West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau April 22, 2012

Australia seek winning finish to Test season

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Match facts

April 23-27, Windsor Park
Start time 1000 (1400 GMT)

Big Picture

Australia have retained the Frank Worrell Trophy but a drizzly draw is far from enough to satisfy Michael Clarke. He wants his first West Indies tour as captain to end in victory, and the Australians have that chance over the next five days in Dominica. The second-least populous nation that makes up the West Indies cricket team (after St Kitts and Nevis), Dominica is an unfamiliar venue for the Australia players, none of whom have played at Windsor Park before.

Not that it's that familiar to some of the West Indians either: the veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has played only one first-class game there. West Indies do have a Dominican player in their side, the spinner Shane Shillingford, and he should play a key role having been preferred to Devendra Bishoo, who has been released from the squad.

West Indies might have lost the chance to regain the trophy but they can take encouragement from the Test in Trinidad, where they looked like making a real go of their chase of 215 on the final day until the weather intervened. They also dominated the first three days of the series in Barbados, so while Australia will enter the match as favourites, a 1-1 series draw is far from out of the question.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Darren Sammy has made contributions throughout the Test series - in fact, throughout Australia's entire tour - but this would be the perfect time for him to play a match-winning role. In Barbados, he removed Australia's openers and made a handy 41 himself in the first innings and in Trinidad he showed a willingness to promote himself up the order when the situation demanded it. If he can combine a fast-paced innings of substance with a few wickets, he will be one step closer to ending his first Frank Worrell Trophy series as captain on a high.

Australia's Test-only players have a six-month break after this match and as one of the few in that category, Ed Cowan would feel much better over the winter if he was coming off a big Test innings. Cowan has now walked out to bat ten times for Australia and has two half-centuries to show for it, but no hundreds. His contributions in this series - 14, 34, 28 and 20 - have not been failures but nor have they cemented his place in the side. The same could be said of his partner David Warner on this trip, but Warner already has two Test centuries to his name. At some stage, Cowan will need to take that next step as well.

Team news

Fidel Edwards finished the Trinidad Test with what the captain Sammy described as "a slight niggle" and he could be replaced by Ravi Rampaul. Bishoo has been released from the squad, so there is no chance of West Indies picking two spinners. The Guyana batsman Assad Fudadin has joined the squad but is unlikely to find a place in the starting line-up.

West Indies (possible) : 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Kieran Powell, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Shane Shillingford, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Ravi Rampaul.

Injuries have forced Peter Siddle and James Pattinson to head home, which will mean a return for Ryan Harris after he was rested following his Man-of-the-Match performance in the first Test in Barbados. Michael Beer bowled well in Trinidad but is expected only to hold his position if the Windsor Park pitch looks especially spin-friendly. It appears more likely that the left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc will come in for his fourth Test.

Australia (possible): 1 Ed Cowan, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ryan Harris, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, 11 Nathan Lyon.

Pitch and conditions

Windsor Park is still in its international infancy. In its first Test, between West Indies and India last year, only a third of the wickets fell to spin. In the two four-day matches played at the venue during the domestic competition that has just finished, no team managed 300 in an innings. The forecast suggests there could be showers throughout the Test.

Stats and trivia

  • Shivnarine Chanderpaul needs 82 runs to reach 10,000 in Tests
  • Should West Indies win, it will be the first time since 1999 a Test series between the two sides has not been won by Australia
  • Kemar Roach's ten-wicket haul in Trinidad was the first time a West Indies bowler had achieved the feat in a Test since Corey Collymore claimed 11 against Pakistan in Jamaica in 2005

Quotes

"I'm pretty sure all the boys will want to make this Test a good one for themselves personally and for the team because we've had a really good summer, we want to finish on a high before we get stuck into one-day cricket and the Twenty20 World Cup."
Michael Clarke

"When Australia came here everybody didn't give us a chance, but we've played a brand of cricket that we want to get used to. That said we've still got to get the victories and that's what we're looking for. To level a series against Australia would be another stepping stone for us."
Darren Sammy on the prospects of sharing the series.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on April 24, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Digimont - perhaps India need to poach some Bangladesh players?

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    If I hear one more post on how the Aussies were tired and the pitches were bad, I'm going to gag. They're not the first team in history to have a busy schedule and you're off till Winter after this. Plus, both teams played on the SAME pitches. We had to deal with it, and you had to deal with it. Nothing unfair there. Face it--you couldn't beat us so now you're making excuses. But that's okay. If you win this last Test, you can tell yourselves the rest was just all a bad dream. At least until the Ashes...

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    @ jonesy2 it must have rained all the way through that OD and T20 series you couldn't win either...

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @ Marcio, get your facts straight. We do not 'doctor' wickets. The nature of the pitches here has been no secret for years now. Everyone including you just has to deal with it. It was no faster for the English when they lost on it for 51 against pace. It's ridiculous that every time someone has to face Windies, they grumble about the pitches. We would love to have green pitches everywhere--in case you didn't notice, we tend to play fast/med bowlers. Does your theory make sense given we never play more than one spinner at a time? The fact is, Aussie pitches can be found in Australia and South Africa. Seaming pitches are in England--and the wickets in Guyana, Trinidad and St. Vincent have taken spin since they were first played on. Windies may be a shadow of its former glory, but we are fair-minded and we don't cheat.

  • on April 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    On spin friendly pitches the Pakistani spinners will slaughter the Ausie batsmen. Among the current lot I cannot see anyone getting a half century against the former with the exception only of Clarke and perhaps also M. Hussey. How the Pakistani batsmen will fare against the Ausie bowlers (if they can scrape 4 of them together to play) is a much more unknown factor; a 50/50 affair perhaps. All this means, in my humble opinion, is that Pakistan will come out winners in a test series between these two countries, unless they play their matches on tracks much more suited to fast bowling.

  • TeamSelector on April 23, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I agree with the Fudadin comments here, the guy definitely deserves a chance to play. Surely he cannot do much worse than Powell or Barath. At least Brathwaite scored a fifty. & WI cannot keep sending three inexperienced batsmen at the top of the order, they need Bravo to step up to #3. As for Fidel, I won't risk playing him with an injury. I would rather go with Rampaul. 1-Barath, 2-Brathwaite, 3-Bravo, 4-Fudadin, 5-Shiv, 6-Deonarine, 7-Sammy, 8-Baugh, 9-Rampaul, 10-Roach, 11-Shillingford.

  • on April 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Well whatever happens i'm just hoping for a reasonable pitch so we can see some attractive cricket. Along with some good weather so that we can get a result, there's not too much more that you could ask for to bring this excellent tour to an end. I think Australia's bowling will be much stronger here for the inclusion of Harris and possibly Starc too. The West Indian attack too may be enhanced by the inclusion of Rampaul, his ability to bottle things up will help keep the pressure on the Aussie batsmen who would much rather see the board ticking over at a healthy clip. Best of luck to both teams!

  • Digimont on April 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @maddy20 - given the result, I suggest that India sent its B Team to Australia this summer - some old has beens called Laxman and Sehwag, who would not have run any slower in the field if they had been tied together and batted like they WERE tied together. The shadow that used to belong to Tendulkar and a wall with more gaps in it than bricks. A captain who wouldn't board the ship, let alone go down with it. Bowlers who all looked like they were trying to hold up an end while somebody else that wasn't there took wickets at the other end. Oh, hang on, that was your A Team. West Indies and New Zealand have proven to be greater challenges simply because they are both better teams than India. India may have over a billion people, but it can't find 11 cricketers among them with pride for their country that outweighs their love of undeserved wads of cash.

  • on April 23, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Australia should play more aggressive against ordinary West Indian. Kemar Roach, Darren Summy are not that difficult bowlers to fear. Shillingford also not a threatening bowler. Aussie Batsmen should bat more aggressively to win this match. I wish a hundred of Ricky Ponting.

  • Nerk on April 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The fact that this is a test between Australian and the Windies, yet we still end up talking about the strengths and weaknesses of Team India shows what a global game we have become! Turning back to the issue at hand, this has been an old fashioned test series. Both teams have fought hard, and though a few Windies fans continue to attack Sammy and Gibson, for the first time in a long time an Aus vs. Windies test series has gone to the last test with the series still in the balance and some of the credit must go to the captain and coach. Hopefully, the exhaustion of the last two thrillers wont have sapped the two teams, and we can have a good match of it again. C'mon Aussies!

  • Meety on April 24, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Digimont - perhaps India need to poach some Bangladesh players?

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    If I hear one more post on how the Aussies were tired and the pitches were bad, I'm going to gag. They're not the first team in history to have a busy schedule and you're off till Winter after this. Plus, both teams played on the SAME pitches. We had to deal with it, and you had to deal with it. Nothing unfair there. Face it--you couldn't beat us so now you're making excuses. But that's okay. If you win this last Test, you can tell yourselves the rest was just all a bad dream. At least until the Ashes...

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    @ jonesy2 it must have rained all the way through that OD and T20 series you couldn't win either...

  • rsgarcia on April 24, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @ Marcio, get your facts straight. We do not 'doctor' wickets. The nature of the pitches here has been no secret for years now. Everyone including you just has to deal with it. It was no faster for the English when they lost on it for 51 against pace. It's ridiculous that every time someone has to face Windies, they grumble about the pitches. We would love to have green pitches everywhere--in case you didn't notice, we tend to play fast/med bowlers. Does your theory make sense given we never play more than one spinner at a time? The fact is, Aussie pitches can be found in Australia and South Africa. Seaming pitches are in England--and the wickets in Guyana, Trinidad and St. Vincent have taken spin since they were first played on. Windies may be a shadow of its former glory, but we are fair-minded and we don't cheat.

  • on April 23, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    On spin friendly pitches the Pakistani spinners will slaughter the Ausie batsmen. Among the current lot I cannot see anyone getting a half century against the former with the exception only of Clarke and perhaps also M. Hussey. How the Pakistani batsmen will fare against the Ausie bowlers (if they can scrape 4 of them together to play) is a much more unknown factor; a 50/50 affair perhaps. All this means, in my humble opinion, is that Pakistan will come out winners in a test series between these two countries, unless they play their matches on tracks much more suited to fast bowling.

  • TeamSelector on April 23, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I agree with the Fudadin comments here, the guy definitely deserves a chance to play. Surely he cannot do much worse than Powell or Barath. At least Brathwaite scored a fifty. & WI cannot keep sending three inexperienced batsmen at the top of the order, they need Bravo to step up to #3. As for Fidel, I won't risk playing him with an injury. I would rather go with Rampaul. 1-Barath, 2-Brathwaite, 3-Bravo, 4-Fudadin, 5-Shiv, 6-Deonarine, 7-Sammy, 8-Baugh, 9-Rampaul, 10-Roach, 11-Shillingford.

  • on April 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Well whatever happens i'm just hoping for a reasonable pitch so we can see some attractive cricket. Along with some good weather so that we can get a result, there's not too much more that you could ask for to bring this excellent tour to an end. I think Australia's bowling will be much stronger here for the inclusion of Harris and possibly Starc too. The West Indian attack too may be enhanced by the inclusion of Rampaul, his ability to bottle things up will help keep the pressure on the Aussie batsmen who would much rather see the board ticking over at a healthy clip. Best of luck to both teams!

  • Digimont on April 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @maddy20 - given the result, I suggest that India sent its B Team to Australia this summer - some old has beens called Laxman and Sehwag, who would not have run any slower in the field if they had been tied together and batted like they WERE tied together. The shadow that used to belong to Tendulkar and a wall with more gaps in it than bricks. A captain who wouldn't board the ship, let alone go down with it. Bowlers who all looked like they were trying to hold up an end while somebody else that wasn't there took wickets at the other end. Oh, hang on, that was your A Team. West Indies and New Zealand have proven to be greater challenges simply because they are both better teams than India. India may have over a billion people, but it can't find 11 cricketers among them with pride for their country that outweighs their love of undeserved wads of cash.

  • on April 23, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Australia should play more aggressive against ordinary West Indian. Kemar Roach, Darren Summy are not that difficult bowlers to fear. Shillingford also not a threatening bowler. Aussie Batsmen should bat more aggressively to win this match. I wish a hundred of Ricky Ponting.

  • Nerk on April 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The fact that this is a test between Australian and the Windies, yet we still end up talking about the strengths and weaknesses of Team India shows what a global game we have become! Turning back to the issue at hand, this has been an old fashioned test series. Both teams have fought hard, and though a few Windies fans continue to attack Sammy and Gibson, for the first time in a long time an Aus vs. Windies test series has gone to the last test with the series still in the balance and some of the credit must go to the captain and coach. Hopefully, the exhaustion of the last two thrillers wont have sapped the two teams, and we can have a good match of it again. C'mon Aussies!

  • Marcio on April 23, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    OK @ maddy20, the Indian B team are much better than Australia, which beat your a team 4-0. It makes sense. And as for Oz wickets, you were clearly watching a different series than I did. All pitches were sporting, with a little for the bowlers, and true for batsmen. They were NOWHERE near as green as for the previous summer, which was the wettest summer in a century. And by the time the ODI series came round, there were Indian-type wickets on offer - slow, low, grassless, completely negating Australia's main strength - pace bowling. Face it. Australia is one of the few countries that does not doctor its wickets to any significant degree. That is the truth. This current WI mob have clearly produced low slow wickets b/c they know Aussie batsmen love the ball coming on, and are not quite as good against spin. And OZ have some really good fast bowlers coming through, and they wanted to negate that, I suspect.

  • on April 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @Marcio have to disagree with you partly.Agreed conditions have played a part in the lack of runs.But comparing Indian and WI bowling..Ind is much worse..now indian fans dont come after me saying "last year when Ind toured WI" it was Laxman's last match winning effort which won the series for India.Prominent non performer was Harbhajan Singh who was out classed by Bishoo by a mile..this is from India

  • smudgeon on April 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    i have to agree, i think Sammy is going to deliver with the bat in this match. just a feeling. and let's face it, he needs to either prove his ability with the bat (and he has the potential to be a destructive middle-order bat) to silence his critics, or accept that he's a good bowler and play as such. somehow, i reckon he's the kind who would thrive on being in a position where he can prove the doubters wrong. regardless of that, i think it's going to be a pretty intriguing contest, just as the first two tests have been. i'd like to see Ed get some runs on the board too.

  • RandyOZ on April 23, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I like having a left armer in the team, and am looking forward to Starc showing us his stuff. He has a bad tendency to drop it short like Mitch though so I hope he pitches it up and gets the ball moving about.

  • JG2704 on April 23, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @maddy20 - Did that Australian team which struggles so much against spin not beat SL in SL late last year.OK so it was by one test but by all accounts they were on top throughout the series. VS WI - they are 1-0 up out of 2 tests with the 1st test Aus snatching a win from an inevitable draw and the 2nd test being drawn due to bad weather. I know England struggled badly in the UAE tests and lost the 1st SL test because of their inability to play spin but in Australia's most recent SC trip they came out with a series win.We can all go back in time but that is irrelevant. Until the last year India were competitive in away tests

  • on April 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Sammy couldn't win a tea party, rain came to his rescue all the time. WI line is rubbish.Otis Gibson and Sammy must go we have better player in the WI.

  • Drew12 on April 23, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Yes, rsgarcia, it has been a fantasic season. Note the deliberate use of the word season by dsig3, not to be confused with series. This series is at the book-end of one of the more congested Australian seasons I can remember. Something like 9 months of non-stop cricket. Irrespective of the quality of the WI as opponents (even at home) the Australian side is doing remarkably well to be on top and still be so hungry to win the series this late into a very long season.

  • dunger.bob on April 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I've been told that this is a different sort of pitch to what we've seen so far. I'm looking forward to seeing which team can adapt to the new conditions the best. .. very keen to see Starc bowl. I like our bowling better with a leftie in it. As long as he's good that is. I'm not sure about Starc and need to see more of him .. .. @ rsgarcia : it's been a good season for Aussie fan's too. The Kiwi's came over and played well and held us to 1-1. Then we mutilated India 4-0 and won a pretty good quality one day tri-series. Then we went to the West Indies and have held our own pretty well so far .. yeah, that's not a bad season I reckon. At least you didn't slaughter us like Pakistan did to England or Australia did to India. .. both of those series ended up with the lower ranked team pulverising the higher ranked one. .. at least we avoided that.

  • zdrgn on April 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @ maddy20,australians are not faltering against spin. they have got clarke, hussey who can play spin very well. we also wait for tour to india to watch how india can perform without dravid.

  • maddy20 on April 23, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @Marcio Thats very wrong. An India-B team we sent to WI scored at more than 3.5 runs an over. In Aus you get to make pitches that are tailormade for your team. In WI the tracks are more spin friendly and its no secret that Aus batsmen falter against spin. In India even the likes of Ponting average around 23 in tests. It will be interesting to see how they play Pakistan(in Sri Lanka) and India and India.

  • jonesy2 on April 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    not to mention the pitch conditions have been horrendous and have not allowed any scoring of runs

  • jonesy2 on April 23, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    really dissappointed in this series, the weather has effectively ruined it completely and robbed australia of another away clean sweep. looking forward to starc playing, he could do some real damage.

  • jmcilhinney on April 23, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    I would imagine that Australia intended to recall Harris anyway, with Siddle or Hilfenhaus getting the rest. The extra injury is a break for Starc, who probably would have had to wait for the A tour to get more international cricket otherwise. If Phil Hughes can score some runs in English domestic cricket then Cowan may have a nervous 6 months off, unless he scores well here. I'm sure the Australian selectors are looking for Hughes to return at some stage, although they may want to see a bit more from him than they might some others, given that he has failed to justify his selection on previous occasions.

  • SirAlfredMansbridge on April 23, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Well hello all, this is Sir Alfred Mansbridge of Oxford. I would just like to endorse the selection of this young lad from Guyana, Mr. Assad Fudadin. I must say he has outstanding batting skills as was demonstrated in a match against Barbados last year. I was on a business meeting in Guyana and was happy to see this young man of extraordinary talent. I certainly remember that he went on to score a hundred that afternoon. I must say, after watching the last few tests against Australia, that this young man should be given a spot in the test which starts tomorrow. I truly believe he will take full advantage if given a chance. Best of luck.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on April 23, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    GIVE FUDADEEN A CHANCE NOW, DE BOY CAN BAT, LOOK HOW MANY RUNS HIM SCORE OVER THE PAST YEARS.., in fact him look like Mustaq Mohammed, him can really bat and way better than Bratwait or Powell and even Deonarine. Hope Butts and Sammy read this comment and put Fudadeen in now! READ THIS SAMMY AND SELECTORS. DROP BRATHWAIT AND GIVE THIS BOY A CHANCE.

  • rsgarcia on April 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Yes @dsig3, I agree. It's been a fantastic season watching the Aussies have to go down to the last Test and they STILL haven't won a series on this tour yet. A fantastic season indeed. For Windes anyway. Go Windies! Now and Forever!

  • Mikecricket on April 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Come on Aussies lets win 2-0

  • on April 23, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    ..i hope they play our Guyanese brother Assad..he comes across as a talented batsman who can also bowl...either Keiran Powell or the youngster Braitwaite should gave way for him

  • halberdierv2 on April 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @kangaroussy - that map is outdated by at least 5-6 years. Its a proper stadium now, one of the best in the West Indies. and for a series that unexpectedly has been so even in result and engaging in process, this is probably one of the best series sendoffs you Aussies can get here in the West Indies.

  • PACERONE on April 23, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    I am glad that W.I has not replaced Baugh with the absolutely useless Ramdin.Baugh has been a integral part of this team.paying attention to what is going on on the field.Witness him noticing that not enough men in the circle in one match.Ramdin has been known to drop catches and they both do not bat to their capabilities.Brathwaithe should not be playing in this match.Fudadin should play..what is the reason of selecting him and not playing him.

  • Marcio on April 23, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    None of the domestic games produced an innings of more than 300 on this ground! That is the real context for knockers who don't understand why not many runs have been scored in this series, and at slow rates. Australia scored a massive amount of runs against India recently - at one point (Sydney, I think) they had 800 runs for the loss of one wicket. Warner scored a century in half a session. India were ranked #2 at the time, and their attack is no worse than the WI. Clearly it is conditions which have contributed to batsmen not scoring highly or quickly in the WI, not a lack of ability, as some have suggested.

  • on April 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Ponting should be dropped

  • landl47 on April 22, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Let's hope the game can be played to a finish. The two sides have put on a great series here and it would be good to see a result in the final game. Good luck to both teams.

  • dsig3 on April 22, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Common Aus, one last effort to cap off a fantastic season. Hopefully it will be a better wicket than the last match.

  • Ra_Thore on April 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Aussie batting will crush WI this time.

  • kangaroussy on April 22, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Has Windsor Park been significantly developed since the current satellite photo on google maps? Because at the moment it really does look like a park oval! I hope that the weather doesn't intervene too much and Aus and the Windies can put on a cracking test to finish our season.

  • Sinhaya on April 22, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Hope Windies wins the toss and posts 400 plus. Shocked to see this useless Baugh keeping wickets when they should have Ramdhin instead. Anyway, hope Powell and Bharath make an impression with useful contributions with the bat. Bravo must target a century. Good luck Windies from a Sri Lankan fan!

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  • Sinhaya on April 22, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Hope Windies wins the toss and posts 400 plus. Shocked to see this useless Baugh keeping wickets when they should have Ramdhin instead. Anyway, hope Powell and Bharath make an impression with useful contributions with the bat. Bravo must target a century. Good luck Windies from a Sri Lankan fan!

  • kangaroussy on April 22, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Has Windsor Park been significantly developed since the current satellite photo on google maps? Because at the moment it really does look like a park oval! I hope that the weather doesn't intervene too much and Aus and the Windies can put on a cracking test to finish our season.

  • Ra_Thore on April 22, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Aussie batting will crush WI this time.

  • dsig3 on April 22, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Common Aus, one last effort to cap off a fantastic season. Hopefully it will be a better wicket than the last match.

  • landl47 on April 22, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Let's hope the game can be played to a finish. The two sides have put on a great series here and it would be good to see a result in the final game. Good luck to both teams.

  • on April 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Ponting should be dropped

  • Marcio on April 23, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    None of the domestic games produced an innings of more than 300 on this ground! That is the real context for knockers who don't understand why not many runs have been scored in this series, and at slow rates. Australia scored a massive amount of runs against India recently - at one point (Sydney, I think) they had 800 runs for the loss of one wicket. Warner scored a century in half a session. India were ranked #2 at the time, and their attack is no worse than the WI. Clearly it is conditions which have contributed to batsmen not scoring highly or quickly in the WI, not a lack of ability, as some have suggested.

  • PACERONE on April 23, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    I am glad that W.I has not replaced Baugh with the absolutely useless Ramdin.Baugh has been a integral part of this team.paying attention to what is going on on the field.Witness him noticing that not enough men in the circle in one match.Ramdin has been known to drop catches and they both do not bat to their capabilities.Brathwaithe should not be playing in this match.Fudadin should play..what is the reason of selecting him and not playing him.

  • halberdierv2 on April 23, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    @kangaroussy - that map is outdated by at least 5-6 years. Its a proper stadium now, one of the best in the West Indies. and for a series that unexpectedly has been so even in result and engaging in process, this is probably one of the best series sendoffs you Aussies can get here in the West Indies.

  • on April 23, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    ..i hope they play our Guyanese brother Assad..he comes across as a talented batsman who can also bowl...either Keiran Powell or the youngster Braitwaite should gave way for him