West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 5th day April 11, 2012

Australia win thriller in fading light

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Australia 406 for 9 dec and 192 for 7 (Watson 52, Deonarine 4-53) beat West Indies 449 for 9 dec and 148 (Hilfenhaus 4-27, Harris 3-31) by 3 wickets
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Five years after Australia won the World Cup in a farcical finish in the dark at Kensington Oval, they again celebrated a victory there in fading light as the first Test went to the wire on the fifth afternoon. Set 192 to win in two sessions, the Australians started their chase slowly and were almost derailed by middle-order wickets, but Michael Hussey's calm and rational approach ensured they narrowly outpaced the setting sun to win by three wickets.

In a tense conclusion, Hussey was bowled by Kemar Roach for 32 from 26 balls with three runs still required, but Ryan Harris and Ben Hilfenhaus saw the Australians home and denied West Indies a satisfactory outcome despite them dominating the first three days. Hilfenhaus struck the winning run with a single scrambled to the off side and a direct-hit at the bowler's end was sent to the third umpire, who found Hilfenhaus in his ground by a few inches.

All the while, the players were keeping an eye on the umpires, who were keeping an eye on the light and under the new ICC rules have complete authority to determine whether play continues or ceases. By the last few balls the shadows had completely enveloped the ground but there was just enough time for the Australians, who celebrated a victory that was set up by Michael Clarke's gutsy declaration behind on the fourth day.

It was a decision that indicated Australia would attack in the final few sessions and by dismissing West Indies for 148 before lunch on the last day, they gave themselves hope. West Indies were not out of the contest either, and four wickets to Narsingh Deonarine gave them more that a slim chance, as the Australians still needed 52 runs with five wickets in hand when Clarke became the fourth of Deonarine's victims.

But Hussey used the finishing skills that have made him such a valuable ODI player, reverse-sweeping to find gaps and twice clearing the long-on boundary off Deonarine to bring the target within reach. The loss of Matthew Wade, who cut Roach high and was caught at deep point for 18, was a blow, and the departure of Hussey in Roach's next over kept the game alive, but it wasn't enough for West Indies.

They were left to rue a couple of important dropped catches, particularly the captain Darren Sammy's failure to hang on to a chance when Shane Watson had 4. Watson cut Roach viciously to gully and the ball fizzed through Sammy's hands, and while it was a fearsome stroke it was certainly a catch that should have been taken. Ed Cowan was also reprieved when he edged Sammy and the keeper Carlton Baugh, standing up to the stumps, couldn't glove the ball.

Cowan and Watson compiled a 75-run stand after David Warner was caught behind off Sammy for 23, but their partnership was notable for the snail's pace at which it was built in the early stages. Cowan went to tea on 11 from 61 balls and Australia needed another 131 in the final session, and their lack of urgency seemed at odds with Clarke's aggressive declaration.

The tempo lifted after tea and the dropping of Watson proved costly as he started to find the boundary and on one occasion cleared it. He was caught at deep backward square leg for 52 when he top-edged an attempted pull off Deonarine and Cowan followed soon after for an agonising 34 from 100 balls when he pulled Deonarine straight to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at midwicket.

Ricky Ponting was bowled by a ball that stayed low and Clarke chipped a catch back to Deonarine, before Hussey and Wade steadied the chase. Australia had been favourites when they bowled West Indies out in an extended opening session in which the hosts added 77 to their overnight total for the loss of their last five wickets.

The last specialist batsman, Deonarine, added only one run to his score and was the first to depart, lbw to Harris for 21. It was precisely the start the Australians needed if they were to give themselves time to chase down a target, and they had another perfect chance soon afterwards when Sammy skied a chance to long-on.

Nathan Lyon put down a sitter to give Sammy a life on 12, and nobody was happier than Lyon when Sammy played on to Watson for 14, accidentally kicking the ball on to his stumps as he tried to prevent it rolling back. Baugh chipped a catch to mid-on from the bowling of Hilfenhaus (4 for 27) for 23 and West Indies were in trouble at 116 for 8.

Fidel Edwards defended solidly for a while before he played a surprisingly rash stroke and skied a catch to mid-off for 3 from 17 balls to give Peter Siddle his second wicket, and that brought the No.11 Devendra Bishoo to the crease. Bishoo defended calmly and together with Roach set about eating up time and adding some important runs to the total.

Their 23-run stand pushed the session beyond the scheduled lunch time but eventually ended when Roach was bowled by Harris for 25. That left the Australians with 192 to chase in two sessions and they were good enough to do so - just. West Indies were left to wonder what could have been.

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

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  • on April 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Congratulations to team Aus for their comfortable win in the end and best wishes to WI in next match . I hope we (pak) are the ones who has always under performed in windies and its strange we have nt win test series here though we have nt lost it for the last 10 years . But i don understand why WI and Pak always have 2 tests to play for the last couple of series . If we play 3 or 4 tests i am pretty sure we ll turn the tables around . Hope in next series we ll win despite 2 test series yet again if ajmal and company were fit and in form .I was extremely disappointed by bishoo in first test and i think the other spinner who perfrmd well in 1 days shud b given a chance.

  • Meety on April 13, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @zenboomerang - glad you are still reading my posts - that inspires me. Point remains, I can read enough to see that you said 5 sessions to go, it was a shade over 4, & my remains I'm not surprised with your comment "...Can't agree..." It follows a long running theme!

  • everfaithful77 on April 13, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    GREAT TEST MATCH. Congratulations are in order to Australia for this come from behind win, especially capt Clarke who led his team brilliantly. It was a very disappointing finish for WINDIES FANS after seeing their team bat so responsibly in the 1st inn to amass a total of 449/9 followed by a BRAVE decl by Capt Sammy. Also a dogged hundred by Shiv and 3 half-centuries by our young batsmen followed by a blistering 41 by Sammy WILTED the Australians on the field and forced them to bowl over 150 overs. However after decl late on the 2nd day the Windies fast bowlers did not CAPITALIZE BY REMOVING 1 or 2 TIRED Aussie batsmen and BOWLED POORLY for almost an hour. EDWARDS in particular looked out of sorts in this match in bowling and batting. WINDIES LOST THIS MATCH MAINLY BECAUSE OF THEIR 2ND INNS COLLAPSE but failure to break the last pair of Aussie batsmen was the TURNING POINT. COACH Gibson and Capt SAMMY must develop STRATEGIES to DISMISS TAILENDERS like bowling more BOUNCERS to them.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    @tests_the_best, mate we still had Kohli , Dhoni with perhaps Harbhajan to come its not like we had just Dravid batting out there and also the point of view of the pitch being not conductive to stroke play, on 5th day what more can we expect? its interesting you bought up the mumbai test, it was a thriller alright, but we did NOT win is the baseline!

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @tests_the_best, mate we still had Kohli , Dhoni with perhaps Harbhajan to come its not like we had just Dravid batting out there and also the point of view of the pitch being not conductive to stroke play, on 5th day what more can we expect? its interesting you bought up the mumbai test, it was a thriller alright, but we did NOT win is the baseline!

  • tests_the_best on April 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    maybe clarke shouldn't have declared? it seems to me only time declaring from behind makes sense is when you want to exploit the bowling conditions available (say start of day's play or last 30 min of day's play). imagine if the last pair had added another quick 30-40 runs, it would have made the 4th innings chase so much less tighter.

  • zenboomerang on April 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Meety :- "no surprises you don't agree with copmpliments to Clarke"... I'm glad you still haven't learned to read my comments properly :) ... I said "over-the-top comments about Clarkes "great" declaration" - nor did I bag him... I mentioned that many Oz captains are prepared to risk a loss to a draw more often than most... Nothing "great" in what Clarke has done - just good Oz captaining skills... Hilfy & MoM Rhino are the ones that need the praise - they won the match from a near certain draw...

  • on April 13, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Cannot see beyond this being a match thrown away by WI due to terrible captaincy in the last hour or so. Bishoo was being taken to the cleaners and was left on far too long - and letting Deonarine bowl in the last 30 minutes was suicidal. Too many runs and way too many overs - wickets by that time were irrelevant. If they'd brought on another quick instead, then time would have simply run out on Australia. No Oz captain would have allowed the game to slip away like Sammy did. Winning's great - but not to achievce a draw in those circumstance through plain lack of tactical nous is just bad captaincy.

  • nickydude on April 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Im stunned that WI declared at 449-9, when you know, your 2nd innings is always suspect. Another 30 runs by the last wicket wud've made the diff. Im sure, even the captain wasnt sure, if they were playing for a draw or a win.. haha

  • zenboomerang on April 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm... Agree, Oz has had a poor batting unit for the last 5 years... Too much experimental selection policy... Watson should be @no.6/7... Will wait until this series ends before making too much out of where Warner, Cowan are at - as I will about Ponting... Not overly happy with 2 lefties opening & would prefer a L/R combination to break up the opening bowlers line... Also wouldn't mind seeing Starc getting a bowl if any of the pitches look pace friendly with 4 seamers playing - his left arm bowling would add good variety...

  • on April 14, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Congratulations to team Aus for their comfortable win in the end and best wishes to WI in next match . I hope we (pak) are the ones who has always under performed in windies and its strange we have nt win test series here though we have nt lost it for the last 10 years . But i don understand why WI and Pak always have 2 tests to play for the last couple of series . If we play 3 or 4 tests i am pretty sure we ll turn the tables around . Hope in next series we ll win despite 2 test series yet again if ajmal and company were fit and in form .I was extremely disappointed by bishoo in first test and i think the other spinner who perfrmd well in 1 days shud b given a chance.

  • Meety on April 13, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @zenboomerang - glad you are still reading my posts - that inspires me. Point remains, I can read enough to see that you said 5 sessions to go, it was a shade over 4, & my remains I'm not surprised with your comment "...Can't agree..." It follows a long running theme!

  • everfaithful77 on April 13, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    GREAT TEST MATCH. Congratulations are in order to Australia for this come from behind win, especially capt Clarke who led his team brilliantly. It was a very disappointing finish for WINDIES FANS after seeing their team bat so responsibly in the 1st inn to amass a total of 449/9 followed by a BRAVE decl by Capt Sammy. Also a dogged hundred by Shiv and 3 half-centuries by our young batsmen followed by a blistering 41 by Sammy WILTED the Australians on the field and forced them to bowl over 150 overs. However after decl late on the 2nd day the Windies fast bowlers did not CAPITALIZE BY REMOVING 1 or 2 TIRED Aussie batsmen and BOWLED POORLY for almost an hour. EDWARDS in particular looked out of sorts in this match in bowling and batting. WINDIES LOST THIS MATCH MAINLY BECAUSE OF THEIR 2ND INNS COLLAPSE but failure to break the last pair of Aussie batsmen was the TURNING POINT. COACH Gibson and Capt SAMMY must develop STRATEGIES to DISMISS TAILENDERS like bowling more BOUNCERS to them.

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    @tests_the_best, mate we still had Kohli , Dhoni with perhaps Harbhajan to come its not like we had just Dravid batting out there and also the point of view of the pitch being not conductive to stroke play, on 5th day what more can we expect? its interesting you bought up the mumbai test, it was a thriller alright, but we did NOT win is the baseline!

  • on April 13, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @tests_the_best, mate we still had Kohli , Dhoni with perhaps Harbhajan to come its not like we had just Dravid batting out there and also the point of view of the pitch being not conductive to stroke play, on 5th day what more can we expect? its interesting you bought up the mumbai test, it was a thriller alright, but we did NOT win is the baseline!

  • tests_the_best on April 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    maybe clarke shouldn't have declared? it seems to me only time declaring from behind makes sense is when you want to exploit the bowling conditions available (say start of day's play or last 30 min of day's play). imagine if the last pair had added another quick 30-40 runs, it would have made the 4th innings chase so much less tighter.

  • zenboomerang on April 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Meety :- "no surprises you don't agree with copmpliments to Clarke"... I'm glad you still haven't learned to read my comments properly :) ... I said "over-the-top comments about Clarkes "great" declaration" - nor did I bag him... I mentioned that many Oz captains are prepared to risk a loss to a draw more often than most... Nothing "great" in what Clarke has done - just good Oz captaining skills... Hilfy & MoM Rhino are the ones that need the praise - they won the match from a near certain draw...

  • on April 13, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Cannot see beyond this being a match thrown away by WI due to terrible captaincy in the last hour or so. Bishoo was being taken to the cleaners and was left on far too long - and letting Deonarine bowl in the last 30 minutes was suicidal. Too many runs and way too many overs - wickets by that time were irrelevant. If they'd brought on another quick instead, then time would have simply run out on Australia. No Oz captain would have allowed the game to slip away like Sammy did. Winning's great - but not to achievce a draw in those circumstance through plain lack of tactical nous is just bad captaincy.

  • nickydude on April 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Im stunned that WI declared at 449-9, when you know, your 2nd innings is always suspect. Another 30 runs by the last wicket wud've made the diff. Im sure, even the captain wasnt sure, if they were playing for a draw or a win.. haha

  • zenboomerang on April 13, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm... Agree, Oz has had a poor batting unit for the last 5 years... Too much experimental selection policy... Watson should be @no.6/7... Will wait until this series ends before making too much out of where Warner, Cowan are at - as I will about Ponting... Not overly happy with 2 lefties opening & would prefer a L/R combination to break up the opening bowlers line... Also wouldn't mind seeing Starc getting a bowl if any of the pitches look pace friendly with 4 seamers playing - his left arm bowling would add good variety...

  • zenboomerang on April 13, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @JG2704... Not looking to disagree with you - it was a general comment about many posters... Re: WI's 2nd innings - the bottom 5 all outscored the top 3 with Roach & Baugh being the 2nd & 3rd highest scorers in that innings... So while they didn't wag, they did more with the bat than the top order could do :) ...

  • m_ilind on April 13, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Gotta admire Clarke and the Aussie team! They could have easily settled for a draw, but when you think about winning as a team and set aside personal records, and safety first attitude, the results will follow.

  • warnerbasher on April 13, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    Hey Hill Bumper there is no need self anoint ourselves as the greatest test cricket nation ever. Just go into stats guru to have it confirmed. And Randy OZ is right the last Ashes result in Australia was 5-0. We lost 3-1 to the Rest of the World XI in 2010/2011

  • Meety on April 13, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    @Chris Sun - well actually - as far as rankings are concerned, all Oz has to do is maintain their series records or improve. The ONLY bilateral test series we are not the current winners of - is the Ashes. We dropped down the rankings list purely on the back of a "7 point" turn around in the Oz Ashes in 2010/11. Having that series 5nil then going 1-3 was a big turn around & we got hammmered on the rankings. What you are talking about being the "moral #1s". India according to the rankings rightly became #1, due to sound consistancy around the globe, yet they were nowhere near as univerally acclaimed as #1 as the WIndies & Oz were. To be "morally" #1, I agree you have to win everywhere consistantly. @jmcilhinney - agree that the #1 spot should change hands often over the next 2 years (except at the end of that time it will be owned by Oz! LOL!). @zenboomerang - no surprises you don't agree with copmpliments to Clarke, despite this being only the 2nd successful dec. from behind in 80yrs!

  • Marcio on April 13, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @Snick_To_Backward_Point, your comments are just becoming more and more ridiculous. Australia just keep winning and you keep saying "look how far they have sunk". Winning 5 successive tests = down and out, losing 4 successive tests = world's most dominant team. Great powers of extrapolation there, old chap.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on April 12, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Yet another exciting Test match. Clarke shows a knack for invention and given that his last pair had added 77 i imagine virtually every other captain would have let them bat out. That period was obviously crucial in changing the momentum. The West Indies are improving but need more stability in their batting. Ditto Australia. They always seem to have a collapse in them and the batsmen beyond Ponting, Clarke & Hussey (two of whom are in the twilight of their careers) need to learn to build a long innings. I'm unconvinced by Watson, Warner & Cowan as top 3 batsmen at the highest level against better teams as yet. Wade has a solid Test to kick off his career and will hopefully build on it. The bowlers came back well in the 2nd innings but i still see Pattinson, Cummins & Starc as the future. Perhaps those 3 will be let loose for Australia A in the matches against the England Lions in July.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (April 12 2012, 09:48 AM GMT) True , but they didn't wag as much in the 2nd inns. I think the declaration was perfectly timed personally. I mean they were 9 down for a while and had he declared much earlier they might have struggled to get the runs (assuming WI scored the same amount). He could have gone on further and even in the hope that Lyon would get his 50 or Harris his ton and it almost certainly would have meant that Oz would not have been able to chase the score down , if they batted at the same scoring rate. When I saw Smith's safety 1st declaration vs NZ this looks an inspired piece of captaincy

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @bigwonder on (April 12 2012, 12:56 PM GMT) Surely the unpredictable nature of this match is a plus for the test game.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    @hhillbumper on (April 12 2012, 18:50 PM GMT) Sorry , but as an English fan I'm embarrassed by your comms here. You say credit where it is due and then just go on to slate the Australians

  • on April 12, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @Bollo - not at all mate ! If you are a good team, you deserve to be Numero Uno, with this present Australian team, I can't see them being at the top again. Poor selections on their part, and no good spinner or a potential one for the future. S Marsh and Hugues or Kawaja should be in this team. Again I am stating this : Warner,Wade, Lyons and Cowan does not have the requirements to be Test Cricketers.

  • hhillbumper on April 12, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    You have to give credit where its due.How the hell did Windies lose to such a poor team.You have to think that 40 more runs and the Aussies would have lost. That spinner is great though.Lyon looks like Mrali,Laker and Warne rolled into one. Still looking forward to playing the Ashes next year. That amount of arrogance from the world greatest ever cricket nation as they anoint themselves will always be a pleasure to watch them lose again.

  • tests_the_best on April 12, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    @srivatsa, cant really fault india on that. ind gave up only when quick wickets fell and the score was around 90 for 3. in that game, ind needed 180 off 47 overs which is not too different from what aus got yesterday - 192 off 47 overs but u got to keep in mind that was a 2nd string ind side with no gambhir, sehwag, tendulkar - & dravid/laxman for all their talent werent the ones who could score quickly. but ind at full strength did make a fight in the 3rd test vs wi in ind when they almost chased down 240 odd in 64 overs in a thriller, that game was quite similar to yesterday.

  • StJohn on April 12, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Actually, I think my memory's come back a bit and I remember a comment just over a year ago on this site that Australia would thrash England 5-0 in the last Ashes in Australia. Now who was it who said that, let me think...oh, yeah...it was @RandyOz! Streuth cobber, with those special predictive powers, could @RandyOz also post next week's winning EuroMillion numbers as they're bound to hit the jackpot?

  • allieeb on April 12, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    congrats nice thriller with spills.........delaying tactics used by WI not in the spirit of the game......not heard the last of that.........if teams were vice verse what a catasatrophe......well done ozzies, well done

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    This shows the inexperience of West Indies team. This match from nowhere Australia won. It should have been a drawn test. Why players like Pollard, Gayle, D Bravo and copper are playing IPL instead of this test match.. Batting is very weak for West Indies in my view. Congrats to Australia and hope they clean sweep this series as well.

  • bigwonder on April 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @jpv2, that's a great idea - it can only come from a test fan. So thinking along the same lines. Why not have a test match for U-19 that goes on forever for both team's players until everyone retires? May be the game will end in a draw.

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    whow... what a tremendous advertisement to the game! still cannot forget the way Indians just gave up on chasing a very possible total on the last day when they were in West Indies, thats the reason I really admire the Australians, way to go!

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on April 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Congrats to Australia for making it exciting but you'll have trouble beating the windies if this is the sort of performance we can expect from Australia for the foreseeable future (which it is). Windies' naiivety was fully taken advantage of but against SL, India, Eng, Australia, SA in that situation it would have been an easy draw. Thing is, aside from India, the other teams would have been all over the Aussies like a bad rash. It's sad to see former greats over the hill & struggling to hold on to a bygone era. I watched the whole test and was shocked at how far the Aussies have sunk. Aussies, please find some decent bats and give us POMS a good go at least. You''ll lose but I cant stand 1-sided cricket. There's no skill in killing a lame horse.

  • NALINWIJ on April 12, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Difference between the 2 sides is not talent but self belief. Australia keeps battling every session and even if they are outdone they minimise their losses and do not lose a session as dramatically as the Windies who like the series in India has forgotten how to win.Australia does not have the depth of talent as in the 1995-2007 era when they had upto 14 test cricketers born in 1970 and 71 adding to the depth but they have all retired and their lucky to have 14 players who are good enough at any given time now.

  • WindiesWillow on April 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Credit also to the groundsmen. they produced a worhty Test pitch. We have seen bat dominated pitches over the last few years, but this pitch produced an evenly contested game. Hope the other curators around the Caribbean take note.

  • tests_the_best on April 12, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    can't help feeling though that both teams made blunders. hussey should have been promoted ahead of ponting after watson departed, these 2 along with warner were the only ones who could really force the pace. also last over bowled by deonarine should have instead been bowled by a fast bowler, a quick wouldn't have leaked so many runs in fading light.

  • tests_the_best on April 12, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Great test match! quite similar to the 3rd ind-wi test in ind as well as wi last year. for 4 tests in a row now (last 3 in ind & this one), wi seem to have one mandatory collapse per test where they get rolled over for some 100-odd, if they sort out that incosistency and get some of their stars like gayle back, they should be in a good posn to challenge the best of teams. if rampaul's back for the next 2 tests, should make it even more interesting.

  • jpv2 on April 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @bigwonder - why not take it a little further - send the two captains out to toss - whichever wins the toss is declared winner of the game. To make it more interesting you can have 2 out 3 if you want!

  • Bollo on April 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @Taij Chand. Cowans and Lyons have been steady. Wade has played 1 test, and Warner (in 7 tests) has played 2 of the best innings I`ve ever seen. Bit of credit where it`s due perhaps...or are you also struggling with the thought of Australia reigning again?

  • jmcilhinney on April 12, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @RandyOZ, weren't you declaring Australia to be "clearly" the best team in the world as far as 3 or 4 days into the Hobart Test that they lost to NZ? Australia are ranked #1 in the world in ODIs and they barely scraped a drawn series against WI just a couple of weeks ago. This series is far from over and there are still plenty of concerns for Australia. How many chickens was that? Australia are a good side with talented players but they also have plenty flaws, just like all the other teams with a shot at the top spot. Most reasonable fans of any country can see the #1 spot changing hands often in the upcoming years as a result. Of course, you don't believe in the ICC rankings anyway so what do you care, or will you start to again because they agree with your warped view of the world. To paraphrase a one-eyed Aussie loudmouth, Australia had a lucky win and their bowlers were lucky to get those wickets. BTW, how come you want Khawaja back after previously wanting him axed?

  • WindiesWillow on April 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    West Indies had this in their grasp only to lose it in 2 sessions. They have to realise Test cricket is 5 complete days of concentration. the captain, Sammy did well in this match, the bowlers let him down with the australian lower order. I can't fault his captaincy even though WI lost. Hope they come better in Port-of-Spain.

  • StJohn on April 12, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @RandyOz - this rubbish team that got rolled over for 51 by West Indies - isn't that the team that thrashed you 3-1 in Australia a short while back? My memory's not so good, but I thik that result rings a bell... Keep trying, mate, keep trying.

  • Yevghenny on April 12, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    RandyOz, I really cannot wait for the aussies to arrive in 2013

  • bigwonder on April 12, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    One more reason against test matches. One team performs good for first 3 days and the 2nd on the last 2 days. The team that performs better on last 2 days wins the game - totally unbalanced approach to a game. If test matches are so good then why restrict them to 5 days? Let the team play one match for 30 days. I'll stick to ODI and IPL, you can keep your tests to yourself.

  • on April 12, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Great Game. Test match as its' best with 2 EVENLY MATCHED teams. WI will come out the better team after this series. Australia in contrast will become weaker after Ponting and Hussey retires. They do have the weak links ( Cowan,Lyons,Wade,Warner) that they have to get rid of. They are NOT TEST CRICKETERS. Does not leave much for them after this tour. WI have to include the other Bravo,Gayle, Ramphal, Samuels to make them a contestant for 1-3 in the World Rankings. Still have WI to win in T'dad.

  • SuperSharky on April 12, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Another superb Test. The last 3 years produced more entertaining cricket than dull ones. It looks like we've entered an era of entertaining cricket. And this see-saw battle was no exception. A brilliant start from the Windies, answered by a brilliant comeback from the Aussies. And it is so close that you can call it a thriller with no prediction for the next Test. And I can't wait for the start of the next Test.

  • phendel on April 12, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    great great win by AUS....it's almost become impossible for WI to string together a good 5 days of cricket....always losing it in the key moments......great captaincy from Clarke to go for the win knowing the weakness of WI 2nd innings batting.....just hope WI could rebound for the 2nd match but i wont be tuning in early anymore......apparently day 5 is where all de action's at

  • Silva-Surfa on April 12, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    A thrilling test match, but the West Indies making some basic errors, costing them the match in the end. Although 192 was always going to be too small a target, i thought that Sammy was too negative and should've attacked alot more, because they were never going to defend that score, with the amount of time left in the match. But overall the signs are encouraging for the West Indies, they've been alot more competitive, in a potentially losing cause than i've seen them for many years. Usually they would just have their hands in their pocket and go through the motions, but these days they are fighting hard to the very end and that kind of mental attitude can only be a good thing for the future. If the Windies batting can perform in both innings and give the bowlers the support they need, they might have a chance in running the Aussies even closer than they did in this match.

  • on April 12, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    good win by the Aussies and i congratulate them on their win. From this match its clear that the series is not going to be a walkover. The WI captain did his job well and this match reminded me of the draw/tie against India last year. The bowling pattern was quite similar in that the spinners were used in the middle periods and then the quicks were used towards the end. The only thing I would have done differently was the Deonarine last over.Deonarine bowled good but got his wickets because the batsmen were trying to accelerate. It was obvious that Hussey favoured the spinners having hit them for a couple of boundaries. When Deonarine was given the ball (for what turned out to be his last over) I thought: that's it, game over.F Edwards should have finnished off with Roach. Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference but Hussey favours the spin. Remember the ajmal over in WT20 2010. Anyway good test match.

  • stormy16 on April 12, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Test cricket at its best and Clarks decleration was a master stroke. Windies should have done better to draw the game but a few things jump out. The Aussies always play to win which is the only way to play the game. 3 quality WI test players are in the IPL - which shows the different attitudes of the teams. Deep inside Aus will have a few concerns that such a lowly ranked team, missing some of its stars, could have pushed them this far - recall NZ drew in Aus this summer. Yes I also dont understand why Pattinson didnt play. Cowan and Lyon desperately need to cement their spots in this series. Cowan specially with both March and Kawaja around Lyon less so because everyone else has failed!

  • on April 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @RandyOz, in beating a team that's ranked lower than Australia! Australia have been no.1 for more than a decade and it is no surprise to see them win. As they should expect against a lowly ranked team like WI. The Aussies main goal is to bring back the ashes but before they do that they have to win against SL and SA at home and tour India before the last hurrah for Ponting and Hussey in England. SL, SA, IND and ENG are in the top 5 along with Aus and Aus have to beat them all to be no.1 again, so it is an interesting lead up to the ashes 2013. But the WI put up a good fight for a good contest by the way.

  • on April 12, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    What was petering out to be a cagey test-match ended up to be quite exciting on the last day. The Windies suffered the same mistakes as their recent test match defeats against India, where they were unable to maintain a good batting performance in both innings. I'm sure we were all surprised when Clarke declared, it was a clever move because after toiling to get the last wicket, the WI players in the field were frustrated, jaded and tired, so to be put in unexpectedly, threw their focus and concentration all over the place, hence the terrible start and after the early burst from Hilfenhaus, i knew the team was never going to recover at 4 for 3. I always felt that 192 was never going to be enough, but the bowlers showed a good competitive fight, right up to the final run. Some people on here can criticise Sammy's captaincy, but to get Australia seven-down, when they were chasing a modest target was a great effort. It's just a shame that the batting can't back-up the bowlers.

  • krish_5883 on April 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    well done Mr. Clarke. Really No:1 team Australia. sammy good captain but team player not good in the windies. so improve your batting performance. because same lose to india in the last year.

  • Bollo on April 12, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @Arron Dore - not sure how I can be talking nonsense when I`m simply stating facts. Winning 4th innings scores of anything approaching 200 (particularly under time pressure) have always been a rarity in test cricket.

    Few teams have both the intent and ability to do as Australia managed this morning, on a difficult pitch against a decent attack.

    Siddle (117 test wickets at 29) and Hilfenhaus (87 wickets at 28) are quite obviously far more than `very ordinary test match bowlers` - currently ranked 7th and 8th in the world respectively.

    Not enjoying Australia`s continued resurgence?

  • PrasPunter on April 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    What are the odds that , given the poor match Lyon had ( not his batting ), the selectors will bring in Pattinson ? Why not we play the best 4 bowlers even if it happens to be an all-out pace attack ? Am I the only one who thinks that we we include a spinner in the team for the sake of it rather than playing to our strengths ?

  • on April 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Great show by Windies , but yet the end it was Australia's match. well Australia have come up like champions but there are grey areas where they got to work and i am sure cricket Australia has plans for it. cheers Aussies.

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    All the poms have gone quiet again, and why wouldn't they. They are watching the greatest cricketing nation of all time rise up once again before their very eyes!

  • on April 12, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @bollo....nonsense...the aussies were gifted the match by the worst captaincy (from Sammy) I have seen in 40 years following the game...Against that field set by Sammy, my local club team would've chased that down with ease!!......Re. Australia, they are an average team currently..their bowling holds promise, I've been very impressed by Pattinson & Cummings, but Hilfenhaus & Siddle are very ordinary test match bowlers..I'm hoping they use Watson more (injuries permitting) as I think he's a class act as an allrounder and 4th seamer, he's aggressive with the ball and a good 'thinker'.....but it goes to show the lack of quality currently in test cricket that this current aussie team is close to on par with its peers (SA, Eng & Pak) as IMHO this aussie team is not better in skill than the woeful 78-79 ashes team, and the 85-87 Border era team, at least with AB's squad there was some real future batting talent there (Boon, Waugh, Marsh,Jones, Matthews etc) which current squad lacks

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @whitesXI - yeh that was me. Yet another collapse and yet again Langer comes under zero scrutiny. What an absolute farse. This again reeks of favouritism. See North, Haddin, Johnson for more examples!!! CA are officially a farce.

  • zenboomerang on April 12, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    JG2704... Many comments on the Oz tail wagging... The WI's tail didn't do too badly either - last 4 wkts (no.'s 7-10) went for 133 runs... Most teams would be happy with that... Considering both teams have gone through major changes in the last 2 years & are rebuilding, it turned out a good tight match from developing squads...

  • zenboomerang on April 12, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Cowan should be dropped?... lol... Obviously this is from T20 fans... This is Test cricket, if you hadn't noticed... So Cowan batted slowly on pitches he isn't used to - so what?... Also the job of an opener is to take the shine off the ball, which is what he did perfectly & allowed the stroke makes to come in to better batting conditions... The only real batting failure was by Ponting who should have done better in these conditions...

  • cammo82 on April 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Great win by Australia and very nice aggressive declaration by Clarke. My concern is the selectors patting themselves on the back unless there was an injury cloud over Pattinson that I did not hear about, his absence from the team just seems strange also Cowen who has done OK, just doesn't look like he could possibly be a long termer in the team.

  • zenboomerang on April 12, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Can't agree with the over-the-top comments about Clarkes "great" declaration with Oz at 9-for & less than 5 sessions left to bowl out the WI's & score the runs to win, it was always going to be a very close thing to get a win... Seen many similar 2nd innings declarations by previous Oz captains, which is something we tend to do naturally... In the end it was Hilfy & Rhino that created the victory...

  • RandyOZ on April 12, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    You are looking at the future #1 team in the making Australia. What a fight back and what a turn around. There is no more spirited team in World cricket. How bad does this make the current number 1 look! LOL! Rolled for 51 against more or less the same attack!

  • chandar_77 on April 12, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    That is why one respects the Aussie team.They play to win.No half measures.Well tried Windies, you have done your self proud as well.

  • vertical on April 12, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Great win by the Aussies!That's the reason they have the best win/loss record unlike India who draw tests which they should win.Bishoo has really frizzled out.He was poor against India and this test as well.There are at least 2 short ball per over.Rampaul has been in good form and should be brought in.Deonarine can fill in the spinner role.

  • Supa_SAFFA on April 12, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    I reckon Ponting can retire now with the knowledge that the great Aussie cricket era's spirit is not dead yet.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Congratulations Australia and to a degree WI. Obviously the Aus tail was a huge turning point and they possibly took the momentum from that into the WI 2nd inns. What a great declaration by Clarke. When you compare the declaration from another captain (Smith for SA) - One seemed to conjure up a win from an inevitable draw situation while the other seemed to go safety first (3rd test NZ) which seemed very begative , esp when you look at the bowlers he had at his disposal. I hope WI can bounce back and take the positives from this defeat but I fear it might have deflated them. PS did feel Sammy could have brought the field in much earlier.

  • JG2704 on April 12, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @ geoffreyBoycotts_gran on (April 12 2012, 00:02 AM GMT) Verys strange comms there. I said at the time that 450 was a very decent score and while it ate into the game and made the draw favourite they'd be happy with that.You could cite a few reasons for losing the game. From WI point of view not finishing off the Aus tail in the 1st inns and being bowled out cheaply in the 2nd inns (esp the 1st few wickets). If anything slowing the scoring rate further might have helped save the game. If WI just missed out on victory at exdpense of a draw you may have a point but as it stands your argument holds no water

  • Bollo on April 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @Arron Dore. you must be kidding about `the easiest run chase ever attempted` - chasing over 190, away from home, under significant time pressure, in the 4th innings on a wearing pitch is a significant performance in anyone`s language.

    You also seem to forget that the last time Aus played South Africa, once again away from home, they chased down over 300 in the 4th innings to win.

    yes, it`s not the greatest Aus team to take the park, but `average at best`? Series win in SL, drawn series in SAF, home draw to NZ and home win over India suggest otherwise.

  • Rajeev129 on April 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    In the past whenever Ryan Harris came up with this kind performance, the next day news after those tests were like "Harris injured and to miss the ____ series". There are no signs of that kind of news this time around. So good news for Australia.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on April 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Congrats to Aussies but a win set up by an imaginative declaration and a Windies 2nd innings collapse due to tiredness early on is hardly the stuff world beaters are made of. Windies are showing real signs of recovery and def. have talent but their biggest asset IMO is a wholesale change in attitude. There's cohesion and a good work ethic about these players that really does bode well. I feel Windies have better a better crop of players than the Aussies for raw talent but they did show their naiivty and youth allowing the Aussies off the hook on day 3 and then losing a clatter of wickets in their 2nd Innings. Sammy's field placings were a little off allowing far too many easy singles in a tight chase last night but none of these things are insurmountable given experience and a desire to learn from the process. Aussies showed good fighting spirit but unless they find some decent bats, a spinner and 1 or 2 world class bowlers recovery is going to be a long, painful process.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on April 12, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Anyway gr8 test match , but Australia desperately needs to find a few quality young batsman , a lot still depends on the big 3 of hussey , ponting , clarke and injury prone watson.. new guys don't look that good , really hard to believe that Australian system which produced the likes of ponting , gilchrist , waugh , hayden . martyn is struggling now to produce few international class batsmen..

  • johntycodes on April 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    A few things need to happen for the remaining 2 tests. Beer has to come in for lyon. All the people that said australia's search for a permanent slow bowler was over when lyon played his first few matches couldn't have been more wrong. Lyon never looks like he will take a wicket. Also cowan is useless, he played and missed a dozen times in the second innings and was just too slow.

  • Meety on April 12, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    @mari2619 - yay another classic from you "...the Windies were missing Gayle, Narine and Pollard, 3 of their best players..." - I'll state the bleeding obvious, but 2 of those 3 players you mentioned have NEVER played Test cricket so can not be possibly considered as their "best" players!! LOL! @jmcilhinney - spot on regarding scoring rates. That pitch was the type you can survive on easily, but try & set the pace & it was quite difficult. Strike Rates don't win test matches - well excluding last inning chases in fading light of course!!!! re: Clarke, I understand your point, however, I think what impressed most people is that superficially the test was dead. Objectively it wasn't a big decision, Oz were 9 wickets down & you are quite right if Lyon & Harris hadn't hit personal HS - it would of been moot. I think people are crediting him with pouncing when he had a hunch the WIndies batsmen may be vulnerable, lining the bowlers up with a good crack.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on April 12, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Once again clarke proved he is among the best captains in world cricket , well done Australia , any other captain would have accepted a draw very happily , gr8 all round work by team , but still i think khawaja/forrest should play at no.3 , and ed cowan looks out of his comfort zone against good attacks

  • Itchy on April 12, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @mari2619: I don't agree. Aus under Clarke beat the former no. 1 test nation (India) in their last test series and drew with SA away - both were more than admirable victories.

  • AidanFX on April 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    If Clarke is haling this victory - I don't think he is getting ahead of himself; rather is recognizing the opposition. The circumstances of this victory deserve a level of satisfaction. Teams generally, instinctively know the difference between wins and special or quality wins.

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Well, the West Indies handed the test match to Australia on a plate with the most narrow minded defensive, & utterly wrong captaincy of all time from Darren Sammy...He just didn't apply any pressure to the aussie batsmen, just defensive fields meaning the aussies having to take no risks to win....It's a mark of how poor Australia really are that they managed to nearly managed to screw up what seemed to be the easiest run chase ever attempted....Had this been the likes of SA, Eng, or Pakistan setting australia 190 odd to win, this current aussie batting line-up would not even come close....In saying that, you have to give Clarke & Co credit for seizing the opportunity handed to them by Sammy, but need to be under no illusions, his aussie team is average at best.....Back to Sammy, he's a very poor captain who needs to vacate the position, it's as simple as that

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    declarationsl are only as good as the follow up action . hilfenhaus vindicated clarke's, edwards wasted sammy's and west indies snatch defeat from the jaws of victory ...... again . no wonder ground empty apart from aussie tourists . west indies are so brittle under pressure that they could score 650 in ist dig and still lose a test . great test all the same

  • PrasPunter on April 12, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @cric_croc643849 , if you are from india , I need not remind youabout the drubbing your team got from the team that even bangladesh can beat. If you are from SA, just to remind you that SA couldnt beat this weakest team ever in a test-series at home . And I got to admit that I dont have an answer if you are from England.

  • smudgeon on April 12, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    fabulous game - from day 4, at least! Amazing to think the first three days were quite a grind, almost like a different match. kudos to Clarke for a very shrewd declaration, and kudos to the Windies bowlers who are really becoming a good unit under Sammy (c'mon guys, time to get off his back). expect the Windies to hit back hard in the next test, they got a real sniff here and they'll be keen to prove how good they are right now. i'd be interested to see if Lyon gets a run in the next test, i can see the temptation to swap him for Pattinson & going with a four man pace attack. if Rampaul's fit, i wouldn't mind seeing him come in too - perhaps as a replacement for Fidel Edwards (tough call, though).

  • ste13 on April 12, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Very good game, Australia deserved it for their aggressive approach (barring start of their chase), but once again I would like to send tribute to the West Indies. This is the third close game after two against India. They lost due to some nuances and lacked some experience, but for me since last year home series with India, there is clear progress. In this test they were a class better than in each of three tests with India. Keep it going and the results will come. I think a big difference over the last two days was not cricket skills but mentality. West Indies are not as confident as Aus, but this will come - this is still a young team, give them a chance. And my opinion... you do not need Chris Gayle, just explore the youth

  • on April 12, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    West Indies never leanned from the past mistakes ,How often they give the opposition winning Chance out of no where and being dominant for major part of the game.Still Great Game of Cricket and hope Windies nit repeat atrleast

  • dsig3 on April 12, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Winning is a habit. Beating a team that has declared on you is special no matter the opposition. Its all just more lessons for the young guys. Since the Sri Lankan tour we have won 7 out of 9 from my count with 1 loss.

  • lesley95 on April 12, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Our wonderful Capt Dhoni should learn a thing or two from Clarke on how to win Test matches. In a similar situation a year ago he let the match peter into a tame draw.

  • on April 12, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    still having the winning formula even though they are not as great as ricky pontings australian side

  • jonesy2 on April 12, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    greatest cricket team on the planet continues to find a way and do the inspirational.

  • SpadeaSpade on April 12, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Got to love test cricket !!! So many people go off half cocked after 1 day or before both teams have batted. This Australian Team under Micheal Clarkes excellent captaincy is building confidence and momentum. Where are all the spiders who were giving it to the Australia bowling attack after day 1 and day 2. It was a tough pitch to score freely on right throughout the match and had Australia held their chances in the first innings Windies wouldn't have reached 450. Australia must improve the catching standard if we are going to mix it with the Pomms and SA though. Great victory !!! can't wait for the next test. Aussies will be alot better for the outing

  • FAB_ALI on April 12, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    West Indies' top order batting in the second innings proved costly for them, badly needed Chanderpaul to stay there for a while!!

  • FAB_ALI on April 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Australia deserved to win but West Indies never deserved to lose this game!!! A real heart break for them.....I can feel it!!!!

  • on April 12, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Great game and another example that test Cricket is alive & well. Awesome to see some Fight in the Windies, but on the last day it was Oz's game to lose so top effort to get 7 wickets W.I. Disappointed to hear comments that Warner and other Aussie's made about Windies scoring too slow in the 1st innings. A Test is a game of perseverance and keeping your opposition in the field for a long time, so get over it. Well done Australia to win after being dominated for 1st 3 days, tip of the hat to Clarke (one of a small handful of Aussie crickets I like being an NZer) for 1st innings runs and decleration, and Harris(68) with Lyon's(40) in the first innings made the victory possible I believe so great work from them. I look forward to the rest of the series. @lolysixaside I like all forms of cricket but rate them as followed: Test's/ODI's/T20.

  • heathrf1974 on April 12, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Great game. The Windies nearly won the game. I was concerned though by the Windies slow over rate in the final innings.

  • incredible_general on April 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    This was a great test match in as far as long and winding road to victory. Looking at how WI dominated for 3 days and their failure to wipe the Australian tail cheaply cost them the match. Aussies were down and before the tail-enders (or as Ian Bishop wants to call them Lower Order batsmen) did their demolition job. It show how thin a line between victory and defeat. It was experience i guess that cost the Windies the 1st test. I am also not happy with Aussie batting considering the great performances of old Aussie still has a long way of coming up the rankings. The bowling attack is top notch though

  • Keepa-batsman on April 12, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    @cric_croc643849, how about we look at the statistics then? In tests aus vs bangladesh: Aus 4 wins out of 4 (3 outright) in odi: aus 15/16 wins 93% in t20:aus 100% Last test:Australia thrashed em by an innings and 80 runs last odi:Australia by 66 runs last t20:australia by 37 runs

    actually learn about cricket before you post things like that

  • jmcilhinney on April 12, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    To those thanking Clarke for winning the game, I think that you are forgetting that he didn't actually take the wickets. It was a gutsy declaration based on his faith in his team, which is admirable, but he would have looked a fool if his team hadn't backed up that faith with action. Everyone plays their part but the real difference between the sides was Australia's tail in the first innings and the oft-maligned Hilfenhaus' inspired spell to start WI second innings. If Australia had batted on the WI second innings may still have played out the same way and they'd have had fewer to chase down at the end. I'm not criticising Clarke but I think that some people are giving him a bit too much credit and not enough to the bowlers and Hilfenhaus in particular.

  • on April 12, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Perseverance is the key to success.. it was indeed a tough match, and once again Watson and Mr cricket played brilliantly.. well done ozzies..

  • on April 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    We ll played aussies. Congrats on its victory. Few words abbout windies. Once rulers of cricketing world. Why Kieron Pollard,Dwayne Bravo, are allowed to play in IPL when they are more needed for national duty. Gayle's issue is still unsettled due to ego on both sides. It is sad . But recent performances in oatches have shown there are signs of improvements. WI board also take the help of veternas in fine tuning the young talented blood in the team.

  • Mary_786 on April 12, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Agree with Tumbarumbar, Cowan batted too slowly and put too much pressure on the other batsman, he doesn't look cut out for this level.

  • jmcilhinney on April 12, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    @geoffreyBoycotts_gran on (April 12 2012, 00:02 AM GMT), that's a ridiculous statement. What good would it have done WI to have scored more quickly in the first innings if they didn't actually score any more runs? All that would have done was meant that Australia would have had more time to score the runs in the final innings, in which case they likely would have done so more easily. You seem to be assuming that a higher strike rate would have meant more runs in the same number of overs but it may well have just meant the same number of runs in fewer overs or, because scoring faster requires more risk, the worst case scenario of fewer runs. WI are not a great team at the moment so they are doing much as Pakistan have been doing, i.e. prioritising not getting out. It doesn't always come off but I bet you'd be the first to criticise if they took more risks and got out cheaply.

  • Mary_786 on April 12, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Clarke is getting ahead of himself, the Windies were missing Gayle, Narine and Pollard, 3 of their best players, beating the 8th best team is nothing to go over the top, the big test will be the South Africans in November and POMs next year, if he wins those series then he can celebrate.

  • on April 12, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Great game of test cricket. Absolutely gripping even if the pace of play was slow on occasion. I think Australia should take credit for the way they bounced back and thought a win was possible even after conceding so many in the first innings.Clarke should take the credit for this, his captaincy and leadership was sorely missed in the one dayers. Speaking of leadership, I have nothing but admiration for Sammy despite and probably because of the big stars, his team has gelled well. Given off their best and lost narrowly in the end. Australia"s batting is still far too inconsistent to make it the number one team . It is riding too much on its bowlers and tail enders if the last few games are any indication. I think it is time for people like Forest to make their way to the team otherwise they would be thrown into the deep end against better teams and will find it difficult to settle at the highest level. Australia held their nerve and deserved to win. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on April 12, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    One thing is for sure The Aussies test match pedigree is surely higher than England. Its Pakistan and South africa that are almost equal to them.

  • rockyyy on April 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    michel clarke's captaincy brilliance has made them win!!!!!! he is reallly a big asset for australia in the future

  • landl47 on April 12, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    A great game of cricket, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations to both sides and to both captains, who had their men trying their hardest throughout the game. This is what test cricket is all about- five days of hard struggle for ascendancy, no quarter asked or given. Let's hope the series continues to be as competitive.

  • on April 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    What a match and what a declaration by Clarke. Test match is real cricket, this match has much more thrill and excitement than all the nonsense IPL dished out in last 5 days.

  • Meety on April 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Man there are some really naive comments on here. FIRSTLY - Sammys declaration in the first innings did NOT cost WIndies the match. Even had it soaked up more time, there is NO WAY that Sammy could of known that. SECONDLY - Sammy took a passive-aggressive approach in the 4th innings, which very nearly paid off. He was trying to buy time by cutting off boundaries, & force the Ozzys to set the pace & make mistakes - 7 Ozzys made those mistakes. THIRDLY - whinging about Sammys bowling changes is absolutely pointless. He went with the guys he thought could do the job, my only suggestion would of been for himself to bowl more than he did. He should be praised for bringing on Deonarine when he did. I watched a WIndies side in Oz a few summers ago that showed some spark - they drew a Test in Adelaide, but in between times they were well off the pace & didn't beat us once all summer. This WIndies side has more talent, less experience, but way more ticker! WIndies fans should support them!

  • RJHB on April 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Good job Australia, hung in there when it was tough, pushed hard when momentum swung our way and came out with a good win. Well done Windies, its great to see a spirited side from the Carribean once again, lets hope it continues for the next tests and into the future. These two teams have the sort of guts, spirit and determination that India can only dream about!! Well done. P.S. Aussie batting still looking fragile.

  • SamRoy on April 12, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Ed Cowan should be dropped for a match. Nonsensical approach, even if you are a defensive player..

  • lollysixaside on April 12, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Test cricket- u get unlimited amount of tension, unlimited amount of entertainment, and unlimited amount of hardness.( a bad match might drag onto 1-2 dull days but guaranteed at least one session of good play)

    other forms of limited overs- U get the same enjoyment but only limited and absolutely nowhere as hard as test

    So whats the best?

  • on April 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    On second thoughts this win is a step in the right direction for WI showing that the gap between Australia and WI is narrowing. Do we want to go back to 4 or 5 test series for the Frank Worrell Trophy instead of 3? Previously WI are thought to be pushovers but look they certainly pushed Australia who escaped with a win. With the development and mentoring of its young players the WI could become a force that it once was many generations ago. Include Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Narine then you have a force to be reckoned with.

  • Percy_Fender on April 12, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    A great ad for Test cricket. Australia may have won eventually but West Indies will come back. I think the Aussies are well prepared for Bishoo. He should be rested. A good left armer spinner could be what the West Indies needs. Deonaraine needs to be used more as an allrounder. Rampaul should come in also.The West Indies can win this series.

  • Sinhaya on April 12, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Well played both teams. Come on Windies, dont get disheartened. Fight hard to win the next 2 tests. Nothing is impossible. Keep the momentum without letting lose. Remember that one bad session is enough to cost a test match.

  • Rooboy on April 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Great test match from both teams. A lot of credit should go to Clarke for a bold declaration which set up a match that was meandering towards a draw on day 4. Commiserations to the WI, clearly on top for the majority of the match, they should be proud of their efforts and hopeful of what the future might hold for them, despite whatever disappointment they may be feeling in the immediate aftermath. World cricket is much better with a strong WI team. @ Hugh Powell - Roach bowled the last overs from one end so they did have a quick in operation in the fading light. @MinusZero - no it wasn't one of Aus best performances, but to play well below their best against a dogged opponent away from home and still win ... well, you take the glass half empty view, I see it as half full. @cric_croc643849 - give it up. An Aussie state side would crush Bangladesh. Reality is calling, it wants you to get in touch with it.

  • Tumbarumbar on April 12, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Ed Cowan put a fair bit of pressure on his fellow batsmen by lumbering along in his tortoise shell consuming balls like freshly picked brussels sprouts, I realize it is early on in his test career but he does have the ability to play shots yet seems to have set his mind on crease occupation to the exclusion of everything else. Taking a 100 balls to score 20 odd is fine if the player then goes on to score 70 off 200 or so but Cowan at the moment seems to only have the one gear and relies totally and utterly on bowlers getting it completely wrong before he scores. As I mentioned Cowan is a wonderful striker of the ball and I hope that he can break his self imposed shackles a bit more as the series goes on.

  • whitesXI on April 12, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @Chris_P - I don't want to be one of your so called doom merchants, but I'm still concerned over the continued trend of our bowlers out performing our established top and middle order batsmen. Seriously, how many times has a tail-ender (usually more like 2 or 3) come to the rescue because of a batting collapse in the past 18 months. I know someone (i think RandyOz, maybe wrong tho) brought up the point during commentary, Langer's position as batting coach seemingly hasn't come under fire. Recently there has been a lot to appreciate about McDermott's work and how well our bowling attack looks with new coach and personel, we've altered the batting line-up and have given them time to compensate, IMO if they don't start to perform on a consistent basis then the coach has to be replaced

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Admirable for a 4th innings chase @ the run rate of 4 runs per over with the target as big as 192. That too on a Day 5 post lunch.....Aussie Aussie Aussie....oye oye oye!!!!

  • hagomes1984 on April 12, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    West Indies lost the match when they declared, rather boldly I might add, in the first innings. 449 was never enough against the Aussies with an attack like ours. By extension they have surrendered the series with this declaration. Was it not obvious Australia did not want to dismiss WI in fading light. The last pair had it easy, now the Aussies know that they can dismiss us in any light ant can make runs easily as it is obvious our attack lacks penetration.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on April 12, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    damn it windies why didn't u win this one!

  • Cool_Jeeves on April 12, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Both the teams have captains who are leading from the front. A bit of resilience from West Indies in the face of determined Aussie batting in their first innings would have prevented a loss. Hopefully Rampaul will come back, Roach will crank up the pace (awful to watch 138k from a bowler who was doing 150 not long back) and their lasting ability will improve against a tough opponent. There is potential here.

  • rsgarcia on April 12, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I am so proud of Windies. Yes, it sucked big time to lose when you were the better team for 3 1/2 days, but we brought those Aussies to the brink of defeat in fading light. Hats off for fighting till the end, the new Caribbean spirit. And for all the haters--just remember, we lost the first one day and T20 too.

  • jmcilhinney on April 12, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    I would have said that they deserved it regardless of who won this game. WI were on top for 90% of the first two innings but when Australia grabbed the upper hand they did so decisively. WI were still in there with a chance right up until the end though, so they certainly didn't just lie down and die when wounded. What a way for Sammy to get out given the circumstances. If WI could have put on even another 10 runs and taken up an extra half hour then they may well have been able to eke out a draw, or maybe even pressure Australia enough to win. It's all academic now though.

  • Peterincanada on April 12, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    It's good for cricket to see WI improving. Problem is they are so used to losing that they don't know how to close the show. Gibson is right on. Winning is a slow evolving process and WI will learn eventually how to win.

  • jmcilhinney on April 12, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    This was a hard-fought match and was basically won and lost in the 2nd session on day 4. WI were unable to prise out the last two Aussie wickets and then lost three of their own. Both teams tried to lose the game with their fielding but the Aussie bowlers ended up being the difference... with both bat and ball. It's often the failures as much as the successes that make Test cricket exciting and this was another enthralling game to add to the long list of enthralling games recently. Those who were complaining about the run rates really should stick to watching limited-overs cricket because there will almost be at least periods like that in a Test and if you don't have the attention span to enjoy the lead up to an exciting finish like this one then you're wasting your time watching it and our time complaining about it.

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    This one is for Blackie. Bishoo bowled 45 overs in the first innings economically. He should have given shorter spells and a quickie should have operate at the other end. Again, Bishoo shoud have been taken off two overs earlier and so was Deonarine bringing back Roach and Edwards earlier. Deonarine was hit for 16 runs by Hussey for nothing. Edwards and Roach would have finished it. WI gave it away.

    Australia will not allow them to score so much next time or even get closer to a win.

    For Rampaul to come in either K A Edwards, Braithwaitte or Barath has to rest. The batting is well matured. Deonarine and Sammy can fill the voids if the batting order moved up by one to cover for an opener. Even Roach and Bishoo is showing off some batting skills.

    Hope Otis Gibson is taking notes as his mind is focused on dropping Deonarine.

  • purna478 on April 12, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    there is no wicket taking bowlers in wi like narine nd roach

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    Sammy drops another catch ...

    moan .... he is as bad as Walsh ... he dropped Tendulkar and Dravid in India ....

    Sammy drops more catches than he takes.....

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    you need to wait 4 1/2 days to see that action,while u get that everyday from ipl.............whats good?

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Nice win comeback win for Aussies, but truth be told, they're not that hot. I said all along that even if they win the Series, they will know that they have been in a battle when all is said and done. We had them to beat but this young team is still learning the game. We simply don't know how to beat teams yet. When you have a team down, you grind them in the dust. I think Clarke's declaration was a master stroke. WI had been in the field for a long time, were deflated and the surprise declaration didn't allow the upper order batsman to collect their thoughts prior to batting a second time. Pressure will cause even tough men to crack at times and that's what it did to Braf & Edwards and to a lesser extent Barath, who did receive a good one. What a disaster at 4/3 and we never really recovered. Felt 230-250 would've been problematic for the Aussies. Sammy kept saying he was playing to win and when it mattered, he got defensive. No pressure on their batsmen. Yes 192 is not a big score

  • on April 12, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    I truly believe WI would have won this match. Even though Austrailia had to make 192 to win, in my opinion WI blew it. Roach and Edwards first spell was too long. Sammy, Bishoo and Deonarine should have come on earlier and mix the bowling attack with Roach and Edwards back and forth on both ends in between them or there after. Use of one fast bowler and one spinner would have changed the game in WI favour. Bishoo should have been taken off two overs earlier at the end of his spell and so was Deonarine. Deonarine was hit for 16 wasteful runs. At least at the 45th over Deonarine should have been replaced. Edwards should have been brought in for a short fast spell. WI give it away.

  • noplay on April 12, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    West Indies never planned on winning this match. They never tried to bowl out Australia in the second innings. Australia lost wickets because they decided to chase for a win. WI were busy wasting time, bowling wide and failing to hold catches. I do not know what Roach and Sammy and Edwards were so happy about before tea. Did they think they had a draw in the bag? And that is the difference between Australia and WI. Australia believed they could win and went for it. WI believed they could hold on for a draw and all's well that ends well.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 12, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    R Ponting, M Clarke, S Watson, M Hussey. Four BIG and Experience names in Aussie attack, West indies only got Chanderpaul and F Edwards in this first Test match line up, Yet this Experience West Indies Team had 3 days to them self, Just 1 and half a Session which carry the game away from them. I dont understand why some people are bringing this West Indies team down. without Big name like Sarwan, Gayle, Taylor, Ramidn, B Nash. Who Have never Won a Test Match against the Mighty Aussie, even Gayle who layed against a 2d String Aussie team in Australia couldnt beat them and That tema always give up. How much of us have though 196 on the Baord, that Australia Will Lose 6 Wickets in the Chase. With a Batting line up like Australia. I had though Australia will at least Lose 2 wicket in the Chase. unfortunely all those who is Blind by Gayle and co dont see the good future of West Indies and the way they are Progressing right now, they Lost, no doubt, but they went down Fighting.

  • elsmallo on April 12, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Windies lost this match on the fourth day after Australia's tail wagged and then the WI top order folded so quickly. Credit to Australia for capitalising but this is not the first time in recent years WI have blown it from a strong position. It betrays a lack of experience but not of ability - these guys are good players and need to hang in there and regroup for the next Test. Winning is a habit they haven't learned yet. Hopefully this series will be about more than the Aussie's rediscovering winning form - WI can get a game or two off this side if they hold their nerve and fight hard.

  • Randy_Wilson on April 12, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @ Chris Sun Seriously? have you watch this WHOLE test match or watch any West Indies PAST games? your Mistake no.1. LAst time Sammy didn't Dec in India people complain saying he should dec and give the Team a few mins on the field to bat. your mistake , Mistake no.2 Its been something which have been Happening in West Indies for Nearly 15 years Now,not only this team. Mistake no.3 Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and Narine wouldn't make a Different, We had de best West Indies 11 3 years ago,yet We Lose every Test Matches, and We Give up in all those Test, until what we saw today with a small total and this West Indies fith till de end. Mistake no.4 Bat fast are you serious? If west Indies Make 400 Run in 1 day and a half, Australia Will have all the time in the World to hit off 400 run and put on a lead and then Win by an innings, it can happen. I dotn understand why people are not finding mistakes in WI, when 15 years we were WORST than we doing now. Now we are fighting till de end unlike befor

  • gibbons on April 12, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    @cric_croc643849 thanks for the laugh. I don't know why you don't have your own column with that kind of insightful commentary.

    While the Windies weren't able to put 5 solid days together, I thought there were a lot of positives for them in this match - as it has been said, they dominated for the first three days. The cricinfo commentary slammed them as rolling over and playing defensively on day 4 and 5, but while their batting was lame, watching them in the field on the last day I thought their attitude and effort was good - far better than many sides who roll over meekly in similar situations.

    I'm really confused why there were so many unbowled overs at the end of the day, with the sun going down - is there a reason they don't start earlier? I don't know much of carribean conditions, so there may be.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 12, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    good attacking approach by aus . wi should need not to be disappointed given the fact that some of their players like narine , bravo , gayle are playing in ipl . wi perform good .

  • on April 12, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Moral for WI. Safety first. If the last wkt in the 1st innings had batted another 15 min this match would have a different result.

  • AidanFX on April 12, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Can we silence the "make Test Cricket 4 days" voices now? - Aus Bowlers came out second inns to prove they are still are developing lethal force.

  • on April 12, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    good match.. credit to clark for declaring boldly.. to be great, you have to take risks. thats why SA will never be no 1 because their captain played it safe despite having best bowling attack vs nz..

  • Swingit on April 12, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Putting Fidel on even if it would have been good to have two fast men on to both kill time (long run ups) and make the umps consider the light more (safety issue) given the terrible way Fidel had bowled so far that would have been a risk not worth taking. Likely he would have bowled 4 wides and give the Ozzies 5 runs in one ball! a better bet would have been for Sammy himself to bowl that over to Hussey where hussy swatted Deonarine for six since Hussey is a good player of spin. But as was pointed out Deonaruine was on fire and had taken 4 wickets (almost 5 had the review situation been different), and the light was pretty good frankly so they could have bowled another 5 overs at least even with pacemen on. Well played by both sides even if each team had its moments of big lapses and sheer brilliance. That is what a test suppose to be - TEST you to expose your weaknesses and highlight your strengths. Great game both teams hope the rest of the series is the same.

  • Wallaroo on April 12, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    What an exceptional performance by Australia. Pup has got to be one of the best cricket minds in the world today. Near perfect field positioning, a fantastic bowling and killer batting display by Australia. Well done WI for putting up a fight but Aus were just to clinical. I hope this is a demonstration of things to come for Aus.

  • Burbon on April 12, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S ..Will all due respect I did watch the game also and i think what HUGH POWELLl was saying is that Sammy had that option to use pace from both ends ,wickets weren't the issue in as much as time was. Another fast bowler would have taken alot more time to complete his over and hence place alot more pressure on the batters to take more risks in scoring and who knows what could have happened .Take nothing away from the Aussies although catches went down and the Ponting mishap they stuck together as a team and pull through so congrads to them.

  • Skott on April 12, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    What the hell was Cowan thinking?

  • WI_Memory_Lane on April 12, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Sammy does not seem to know how to play when under pressure. His field placement was too defensive when he knew Australia was defending so as to not lose the match. He should have played an attacking field to force the batsmen to play strokes to increase the pressure to get a wicket. Only the current WI team can snatch defeat from an apparent win or draw. They did the same thing in India, but Sammy didn't seem to learn from that experience. Sammy needs to show some growth as a captain. Sad to see them lose a game they dominated for the first 3 days. Wasn't Australia's plan obvious when they declared? Yet WI fell into the plan. That shows lack of preparation and not coming up with a plan to counter Australia. Sad, but a true fact, Sammy needs to show growth and not be the sunshine loser (we played well but...no more excuses), happy to have lost when they should have won or at worst drawn the game. :-(

  • othello22 on April 12, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    It's funny... A couple of days ago the Aussies were being lambasted by all and sundry and everyone was talking up the Windies as though they'd already won it. Big mistake. This new look Aussie team is not as talented as the domineering juggernaut of a few years back but it has as much spirit and fight as any Australian team I've seen. Kudos to Michael Clarke for burying his critics and leading from the front with positive, inventive captaincy. What a win.

  • Chris_P on April 12, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S. . Absolutely spot on! Credit to the Windies, they were chasing victory as well. I know they have a way to go, but really, there perfirmance here was a lot better than past insipid efforts.

  • Chris_P on April 12, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @ChrisSun. By the same token, Clarke shouldn't have declared and let the last pair put on a huge stand and chase the innings victory! Yes I know, it sounds as inept as your statement. Sammy declared due to the fact the Windies crawled during perfect batting conditions in day 1 and really lost much of the initiative as time was always going to be a factor. And please, please don't compare T20 & ODI to tests. There is no comparison. You need patience and a logical plan implemented over a number of overs, pressure is built up by the fielding team not by the batting team as is the case of the quicker versions. How about some compliments for the Aussie fightback? They did a sound job to take the game, not many other teams would have done so.

  • timmyw on April 12, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    We can thank Michael Clarke for that win, his captaincy was inspired. Have to admit, he has grown on me as a captain. I think this was his best match so far captaincy wise a real pleasure to watch. I hope to see more! WI played really well too though, this match was brilliant. There is every chance WI could pull off a win in the second test, and I secretly hope they do really well and that the second test is just as good as this one was.

  • Chris_Howard on April 12, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Can all the Clarke haters please stand up and say "We were wrong". Clarke is our best captain in years.

  • PACERONE on April 12, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Test match cricket is the best game to watch...especially live.The inter action between fans of both teams was great.Fans who continue to pick sides to divide W.I cricket is not helpful.W.I made crucial mistakes batting and bowling.Our fielding has to improve so to for our running between the wickets.I enjoyed been there to witness a good cricket game. Australian fans are amazed that we could give them such a fight with what they consider not our best team.Let's win in Trinidad!!!!

  • Captain_Oblivious on April 12, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    it's funny reading comments here about 'struggling aussies against no.7 west indians' etc. well, let me just say i think this west indies team is very under-rated, and developing very nicely under some good leadership. they fight hard and played some smart cricket on the first 3 days, unlike what we saw from the pathetic indians just recently. for all the english and indian critics having a go at the aussies, i think you should be more worried about your own backyard. this west indian team has heart and character and i look forward to the rest of the series. cracking game.

  • Meety on April 12, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @MinusZero - the margin (3 wickets) is a product of the requirement which was quick runs. Oz had to score at nearly twice the match rpo to win, something that India failed to in similar circumstances LESS than a year ago! @cric_croc643849 - mate, Bangladesh have beaten us ONCE in all forms of cricket EVER. We just belted them a year ago 3 NIL. Not a smart analogy! @blackie - who are the "HATERS"? About the only critical things said of WIndies cricket is from WIndies fans!!!!! @Chris_P - well said! @HatsforBats - agreed!

  • derpherp on April 12, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @pommy80 England please be quiet, the better team did win, anyway well done boys, a hard fought victory is a good victory

  • on April 12, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    @line.and.length: Let's not forget the recent Aus-SA series was drawn only because Aus had 1 horrible session of that 47! They dominated SA for 6 out of 8 innings that series despite having Phil Hughes c Guptill b Martin! And that match to NZ lost by the length of a fingernail. With some luck, Aus could have been on a winning streak of 9 consecutive tests now but this is a semi-young team. They can only get better from here.

  • rama_krish on April 12, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Good game by WI. It is easy to criticize them in this match but overall, they played good cricket. To take the Aussies down to the wire on the last day and have the match decided with minutes to spare demonstrates a worthy effort. WI lost the match but were not defeated. Deonarine bowling in the Aussies' second innings was particularly noteworthy. That should ensure his pick for the second test. The youngsters at the top of the batting order need to settle down, but they should be good for the second test also.

  • geoffreyBoycotts_gran on April 12, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Goes to show how pathetic this Windies team is at the moment. You simply just cannot devalue the importance of a decent scoring rate even in tests this days. The match was lost for Windies on the first two days and when they let the aus tailenders score freely. Batsmen that can't score quick enough are not probably good enough. They just save their own career by wasting so many balls at the team's expense.

  • on April 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    @KanchanBNZ: The light wasn't bad like the other days and was not even remotely like the WC final! Cricinfo added it for spice I guess. I was watching the game and the sun had not yet set below the stadium roof though there were only a few minutes left. @Hugh Powell: Did you watch the game? Sammy brought Kemar Roach into the attack in the fading light and Deonarine was at the other end because he had taken 4 wickets!

  • SnowSnake on April 12, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia. Well played WI as well. Close match.

  • HatsforBats on April 11, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    What a match! Glory glory long live test cricket! Now if only this pesky time zone problem could be fixed. You have to feel for WI who were in it right to the end, but credit to Aus for playing hard for the win. A solid display by the Aus bowlers after a poor 1st innings, and not too bad by the batsmen on a tricky pitch. Fingers crossed the rest of the series will yield more exciting finishes.

  • on April 11, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Another terrific Test match. No way can either Hit & Giggle, nor even One Day cricket replicate the excitement and TRUE test of skill and temperament that is Test Cricket.

  • KanchanBNZ on April 11, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Having followed the commentary online I didn't get to see how dark it was. Was it that bad that the umpires should have taken out their light meters at any stage to get a reading?

    If so, can this be the new standard for "off for bad light" on every other day of a test match, in every country, every stadium in all parts of the world?

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on April 11, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    What a match, what a result. Well done to both teams. Test match cricket is alive and well, as this game (wide open for both teams with 90 minutes to play after five days) proves. Australia still have plenty of work to do to win the series, Windies fans: remember your guys were down early in the one-day series and came back well, don't give up on them yet.

  • warnerbasher on April 11, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Well done boys. The march to return to our rightful place as number 1 continues.

  • Chris_P on April 11, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Great comeback by the Aussies following Clarke's bold declaration. It's happening slowly, but this side is beginning to gel as a viable force. Wonder where all the doom merchants from the first 2 days are hiding now? Talk is cheap & big but never celebrate during half time, wait till the full time whistle blows guys. It's never over till you know who sings.

  • blackie on April 11, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    There is a radio program which airs on tuesday evenings in Barbados called 'Mason and guests". Its hosted by commentator Andrew Mason. Yesterday i heard Ernest Hilaire, WIBC's CEO talk about Coach Gibson's vision for Windies team. First goal; start pushing opposing teams to 5 days in Tests rather than losing in 3 days like the team has been doing. Then, start drawing more than losing then start to win more than losing or drawing. Then winning consistently. then dominating. reasonably we can't ask for a better sign than today. We pushed a team that has been hammering us for the last 17 years down to the fading light of day 5. We made them play hard. They didnt score any centuries. All this after very nearly beating them in the ODI series and drawing the T20 series. SHUT UP HATERS. GIBSON AND SAMMY ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

  • MenFromMarts on April 11, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Clarke was near perfect in captaincy. Harris was underused in second innings. Exceptional debut for Wade - I was not a fan - wanted Tom Triffit in squad but that second innings knock took some nerve. Well done Mr Cricket. Funny how important that Lyon/Harris partnership became

  • Jimmers on April 11, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Funny that it was Clarke talking about the importance of "one bad session" before the game, now Sammy knows exactly what he meant. WI have got a lot to be proud of in this game though, and hopefully it won't have dented their confidence - it won't help them if they start being timid againt the Aussies. But well done Aus, cracking win under pressure. Test cricket will live forever.

  • pommy80 on April 11, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Scrambling effort by Australia. Good win but don't read to much into this, West Indies should of finished the game in the first innings but let Australia of the hook by letting them back in the match. It proved costly and the better team throughout the game lost.

  • on April 11, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Mistake no.1: Sammy shouldn't have declared. Mistake no.2: WI haven't learnt from the 3rd innings batting collapses in India. Mistake no.3: There was no Gayle, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo or Narine. Mistake no.4: WI batting was too slow. Some might say it could be a 3-0 whitewash, well let's see how WI would recover and bounce back just like they did in ODI and T20. Bishoo had a bad match, was outbowled by Deonarine and could be dropped for Rampaul. So much to ponder and learn and what could've been. Bangladesh and England experienced something similar. Back to the drawing board for WI.

  • on April 11, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    The kids and I were on the edges of our seats with this one. Thrilling finish. Long live Test cricket!

  • cric_croc643849 on April 11, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Even Bangladesh can beat this aussie team in any given day in any form of Cricket. WI didn't do great in their 2nd innings, otherwise it could have been an easy win for them. Good luck WI for the next match!!!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 11, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    why r dwayne bravo, and kieron pollard in ipl? why r they not in WI test squad? these 2 along with gayle will really make these WI team strong. the bonus is all 3 can bowl.

  • MinusZero on April 11, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Well done WI anyway. They lost it by allowing harris to get 50 in the first innings i think. Still its worrying signs for Australia that they struggled to put away the WI who are well down the test table.

  • ramps_wi on April 11, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Congrats to WI although we lost but it was a great match. We needed Rampaul in there to clean up the Aus lower order in 1st innings. It was right there we lost the match. At least we didnt get beat up like India

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on April 11, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    A well deserved win for the Aussies, I hope Michael Clarke propels this team to #1 again in Tests - Clarke Watson Warner Wade with Siddle Lyon and Hilfenhaus may form the core of the team in the years to come.

  • Meety on April 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Well a very interesting insight to outlooks can be gleaned from this match & the 3rd test between India & WI in July last year. Oz required 192 off 62 overs (bearing in mind that quota was NEVER going to be achieved), Oz did it off 47 overs. India had to get 180 off about 47 overs. India gave up, Oz went for the kill. Now there was a fundamental difference, the India v WI was a 3rd Test & India had the series wrapped & did not need to win, however it could be said that Oz have another 2 tests to win the series so they didn't need to risk it. Interesting! == == == Top game of cricket - a lot like the WI v India match (3rd Test) - that ended up a "tied" draw. There is more than hint of Adelaide Os v England in 06/07 as well. Meandered for most of 4 days, then blew up in the final 4 sessions. Congrats to WI for not giving up in the field & congrats to Pup for going for the jugular. Bravo!

  • Pragmatic on April 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    This was a victory for the true believers. I do feel for the Windies, but test cricket is all about pressure over five days, unfortunately for them they only kept it up for three. No other side could have pulled this one out out of the fire. Australia probably ranks behind SA, England and India in terms of pure talent, but makes up for it with guts, tactical nous and a will to win like no other. It's only a matter of time that a couple of young batsman are discovered, and with the bowling stocks looking good and the smartest captain going around, the only way is up for this team. Say what you like about Australia, but let's face it, they do bring the crowds back.

  • on April 11, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Fail to understand how with the light fading the WI captain persisted with the spinner instead of bringing on tearaway fast bowler Fidel Edwards. That would have brought the umpires into the game with the welfare of the batsmen a prime concern.

  • on April 11, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Shame for WI, they almost brought the mighty Aussies down, but Hussey shows what a fighter he and the Australian team have always been. They night not be the all conquering and as feared as in the last decade, but the grit and tenacity will always be a part of their team culture.

  • line.and.length on April 11, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    as good a win as this was......this batting line-up will be a concern when it comes up against the Saffas... and as talented and important a player Watson is to the team, he is no number 3... we've got a lot to ponder moving forward, but a great win for the aussies

  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Those sort of targets often present diifficulties to the side chasing and really until the last 1/4 hour it could have gone the other way. The whole of the last session though was brilliant entertainment. Overall the match presented extremes of watchability and competence at different times, with both the sublime and ridiculous in full evidence. Neither side is remotely infallible in this series.

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  • 2.14istherunrate on April 11, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Those sort of targets often present diifficulties to the side chasing and really until the last 1/4 hour it could have gone the other way. The whole of the last session though was brilliant entertainment. Overall the match presented extremes of watchability and competence at different times, with both the sublime and ridiculous in full evidence. Neither side is remotely infallible in this series.

  • line.and.length on April 11, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    as good a win as this was......this batting line-up will be a concern when it comes up against the Saffas... and as talented and important a player Watson is to the team, he is no number 3... we've got a lot to ponder moving forward, but a great win for the aussies

  • on April 11, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Shame for WI, they almost brought the mighty Aussies down, but Hussey shows what a fighter he and the Australian team have always been. They night not be the all conquering and as feared as in the last decade, but the grit and tenacity will always be a part of their team culture.

  • on April 11, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Fail to understand how with the light fading the WI captain persisted with the spinner instead of bringing on tearaway fast bowler Fidel Edwards. That would have brought the umpires into the game with the welfare of the batsmen a prime concern.

  • Pragmatic on April 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    This was a victory for the true believers. I do feel for the Windies, but test cricket is all about pressure over five days, unfortunately for them they only kept it up for three. No other side could have pulled this one out out of the fire. Australia probably ranks behind SA, England and India in terms of pure talent, but makes up for it with guts, tactical nous and a will to win like no other. It's only a matter of time that a couple of young batsman are discovered, and with the bowling stocks looking good and the smartest captain going around, the only way is up for this team. Say what you like about Australia, but let's face it, they do bring the crowds back.

  • Meety on April 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Well a very interesting insight to outlooks can be gleaned from this match & the 3rd test between India & WI in July last year. Oz required 192 off 62 overs (bearing in mind that quota was NEVER going to be achieved), Oz did it off 47 overs. India had to get 180 off about 47 overs. India gave up, Oz went for the kill. Now there was a fundamental difference, the India v WI was a 3rd Test & India had the series wrapped & did not need to win, however it could be said that Oz have another 2 tests to win the series so they didn't need to risk it. Interesting! == == == Top game of cricket - a lot like the WI v India match (3rd Test) - that ended up a "tied" draw. There is more than hint of Adelaide Os v England in 06/07 as well. Meandered for most of 4 days, then blew up in the final 4 sessions. Congrats to WI for not giving up in the field & congrats to Pup for going for the jugular. Bravo!

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on April 11, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    A well deserved win for the Aussies, I hope Michael Clarke propels this team to #1 again in Tests - Clarke Watson Warner Wade with Siddle Lyon and Hilfenhaus may form the core of the team in the years to come.

  • ramps_wi on April 11, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Congrats to WI although we lost but it was a great match. We needed Rampaul in there to clean up the Aus lower order in 1st innings. It was right there we lost the match. At least we didnt get beat up like India

  • MinusZero on April 11, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Well done WI anyway. They lost it by allowing harris to get 50 in the first innings i think. Still its worrying signs for Australia that they struggled to put away the WI who are well down the test table.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 11, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    why r dwayne bravo, and kieron pollard in ipl? why r they not in WI test squad? these 2 along with gayle will really make these WI team strong. the bonus is all 3 can bowl.