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

Baugh's costly fumble

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day in Port-of-Spain
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Missed stumping of the day

Michael Hussey and James Pattinson were still getting their partnership established when Hussey advanced to Shane Shillingford and was beaten in flight and turn. A wicket at this juncture would have exposed a longer than usual Australian tail to Shillingford's spin and a still newish ball, leaving the hosts with a chance of restricting the visitors to less than 250. However Carlton Baugh's gloves had let him down frequently across the innings, and he had already dropped Hussey off Shillingford late on day one. So there was disappointment but no great surprise among the slim Monday crowd of locals when Baugh fumbled his take for long enough to allow Hussey to lunge back into his crease.

Referral of the day

After a rain delay Hussey and Pattinson were finally dislodged, in quick succession too. Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon and Michael Beer did not unduly trouble the scorers or the West Indies, but Hilfenhaus did at least show an excellent piece of judgement of where his stumps were. Shillingford struck him on the front pad with an off break as Hilfenhaus propped forward, and the umpire Ian Gould raised his finger in response to the West Indian appeal. However Hilfenhaus took Australia's final referral, which demonstrated how unlikely it can be for an offspinner to win an lbw decision from over the wicket on a turning pitch - provided the batsman gets well forward. Hilfenhaus was struck in line, but the length of his stride left plenty of distance for the ball to travel, and Hawk-Eye's projection showed it to be sliding past leg stump.

New ball bowler of the day

A crowd that had grown somewhat sleepy during afternoon rain then the patient stand between Hussey and Pattinson was perked up slightly by the rush of wickets to end Australia's innings. But they were brought to the fronts of their seats by Michael Clarke's decision to hand the new ball to the slow left-arm spin of Michael Beer for the first over of the West Indies' turn to bat. Beer had done the trick before in Twenty20 matches for the Perth Scorchers, but it was still a considerably leftfield choice by Clarke given that Pattinson and Hilfenhaus were bound to gain some early swing. Nonetheless, Beer quickly dropped onto a length, and spun the ball past Adrian Barath's bat with the last ball of each of his first two overs.

Non-referral of the day

Having lost the first of their two referrals when Kraigg Brathwaite's appeal to technology could not save him from a marginal lbw in favour of Hilfenhaus, West Indies were more cautious about using their second and last. In the case of Kieran Powell he proved too reticent, as Pattinson's delivery straightened down the line to pin him in front of the stumps, but replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg stump - an automatic reprieve had Powell made the T sign.

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  • Millz1729 on April 17, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    I agree with gloriouscricket, why do the Windies not use players like Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Sulieman Benn and Kieron Pollard for test matches? They are all skilful and talented players but most importantly, they have experience.

  • PACERONE on April 17, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    The batsmen all had a difficult day on this pitch. Why single out the wicketkeeper? We need some more constructive reporters. Baugh has been outstanding so when was the other bad day that he had? He once even saw that not enough men were in the circle...the captain and v/captain did not notice that, Give the little man a break. Ramdin used to drop catches all the time. Browne dropped Waugh and Kallis in matches W.I were on top.

  • on April 17, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Baugh, in fact, missed three chances, but was spared the embarrassment of the first because Sammy caught the rebound at first slip.

  • Tumbarumbar on April 17, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Like most, if not all, current or former bowlers I regard the pitching outside leg LBW law as an archaic remnant of the days of sticky wickets and unplayable balls. What the law as it stands says is that a batsman is incapable of playing a ball that moves to off when pitched even a 100th of a ball width outside leg stump even though most batsmen continually swat such deliveries to the leg side boundary. If the law was changed surely we would see greater numbers of spin bowlers ripping the ball, more variations, a greater variation of bowling rather than an apparently never ending diet of right arm fast medium over the wicket (guilty as charged) with the odd left armed thrown in. Just imagine the unique Malinga's figures for a start if he bowled around the wicket using the rule. Good batsmen would open their stance and adapt, bad ones would fall, left handlers would fill their boots.

  • Meety on April 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @landl47/ jmcilhinney - UDRS was to stop howlers. As has already been said, there would too many close decisions in cricket to use the technology all the time. If Powell wasn't confident enough to use it, that's a shame, hopefully it won't be decisive in the outcome. The only changes I want to see is that 1) All technology is available ALL the time, ICC can subsidise the less affluent Boards, & 2) If a review is declined where a ball is either half hitting or half not, the team that loses the decision, does not lose a review. Other than that I'm fine with UDRS & force myself to live with the odd quirk!

  • zenboomerang on April 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Tough gig being a wicketkeeper, there's only one of you... Batsmen 6-8, bowlers 4-8, all can have a bad day or even series, but keepers stand out like the proverbial... In Oz we are blessed with good FC keepers (6) atm but in the past at times we haven't... Just hope 1 or 2 stand up for the WI's & follow in some of the great footsteps from the past...

  • gloriouscricket on April 17, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Time! A key factor in addressing this young WINDIES team. They need to work consistently to come together as a winning unit; The talent is there, yet they lack the experience in the middle.Gibson & Sammy still have plenty of work to do.Characters still need to be built in order for them to become winners. The experience that would,ve help[namely Samuels, Gayle, Sarwan] for one reason or another haven,t committed themselves to WI cricket. Especially Gayle & Sarwan.No they haven,t.Let me make this quite clear--Gayle, Sarwan, & Samuels along with Chanderpaul would,ve been a different WINDIES team;Installing confidence in the younger players at this stage of their entrance in WI cricket. It is time Pollard & Dwayne Smith were seen as Test players: Lets see how WINDIES replys.Deonarine needs to bat a little higher:It may be time to let Brathwaite, Powell & dare i say it Barath take a rest.They need to see the game from a different angle.Go Windies.

  • Green_and_Gold on April 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ landl47 - i have to disagree with your comments where you said that DRS didnt do its job. DRS is a Decision Review System - it reviews the decision of the umpire as requested by the teams capt or batsman. It's a bit harsh to say that it didn't do its job when it wasn't called for. You also wanted ALL decisions to be reviewed. Imagine if that happened every time the ball hit the pad - you would have a few minutes of consultation between the standing and 3rd umpires. I play club cricket and we wouldn't get through more than 20 overs in a day if we had to review every appeal. Us supporters need to realise that the level of umpiring is quite high at the top level however there will always be errors. There is a system in place (that is still being calibrated) to prevent the really bad decisions however its never going to be perfect.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Landl47 Great idea if you only want to see 50 overs bowled in a day ... Many teams find it hard enough to get through their 90 overs without having 20 odd decisions a day referred to the 3rd umpire. Umpiring mistakes happen, just like bowlers bowling bad balls, batsmen playing bad shots etc. The standard of umpiring is far superior to what it was 10,20 etc. years ago. The only new technology I would like to see is perhaps something to call no balls. That way the umpires only have to focus on the batsman's end and we won't see the annoying reviews of no balls after wickets...although it does add drama!

  • Erebus26 on April 17, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @rydberg - Sarwan is playing for Leicestershire in England and big Benn is still playing for Barbados.

  • Millz1729 on April 17, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    I agree with gloriouscricket, why do the Windies not use players like Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Sulieman Benn and Kieron Pollard for test matches? They are all skilful and talented players but most importantly, they have experience.

  • PACERONE on April 17, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    The batsmen all had a difficult day on this pitch. Why single out the wicketkeeper? We need some more constructive reporters. Baugh has been outstanding so when was the other bad day that he had? He once even saw that not enough men were in the circle...the captain and v/captain did not notice that, Give the little man a break. Ramdin used to drop catches all the time. Browne dropped Waugh and Kallis in matches W.I were on top.

  • on April 17, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Baugh, in fact, missed three chances, but was spared the embarrassment of the first because Sammy caught the rebound at first slip.

  • Tumbarumbar on April 17, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Like most, if not all, current or former bowlers I regard the pitching outside leg LBW law as an archaic remnant of the days of sticky wickets and unplayable balls. What the law as it stands says is that a batsman is incapable of playing a ball that moves to off when pitched even a 100th of a ball width outside leg stump even though most batsmen continually swat such deliveries to the leg side boundary. If the law was changed surely we would see greater numbers of spin bowlers ripping the ball, more variations, a greater variation of bowling rather than an apparently never ending diet of right arm fast medium over the wicket (guilty as charged) with the odd left armed thrown in. Just imagine the unique Malinga's figures for a start if he bowled around the wicket using the rule. Good batsmen would open their stance and adapt, bad ones would fall, left handlers would fill their boots.

  • Meety on April 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    @landl47/ jmcilhinney - UDRS was to stop howlers. As has already been said, there would too many close decisions in cricket to use the technology all the time. If Powell wasn't confident enough to use it, that's a shame, hopefully it won't be decisive in the outcome. The only changes I want to see is that 1) All technology is available ALL the time, ICC can subsidise the less affluent Boards, & 2) If a review is declined where a ball is either half hitting or half not, the team that loses the decision, does not lose a review. Other than that I'm fine with UDRS & force myself to live with the odd quirk!

  • zenboomerang on April 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Tough gig being a wicketkeeper, there's only one of you... Batsmen 6-8, bowlers 4-8, all can have a bad day or even series, but keepers stand out like the proverbial... In Oz we are blessed with good FC keepers (6) atm but in the past at times we haven't... Just hope 1 or 2 stand up for the WI's & follow in some of the great footsteps from the past...

  • gloriouscricket on April 17, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Time! A key factor in addressing this young WINDIES team. They need to work consistently to come together as a winning unit; The talent is there, yet they lack the experience in the middle.Gibson & Sammy still have plenty of work to do.Characters still need to be built in order for them to become winners. The experience that would,ve help[namely Samuels, Gayle, Sarwan] for one reason or another haven,t committed themselves to WI cricket. Especially Gayle & Sarwan.No they haven,t.Let me make this quite clear--Gayle, Sarwan, & Samuels along with Chanderpaul would,ve been a different WINDIES team;Installing confidence in the younger players at this stage of their entrance in WI cricket. It is time Pollard & Dwayne Smith were seen as Test players: Lets see how WINDIES replys.Deonarine needs to bat a little higher:It may be time to let Brathwaite, Powell & dare i say it Barath take a rest.They need to see the game from a different angle.Go Windies.

  • Green_and_Gold on April 17, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ landl47 - i have to disagree with your comments where you said that DRS didnt do its job. DRS is a Decision Review System - it reviews the decision of the umpire as requested by the teams capt or batsman. It's a bit harsh to say that it didn't do its job when it wasn't called for. You also wanted ALL decisions to be reviewed. Imagine if that happened every time the ball hit the pad - you would have a few minutes of consultation between the standing and 3rd umpires. I play club cricket and we wouldn't get through more than 20 overs in a day if we had to review every appeal. Us supporters need to realise that the level of umpiring is quite high at the top level however there will always be errors. There is a system in place (that is still being calibrated) to prevent the really bad decisions however its never going to be perfect.

  • on April 17, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @Landl47 Great idea if you only want to see 50 overs bowled in a day ... Many teams find it hard enough to get through their 90 overs without having 20 odd decisions a day referred to the 3rd umpire. Umpiring mistakes happen, just like bowlers bowling bad balls, batsmen playing bad shots etc. The standard of umpiring is far superior to what it was 10,20 etc. years ago. The only new technology I would like to see is perhaps something to call no balls. That way the umpires only have to focus on the batsman's end and we won't see the annoying reviews of no balls after wickets...although it does add drama!

  • Erebus26 on April 17, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @rydberg - Sarwan is playing for Leicestershire in England and big Benn is still playing for Barbados.

  • rydberg on April 17, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    does anyone know where sarwan and sulieman benn are???!!!!!!!!!!!.............................................

  • jmcilhinney on April 17, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @landl47, I think I'm leaning towards agreeing with you on that. The DRS was ostensibly created to avoid "howlers" and I'm not sure that a ball pitching just outside leg can be so called but it is obviously the incorrect decision. They are obviously trying to keep a certain amount of power with the on-field umpires but it does seem silly that an umpire can ask for help on line decisions, i.e. run outs, stumpings and no-balls, when there is a big white line on the ground for them to see yet, when it comes to determining what's in line with the leg stump, which may be obscured by the batsman, they are on their own. It's also a bit much to expect a batsman to judge within millimetres where the ball pitched. The 3rd umpire can say with almost 100% accuracy whether the ball pitched outside because it doesn't involve any prediction so why not make use it? Let the on-field umpire say what they think and go with that if the ball pitches within a reasonable margin of error, e.g. +/- 1cm.

  • landl47 on April 17, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Once again the DRS doesn't do its job, in this case in the Powell dismissal. If ALL decisions were left to the three umpires, that would have been reviewed and Powell given not out; and in Hilf's case, although the DRS did its job, the umpire would have been spared the embarrassment of having his decision overturned. This isn't rocket science- run outs and stumpings are already decided by the three umpires working together, just extend that to every decision. Then almost every decision will be right, none will be overturned and the umpires will be back in control of the game, as they should be.

  • simonviller on April 17, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Anyone watching the the test series so far ,would have noticed that the ball was dropping on these slower wickets before reaching the keeper ,so the keeper [Mr Baugh ] should have adjusted to that by coming up a bit more ,which he did not and it created problems for him ; I think he needs a rest from the grind .

  • Meety on April 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @dashe - dunno about that, the times I've seen Ramdin keep, I was impressed, whereas with Baugh, I haven't seen as much & not really been impressed much with him behind the stumps. As for batting, Ramdin is slightly better (both below par there).

  • dashe on April 17, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Baugh is far and away the best keeper batsman in Windies. You are kidding me if you think the likes of Dowrich, Christian, Walton, Thomas or even Ramdin are better. Baugh just needs to be given a chance to play for an extended time and he will make test hundreds.

  • jmcilhinney on April 17, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    I wonder whether it's a bit generous calling Hilfenhaus' referral a "great piece of judgement". He's batting at #9, there are no recognised batsmen left and they have a referral up their sleeve. Anyone who didn't refer it would have to be a fool unless they were dead certain that they were out... and even then plenty would.

  • Erebus26 on April 16, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Baugh's take wasn't at an easy height to be honest.

  • on April 16, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    baugh has lost all confidence. he needs to be replaced by one of the windwards keepers.

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Inspired decision to start with Beer. I would imagine it was for resaons other than just taking a wicket, like showing some faith in a bloke who had a pretty thankless debut test. == == == WIndies teetering on the edge, an early wicket on Day 3 for Oz, could see the follow on score hard to reach. However, if The Chanders & Bravo get thru that first hour AND are patient, Day 3 could end up being the most attritional day yet in this series (& that IS saying something)!

  • on April 16, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Clarke is really showing some enterprise and imagination as captain. Very welcome.

  • Dav1daKing on April 16, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    brilliant article. sums up almost everything.

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  • Dav1daKing on April 16, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    brilliant article. sums up almost everything.

  • on April 16, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Clarke is really showing some enterprise and imagination as captain. Very welcome.

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Inspired decision to start with Beer. I would imagine it was for resaons other than just taking a wicket, like showing some faith in a bloke who had a pretty thankless debut test. == == == WIndies teetering on the edge, an early wicket on Day 3 for Oz, could see the follow on score hard to reach. However, if The Chanders & Bravo get thru that first hour AND are patient, Day 3 could end up being the most attritional day yet in this series (& that IS saying something)!

  • on April 16, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    baugh has lost all confidence. he needs to be replaced by one of the windwards keepers.

  • Erebus26 on April 16, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Baugh's take wasn't at an easy height to be honest.

  • jmcilhinney on April 17, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    I wonder whether it's a bit generous calling Hilfenhaus' referral a "great piece of judgement". He's batting at #9, there are no recognised batsmen left and they have a referral up their sleeve. Anyone who didn't refer it would have to be a fool unless they were dead certain that they were out... and even then plenty would.

  • dashe on April 17, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Baugh is far and away the best keeper batsman in Windies. You are kidding me if you think the likes of Dowrich, Christian, Walton, Thomas or even Ramdin are better. Baugh just needs to be given a chance to play for an extended time and he will make test hundreds.

  • Meety on April 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @dashe - dunno about that, the times I've seen Ramdin keep, I was impressed, whereas with Baugh, I haven't seen as much & not really been impressed much with him behind the stumps. As for batting, Ramdin is slightly better (both below par there).

  • simonviller on April 17, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Anyone watching the the test series so far ,would have noticed that the ball was dropping on these slower wickets before reaching the keeper ,so the keeper [Mr Baugh ] should have adjusted to that by coming up a bit more ,which he did not and it created problems for him ; I think he needs a rest from the grind .

  • landl47 on April 17, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Once again the DRS doesn't do its job, in this case in the Powell dismissal. If ALL decisions were left to the three umpires, that would have been reviewed and Powell given not out; and in Hilf's case, although the DRS did its job, the umpire would have been spared the embarrassment of having his decision overturned. This isn't rocket science- run outs and stumpings are already decided by the three umpires working together, just extend that to every decision. Then almost every decision will be right, none will be overturned and the umpires will be back in control of the game, as they should be.