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

Darren Sammy's own goal

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the fifth day of the first Test between West Indies and Australia in Barbados

Drop of the day

Darren Sammy played with a good degree of sense early in his stay, but on 12 he tried to loft Peter Siddle down the ground and picked out Nathan Lyon, stationed a handful of metres in from the boundary at long on. Michael Clarke's field placement was precise, Lyon barely having to move. But the ball's trajectory was a little flat, and Lyon allowed it to burst through his reverse-cupped hands. Australia's players had dropped numerous catches across the match, but none as straightforward as this.

Assist of the day

Lyon was left alone with his apprehensive thoughts for the next three overs, wondering if he had not only dropped Sammy, but the match as well. Siddle was replaced by Shane Watson, who in his second over maintained a knack for critical wickets. Sammy played a short of a length ball defensively, but was late enough to have it spinning and screwing back threateningly towards the stumps. In an instant Sammy tried to kick it away, but his boot served only to ensure the ball would break the stumps and send him on his way. Among English Premier League strikers, Chelsea's less than prolific Fernando Torres would have empathised with Sammy's misfortune.

Placement of the day

A slow pitch has necessitated plenty of creative fields across the match, and when Kemar Roach faced up to Watson, Clarke posted two men close on the legside, virtually within touching distance of each other. Gaining some reverse swing back into Roach, Watson was clearly bowling for the catch, and Roach obliged by pushing one such delivery in the general direction of the two fielders. But Roach's placement was charmed - or extremely deft - and the tiniest of gaps was bisected in a manner that Brian Lara would have been proud of. Watson could only grimace at his misfortune, having hatched the plan but watched it fail by centimetres.

Signal of the day

When Australia crawled to 61 for 1 at tea in their pursuit of 192, Kensington Oval's spectators sat pensively, wondering how the final session would pan out. Ed Cowan in particular had shown little interest in scoring, seeming to lay a platform for the chase but also struggling for timing on a slow and deteriorating surface. However his first ball after the interval indicated that Australia would, beyond all doubt, be pursuing the target. Delivered straight and short of a length by Darren Sammy, it arrived in a spot Cowan had been quite happy to block before tea. After it, he swung with intent, pulling to the square leg fence and notching his first boundary. It had the same effect as a bell sounding to resume a fight.

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  • Rishabh on April 12, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    It was a brilliant game of cricket i would say...... one thing is sure Australia didnt won the game .... actually Windies Lost it....... Why on earth when the light is fading away and it was pitch dark, i would give the bowl to the Spinner... no matter who the spinner is but it is very easy to hit the spinner as westindies grounds are so small.... That deonarine over was the turning point or else match would have ended in a draw.... Other thing when it was so dark why was Roach not bowling short balls...one ball he bowled short and it yeilded him a wicket..... Nothing to take away from Sammy... he has been brilliant as a player and Captain but these are common sense and it should have prevailed. I am an Indian and was awake till 3.30 in the night to see the match but was shattered with some captaincy calls Sammy took.... it shud have been a drwan match....

  • crik on April 12, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    What I hate is people fail to congratulate a real winner, and instead they find fault on losing side. Australia was theoretically out of this game by day 3 lunch, but they just hung in there- brave Harris put together a wonderful clinique that saw Aus just behind WI. Clarke took a calculated declaration and put together a superb bowling that saw the windies in the wind.. again, they started the chase with calm and ease. they went chasing beautifully after tea in fading light- not to mention how many times WI was trying to kill time by meeting in between deliveries, taking too much time to arrange field setting, fake run ups and so on. Pollard is Kaluwitharana- they both are good for ODI pinch hitting but neither is a good smart cricketer.can someone tell me how many times Pollard made successive 50's in ODIs? How many 100's he has? Pollard found some fake glory thru IPL and its listless bowling attacks.. WI played the BEST IX sans Rampaul, Aus played w/out Cummins too- THAT'S CRICKET

  • charlie on April 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    The one good thing here ,is that no one on here can influence the selection of the team ,otherwise we would have to pick two teams . Now pray tell ,why would someone suggest leaving out K. Edwards for Bravo ,OR DEONARINE FOR SAMUELS who has been such a poor performer since his return ? If WI WERE A BANK ,Samuels would have lost his credit rating years ago ,for the runs which he owes . This guy is just lucky plain and simple . I think as well that Bravo thrives on more promises than any one else ;the only thing is that Bravo is a better athlete .

  • John on April 12, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    While it's easy to pick holes in the performances and/or ability of some of the players in this game, the fact is that everybody put in maximum effort and the result was a great test match. You can't ask for more than that.

  • Prashan on April 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    @jupiterlaw, you are totally right! Aussies effectively won because of the IPL. Windies must bring Rampaul and drop Edwards for the next test.

  • Zaccharia on April 12, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @jupiterlaw That's funny, because last time we played the Windies in a Test series we won it 2-0 and the Windies team included Bravo and Gayle. We won the One Day series 4-0 and the T20s 2-0 and those teams included Pollard. For all the Windies talent they really will struggle until they find an astute captain and some intestinal fortitude.

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

    Absolutely gutted with the result after sort of control this rather inexperienced windies team had on the game at some point. Aussies may have won the game but Windies have certainly won my heart. Hope the remaining two games will be as exhilarating. Kudos to both the teams for playing positive cricket and relentlessly trying for a win all along.

  • gary on April 12, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I agree with meety on cowans batting approach. he is generally quite steady at the crease, and offers the team a solid start. he is capable of playing the traditional anchor role, and i beleive such a player is an asset in a test side. particularly when conditions are difficult, and require concentration, application and grit. if cown can develope his skills as an opener he will offer australia a good opening alternative to warner for some years to come. good win to the aussies by the way, clark continues to make some astute decisions as captain, and the team is starting to play well together. good luck to them, and the re-emerging windies. cricket is better off for having carribean cricketers performing well on the world stage.

  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    This match shows the incompetancy and inexperience of the Windies. They conceded almost 200 runs for the last two wickets where Harris, Hilfanhaus and Lyon make merry. Then they batted poorly in their second essey and gifted the match on a platter.

  • Ali on April 12, 2012, 2:40 GMT


    even if they were available, the only person who would have played is Samuels ...and he would have replaced Doenarine ...

    Doenarine got 4 wickets in the second innigns and finished with excellent figures (not surprising since he has been doing exactly the same thing in 1st class cricket) ...

    so had Samuels been available, victory might have been easier for Austrailia...

    but here is the other thing, Narine & Doenarine have shown that people who do well in 1st Class cricket also do well in Test Cricket ... they have shown that team selection is NO ROCKET SCIENCE, as WI selectors continue to wonder if people who under perform in 1st class will make excellent Test Players....

    Edwards, Roach and Bishoo should give way to Miller, Rampaul and Tino Best ...

    honestly only Sammy, Roach and Deonarine looked like bowlers. Bishoo posed problems but bowled too many bad balls in between ......

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