West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 2nd day April 8, 2012

Chanderpaul ton gives hosts advantage


Australia 44 for 0 trail West Indies 449 for 9 dec (Chanderpaul 103*, K Edwards 61, Brathwaite 57, Bravo 51) by 405 runs
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Shivnarine Chanderpaul not only has one of the longest names in world cricket but also one of the longest attention spans. The Australians know this because four years ago in the Caribbean he averaged more than four hours per innings against them. Little has changed. Chanderpaul's six-hour unbeaten century in the first Test in Barbados has given West Indies the upper hand against Australia, although they must hope the time their batsmen used won't cost them later in the game.

The dour West Indian display ended late in the afternoon when Darren Sammy declared, a rare privilege during his tenure as Test captain, at 449 for 9. It was the first time West Indies had ever had all 11 batsmen reach double figures in a Test innings, although they did so at a run rate of less than three an over. Australia's openers survived until stumps and were 44 for 0, with David Warner on 27 and Ed Cowan on 13, and much work lay ahead for the visitors.

It is unlikely that men such as Warner, Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting will trickle along slowly on a good batting pitch, but they would be wise to exercise at least some of the caution shown by the likes of Chanderpaul, Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo over the past two days. At times the West Indies innings threatened to stagnate, but it wasn't dormant for too long at a time.

Sammy himself made sure of that with a highly entertaining 41 from 36 balls. He batted just like he had during the limited-overs games last month and did not resist his naturally attacking urges. But there was aggression from both sides during a fascinating period in which Sammy was clearly shaken by a Watson bouncer that struck him on the back of the helmet as he ducked and turned his head.

Sammy's response was to launch the next ball from Watson high and straight back over his head for six, to the cheers of the West Indian fans. But in what was perhaps a delayed reaction, Sammy appeared to be struggling at the end of the over when he received attention from the team doctor, and it took a few minutes for him to decide that he would bat on.

Earlier, Sammy had shown his intent with three powerful fours off the offspin of Nathan Lyon and after his blow to the head nothing changed. He pulled Watson for another six reminiscent of some of the strokes he played in the ODIs and cleared the cow corner boundary off Ben Hilfenhaus, who eventually removed him when Sammy top-edged an attempted pull to deep midwicket.

Chanderpaul had scored only eight during his 53-run partnership with Sammy but that was hardly surprising, for he is not the type to get caught up in the moment. He scored his runs with typically Chanderpaulesque nudges, clips and prods, although he also showed a willingness to attack when the opportunity arose and lofted Nathan Lyon's offspin down the ground for six.

Along the way, Chanderpaul moved past Brian Lara to become the highest Test run scorer at Kensington Oval, and at length his century arrived with a swivel pull for two from his 235th delivery. With that stroke, he moved past Viv Richards into outright third on the list of all-time West Indies Test centurions with his 25th hundred.

Chanderpaul had been in the nineties when the No.11 Devendra Bishoo came to the crease and although he didn't hurry to triple figures, he had no need to thanks to the ample support he received. Bishoo finished not out on 18 and Chanderpaul had 103 when the declaration arrived, as the Australian bowlers struggled to string wickets together.

They managed only two after tea, Kemar Roach caught at slip off Lyon for 16 and Fidel Edwards caught at long-on for 10 when he pulled David Warner's legspin. Two wickets had also fallen in the middle session of the day, the loss of Sammy preceded by the run-out of Carlton Baugh for 22. Baugh took off for a single when Chanderpaul turned a ball from Lyon behind square leg and was caught short by Ryan Harris' direct hit when sent back by Chanderpaul.

That ended a 31-run stand that had nearly been stifled in its first few deliveries when Ricky Ponting at slip dropped a tough chance when Baugh was on 4. The run-out was a bonus for the Australians, who used eight bowlers in a Test innings for the first time since the Delhi Test against India in 2008, as they sought a way through the gritty West Indian batting order.

During the first session, Chanderpaul lost two partners, Darren Bravo for 51 and Narsingh Deonarine for 21. Bravo and Chanderpaul had compiled a 73-run partnership before the breakthrough eventually arrived when Bravo drove on the up and edged Watson to gully. It was no surprise that Bravo fell to an edge; he had brought up his half-century with an edge wide of slip off Peter Siddle from his 114th delivery and had slashed a streaky boundary over gully the previous ball.

Australia followed with the wicket of Deonarine, who tried to work a shortish ball from Ryan Harris down into the ground and behind square leg but succeeded only in top-edging a catch for the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Fortunately for West Indies, another Guyanese left-hander was able to stick around for much longer.

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

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  • John on April 9, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Have to say well done to WI. I know they are at home but a 400+ score is ok on any surface and Ok they may not have pushed the game forward as fast as they could have but by doing that they may have got all out 150-200 runs light. They possibly have batted slightly too long if they want to win this game but I'm sure a draw is a better result for WI and if you had said to them they'd score comfortably over 400 they'd have bitten your hand off. Well played Shiv. Too few people IMO mention him alongside the modern greats but this guy has been Mr consistent for years and the WI have been far more reliant on him than others on their star batsmen. Good effort WI batsmen but I'm sure Aus batsmen can still force a game of this.

  • John on April 9, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @ Marcio on (April 09 2012, 07:19 AM GMT) This test is already 2 days old. Don't think this is a 6 day test.

  • John on April 9, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @Spelele on (April 08 2012, 22:02 PM GMT) A number of WI fans wanted them to declare sooner in order to push the game forward. To get up to 500 might take another 20 overs and that's if they get there. No good moaning about drawing test matches when a little ambition can turn a draw into a win. Of course Aus could still win from here but it would take a big effort and besides WI have probably already exceeded expectation by adding so many runs for the last 3 or 4 wickets

  • Sean on April 9, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @Harry_Kool & Gangitano

    Youve played India at home after England whitewashed them and served them up on a plate for you....finding it abit tougher away from home yea? Lets not forget you lost at home to NZ and recently got bowled out for 27 or something

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I have to give Darren Sammy super credit. This man has changed my mind about him. He is far more talented that I initially believed. In addition he has rallied his team brilliantly in recent years.

    Good for the Islanders :)

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Much have to be said about the "Guyana Wall" innings, because he deserves it. The runs are on the board, thats a lot more than Australia can say at this moment. Roach and Edwards will have much to say also. Lets see if this pitch is really dead and flat.

    This must be the weakest Aussie team to tour WI, except, of-course, Bob Simpson's in the Packer era.

  • Varun on April 9, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Good fighting performance from WI batsmen! The entire top order scoring half-centuries is great for this young team. Shivnarine Chanderpaul showed again why he is a top-rated batsman. He is fast approaching 10,000 runs in Test cricket and a batting average of 50 runs per innings. Fantastic! The bowlers must now give it everything they've got. F Edwards and Roach must hit the deck hard and maintain a good line and length and they will get wickets. Sammy is a good bowler; batsmen underestimate him at times (like Virender Sehwag did when WI toured India) and tend to take him on and lose their wickets. Bishoo is a fantastic talent but he needs to put in some substantial performances to be deemed as a match-winner. On the whole, good all-round show from the West Indies!

  • Anthony on April 9, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    As I said yesterday, par 1st innings score for WI would be 350 (well done to get 450), but now Australia will bat for next 2 days, lead by 200 and see if WI save the game. Great pitch to pad your batting stats on. Just heard SRT is catching a flight to Barbados as we talk.

  • Vinod on April 9, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    declaration by WI is actually an insult to AUS bowlers who could not knock them down despite using 8 bowlers. well done, sammy.

  • Marcio on April 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    As an Aussie, I for one will supporting the team win, lose or draw. The team has aquited itself very well in the last year, and has won far more than it has lost, so I for one won't be jumping on the side of the bashers after one innings where things didn't go as well as planned (and just ignore the Poms - too much bitter ale). The reality is they bowled quite well, even despite the score. The WI barely scored above two runs an over for most of the innings, and there were numerous edges which didn't go to fieldsmen. This is a very, very flat wicket, and that is the reality. The WI concentrated well to get to 450, and that is a decent score. Full credit to them. But neither is ait a great score on this surface. Austrlalia will have to play well to match the score, but it is reasonable to expect they can, given that they scored 10% of the WI total in just 9 overs already.

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