West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 2nd day April 16, 2012

Australia take control with early wickets


West Indies 49 for 3 (Bravo 16*, Chanderpaul 1*) trail Australia 311 (Hussey 73, Watson 56, Roach 5-105) by 262 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia took a long time to manoeuvre their position with the bat in Port-of-Spain but far less with the ball. Their total of 311, engineered on the second day by Michael Hussey and James Pattinson, was soon shown in its true value as West Indies stumbled to 49 for 3 at the close with the top order floundering against pace and spin.

Hussey and Pattinson added 89 for seventh wicket as Australia batted through to tea on rain-interrupted day. Their effort was put into greater context when the last four wickets fell for 14 and the swift fall of batsmen continued when West Indies started their reply. By stumps the home side were already facing a daunting task to stay in contention in the match and the series. It seemed, as ever, that their hopes lay largely with Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Michael Clarke continued to show the innovative side of his captaincy by handing the new ball to the left-arm spin of Michael Beer, who was playing just his second Test, and he was an immediate threat with deliveries gripping to beat the outside edge. It was Ben Hilfenhaus, though, who struck first with a testing spell of outswing when a delivery straightened on Kriagg Braithwaite and would have clipped leg stump.

Adrian Barath took 26 balls to get off the mark and was soon simply, yet beautifully, set up by Beer. Barath had driven on the up through the covers and Beer responded with a delivery that ripped past a defensive push before sending down the arm ball which trapped Barath on the back foot.

Barath was absolutely right not to review, but the same can't be said of Kieran Powell. He had played a couple of pleasing drives before facing Pattinson's first delivery which swung back into him. Ian Gould gave the decision but replays showed it had pitched outside leg stump. With Australia sensing further inroads Darren Bravo and Chanderpaul did well to prevent a terminal collapse.

West Indies' bowlers cannot be faulted for their endeavours but were not always supported in the field. Hussey passed fifty from 136 balls but should have been removed before the landmark. He was given his second life by Carlton Baugh on 47 when he advanced down the pitch to the probing Shane Shillingford, and was beaten by turn and bounce, only for Baugh to be unable to gather the take to complete the stumping. It was not easy, but should have been taken. On the first day Baugh dropped Hussey on 5 and he made West Indies' job even tougher.

Narsingh Deonarine, who is developing the knack of breaking partnerships, eventually ended Hussey's stay when he lured him into a drive. Soon afterwards Pattinson's equally valuable contribution which spanned 119 deliveries was cut off when a leading edge looped high into the off side to give Shillingford a hard-earned third wicket.

Australia had lost a wicket without adding to their overnight total when Matthew Wade edged Kemar Roach to first slip. Roach and Edwards then gave Pattinson a tough welcome to the crease with a series of deliveries that beat the outside edge while Edwards also struck him on the forearm with a short ball, something Roach repeated later on, but Pattinson stood his ground to provide priceless support for Hussey.

Hussey pulled a rare short delivery from Shillingford through midwicket but the offspinner provided another tough examination for the batsmen. Hussey needed all his skill to survive; sometimes playing from deep in the crease then trying to stretch forward and also employing the sweep.

Pattinson picked off a loose delivery from Darren Sammy with a cut and then slashed another boundary past a diving third slip as West Indies were, once again, frustrated by the batting of one of Australia's bowlers. Although plenty of turn was on offer, the lack of pace in the wicket made it hard work for the bowlers and a couple of edges created by Shillingford did not carry to slip. Edwards, meanwhile, would have just been happy to find the edge as Pattinson continued to play and miss.

Occasionally the dot balls and maidens were punctuated by a boundary, the most empathic of which was when Hussey swept Shillingford into the stands over midwicket. Pattinson did not lose much in comparison as he showed a very solid defensive technique and the footwork to attack rare loose deliveries.

Roach made swift work of the remaining resistance when he bowled Hilfenhaus off his pads and two balls later pinned Beer lbw. To many people's surprise Beer was the man to deliver the next ball of the Test. It was the turn of Australia's spinners, but their quick bowlers were an equal threat.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on April 18, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    @Rally_Windies - the average Joe would ASSume that a Test match pitch is of a better quality than a domestic FC pitch "normally". This pitch has had variable bounce on the first day, it's back breaking work for the pacemen (congrats to Roach), however, like in SL & Bangladesh. Batsmen have got to be able to learn to build large innings, atm outside of SOME test players, the batting averages are abysmal. Its amazing that your mob can unearth talent like Kemar Roach, other wise you'll soon end up being like Bangladesh who may as well play 4 spinners, because very few are willing to break their backs for little reward. The Windies still were competitive, with just Ambrose & Walsh as bowlers, that's the value of good pacemen. Anyways - most people want to see the WIndies doing better than they were, I don't think a spin based bowling attack is the best use of the talent that exists in the islands - in the end, its just opinion.

  • Andrew on April 18, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    @RyanSmith - more Test matches is not the Silver Bullet that will improve Test performances of the bottom sides. Bangladesh last year played a Test series against the WIndies, they showed signs of improvement, a month later Pakistan came to town, & Bangladesh (mainly in the 1st Test) were awful. Why? They got to play 2 test series in a row, they should of improved in the 2nd series, (IMO they have the talent to do very well at home). The reason they stunk (IMO), is that in the month between the 2 test series, NONE of the players who played v Pakistan, played in their domestic FC structure, rather they played in some Dhaka based club pro circuit. The only player in the 1st Test who out did himself was Nazimuddin - & guess what? He played FC cricket during the mth between series. The players are poorly managed - more test match cricket is not going to improve them. IMO - Zim do not have as much talent as Banga, but they smashed Ban because they have been smart OFF the field.

  • Andrew on April 18, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    @RyanSmith - as there is too much International cricket being played, the only two ways for the Test Championship to work (IMO) is to either have the top 4 sides based on rankings play a tournament (like what the ICC proposed), or have the Championship run in parrallel with the FTP, & so the series result, or the last Test (or nominated) of the series carries Championship weighting. I hate bilateral ODIs, but the 5 ODIs v England really comes down to profitability & in the end, if the big boys & the ICC aren't profitable there is no World Cricket. As far as the level of performance of WI, NZ & Ban are concerned, with respects to (WI & Ban), there performances are in direct relation to poor Management. The BCB are a bunch of amateurs, the WI are in constant turmoil, & so IMO the only countries not in the top getting a raw deal are SL & NZ, (Pak is obviously due to security), as they have decent FC structures. With NZ we all know that cricket is a 3rd rate sport in that country. TBC

  • Andrew on April 18, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    @RyanSmith - what I would be saying is that ALL countries in the top 2 tiers would have the opportunity to play 4 or 5 test series against sides of comparable strength. Comparable strength won't stop a whitewash from happenning, but by & large make it competitive. In a perfect world, Bangladesh should get the chance to play a 5-test series v England or Oz, but atm, who would watch it? A tiered system which works for the World Cricket Leagues below test level (see Afghan, PNG & Uganda's rise), should incorporate promotion & relegation. What I was saying that if you had Div 1 (Oz, Eng, India & SA), they would play 4 or 5 tests series against each other, however they would also play Div 2 (Pak, SL, WI & NZ) in as many series except that they would be 3 tests at the Div 2 home, & 2 tests at the Div 1 home, (3 tests each could be negotiable). Div 2 play each other over 4 or 5 tests. Then Div 3 (development div) would have (Zim, Ban, Ire & Afg). They could play Div 2 & themselves!

  • John on April 17, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    I have no faith in our front line bowling attack, it's a poor show when we need Hussey to dig us out of a hole! The superior attacks of SA & Eng would be ripping through this WI team no problem. These are 2 very even teams.

  • Ali on April 17, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Viv Gilchrist stop blaming the pitches ...

    when Sommerset played here the English batsmen had no problem averaging over 40...

    and stop saying that our spinners records are inflated.... if a spinner can average 15 and why can't the pacers?

    why pick a pacer averaging 25 and talk about a spinner averaging 15 having an inflated average .....

    the spinners are just better than the pacers we are picking ....

    Narine has gone to the IPL and PROVED that his figures in the West Indies are not inflated......Nor is Badree's figures either ...nor Kooper ....

  • Roo on April 17, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @RyanSmith... I hear you mate :) ... If we go down this road there will be difficulties which may not suit all Test teams - not being negative but it will take a while... It probably needs a re-think as already the ICC have delayed any world Test series back to the late "teens" & may not happen in my lifetime... For a true WC Test competition it will take a lot of goodwill from the powerhouses India & England...

  • Ryan on April 17, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @Meety. I love the 5 test ashes series but it also represents one of the biggest problems with the cricket currently. If you are Aus or Eng it's great. But the current scheduling is all based around Aus, Eng and India and the other countries are given a raw deal. I know that they are the biggest drawcards and money makers but such an imbalance with the way cricket is scheduled is IMO not good for the sport. Aus, Ind and Eng seem to care more about Aus, Ind and Eng than they do about cricket. We moan about how poor Ban, NZ, or the WI are currently but how do you expect them to be any good at test cricket with the way they are treated and the amount of test cricket they get to play. For cricket to progress in those countries they need series' against Ind, Aus and England but all they get are two tests (or three if they're lucky) while the other teams keep playing off against themselves. How Aus playing 5 ODI's against Eng this year is the best thing for world cricket I'll never know.

  • Ryan on April 17, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @Zenboomerang. My preference would be for the championship to take place over a two year period. But for that to happen you'd have to play one match home and away (18 tests over two years). If you play a single match then you get people like Meety complain about test series' disappearing. Or the alternative is to shrink the number of teams down. I personally don't want to see (nor do I think it is best for the game) to have the same 5 teams playing each other over and over again. If you make it 10 teams then for a start it would be easier to get all the full members to agree to it. You only need be better than at least one of the other 10 teams to remain at test level. It also allows for other teams like Ireland to achieve test status and if they do well enough at that level they will stay there. 4 years is the same time period between world cups so I think it would fit nicely if it starts mid-way between world cups.

  • Shuraim on April 17, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    So beer is not all that bad as aussie fans think he is uptill now by far he's been the best spinner in the match and also best aussie have tried since great warne

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