle, Simmons, Pollard, Dj Bravo, Sammy, Russell, Edwards, Rampaul, Chanderpaul, etc. would perform if selected. With the exception of Gayle (back), these guys are 100% fit for Test cricket - motivation to prove doubters wrong is grossly underestimated. Nonetheless its good to see the Brathwaites and Bravo performing.

  • Rally_Windies on January 4, 2016, 17:28 GMT

    METMAN

    Pollard is not a monumental failure in his pet formats ....

    to average 25 and 23,,, when you have 10 overs and 4 overs to bat.. is actually phenomenal ...

    Tendulkar had amazing ODI and 20/20 stats, cuz he got 50 overs and 20 overs to bat ...

    ODI and 20/20 averages are USUALLY scaled to compare people who bat in the SAME position ....

    Pollard is leaps and bounds ahead of his peers

  • TheLight on January 4, 2016, 17:03 GMT

    Metman says that Pollard is a failure at longer formats, but is FC average is 37 while Brathwaite's is 26. This is the reason why Wi cricket can never progress. Looking at his comments you can see the insularity with him advocating for hope and dowrich who are useless behind the stumps. Hope averages 16 currently in test cricket so looks useless in front of the stumps also. WI cricket can only continue to spiral downward with his mentality.

  • emmwill on January 4, 2016, 15:13 GMT

    It seems WI can build their team for the future around K. Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, C. Brathwaite, J. Holder and Bishoo. They need to find another good opener, two other middle order batsmen, and two more quicks. Taylor and Roach have been unexpectedly dismal failures on this tour. There is "hope" for WI cricket (pun intended).

  • annoyedofit on January 4, 2016, 14:14 GMT

    @METMAN, sorry to burst your bubble, but he hasn't. He's in the team to bowl not slog a few runs

  • Metman on January 4, 2016, 12:22 GMT

    Carlos Brathwaite has now sent his critics and detractors into the woodwork the same way Jason Holder and his namesake Kraigg did .It is only a matter of time before either Hope or Dowrich does the same with both gloves and bat sometime this year

  • Metman on January 4, 2016, 11:59 GMT

    For the UMPTHTEEN time ....DJ Bravo has retired from test cricket,Russell says that his knee CANNOT stand up to the rigors of a 5 day match,Pollard has been a monumental failure in his pet formats with averages of 25.20 and 22.13 with bowler and fielder restrictions,yet BECAUSE Carlos Brathwaite is hitting sixes in test cricket ,some one said he too should be able to do some damage,and Narine is a recognised pelter. All the selectors need to do is to identify another opener, two middle order batsmen ,one to replace Samuels and either Hope or Dowrich to replace Ramdin.

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