Australia v West Indies, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day November 27, 2009

West Indies' wasted reviews

Not for keeps
Brad Haddin's wicketkeeping is often criticised but there was nothing wrong with his leap to intercept Adrian Barath's edge from Peter Siddle before tea. It was a great take, the sort that would even impress retired wicketkeepers in the commentary box. The only problem was that Siddle had bowled a no-ball.

Backing the Bulls
There are four ex-Queenslanders on display in this game and a good way to win the crowd back is to go after the bowling. Nathan Hauritz hasn't been back here for five years after leaving for New South Wales, but he entertained his old fans during an aggressive innings that resulted in his maiden Test half-century. Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Brendan Nash are the other former Bulls on show this week.

No longer Nashville
Team Nash is sitting in the lower northern stand providing support for Brendan Nash, the former Queensland batsman who enters at No. 6 for West Inides. When he came to the wicket with his side at 4 for 63 Nash received some loud cheers from his family, friends and most of the crowd, but there were also some boos. He was expecting them as well as the first-up bouncer from Mitchell Johnson, his former flat-mate. Next ball he cut Johnson for four through point.

Another review, another not out
The Australians want their top order to have the first say on the umpire reviews, but they had two spare when Johnson, the No. 8, didn't think he had edged Sulieman Benn to Denesh Ramdin. Play was stopped for a couple of minutes while replays from all available angles were viewed to determine whether Ian Gould's decision was correct. None could prove either that he did or didn't touch it. Under the new system's regulations if there is no conclusive evidence that the judgment is wrong, the on-field official's ruling stands and Johnson walked off.

Wasted calls
Gould was supported by the technology again when Gayle tested his lbw decision in a strange choice by the batsman. Gayle was hit on the back leg, right in front, but after standing at the crease and starting to step off the ground he changed his mind. When the call came back from upstairs Gould walked back behind the stumps and raised his finger for a second time. The second unsuccessful review came in similar circumstances when Shivnarine Chanderpaul moved across his stumps and was caught in front by Siddle. Both challenges were gone by the 17th over.

Opening exchanges
Barath was fortunate to grab his first Test run when he could have been run-out for zero. He pushed a single to the offside and was short when the throw narrowly missed the stumps at the bowler's end. An off-drive off Siddle helped settle his nerves, but he was soon in discomfort again, first with the edge to Haddin and then another to Watson off Johnson.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo