West Indies tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v West Indies at Perth, Dec 16-20, 2009
Australia won by 35 runs
16,17,18,19,20 December 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

10.29 am: A few of you want to know what the pitch is like, considering Ponting chose to bat first. It's dry but has some grass on it. We'll know soon enough. Kemar Roach has the new ball and is steaming in to Shane Watson. Three slips in place, one gully.

There's a bit of a hold-up as the umpire is getting something fixed behind the sight screen. "Ok gentlemen, let's play," says umpire Ian Gould.

10.23 am: Fred Nerk's pleased that Hauritz is playing. Actually strike that, he's pleased Steve smith isn't. "Glad Steve Smith isn't in the side. He looked good in the CLT20, but throwing someone that inexperienced in would see him go the same way as McGain, Casson, Krejza, etc. He needs more work with Warnie. Having said that, he is the best post-Warne/MacGill spinner I've yet seen."

"How on earth did Rampaul keep his place? Apart from 40 odd with the bat, he has done nothing. He should have been dropped for Tonge, not Sammy," says Matt.

Think I opened a heated debate with Ryan's comment about the 400-ODI. Lots of emails coming in. Let's end that here shall we? We've got a Test to look forward to. Starting in two minutes ...

10.12 am: So the absence of Chanderpaul and Barath will pose a large problem for West Indies to overcome. They'll hope for another leading-by-example performance from their captain as they pursue a series-levelling victory.

Our early bird emailer is Ryan Murphy who has this to say about the 800-plus run fest between India and Sri Lanka in Rajkot. "What a joke! Cricket is about batting bowling and fielding. No about 800 runs scored in a day," he vents. "Games like this are killing our game. I for one would much rather a tight contest where neither bat or ball can get on top in either team. If something isn't done all we will be left with is games played on concrete pitches and all the kids wanting to be bats men as as a bowler you are just cannon fodder."

Well here's hoping this pitch at the WACA is livelier than the ones in recent years.

Toss, 10.00 am: Chris Gayle calls heads and it's a tail. Ricky Ponting wants to bat.

As expected West Indies have left out Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Adrian Barath because of finger and hamstring injuries. They've made another change as well, bringing in Gavin Tonge for Darren Sammy.

West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle (capt), 2 Travis Dowlin, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 4 Narsingh Deonarine, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Brendan Nash, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Gavin Tonge, 9 Sulieman Benn, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Kemar Roach.

Peter Siddle has not recovered from the hamstring problem that curbed his participation in Adelaide and so Clint McKay will make his Test debut.

Australia: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 Michael Clarke, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Doug Bollinger.

9.56 am: Good morning, we're a few minutes away from the toss of the final Test between Australia and West Indies in Perth. The scoreline is 1-0 in Australia's favour, so the visitors have all to play for.

Both teams have had injury problems leading up to the Test but there's good news for Australia with Hauritz set to play. Brydon Coverdale has more in his preview. I'm George Binoy and will be joined by Lawrie Colliver a little later in the day.

0.1

Roach to Watson, no run, he begins with a full ball outside off stump which Watson lets go, that swung a bit into the right-hander, I heard someone say "Well bowled Roachy, have you been practicing," over the stump mic. Wonder who it was

0.2

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length and straight, Watson gets behind the line and blocks

0.3

Roach to Watson, no run, defended watchfully once again on the back foot

0.4

Roach to Watson, no run, Watson lets a short of a length ball go past his off stump

0.5

Roach to Watson, 1 run, Watson's away by pushing the ball towards the off side and calling Katich through for a quick single

0.6

Roach to Katich, 1 no ball, Roach oversteps and bowls a full ball outside off stump, Katich watches it slant past him

0.6

Roach to Katich, no run, Katich moves across to cover his stumps and lets a full ball pass harmlessly outside off stump

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0

    • SM Katich 0 (2b)
    • SR Watson 1 (5b)
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-2-0

Ravi Rampaul will, share the new ball, bowling from over the wicket to Watson. There's a short leg as well, in addition to three slips and a gullly.

1.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, he starts with one at 127 kmh just outside off stump, Watson has to push forward and defend on the off side

1.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, that's quicker at over 133kmh, Watson leans forward and shoulders arms as the ball passes his off stump

1.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, a bit of movement there into the right hander from outside off stump, Watson stays in his crease and defends behind square on the off side

1.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, short of a length but the line is too wide outside off stump for Watson to want to play at it

1.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, terrific ball and terrific leave, Rampaul gets ever so close to Watson's off stump and the batsman decides to let it go, he let it go on bounce

1.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, this one is wider outside off and much easier to leave

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 2/0

    • SR Watson 1 (11b)
    • SM Katich 0 (2b)
    • R Rampaul 1-1-0-0
    • KAJ Roach 1-0-2-0

Right, a lot of you have written in asking about Roach's pace ...

2.1

Roach to Katich, 1 run, 144 kmh, but the line is too full on leg and middle, Katich moves across, like he usually does, and clips the ball off his pads behind square

2.2

Roach to Watson, no run, 142 kmh, short of a length outside off stump, Watson moves back and across, covers his off stump, and shoulders arms

2.3

Roach to Watson, FOUR, a full toss, and Watson meets it with a straight bat and punches it straight past the bowler for the first boundary of the Test, more of a push than a punch

2.4

Roach to Watson, no run, 146 kmh, short of a length outside off, Watson doesn't play at it

2.5

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, too straight this time, Watson stays in his crease, leans forward and closes the face to guide the ball through square leg

2.6

Roach to Watson, no run, quickest ball of the over at 147.5 kmh, the line is outside off and Watson lets it pass through to Ramdin

End of over 3 (7 runs) Australia 9/0

    • SR Watson 7 (16b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 1 (3b)
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-9-0
    • R Rampaul 1-1-0-0
3.1

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Katich tries to work a delivery off his pads but misses, that one pitched outside leg

3.2

Rampaul to Katich, no run, 134 kmh but the line is too wide outside off stump, Katich lets it go, Gilchrist on commentary reckons Rampaul got his pace up to 144 during the Champions League

3.3

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Katich lets another one go outside off, the ball carries through nicely to Ramdin, no excessive bounce yet

3.4

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Katich moves half forward and pushes a good length ball towards cover point

3.5

Rampaul to Katich, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

3.6

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Rampaul pitches in line with the stumps and seams it across Katich, the carry is good to the keeper once again

"I am a West Indian living in New York. Its now 930pm. West Indian food and drinks are ready and we are ready for another step in the resurgence of our cricket," says Tyrone.

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 9/0

    • SM Katich 1 (9b)
    • SR Watson 7 (16b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 2-2-0-0
    • KAJ Roach 2-0-9-0
4.1

Roach to Watson, no run, Roach touches 150 kmh, bowling into the breeze!! It's short of a length and Watson lets it go, Ramdin takes it around chest height

4.2

Roach to Watson, no run, fuller ball outside off stump, Watson strides forward and lets it go

4.3

Roach to Watson, no run, 144 kmh, Watson gets squared up by one that cuts back into him and defends on the off side

4.4

Roach to Watson, no run, dropped!!, Watson pushes forward at one that pitches short of a length around off stump and seams away from the right hander, Watson gets a healthy edge and Ramdin begins to move to his right to take the catch but then decides to leave it to Gayle at first slip, Gayle is late in moving to his left, he gets his hand to it but puts it down, I can't see because he's wearing shades but he seems to be giving Ramdin a stare

4.5

Roach to Watson, no run, defended on the off side

4.6

Roach to Watson, 1 run, played off the pads behind square

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 10/0

    • SR Watson 8 (22b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 1 (9b)
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-10-0
    • R Rampaul 2-2-0-0
5.1

Rampaul to Watson, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Watson cuts it past gully towards third man

5.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, left alone by the batsman

5.3

Rampaul to Watson, FOUR, full and wide outside off stump, Watson reaches out and drives hard, the ball takes the edge and flies through the gap between third slip and gully for four

5.4

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, fuller ball closer to off stump, Watson drives firmly off the front foot and hits it powerfully to mid-off where a fumble allows the single

5.5

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Katich moves toward the off side and defends back to the bowler

5.6

Rampaul to Katich, no run, good length, just outside off, Katich lifts his bat out of the way

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 17/0

    • SM Katich 1 (11b)
    • SR Watson 15 (26b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 3-2-7-0
    • KAJ Roach 3-0-10-0
6.1

Roach to Watson, 2 runs, Roach aims for the blockhole, 147 kmh, Watson meets the full ball with a straight bat and places it to mid-on's left

6.2

Roach to Watson, FOUR, short ball, 144 kmh, Watson sizes up the length in a flash, rocks back, swivels and pulls to the midwicket boundary, that bounced only around chest high, Watson initially pressed forward but was quick to move back

6.3

Roach to Watson, no run, fuller length angling into off and middle, Watson meets it with a straight bat with absolutely no gap between bat and pad

6.4

Roach to Watson, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid off

6.5

Roach to Watson, no run, 148.4 kmh, full ball angling into off stump, Watson is a touch late but ends up driving towards cover

6.6

Roach to Watson, 1 no ball, Roach over-steps, Watson defends the no ball on the leg side

6.6

Roach to Watson, no run, edged again but this time the ball falls well short of Dowlin at third slip

End of over 7 (7 runs) Australia 24/0

    • SR Watson 21 (33b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 1 (11b)
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-17-0
    • R Rampaul 3-2-7-0
7.1

Rampaul to Katich, no run, good length on middle and off, Katich defends on the front foot

7.2

Rampaul to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves a long way towards the off side to push a full ball into the gap between cover and mid off

7.3

Rampaul to Watson, 2 runs, Rampaul angles a full ball into middle and leg, Watson leans across and flicks the ball through the gap between midwicket and mid on, he's getting a move on after that dropped chance

7.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, 136 kmh and the ball really takes off, Watson lets it go outside off and Ramdin collected it above his head, excellent carry

7.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, Ramdin takes his one at chest height after Waston let it go again

7.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot, back to the bowler

I think the bowlers have mixed it up a bit too much. I haven't been able to figure out a particular plan of attack, or maybe I'm not that sharp!

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 27/0

    • SR Watson 23 (37b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 2 (13b)
    • R Rampaul 4-2-10-0
    • KAJ Roach 4-0-17-0
8.1

Roach to Katich, (no ball) 1 run, another no ball, Katich drops the ball short on the off side and scampers through

8.1

Roach to Watson, FOUR, that is too straight, on middle and leg, Watson leans forward and slightly across, his head is perfectly balanced as the bat comes around his front pad, he drives the ball wonderfully, wide of the fielder at mid-on

8.2

Roach to Watson, no run, defended on the off side on the back foot

8.3

Roach to Watson, no run, good length just outside off stump, 148 kmh, Watson strides forward and lets it go, that ball seemed to kick off the pitch too

8.4

Roach to Watson, no run, good length angling into the right hander, Watson moves back and defends on the leg side

"How's the smoke at the WACA today? Is it affecting visability at all?" asks (Lord) Byron. Don't think it's too much of an issue.

8.5

Roach to Watson, no run, defended solidly on the back foot once again, towards mid on

8.6

Roach to Watson, no run, Watson lets the last one pass by his off stump

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia 33/0

    • SR Watson 27 (43b 4x4)
    • SM Katich 3 (14b)
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-23-0
    • R Rampaul 4-2-10-0

Gavin Tonge, the debutant, replaces Rampaul, bowling from over the wicket.

9.1

Tonge to Katich, no run, starts with a wide one outside off, Katich lets it go, he's faced 15 balls to Watson's 43!

9.2

Tonge to Katich, 1 run, straighter line and Katich stays in his crease, waits for the ball, pushes it towards cover point, and sets off, giving the strike back to Watson

9.3

Tonge to Watson, no run, 136 kmh and a excellent line and length just outside off, Watson covers his off stump by striding forward before lifting his bat out of the line of the ball

9.4

Tonge to Watson, no run, left alone again, this one is wider and it rises as it approaches Ramdin

9.5

Tonge to Watson, no run, good line and length outside off with a bit of shape into the right-hander, Watson watchfully lets it go

"Are the plastic beer cup snakes as dangerous this year as they have been in the past?" asks Liam. A bit early in the day for a beer snake, in my opinion!

9.6

Tonge to Watson, no run, short of a length just outside off, Watson stands tall on his back foot, gets on top of the bounce, and plays the ball behind square on the off side

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 34/0

    • SR Watson 27 (47b 4x4)
    • SM Katich 4 (16b)
    • GC Tonge 1-0-1-0
    • KAJ Roach 5-0-23-0
10.1

Roach to Katich, no run, 146 kmh from Roach but the angle and the line is too far outside off for Katich to play at it

10.2

Roach to Katich, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side, Katich played that with soft hands

10.3

Roach to Katich, no run, fuller and straighter just outside off stump, Katich moves across and defends towards cover

10.4

Roach to Katich, no run, short of a length delivery tucks Katich up, he has to stand tall on the back foot to play the ball down on the leg side, that ball hit the bat hard

10.5

Roach to Katich, no run, Katich stays back this time, moves across, and plays the ball on the off side

10.6

Roach to Katich, 1 run, he moves back and across again and pushes the ball into the gap at cover

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 35/0

    • SM Katich 5 (22b)
    • SR Watson 27 (47b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-24-0
    • GC Tonge 1-0-1-0

There hasn't been exaggerated seam movement or swing so far.

11.1

Tonge to Katich, 2 runs, full ball angling across the left-hander, Katich meets it on the front foot and drives firmly through cover

11.2

Tonge to Katich, no run, short of a length and straight, Katich moves back and across and defends on the off side

11.3

Tonge to Katich, 1 run, too straight, Katich moves across and plays the ball off his hips behind square

11.4

Tonge to Watson, no run, good length just outside off stump, Watson covers the line of his stumps and lets it go

"Is it just me or does Watson hog the strike? He did it to Shaun Marsh in India, but never seems to with Ponting up the other end," observes Joel. Maybe he's clever!

11.5

Tonge to Watson, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, Watson stays in his crease and plays the ball off his body behind square

11.6

Tonge to Katich, no run, short of a length angling across the left-hander, Katich lets the ball pass

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 39/0

    • SM Katich 8 (26b)
    • SR Watson 28 (49b 4x4)
    • GC Tonge 2-0-5-0
    • KAJ Roach 6-0-24-0
12.1

Roach to Watson, no run, good ball! 147 kmh and angling the ball into off and middle, Watson pushes forward to defend and gets an inside edge on the leg side

12.2

Roach to Watson, FOUR, cracked! Watson moves across to a full ball on leg stump, he brings his bat down smoothly in front of his pad and whips the ball in front of square for four, it screams to the boundary

12.3

Roach to Watson, no run, left alone outside off stump

12.4

Roach to Watson, no run, driven, driven firmly, but straight to the bowler, Watson meets a good length ball with the straightest of bats and punches towards Roach

12.5

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off, Watson stays in his crease and lets it go

12.6

Roach to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson plays the ball back to roach once again

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 43/0

    • SR Watson 32 (55b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 8 (26b)
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-28-0
    • GC Tonge 2-0-5-0
13.1

Tonge to Katich, no run, Tonge draws Katich into playing forward and away from his body with one that pitches on a good length and seams away from the left-hander

13.2

Tonge to Katich, no run, Tonge goes wide of the crease and bowls one close to off stump, Katich lets it go

13.3

Tonge to Katich, no run, Katich defends but not very convincingly towards the bower, Tonge is bowling a testing length

13.4

Tonge to Katich, no run, fantastic ball, Tonge hits a short of a length on middle and off and seams the ball sharply across the left-hander, Katich gets squared up and beaten, haven't seen the ball beat the bat much so far

13.5

Tonge to Katich, no run, defended on the front foot, Katich takes one hand off the bat as he blocks

13.6

Tonge to Katich, 2 runs, eased off the front foot through the gap at cover, Katich gets two

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 45/0

    • SM Katich 10 (32b)
    • SR Watson 32 (55b 5x4)
    • GC Tonge 3-0-7-0
    • KAJ Roach 7-0-28-0

"Why does no one bowl slower balls in test cricket. At least the Windies dont bowl as short as they used to in past tours. They should bowl some well disguised slower balls to try and get a wicket," says Duncan. Rampaul's back for another go ...

14.1

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, Watson moves his front foot forward and across and drives the ball from off stump just wide of mid-on

14.2

Rampaul to Katich, no run, Katich moves across and plays the ball from his body towards the leg side

14.3

Rampaul to Katich, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg stump, Katich moves across and pushes the ball gently into the gap between midwicket and mid-on

14.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

"With regards to hogging the strike, maybe Katich is the clever one. He sees an in form Watson playing shots and is content to feed him as much as he can - knocking around singles and such. That's the art of partnership batting," says Rob.

14.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Watson watchfully lets it go

14.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, Watson lets the last ball before the drinks break go through to Ramdin

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 47/0

    • SR Watson 33 (59b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 11 (34b)
    • R Rampaul 5-2-12-0
    • GC Tonge 3-0-7-0

A top start for Australia, Watson though having a bit of luck when on 7 he was dropped by Gayle. Current temperature in Perth is 22 degrees which is near perfect.

15.1

Tonge to Katich, no run, drives a full ball, hitting it firmly to mid off

15.2

Tonge to Katich, 1 run, cuts the big paceman over the head of gully, Nash ran back and nearly took the catch running from backward point

15.3

Tonge to Watson, 1 run, short and nasty, he gloves it forward of square leg and had no idea where it went

15.4

Tonge to Katich, no run, leaves outside off, nice bounce there from a length for Tonge

15.5

Tonge to Katich, no run, comes forward and defends to short cover, looking solid in defence

15.6

Tonge to Katich, no run, defends off the back foot back to the bowler, a top over there from Tonge from the Lillee Marsh Stand End

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 49/0

    • SM Katich 12 (39b)
    • SR Watson 34 (60b 5x4)
    • GC Tonge 4-0-9-0
    • R Rampaul 5-2-12-0
16.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, comes forward and defends to gully

16.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, no hint of any swing there

16.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, comes well forward and defends a good length ball to Benn in the gully

16.4

Rampaul to Watson, FOUR, short, and Watson cuts loose with a fierce pull shot behind square leg too move the score past 50 for Australia

16.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, drives nicely to mid off, with Bravo coming acrossc quickly to prevent any run

16.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, defends off the back foot towards cover

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 53/0

    • SR Watson 38 (66b 6x4)
    • SM Katich 12 (39b)
    • R Rampaul 6-2-16-0
    • GC Tonge 4-0-9-0
17.1

Tonge to Katich, no run, leaves a good length ball go outside off, again no hint of any swing

17.2

Tonge to Katich, no run, Pushes a drive towards cover

17.3

Tonge to Katich, no run, decides to leave again, a bit far wide of off stump there

17.4

Tonge to Katich, FOUR, leg side, glides it away past the keeper to score his first boundary after 75 minutes of play. Well away from Ramdin, unlike his dismissal in Brisbane in the First Test

17.5

Tonge to Katich, FOUR, full and is driven wide of mid off, back to back boundaries for the ex-West Aussie now NSW captain

17.6

Tonge to Katich, no run, drives again, but finds the excitable Bravo at short cover

End of over 18 (8 runs) Australia 61/0

    • SM Katich 20 (45b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 38 (66b 6x4)
    • GC Tonge 5-0-17-0
    • R Rampaul 6-2-16-0
18.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, defends off the back foot towards mid off

18.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, leaves a quickish ball outside off

18.3

Rampaul to Watson, FOUR, drives to mid off, Bravo does well to fly across and take something off it, but the outfield is fast and it still runs away for a boundary

18.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, drives again, rather firmly to mid off - where Bravo doesn't need to move this time to field it

18.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, another friendly looking half volley, driven to mid off

18.6

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, drives off the inside edge to wide mid on, enabling him to keep the strike

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 66/0

    • SR Watson 43 (72b 7x4)
    • SM Katich 20 (45b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 7-2-21-0
    • GC Tonge 5-0-17-0
19.1

Tonge to Watson, no run, Gets on the back foot and defends up the off side

tries to bowl the next one and a fly gets in his eye and he has to pull up

Tonge recovers and charges in again

19.2

Tonge to Watson, no run, leaves outside off and it goes through to the keeper

19.3

Tonge to Watson, FOUR, short, pulls to mid wicket and despite Nash's best efforts it runs away for a boundary

19.4

Tonge to Watson, FOUR, short and he takes full advantage with a pull shot to square leg, 50 for Watson with 9 fours in just 85 minutes

"Hey, Lawrie, I know you'll remember Sabina in '95, when wicketkeeper Browne dived in front of 1st slip and dropped Steve Waugh on 34. Waugh went on to make 200. Was the Ramdin/Gayle drop similar, in that it was really 1st slip's ball?" asks Steve. Well Gayle got both his hands to it, so he should have taken it. Having said that, he was late in moving towards the ball because Ramdin had made a motion towards his right, as if he was going for it.

19.5

Tonge to Watson, no run, leaves outside off

19.6

Tonge to Watson, 2 runs, goes for a drive which lobs over point, a bit lucky there - but Watson is away here, riding the luck he received when dropped at slip by Gayle on 7

End of over 20 (10 runs) Australia 76/0

    • SR Watson 53 (78b 9x4)
    • SM Katich 20 (45b 2x4)
    • GC Tonge 6-0-27-0
    • R Rampaul 7-2-21-0

Bravo on for a go from the Prindiville Stand end

20.1

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, clips off his pads to long leg

20.2

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, short outside off, cuts over gully - like he is giving catching practice - didn't find the fielder, which means he registers his 10th four

20.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, drives a full ball into the stumps at the bowlers end, saving the Windies four runs

20.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, turns off his pads towards square leg to grab an easy single

Steve, I do remember that - having sat through that Test which Australia won by an innings. The catch was there for the keeper on that occasion as well!

20.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, defends to the off side

20.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, down leg side, no shot offered as it is taken on the bounce by the keeper

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 82/0

    • SM Katich 21 (48b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 58 (81b 10x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-0
    • GC Tonge 6-0-27-0
21.1

Tonge to Watson, no run, gets one to come back into him, Watson thought about a cut shot for a sec before defending off the back foot

21.2

Tonge to Watson, no run, defends off the back foot towards cover, no bother there at all

21.3

Tonge to Watson, no run, defends again, no worries in defence once again

21.4

Tonge to Watson, FOUR, full and straight and another boundary, driving hard back past the bowler to the Lillee Marsh Stand

21.5

Tonge to Watson, no run, drives to mid on, nicely played finding the fielder

21.6

Tonge to Watson, FOUR, a yorker, he squeezes it down past the leg stump and the keeper for a very very lucky boundary

End of over 22 (8 runs) Australia 90/0

    • SR Watson 66 (87b 12x4)
    • SM Katich 21 (48b 2x4)
    • GC Tonge 7-0-35-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-6-0
22.1

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, worked off the pads to long leg

22.2

Bravo to Watson, no run, defends off the back foot towards cover

22.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, tries to work to leg, hit high on the pad

Brad Hodge has played his last first-class game. Here's why.

22.4

Bravo to Watson, no run, defends to the gully where big Benn does the fielding

22.5

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, comes forward and pushes to mid on, taking off for a single. Katich was ball watching a little but they both get home very safely

22.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, defends off the back foot towards mid on

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 92/0

    • SM Katich 22 (50b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 67 (91b 12x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-8-0
    • GC Tonge 7-0-35-0

So Benn is one for a go from the Lillee/Marsh end

23.1

Benn to Watson, no run, comes forward and defends to mid on

23.2

Benn to Watson, 1 run, pushes off the back foot to mid on and grabs a rather easy single

23.3

Benn to Katich, FOUR, quicker ball, leg side and it is glanced away over the quick outfield to the fence

23.4

Benn to Katich, no run, comes forward in defence to silly point

23.5

Benn to Katich, 2 runs, forces to deep mid wicket and they grab another couple

23.6

Benn to Katich, 1 run, goes back and turns it around the corner, 100 up in just 104 minutes - good going by the homeside

End of over 24 (8 runs) Australia 100/0

    • SM Katich 29 (54b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 68 (93b 12x4)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-8-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-8-0
24.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, defends again

24.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves outside off

24.3

Bravo to Katich, 2 runs, full ball outside off, Katich leans forward and caresses the ball through cover

24.4

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, played off the hips towards square leg

Lawrie's taking a break so I'm back (George).

24.5

Bravo to Watson, no run, good length on off stump, Watson meets it with a straight bat which is close to his front pad

24.6

Bravo to Watson, no run, Bravo bowls an inswinger but the line is down leg stump, Watson tries to flick but misses

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 103/0

    • SR Watson 68 (95b 12x4)
    • SM Katich 32 (58b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-11-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-8-0

"What is hilarious is every time WI draw or win a match there is talk that they have turned a corner and then back to square one as we are seeing here. I recommend all the current WI players read the interview of the great Wes Hall, Richie Richardson, Vivian Richards and Gary Sobers and see what it really means to play for the WI," says Ken.

25.1

Benn to Katich, no run, defended on the front foot

25.2

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich pushes forward and blocks

25.3

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich moves forward and works the ball from off and middle towards midwicket

25.4

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich leans forward and defends a flat ball towards the off side

25.5

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich works a leg-side delivery behind square but his thoughts of a single are ended by Bravo who dives to his right at leg gully to pull off a sharp save

25.6

Benn to Katich, 1 run, played off the back foot towards square leg

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 104/0

    • SM Katich 33 (64b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 68 (95b 12x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-9-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-11-0
26.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, short of a length around off stump and slanting away from the left hander, Katich lets it go

26.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, Katich moves forward, a touch hesitantly, and defends a good length ball towards the off side

26.3

Bravo to Katich, no run, Bravo appeals for an lbw after Katich misses the flick and is hit on the pad, that was the inswinger to the left-hander and it hit the bat before the pad

26.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, played towards midwicket

26.5

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, Bravo bowls it full on middle and off, Katich, with a neat flick of his wrists, guides the ball behind square

Gould's having a word with Bravo, presumably about running on the danger areas of the pitch.

Now there's a minor hold up as the sight screen is adjusted.

26.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, short of a length angling into Watson, who moves back and across before closing the face of the bat to play the ball off his thighs behind square

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 106/0

    • SR Watson 69 (96b 12x4)
    • SM Katich 34 (69b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-13-0
    • SJ Benn 2-0-9-0

"Perhaps we should refrain from criticising the WI's bowling performance until both sides have batted?!" Wise feedback from Martin.

27.1

Benn to Watson, no run, defended on the front foot

27.2

Benn to Watson, no run, Watson stretches forward and plays towards cover

27.3

Benn to Watson, no run, Watson waits in his crease and nudges the ball towards short leg

27.4

Benn to Watson, no run, Watson strides forward, waits for the ball to reach him and defends with his bat well in front of his pad

27.5

Benn to Watson, no run, blocked off the front foot towards short leg, Benn's bowling briskly

27.6

Benn to Watson, no run, defended back to the bowler, and that's lunch

12.30 pm: Australia have had an excellent first session, with the openers adding 106. West Indies had one opportunity when Kemar Roach found the outside edge of Watson's bat but Gayle dropped the catch at first slip. Watson was on 7 then, he's on 69 now. He picked up his pace after that let off, driving fluently and playing crisp flicks and powerful pulls between square leg and mid on.

"When will Australian cricket fans accept Shane Watson? Sure his body has let him down but he is still constantly questioned about his ability. In the Ashes and the Frank Worrell Trophy series so far to lunch on the first day of the third Test, he has averaged 56.625 opening. Not bad for a guy who can bowl at 135-140km/h and is good in the field too!" says Tom, a Watto-flag waving fan.

There's one fan in India who's more than willing to accept Watto. "Well if Australians don't want Watson then send him to India. There is a lots of palce for him in Indian cricket team and my heart," gushes Shipra.

"It's amazing how people just want to get stuck into the Windies after just 1 session. Australia had a 150 run opening partnership in the last test and just hung on to draw. There is still plenty of time. After a great performance in the last test, losing 3 players to injury is less than ideal! How Australia would go if they took out Katich, Clark and North?" That gift was from Gab.

Email of the day from. "I think they should change ducks to swans. Batsmen wouldn't be so ashamed to get a swan as they are beautiful, graceful, majestic creatures and ducks are filthy. Imagine being lucky enough to get a swan in both innings!!" That gem was from someone who calls himself/herself the Swan Fancier.

I'll be back in about 40 minutes for the second session.

End of over 28 (maiden) Australia 106/0

    • SR Watson 69 (102b 12x4)
    • SM Katich 34 (69b 3x4)
    • SJ Benn 3-1-9-0
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-13-0

Hello, welcome back for the second session. This is George tapping away at the keyboard. Thank you for all your emails. I'll do my best to read (and publish) as many as I can but it's hard sometimes when Benn is zipping through his overs in less than three minutes.

West Indies need a wicket, quite badly, and soon. Bravo to continue ...

28.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, he beats him! Katich moves forward and across and has a loose waft at one that pitches around off and seams away, Gould immediately has a word with Bravo about his running on the pitch

28.2

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, leg stump line and Katich gets going after lunch with a flick off his pads

28.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, good length and his line is just outside off stump, left alone by Watson

28.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, good length, the ball pitches around off stump and moves into Watson who moves smoothly on to the front foot and drives to mid on

28.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, too wide outside off stump, and Katich lets it go

28.6

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, played towards cover off the front foot for one

End of over 29 (3 runs) Australia 109/0

    • SM Katich 36 (73b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 70 (104b 12x4)
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-16-0
    • SJ Benn 3-1-9-0

Benn's back, and so are three-minute overs.

29.1

Benn to Katich, 1 run, bowled flat through the air on leg and middle, Katich moves back and plays behind square

29.2

Benn to Watson, no run, bowled with zip outside off stump, Watson shapes up to cut but then lets it go

29.3

Benn to Watson, no run, ended on the front foot to silly point, except that there's no silly point

29.4

Benn to Watson, no run, Watson defends solidly, he's slipped back into the groove right after lunch

29.5

Benn to Watson, 1 run, played towards cover on the front foot

29.6

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich taps the ball off his pads towards mid on

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 111/0

    • SM Katich 37 (75b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 71 (108b 12x4)
    • SJ Benn 4-1-11-0
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-16-0
30.1

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, a touch too full and a but too straight, Watson clips the ball off his pads towards deep square leg

30.2

Bravo to Watson, no run, that seams away from the right-hander after pitching outside off, it's a bit wide and Watson doesn't feel the need to reach out for it

30.3

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, whack! Watson spots the short ball early, moves a bit forward, transfers weight on to the back foot, and muscles the ball from outside off stump high over midwicket, that nearly carried all the way

30.4

Bravo to Watson, no run, driven off the front foot towards mid-off

30.5

Bravo to Watson, no run, good length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman

30.6

Bravo to Watson, no run, Watson opens the face to guide a short of a length ball towards gully where big Benn stoops low to field the ball

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 117/0

    • SR Watson 77 (114b 13x4)
    • SM Katich 37 (75b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-22-0
    • SJ Benn 4-1-11-0
31.1

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich moves back and outside off to defend the ball back to the bowler

31.2

Benn to Katich, 2 runs, tossed up on middle stump, Katich waits for the ball to drift into him, moves forward and whips the ball through midwicket with his wrists

31.3

Benn to Katich, no run, Katich lunges at this one and gets beaten outside off, that bounced a touch more

31.4

Benn to Katich, no run, the length is short and Katich goes back and across to play the ball on the leg side

31.5

Benn to Katich, no run, defended to short leg

31.6

Benn to Katich, no run, played off the front foot towards cover

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 119/0

    • SM Katich 39 (81b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 77 (114b 13x4)
    • SJ Benn 5-1-13-0
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-22-0
32.1

Bravo to Watson, no run, Bravo goes wide of the crease and slants a good length ball into Watson who defends on the front foot

32.2

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, Bravo bowls a good length on middle stump, but Watson's balance is so good that he flicks the ball firmly towards square leg

32.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off stump, too close to cut and Watson lets it go

32.4

Bravo to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

32.5

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards cover

32.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, played off the pads towards midwicket, can't find the gap though

End of over 33 (3 runs) Australia 122/0

    • SM Katich 39 (82b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 80 (119b 13x4)
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-25-0
    • SJ Benn 5-1-13-0

Benn's off, Roach's on. This is what Gayle should have done right after lunch, that's my armchair opinion.

33.1

Roach to Watson, no run, West Indies have missed a run out! Watson pushed a full ball towards cover point and set off for the single, there was a yelp of "Wait" from Katich but Watson kept going before turning back, the fielder missed the direct hit from point - it was Deonarine - and Ramdin wasn't at the stumps quickly enough, Watson was miles and miles out of his crease

33.2

Roach to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

33.3

Roach to Watson, FOUR, hammered! Watson rocks back and launches a short ball well in front of midwicket, the short ball tactic isn't working against him and he's played some marvellous pulls

33.4

Roach to Watson, 1 run, another risky run, Watson drops the ball short on the off side and sprints through, Roach runs to the ball, picks up, turns around, throws, but misses, Watson had to dive but had the throw hit he would have been gone, me thinks

33.5

Roach to Katich, no run, played back to the bowler

33.6

Roach to Katich, no run, defended on the off side, towards point

End of over 34 (5 runs) Australia 127/0

    • SM Katich 39 (84b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 85 (123b 14x4)
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-33-0
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-25-0
34.1

Bravo to Watson, no run, good length and straight, Watson defends to the bowler

34.2

Bravo to Watson, no run, good length in the channel outside off, left alone by Watson

34.3

Bravo to Watson, no run, short of a length outside off, Watson moves towards the line of the ball and cuts into the ground towards Benn at gully

34.4

Bravo to Watson, no run, defended with a straight bat on the front foot towards the off side

34.5

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, too full, too straight and four! Watson hits the ball - drives it - with his head perfectly still and over the ball, the batswing is swift and the ball races past mid-on

34.6

Bravo to Watson, no run, left alone to the wicketkeeper

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 131/0

    • SR Watson 89 (129b 15x4)
    • SM Katich 39 (84b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 8-0-29-0
    • KAJ Roach 8-0-33-0
35.1

Roach to Katich, 1 run, Katich is batting superbly, Watson's hitting the ball so well that all he needs to do is rotate strike, and he's done that efficiently, that's a single to midwicket

35.2

Roach to Watson, OUT, caught! Watson's gone! Roach pitches the ball on an excellent length around off stump, drawing Watson forward, the batsman tries to defend but the ball seams away a fraction and clips the outside edge, Ramdin takes a comfortable catch

SR Watson c †Ramdin b Roach 89 (147m 130b 15x4 0x6) SR: 68.46

Watson, who was dropped on 7, misses his hundred but he's given Ponting a base to build from.

35.3

Roach to Ponting, no run, whoa! Ponting gets a slightly short ball first up and he unfurls the pull immediately, he didn't time it well

35.4

Roach to Ponting, no run, short ball, 146 kmh, Ponting turns his head away from the ball and gets caught like a deer in the headlights, the ball smashes into his elbow and lobs up to gully where Benn dives to take it, that was clearly off the elbow, Ponting tries to show no pain initially but he eventually takes a moment to move towards square leg and compose himself, the physio's coming out with the miracle spray

A cheer goes around the WACA as Ponting prepares to take strike again.

35.5

Roach to Ponting, no run, another short ball and Roach has Ponting jumping back to play awkwardly on the leg side, I haven't seen Ponting troubled by the short ball too often, three in a row now

That one hit him in the ribs, me thinks, a short leg comes into place.

35.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, terrific finish to a testing over, Roach gets another one to climb on Ponting who has to get really tall - standing on his toes he was - to play the ball down on the off side

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 132/1

    • RT Ponting 0 (4b)
    • SM Katich 40 (85b 3x4)
    • KAJ Roach 9-0-34-1
    • DJ Bravo 8-0-29-0

Ponting's now got one of those braces on his hurt elbow.

36.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, played from leg stump towards midwicket

36.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, edged but it falls short! Katich feels for one that Bravo angles close to his off stump and gets a thick edge that flies low and bounces before reaching second slip

36.3

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, slower ball and magnificently played! Katich had moved across a bit too early but he adjusted and waited until the ball reached him to flick it between midwicket and mid on

36.4

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, short and wide outside off stump, Katich gives it a good crack and watches it fly to the backward point boundary

36.5

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, Katich moves on to 49 by nudging the ball towards cover

36.6

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting gets off the mark by pulling a short ball, Bravo isn't as quick as Kemar

"Does anyone remember Ishant Sharma vs Ricky Ponting a couple of years back. Roach is definitely much faster than Ishant," says Payal.

End of over 37 (10 runs) Australia 142/1

    • RT Ponting 1 (5b)
    • SM Katich 49 (90b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-39-0
    • KAJ Roach 9-0-34-1
37.1

Roach to Ponting, 2 runs, do not move people, there's a contest brewing here, Roach gives Ponting another short of a length one, Ponting jumps back and pushes uppishly and opens the face, the ball is in the air but falls safely between point and gully

37.2

Roach to Ponting, no run, Ponting lets this one go outside off stump

37.3

Roach to Ponting, no run, short of a length angling into the right hander, Ponting jumps back and across and plays towards midwicket

37.4

Roach to Ponting, 1 run, short ball but this time Ponting moves across and pulls towards deep backward square, there's a fielder in the deep, Ponting looks in some discomfort though, bet that elbow is still ginger

37.5

Roach to Katich, no run, wider outside the off stump, Ponting lets it go

37.6

Roach to Katich, no run, good length on middle and off, Katich moves across and defends with a straight bat

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 145/1

    • SM Katich 49 (92b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 4 (9b)
    • KAJ Roach 10-0-37-1
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-39-0

"I like this kid Roach. Will form a good unit with Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards when they are fit, but the kid smiles too much for a quick bowler. only time I want my quick smiling is when he knocks the stumps out the ground," says Tyrone, who sounds like a boxing coach.

38.1

Bravo to Ponting, no run, bouncer and Ponting lets it go with ease

38.2

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, Bravo's slower pace isn't troubling Ponting as much, he moves across and pulls a short one to deep midwicket

38.3

Bravo to Katich, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the off side

"Yes Payal I remember it, but Ishant Sharma is very tall and that is more dangerous than pure pace. Roach will be hoping for early success against Ponting, because it will turn into a very long day if he keeps it short and Ponting gets his eye in. He has proven that time and time again...." says Tim.

38.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, played off the back foot towards midwicket

38.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, good length and straight, Katich covers all his stumps and defends towards the bowler

38.6

Bravo to Katich, 2 runs, fifty for Katich, well played! He gets there by deflecting the ball off his hips behind square, the crowd gives him warm applause, valuable innings, he let Watson have the limelight during the opening partnership by giving him strike

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 148/1

    • SM Katich 51 (96b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 5 (11b)
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-42-0
    • KAJ Roach 10-0-37-1
39.1

Roach to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting moves back and punches a short of a length ball towards mid-off, he calls Katich through

39.2

Roach to Katich, no run, a short ball to Katich but the line is on leg stump, Katich avoids it

39.3

Roach to Katich, (no ball) 1 run, Katich moves a fair bit across his stumps to work the ball off his hips behind square

39.3

Roach to Ponting, no run, fuller length, pitches outside off and moves a touch into the right-hander, Ponting still has enough space to let it go without sweat

39.4

Roach to Ponting, no run, 146 kmh, Ponting moves forward and drives towards cover, he's taking his injured hand off the bat as he completes the shot

39.5

Roach to Ponting, no run, left alone outside off stump

39.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, Ponting thrusts his front foot outside the line of off stump, lifts his bat out of the way, and lets the ball go

Ponting's having his elbow looked at yet again. "Kato has been the one batsman who has always looked in touch. The only thing missing has been a century for his fine batting," says Brendan.

The players are taking a drinks break while Ponting has his treatment. Over to Lawrie for the next hour. I'll be back after tea.

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 151/1

    • RT Ponting 6 (16b)
    • SM Katich 52 (98b 5x4)
    • KAJ Roach 11-0-40-1
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-42-0
40.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves outside off, after a long break for drinks

40.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, decides to leaves once again, making Bravo bowl to him

40.3

Bravo to Katich, 3 runs, plays a straight batted shot off the back foot through cover point, Ponting to face his first ball since drinks

40.4

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, short and pulls it around to long leg, still gritting him teeth a bit here is the Aussie skipper

40.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves alone outside off

40.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves outside off and Umpire Gould says "Over lads, right hander"

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 155/1

    • SM Katich 55 (103b 5x4)
    • RT Ponting 7 (17b)
    • DJ Bravo 11-0-46-0
    • KAJ Roach 11-0-40-1
41.1

Roach to Ponting, no run, jumps back and across and defends to mid on, he looks in real bother here

41.2

Roach to Ponting, FOUR, Spoke too soon as he gets inside of one and plays it to long leg - don't underestimate a wounded champion

41.3

Roach to Ponting, SIX, short and he takes him on hooking it into the crowd at long leg, right where Doug Walters hit Bob Willis in 1974 to bring up his 100 in that memorable Ashes Test match!!

41.4

Roach to Ponting, no run, defends off the back foot to mid on, looking a bit uncomfortable

41.5

Roach to Ponting, FOUR, goes back a gets it away off his hip to long leg, 464 so far in this over - great viewing here - the young bull versus the old bull

41.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, leaves outside off, no need to wave at that one outside off

End of over 42 (14 runs) Australia 169/1

    • RT Ponting 21 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • SM Katich 55 (103b 5x4)
    • KAJ Roach 12-0-54-1
    • DJ Bravo 11-0-46-0
42.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, drives to mid off, finding the fielder

42.2

Bravo to Katich, 3 runs, drives a full ball towards the extra cover rope, Deonarine gets there and keeps it to three runs

42.3

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, short and he pulls it to deep square leg, in some pain again the Aussie skipper as he clenches his left arm

42.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, short outside off and he leaves it

Ponting has signalled for the physio again, I suspect he may be calling to retire hurt

42.5

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, short and he cuts it away to deep point

now what will Ponting do, Hussey getting his gloves on in the rooms so I wonder if this might be the last ball he faces for a while.

42.6

Bravo to Ponting, 1 run, short, pulls one handed to long leg and I think that might be it for him

RT Ponting retired hurt 23 (44m 25b 2x4 1x6) SR: 92.00

Ponting decides to retire hurt and gets a decent ovation there, Hussey to come in

End of over 43 (6 runs) Australia 175/1

    • SM Katich 59 (107b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 12-0-52-0
    • KAJ Roach 12-0-54-1

Tonge returns as Ponting exits, to bowl to Hussey

43.1

Tonge to Hussey, no run, Defends to the off side

43.2

Tonge to Hussey, FOUR, short and he pulls it in front of square leg, great way to get off the mark

43.3

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves outside off

43.4

Tonge to Hussey, no run, comes forward and defends a straight ball towards mid off

43.5

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves again outside off, no need to play at that one

43.6

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends off the back foot to cover point

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 179/1

    • MEK Hussey 4 (6b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 59 (107b 5x4)
    • GC Tonge 8-0-39-0
    • DJ Bravo 12-0-52-0
44.1

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, cuts nicely behind point a grabs a single

Right Hussey to face Bravo who dismissed him in the second innings in Adelaide

44.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, comes forward and defends to short cover

44.3

Bravo to Hussey, no run, leaves a shortish ball outside off

44.4

Bravo to Hussey, 3 runs, full and drives it wide of mid off, they get three as the fielder just saves it inside the ropes

44.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves outside off, no need to play

44.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, leaves outside off, tidy over into the breeze there

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 183/1

    • SM Katich 60 (110b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 7 (9b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 13-0-56-0
    • GC Tonge 8-0-39-0
45.1

Tonge to Hussey, no run, comes forward in defence to one that swings in a bit, plays to square leg

45.2

Tonge to Hussey, 1 no ball, tries to pull one that climbs into his ribs a bit, didn't really come on to him

45.2

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves outside off, no shot offered there from Hussey

45.3

Tonge to Hussey, 2 runs, short and pulls it wide of mid on, Roach chases and make a bit of a meal of it, but they don't get any more runs than they should

45.4

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves outside off

45.5

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends off the back foot straight to cover point

45.6

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves again outside off, tidy over there from the debutant

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 186/1

    • MEK Hussey 9 (16b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 60 (110b 5x4)
    • GC Tonge 9-0-42-0
    • DJ Bravo 13-0-56-0

Deonarine comes on for a bowl, he has two Test wickets with his off spin

46.1

Deonarine to Katich, no run, defends to point

46.2

Deonarine to Katich, 1 run, pushes out to deep cover point, easy single

46.3

Deonarine to Hussey, no run, pushes to point, looking for a single which wasn't there

46.4

Deonarine to Hussey, no run, quicker ball, which is left alone - taken by Ramdin

Ponting has gone for an x-ray, more on that when we get the info

46.5

Deonarine to Hussey, no run, leaves outside off

46.6

Deonarine to Hussey, no run, tries to pull and misses, hit on the body - too high for a decent LBW shout

End of over 47 (1 run) Australia 187/1

    • MEK Hussey 9 (20b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 61 (112b 5x4)
    • N Deonarine 1-0-1-0
    • GC Tonge 9-0-42-0
47.1

Tonge to Katich, no run, defends off the back foot to short cover

defends slowly to point to take the single there on offer

47.2

Tonge to Katich, 1 run

47.3

Tonge to Hussey, no run, plays to short cover and Bowden warns him for running down the pitch

47.4

Tonge to Hussey, (no ball) FOUR, edges through second slip, why no fielder there? The cut played a bit too close to the body but it gets him a boundary. It was a No ball

47.4

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends off the back foot to the bowler

just watching footage of Ponting going off for an x-ray

47.5

Tonge to Hussey, 1 no ball, drives to mid off, another no ball, the breeze is carrying him over the line there in his run up

47.5

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends towards mid off

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 194/1

    • MEK Hussey 13 (25b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 62 (114b 5x4)
    • GC Tonge 9.5-0-49-0
    • N Deonarine 1-0-1-0
48.1

Deonarine to Katich, 2 runs, short and its cut away behind point

48.2

Deonarine to Katich, FOUR, drives a full toss wide of mid on, reaching the ropes

48.3

Deonarine to Katich, no run, defends off the back foot to short cover

48.4

Deonarine to Katich, no run, drives a fullish ball to mid off

48.5

Deonarine to Katich, no run, comes forward in defence

48.6

Deonarine to Katich, no run, drives to short cover

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 200/1

    • SM Katich 68 (120b 6x4)
    • MEK Hussey 13 (25b 2x4)
    • N Deonarine 2-0-7-0
    • GC Tonge 9.5-0-49-0
49.1

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends off the back foot into the covers

49.2

Tonge to Hussey, no run, leaves outside off

49.3

Tonge to Hussey, 1 run, works off the pads to deep square leg, just strayed onto his pads

49.4

Tonge to Katich, 1 run, short and pulls it around to long leg

49.5

Tonge to Hussey, 1 no ball, drives on the bounce to cover point

49.5

Tonge to Hussey, FOUR, short and thumps it behind square leg to the boundary, typical Hussey shot - Tonge too slow to be dropping short there

49.6

Tonge to Hussey, no run, defends to short cover, Gayle there fields - no doubt wondering how he can get a wicket

End of over 50 (7 runs) Australia 207/1

    • MEK Hussey 18 (31b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 69 (121b 6x4)
    • GC Tonge 11-0-56-0
    • N Deonarine 2-0-7-0
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