West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 1st day

West Indies grind on dour day

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

April 7, 2012

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West Indies 179 for 3 (K Edwards 61, Brathwaite 57) v Australia
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Kraigg Brathwaite played out a patient opening, West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Barbados, 1st Day, April, 7, 2012
Kraigg Brathwaite made 57 from 199 balls © AFP
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There's no doubt about it: the Test series has started. After two weeks of limited-overs games between these two teams and while the IPL, with its promise of immediate gratification, gets under way in India, West Indies and Australia played out a dour first day in Barbados. By the end of a rain-shortened day, neither side could claim any real advantage but Kraigg Brathwaite's stubborn half-century and Kirk Edwards' 61 had given the hosts something to build on.

An afternoon shower halted proceedings after 73 hard-fought overs in which West Indies had inched along to 179 for 3. The Australians had not long removed the limpet-like Brathwaite for 57 from 199 deliveries only to be greeted by the sight of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who during the last Caribbean series between the sides enjoyed a batting stretch of 18 hours without being dismissed, walking to the crease.

When play was abandoned for the day, Chanderpaul was on 8 and Darren Bravo had made 20 from 60 deliveries, and their partnership loomed as a key for both sides with Narsingh Deonarine the only specialist batsman still to come. The two men were hoping to build on the platform constructed by Brathwaite and Edwards but should Australia separate them early on day two, the work of the top order might be annulled.

Bravo had shown some inclination to attack early in his innings as he launched the occasional legspin of David Warner high into the stands over long-on, but he was quiet after that. It didn't help that he lost the established Brathwaite, who tickled behind off Peter Siddle to give the debutant wicketkeeper Matthew Wade his first catch in Test cricket.

It was the end of a gritty but far from unblemished innings from Brathwaite, who now has four half-centuries from his seven Tests but is yet to move beyond the 60s. The Australians dropped Brathwaite twice and Edwards once in an untidy fielding display and their partnership was allowed to blossom to 104 runs thanks to the let-offs.

Brathwaite was put down on 10 when he pushed a ball from Siddle uppishly back to the left of the bowler, who misjudged the chance and spilled the catch with his left hand. Another life came on 44, when Ricky Ponting at second slip grassed a tough diving opportunity off Shane Watson.

The simplest of all the lives was the chance given to Edwards on 56 when he edged a fullish wide ball from Siddle and Watson at fourth slip saw a sitter bounce out of his hands. Fortunately for Watson, Edwards added only five more to his score before on 61 he gave Warner his first Test wicket and just his second in first-class cricket.

Warner bowled some good balls during his spell, flighting the ball to encourage strokeplay, and Edwards obliged by driving a delivery hard back at the bowler. But Warner's reflexes were good enough and he snapped up an excellent return catch low to his right, rewarding the willingness of the captain Michael Clarke to try new things in the search for a partnership breaker.

The only wicket in the first session had come when Adrian Barath, on 22 from 54 balls, fell for an obvious plan as Ryan Harris came around the wicket with a short-leg and deep backward square leg in position. The bouncer was bowled and Barath obliged with an attempted hook that flew off the top edge and was easily taken by Siddle at deep backward square leg.

But that brought Edwards and Brathwaite together and they dug in to deny Australia's bowlers. Brathwaite is renowned as an old-fashioned style of opener, one whose first priority is survival and a player for whom scoring appears to be an afterthought. That was precisely how he played his first Test innings at his home ground, Kensington Oval.

He took few risks, although a couple of drives flew off the edge through gaps, and his four boundaries all came behind the wicket. He ended the innings with a strike-rate of 32.80 in his short Test career, comfortably the lowest of regular specialist batsmen in Tests in the past year, but West Indies would prefer an opener who can grind out a half-century than one who flashes and falls quickly.

Generally, it was up to Brathwaite's partners to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Edwards did that through some confident strokeplay down the ground against the offspin of Nathan Lyon. Edwards lifted Lyon over long-on for a six and was happy to drive him along the ground, while he also picked off the fast men when they strayed on to his pads.

His half-century came with an impressive loft over long-off against the legspin of Warner from his 97th delivery, whereas Brathwaite took 163 balls to bring up his fifty. Together they caused problems for Australia's fast men, who found early swing but couldn't force enough shots to make it dangerous.

Harris was included and James Pattinson was named 12th man, and there were times when Clarke must have wished for Pattinson's explosiveness and ability to run through an order. By the close of play Australia had fought back but the first session of day two loomed as a big one for both teams.

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Posted by delboy on (April 10, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Werner Blomberg is it clear now why I do not waste time WATCHING? I have better things to do with my time. I monitor the score through a desktop application while I work on a clients website..I won't even bother looking at these 'LOW-LIGHTS'

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 8, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

@ Snick_To_Backward_Point; from reading the commentary this track is batting friendly, but if you know more about these things than Geoff Lawson I'll concede to your vast knowledge. As for the 2nd coming of bowlers, you'll have noticed that none of those young bowlers are playing.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

@Harry_Kool Undisputed number one? What have you been drinking? The Poms are level on ratings with the South Africans. Its very much a disputed number 1.

Posted by purna478 on (April 8, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

gd luck for wi they need naraine nd smith in

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 8, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

@hatsforbats, quite correct I forgot Giles had all those and Lyon doesnt.

Posted by Aussasinator on (April 8, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

If the Windies get to a first innings total of 400, they will win this test. Or very certainly not lose it.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (April 8, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@HatsforBats - Batting friendly track? This is Barbados - a bowler's paradise. The bowling was poor-average and inconsistent. Where's this 2nd coming of pace Ive heard so much chirping about?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

It is the best time for WI to win.......:D

Posted by hhillbumper on (April 8, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

good day for the Windies.Still not sure about Lyon as a test spinner though.He seems to lack the ability to turn it but you kind of get used to that from Aussie spinners post Warne. Hope Shiv and Bravo crack on and get the runs.

Posted by Hammond on (April 8, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Just as a thought. The bog average Australian side struggling to get one of the weakest batting lineups in world cricket out. I'm thinking this series will be 1-0 windies based on "the best bowling attack in the world's" current form.

Posted by OzWally on (April 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

This looks like an excellent batting track for days 1 - 4. 350 by WI would be the par score, still well away from that. I'd expect Aus to put up 500+ against a slim WI bowling unit and only have to bat once. WI batting on day 5 to save the match on a pitch that is breaking up will be the key. Then we'll see if Lyon has the goods.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 8, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

The wicket appears fairly flat at the moment and the WI have done well. People can only judge this test once Australia starts batting. I expect this wicket to take turn by day 3.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

delboy you haven' t been watching much cricket have you ?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 8, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

The wicket appears fairly flat at the moment and the WI have done well. People can only judge this test once Australia starts batting. I expect this wicket to take turn by day 3.

Posted by brittop on (April 8, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@RandyOz: So it's the coach at fault in team selection. What's the matter with Clarke - can't he stand up to him?

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 8, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney; I wasn't being facetious. Warner was in control of the ball and didn't land on his face. Despite the awkward nature of the catch, I would call it legal. Falling over the boundary rope is a different sub-clause, which for cricket is apples & oranges. Either way, it's out, so let's enjoy some good cricket.

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 8, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

@ YorkshirePudding, there are three main differences between Nathan Lyon and Ashley Giles; flight, drift, and spin.

Posted by George1123 on (April 8, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Kraigg brathwaite, a brilliant performance. Doing a job that no Indians could manage over the summer and that is simply face 199 balls against a reasonably fresh new ball attack. Also, I think that Chanderpaul could give this inexperienced attack quiet a few headaches. Just the way he manouevres around the crease allows him to exploit anything too full/straight/wide. The bowlers would not have had to contend with anything like him, and his stubborn attitude towards batting will expose a bowling attack which relies too much on aggression (which of course is the way to beat India).

Posted by vrn59 on (April 8, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Brathwaite is a fine player, but needs to work on his conversion rate from 50s to big centuries. K Edwards is another future prospect. WI look to be in a good position with Bravo and Chanderpaul at the crease. Harris and Siddle are looking good for Australia but Hilfenhaus didn't look to be in great rhythm. Reasonable all-round effort from both sides though (except the dropped catches). Match looks to be balanced so far.

Posted by smudgeon on (April 8, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

incredible. day one of a test, windies 3 down for 170 odd on a flattish sort of track and people are talking about it being all over for Australia. i'd say honours are evenly split after day one. also, what "preferential treatment" are we talking about here in relation to Hilfenhaus? if performance is the key, Hilf's performance has been pretty damn good. Pattinson has just come back off an injury layoff, and if my maths is correct, he took 1 wicket in the tour match. not taking away from the kid, but 4 just don't go into 3. i guess you're never going to please everyone when the cupboards are so well stocked, and i can't see fault in the selection panel's decision. if Hilfenhaus goes wicketless for the rest of the match at 5+ an over, then the anti-Hilf commentors will have the right to feel aggrieved. somehow, i can't see that happening. also baffled by the comments about his being Tasmanian being his foot in the door to the team - anyone care to elaborate?

Posted by Valavan on (April 8, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Comon windies, let Aussies get back with 0 - 0, it will be really funny.cricinfo please publish

Posted by ttyX on (April 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

It's amazing to see so many people criticizing the Oz team even though the test is still in the balance and still four days to go...

Posted by delboy on (April 8, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Are the leadership qualities of Rampaul and Fidel so poor that Kirk Edwards, who would otherwise not be selected had all the first choice players been available, being given Vice Captain ahead of them? Isn't Fidel from Bardados as well?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Australian bowlers not getting wickets outside Australia....WI curators should prepare green wickets for them to pick wickets....they are thinking about the Ashes....England gonna beat them 5-0 this time...!!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

the Barbados track looked like a really good batting wicket, so all credit to australia for keeping it tight, though they would probably have hoped for a couple more wickets. Not convinced by Lyon he looks like hes from the Ashley giles school of spinners.

Posted by Harry_Kool on (April 8, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

@VivGilchrist. They have just won a test, all is well, they are undisputed #1, an outstanding collection of fine, genuine English developed product. Let them be.

Posted by Mary_786 on (April 8, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Punter drops a critical catch, not only will he start to become the weakness in our batting attack but will also be a fielding weakness, retire now ricky and let the youngsters make their mark.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (April 8, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

How they can have Lyon in the side when he never looks threatening an doesn't turn the ball? Lyon is continuing in that long tradition of Australian spinners since Warne who can't turn the ball.

Posted by Viiki619 on (April 8, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

It's gr8 to see WI showing confidence in their batting after a long time..I am really hoping for them to win this match at least this match...

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 8, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Good start by Windies but a little bit too slow. I think Brathwaite is good but too slow. Hopefully Sammy targets a big score for himself and bolsters the Windies run rate. Hope Windies piles on 350 plus.

Posted by BravoBravo on (April 8, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

It is always fun to watch the matches between WI and AUS, the two great teams. I am happy to see that once again WI is emerging as a great team. In my opinion this series will be a very competitive one, though the series winner will be AUS. I am hoping that RTP (Punter) will hit a century, what a legend he is, more than 100 test win, amazing player. It has been always a delight to watch Lara, Inzamam, Dravid and ofcourse RTP. Nice work WI on day one.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

Would love to see Windies do well here but Sammy as a front line bowler I'm afraid might be the un-doing. Really gonna miss Bravo coming in at six and that extra seam option; then I think the line-up is more balanced and settled

Posted by jmcilhinney on (April 8, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

@HatsforBats, noone is saying that a player has to fall over after a catch and I think you well know that. What people are saying is that, according to the regulations, a player cannot claim to have completed a catch until they are in full control of the ball and their body. Warner was clearly not in control of his body when he threw that ball up in celebration so, technically, the batsman should not have been out. There is always the chance that fielder will spill the ball when they fall over, which happens often. Also, if Warner had been falling over the boundary rope at the time and thrown the ball up to claim the catch then the catch would definitely not have been awarded. Still, as I said earlier, I'm fairly certain that that would not have happened in this case. You can never be 100% certain though, so it's a matter of whether you want to stick to the letter of the law.

Posted by Marcio on (April 8, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Test matches are played over 5 days. The WI will have to keep their concentration for that long if they are to win. Let's call it a gut feeling, but I don't think they will be able to do it. This reminded me a bit of the last test series against India, first test, when india came out to bat they posted something like 3-200 on their first day at the crease, but you always had the feeling that something was about to give, and the bowlers were bowling really well despite the scoreline. After that day, wickets fell like nine pins for the rest of the series. This pitch looks really placid, but if the WI can score 300 they are in with a shot, as AUS will have to bat last. I would expect AUS to post a really big score on this pitch in the first innings, especially if Warner and Watson fire.

Posted by sixthslip on (April 8, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Swings and roundabouts. Pointing's chance was difficult, Watson missed an easy chance and Warner took a tough chance. Great catch. Thought Australia made a mistake to leave Pattinson out. It's not like you left him out to play Shane Warne, Lyon is ordinary. Michael Clarke can bowl just as well and Watson is versatile enough to bowl a fair share of overs. Windies will be happy against Lyon all series. He will have to prove me wrong. Windies haven't scored enough runs to put Australia under pressure, that being said its the gutsiest performance from the west indies for a long time. I'll take it.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Today was a really good example of test cricket,it did not have to be pretty,but it was effective.Going from recent past,this healthy position the West Indies find themselves in,if they collaspe as dramatically as in the past they did,all the hard work today by Brathwaithe and company will have gone to nothing.Sorry K Edwards did not go on,he was solid and dour initially,then kicked into 3rd gear with shots all around the wicket off both fast and slow bowlers,this is a platform the middle order MUST capitalise on.As dour as it was,they battled an entire day,179 for 3 in the past would likely have been 179 all out,so guys,kick on tommorow,keep that grit you have between your teeth.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 8, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - haha well played sir. Although half of the poms live in Australia, but hate to admit it's the better country!

Posted by Keepa-batsman on (April 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

Thats good from you, vivgilchrist :). I fail to see why the Aussies not going for a 4 pronged pace attack, of Siddle, who has bowled brilliantly all year, Pattinson, the future with cummins, and has begun with superb performances of pace, swing and seam, Hilfenhaus, who has reinvented himself to be a test standard bowler, unlike 2 years ago, and Harris, who when is not taking wickets is building pressure for the man up the other end. Throw Watson in the mix, as well as part time trundlers like Hussey and Ponting, and add clarke and warner, 2 competent spin bowlers who actually are wicket takers unlike Lyon and you have an aggressive attack with great depth. Also, Watson at 3??? him or Warner at 6, the other opens with cowan, clarke 3, punter 4, huss 6 etc

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 8, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Pretty evenly posied I would say. I must thank the West Indies for preparing a road for Michael Clarke and Punter to score another set of triple figures. As for Pattinson - DISGRACEFUL LACK OF SELECTION. Are we really gonna bring these 3 old guys into the Ashes. Siddle or Hilf had to miss out for Pattinson. He is our future and should be getting as much game time as possible. Looks like Arthur has done it YET again.

Posted by Jimmers on (April 8, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

Good to see some grit from the WI top order - been missing for a long time. Agree with others that the Aussie pace attack seems a bit samey, but their new part time leggie will hopefully make it interesting. Overall I still think the Aussies are stronger, but they've shown on this trip already they can be fragile. If WI had all their strongest players here it would be a pretty even contest - look forward to tomorrow

Posted by Wefinishthis on (April 8, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

swervin you are spot on, as are most people on this thread. Hilfenhaus does get preferential treatment, despite his obvious inferiority. Any bowler in Australia would have been effective in the India series so we can't read anything into that. If we're going to pick a Tasmanian bowler, at least pick Faulkner or Butterworth. As I've made it abundantly clear in the past, Siddle and Hilfenhaus are NOT world class and NEVER will be. Pattinson, Harris and Cummins have the potential, yet the selectors keep failing to realise their superiority (like the Indian selectors hilariously seem to think Sharma is better than P.Kumar). Steve O'Keefe should be our spinner but somehow inexplicably isn't. At least our batting lineup is the best we can do with such a lack of good batsmen at the moment (other than the omission of D.Hussey), but I'd rather have a great bowling lineup and average batting lineup than the other way around.

Posted by yocasi on (April 8, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

So far, so good, Windies.Another 150 runs should put Aussies under great pressure. Kudos to Coach Gibson & Skipper Sammy for inspiring our young team to give their all. A swashbuckling 40 doesn't win or save you too many tests. Brathwaite is showing that gayle force vooping is not what Windies need at this time in our development. Keep fighting, boys. The real Windies fans are with you & not yearning after those who've been losing to Australia for the past 19 yrs.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Hard day to watch. For the first time I was actually pleased to see Chanderpaul coming to the wicket. At least he punishes the poor deliveries.

Posted by RyanSmith on (April 8, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist. Well they can hardly boast about the recent England team performances. Even Australia's bunch of no hoper's were able to beat Sri Lanka away last year. We drew our last neutral series against Pakistan to whom they just lost 3-0. What else can they do but start criticizing the Aussies? And that too after less than a full day's play. Did you think someone might actually give some credit to the West Indies?

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

7 bowlers used in the attack shows a captain in desperation or out of ides. Clarke never had to do this against India. Hilfenhaus should wake up, come on back to business, same with Lyon. A surprise Warner got a wicket and he's a leg spinner, bowled Warnie or Warney! The spin king is back albeit as a part timer.

Posted by muggsy9 on (April 7, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

@jmcilhinney i think there alternative captain is getting injuried in the IPL. WI have some nice prospects but they need a captain who is going to lead from the front and show them the way. Even though Sammy gives his all for the WI and i respect him for that, he isn't anywhere near up to test cricket standard. The sooner Gayle and the WICB can get over their lovers' tiff, the sooner the WI cricket can move forward.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 7, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

What's with all the English getting on here to criticize Australia 73 overs into a Test match. Have you nothing better to do? Why don't you go outside and do something?.... Oh that's right, it's raining.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

Good start by WI need to continue and pile up a good score of 350-450 , with Edwards and Roach speed the Aus will find it hard to match that , ist inns lead look likely.

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 7, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

@ Spelele; Pattinson got his chance through injury, and then lost his spot through injury. I would also think that debuting three fast bowlers under the age of 22 (Cummins, Starc, & Pattinson) in the last year would qualify as open-minded. Obviously you don't think so.

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 7, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

Honours even I'd say, 3 for 180 on a batting friendly track. Early wickets tomorrow will put Aus ahead but hopefully we'll see some crab-tastic defense from Shiv and some Calypso brilliance from Bravo. All those suggesting Pattinson for Harris, I disagree. Harris has good coming from shield cricket including a bag of wickets in the warm-up, he was also our best bowler in similar conditions in SL; Pattinson is coming back from injury, though I'm sure he'll get his chance if Hilfenhaus doesn't threaten a bit more.

Posted by popcorn on (April 7, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

It must have been a difficult choice for Captain Clarke after BOTH - Harris and Hilfenhaus performed well in the tour game.Watching them today, both appeared to have a sameness.Maybe Siddle could have been dropped and the explosive Pattinsom taken!

Posted by pommy80 on (April 7, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

Haha Australia's bowling attack showing why they are no where near the worlds best bowling attack. Hoping for Bravo and Chanderpaul centuries tomorrow :)

Posted by HatsforBats on (April 7, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

@ sanjeeev; since when is a player required to fall over before a catch is deemed complete?

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (April 7, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

yeah day one was in the balance. i love the gut and grit our batsmen have displayed so far. yes the test has certainly begun. and of course sammy is what we got and he has all my support, he is a good captain.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (April 7, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

The Australian selectors have stated openly that they have a rotation policy for fast bowlers. That said, I'm not sure that rotating Pattinson in sooner rather than later might not have been a good idea. I'm sure he'll be getting a game this series though. I reckon WI will be fairly happy with their position but they should not rely on shoddy fielding from Australia for the whole series. I think that Sammy has done a reasonably good job since he had the captaincy thrust upon him but it's hard to see that he'd make the Test side if he wasn't captain. Is there a genuine alternative captain though? I'm quite sure that, technically, Warner was not in full control when he threw that ball in the air but I'm just as sure that, had he not thrown it up, he would have comfortably held onto the ball. I guess you can never say with 100% certainty though so, technically, that dismissal probably should have been disallowed. What a furore that would have created though. Do we really want that?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (April 7, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Australia's dismal bowling attack continue to slide. How they can have Lyon in the side when he never looks threatening an doesn't turn the ball is beyond me. Lyon is continuing in that long tradition of Australian spinners since Warne who can't turn the ball.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 7, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

@ steve 19191

even the world # 1 Austrailian side with Waugh, Pointing at his best, Mc Grath, Gillespie Warne and Hyden ... toiled to draw 2-2 in the West Indies ...

yes the West Indies have fallen, but at home they do put up a fight ......

Posted by ramps_wi on (April 7, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

I would of liked to see a Roach/ Rampaul/ Edwards/ Narine or Bishoo attack on this pitch. That would of been something, hopefull someday in the future, the selectors will realise they need another captain for the Test side or Sammy has to play as the batting alrounder in the team in front of Deonarine

Posted by oze13 on (April 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Warner could never imagined that one day he would be Australia's best spin bowler! Well done!

Posted by sanjeeev on (April 7, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Did Warner really complete the catch? I mean his throwing ball in air before he fell on to ground...was it any different from throwing the ball before touching or crossing over the boundary ?

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 7, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Patterson is fast, but not as good as Cummings !

Patterson is one for the future, but the West Indian batsmen love pace coming onto the bat, especially wayward pace...

barath, bravo, Chadnerpaul, Edwards would not be troubled by Patterson unless he is ALAWAYS above 150k ....

bowling in the 130's is far batter against West Indians than the 140's ....

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

what happened to ravi can cricinfo please inform me,thank you

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Awesome bowling and fielding by the future no.1 team. You can see why England, SA and India must be worried.....

Posted by steve19191 on (April 7, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Once again the Australians being shown how far they have dropped, perhaps a home series against Bangladesh or one more against the shot to pieces Indians will restore some pride.

Posted by swervin on (April 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

yeah harris and pattinson are more geniune wicket takers - less so siddle and hilfenhaus but siddle is there cos where he gets fired up he can intimidate - hilfenhaus is a good tryer and evidently a top bloke but pattinson, pattinson and harris would be a more dangerous and aggressive combination

Posted by Gerry_the_Merry on (April 7, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Windies need three things 1) Good batsmen 2) teh ability to grind it out and last for 5 days in a tough fighting mode and 3) a genuine quick who is tall. I dont know if 1) is happening. Darren Bravo seems to blow hot and cold (and scored a century against Bangladesh, the ultimate fair weather statement). Kirk edwards is very promising of temperament indeed.

Posted by swervin on (April 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

yeah definite shame to leave pattinson out - harris is a geniune wicket-taker so i'd keep him in- personally i'd prefer pattinson to hilfenhaus - the latter has been in good form but has had long periods without taking wickets - hilfenhaus seems to get preferential treatment for some reason

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

It's a joke that Sammy plays ahead of Rampaul, Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell. Sammy could not get a game for a shield side, he bowls like Andrew McDonald, that is like a batting allrounder but he is much slower than Shane Watson. His batting has never even lived up to the no 8 position. For Australia, Siddle, a super bowler in Aussie conditions, has rarely done well outside the hard Aussie wickets, failing in England, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa etc so both Harris and Pattinson should have played and Siddle rested.

Posted by brittop on (April 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Ha! Pattinson's so good he can't even get in before Hilfenhaus & Siddle.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

What happened to Sarwan, he is a very talented and experienced player!

Posted by binojpeter on (April 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

I think since both Pattinson and Harris bowl at an average of 146kph, Australia is rotating them in Tests. It is a good strategy. It is better than going to test without a fast bowler if both of them get injured at the same time. They are the best fast bowling options that have come out after the retirement of Lee. I think that this is model that other countries also need to emulate if they have more than one fast bowler to ensure their longevity.

For West Indies, I believe that Rampaul is far better bowler than Sammy. But what can you do when Sammy is captain? I wished Pollard got a chance to play in place of Deonarine but maybe Deonarine is better.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (April 7, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

The Aussie world beating pace attack struggling to eek out the Windie's opening rookies. Who'd have thought?

Posted by suko99 on (April 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Ottis Gibson was a less than a mediocre player now is destroying WI cricket systematically. He is personally responsible for desteoying careers of Gayle , Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Pollard now Narine. True IPL is destroying world cricket. But it does give these discarded players a safety net & they are assured of a pay check. Weather permitting it's gonna be 3-0 to Australia.

Posted by Spelele on (April 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

Why on earth has Pattinson been dropped?? Australia's reliance on has-beens like Harris, Lee etc. will hinder their development. They'll never catch up to open-minded and pro-youngster sides like SA. There is a reason why Philander is now in the top 5 in the world. Persist with youngsters and you'll reap the rewards!

Posted by jimbirchall on (April 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

From a neutral standpoint, if i was the windies i would be VERY happy with Harris playing instead if Pattinson, poor selection.

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