April 19, 2003

Australia bat as West Indies make forced changes

Australia won the toss and chose to bat at a sunny Port of Spain in the second Test, with Steve Waugh convinced that the grassy pitch would favour his two spinners towards the end of the match.

While Australia were confident enough to name the same side that won by nine wickets at Georgetown, West Indies had three changes forced on them by injury, with two young players given their debuts. The inclusion of 20-year-old Carlton Baugh as wicketkeeper was a certainty once Ridley Jacobs withdrew on Tuesday; the other new face, David Bernard, was not in the original 15-man squad but was called-up when Jermaine Lawson pulled out with chickenpox.

But the eleventh-hour withdrawal of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had failed to recover from the knee injury he picked up in Guyana, was a serious blow to Brian Lara, only partially softened by the return of Ramnarine Sarwan.

West Indies 1 Wavell Hinds, 2 Devon Smith, 3 Daren Ganga, 4 Brian Lara (capt), 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 David Bernard, 9 Vasbert Drakes, 10 Pedro Collins, 11 Mervyn Dillon.

Australia 1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Justin Langer, 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Steve Waugh (capt), 5 Darren Lehmann, 6 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 7 Brad Hogg, 8 Andy Bichel, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Jason Gillespie, 11 Stuart MacGill.