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

Risk-free Chanderpaul has Watson worried


Australia will be watching Shivnarine Chanderpaul's utilitarian stance for vast tracts of this Test series unless the visitors can find a way of forcing him to take uncharacteristic risks, the visitors' vice-captain, Shane Watson, has said.

Like so many touring sides before them, Michael Clarke's team was entirely unable to dislodge Chanderpaul from the crease as he stayed for six-and-a-half hours, while compiling an unbeaten 103, before West Indies captain Darren Sammy declared. Chanderpaul, whose appetite for runs has not yet been sated at the age of 37, underlined his comfort in Barbados by passing Brian Lara as the highest run-scorer in Tests at Kensington Oval.

Watson said Australia had to concoct a method of drawing Chanderpaul out of a mode of batting that was close to risk-free on pitches offering little in the way of steep bounce or sideways movement to the fast bowlers, or sharp turn to the spinners.

"The way he plays, getting back and across and being able to use his hands to get the ball into the gaps, and he does it for such a long period of time, it's hard to actually find a way for him to play a false shot because of the way he's set up for these conditions here," Watson said. "We're going to have to [find a way], because we don't want him to bat for as long as he did [in this innings] through this whole series.

"We'll just have to sit down ... have to find a way to be able to get him to take some type of risk. He's done it [risk-free batting] for such a long period of time and he is a true champion, so we're going to have to bowl really well to him throughout the series to hopefully not let him have as much impact as he did today."

Chanderpaul said his 25th Test century, passing Lara's milestone and contributing towards putting West Indies in a strong position had given him plenty of pleasure.

"I never expected to be the person who had the most runs at Kensington, given I'm a guy from Guyana coming to Barbados. To have the most runs is a hell of an achievement at Kensington," Chanderpaul said. "It's always a very good wicket to bat on once you get in.

"The young fellows, they've come into their own. We've been setting the plans and the goals for the team and they've been working hard towards it. We've all been working hard towards it. I'm happy to see that we actually achieved them today."

Chanderpaul played the silent partner at various times throughout the day, not least when Sammy was clattering 41 either side of a blow to the helmet from Watson. He then shepherded the tail through to the declaration, which did not arrive until all 11 home batsmen had got into double figures. "Whenever Sammy's batting, things are pretty lively," Chanderpaul said. "Look at the partnership. I was looking at it and I thought, 'Geez, I'm not contributing here'.

"We actually set team goals and the team goals were what we were working on. I didn't set any personal goals. The team goals would help us achieve whatever we wanted to achieve individually. What we got on the board was what we set ourselves, guys making sure they bat right through the entire innings."

Sammy's duel with Watson made for a bracing sight, both men exchanging stares in between bouncers, sixes and boundaries. Watson said Sammy's straight six the ball after being struck on the head was a moment of pure nerve. However, he also noted that Sammy had not yet found the knack of building on his aggressive starts.

"No [I've never been hit for six the ball after hitting a batsman before], especially after he took a bit of time to come around," Watson said. "I thought that was the right ball to bowl at that stage - bowling a good-length ball - but he seemed to enjoy it and hit it over my head. It was a good duel, he took it very well and kept going. That's what you expect of an opposition skipper, to really dig in like he did and keep going through. He was struggling a bit after that over. Darren's a very nice guy and a tough competitor as well, it showed a lot of character by him.

"There's no doubt, the way he's batting, he does take a few risks to be able to bat that way. There's always going to be a chance that one shot you won't execute exactly right. We knew that's the way he bats, the way he bats best is when he's taking us on. Let's hope he doesn't find the secret to getting a big one."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Harry on April 10, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul , always let's the bat do his talking, a gentleman of few words , but very dedicated to his course, a lot of coaches , selectors & managers have come & and gone, some doubted his commitment to save their own, he has stood the the test of time And still there. Long live this true legend & servant to West Indian cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    hail my 2nd fav cricketer in the world after dravid!

  • Big on April 9, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @Kaze, lets not make this another India bashing comments section. The focus is Chanderpaul and he truly is great at batting in tests, no doubt about it.

  • surya on April 9, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    chanderpaul is simply amazing,most of time i seen he is not out only.hatsoff,how indian cricket for sachin, samething for westindies shiv,aussies tough to get out shiv whole seires sure.

  • Randolph on April 9, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Haha poms are hilarious, this is a better WI attack than when they got rolled for 51.

  • jack on April 9, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    where the hell is sarwan..............................................

  • Zaccharia on April 9, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Tone it down. The bowling wasn't that poor. Fron-Foot-Lunge, a rank turner this pitch is not. Had you watched Lyon bowl on a turning wicket (in Sri Lanka for example) you'd see he can turn the ball. As for Siddle, Hilfy and Harris, they're all fair bowlers, who have troubled far better batters in the South African, English, Indian and Sri Lankan squads. But--as I'm sure the Windies bowlers are about to find out--it aint that easy to bowl on a road in the middle of a tiny ground. As for RednWhiteArmy, in what capacity are the Windies too good for Australia? In all probablity now the match will end in a draw, we haven't even had a chance to have a bat yet, and could you please tell me the last time, home or abroad, the Windies beat us in a Test series. Hell they couldn't be a fatigued Aussie squad in the one day series at home after Australia had swept the Indian series and won the triangular one day series. Only Chanderpaul managed a century, and even then it was accumulated slowly.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Chanderpaul was once again the anchor. It is time he is given full credit for his long and fruitful years of service. Many of the "old guard" always find negatives to say, especially as he piles more records and replace some of the old marks. Commemtators in the booth, especially former players must see beyond color and region and give him his due. He has been the glue that has held the team together as they move from one batting crisis to another. He gets credit from the frustrated and admiring opposing players bu not from his own. He is not taking anything away from the greatness of Sobers, Richards, Lara, Kanhai, the W's and others. Their contribution and the enjoyment they brought to the game is forever there. Chandrapaul's success only highlights theirs.

  • A on April 9, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Love the Barbados track there's plenty of bounce and carry for a good bowler but something in it for the batsmen too. I hope the Aussies can find a way to get Shiv out but I doubt it. Lyon bowls lollipops and Harris et al seem to go through various shades of red as they consistently fail to bowl in the right areas and then act surprised when tailenders clout them for 6 over the 3 Ws stand.

  • Muhammad on April 9, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @randyOZ...BETTER get a good spinner before saying this :P your spinners are use less....Lyon, Doherty, etc etc all are useless spinners !! and i don't know why aus picks poor fast bowlers like hilfenhaus and siddle when they have pattinson sitting in the ranks??? poor selection and poor spin bowling...

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