West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 4th day

Roach fires out top order but rain intervenes

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

April 18, 2012

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Australia 311 and 73 for 3 (Ponting 32*, Roach 3-27) lead West Indies 257 (Chanderpaul 94, Lyon 5-68) by 127 runs
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Kemar Roach takes out Shane Watson's off stump, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, April 18, 2012
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Heavy rain on the fourth day in Port-of-Spain severely reduced the chances of a positive result as Australia closed 127 ahead following a hostile spell from Kemar Roach who removed the top of the visitors' batting. Ricky Ponting was threatening to play his first major innings of the series to keep West Indies at bay before the weather closed in early during the afternoon and did not allow the players back.

Roach has been the stand-out fast bowler during a match dominated by spin and added another impressive collection of scalps to his first-innings five-wicket haul. Australia had wrapped up West Indies' innings four balls into the day, to earn a 54-run cushion, and Roach had to wait for his opening spell when Shane Shillingford started the attack alongside Fidel Edwards. Roach, though, wasted no time in making an impact when his turn arrived.

Starting from round the wicket, a line that has troubled Australia's left-handers, he drew an edge from David Warner which carried low to Darren Bravo at first slip. Warner had flirted with the catching cordon during his stay although had started with three crisp boundaries. Then, three deliveries later, Roach beat Shane Watson for pace with a ball that perhaps kept a fraction low and took out the off stump to leave Australia 26 for 2.

It meant another head-to-head between Roach and Ponting which the former won in the first innings. Ponting did not find life easy and could have been run out by Edwards from mid-off when he had given up the chance of making his ground only for the throw to miss and Carlton Baugh had not reached the stumps. A second chance was offered an over later when he lunged at Shillingford and an inside edge carried low to Adrian Barath at short leg who could not hold on.

Ed Cowan had also been offered a life before he had scored and it was the simplest of the lot when he edged Edwards to Darren Sammy in the slips but it went to ground. He was made to battle for his runs, his one release coming when he swept Shillingford for four although the offspinner caused him, and Ponting, plenty of problems and unveiled his doosra during a probing unbroken 15-over spell.

At the start of the afternoon session West Indies spurned another opportunity for a run out, this time to remove Cowan, when Baugh could not produce a good throw to the bowler. Cowan, having once again forged a base for his innings, fell in very similar fashion to the first innings when Roach speared one into his pads from around the wicket which the batsman tried to work to leg. For the second time in the game Cowan tried the DRS but there was no escape.

Earlier in the same over West Indies had used up their first review when Roach jagged a delivery into Ponting which brought a massive appeal. Sammy trusted his paceman's instincts and asked for the TV umpire but, as has often been shown, the bowler is often the least reliable person to ask.

Although Ponting was far from fluent - few batsmen have been on this surface - he was beginning to tick over more comfortably and moments before the rain flicked Shillingford through midwicket with timing that has not often been seen during the match. The contest was at another fascinating stage but was not allowed to progress any further.

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Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Can any of my West Indian fren tell me whatever happened to Jerome Taylor and Jeramine Lawson? Taylor, Lawson, Roach,Edwards, Rampaul would be a lethal attack.....to be followed by Spinners Bishoo and Narine...

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 19, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

The West Indies just need about 2 more very good players and they could start winning some test matches. It's good to see they are improving. It's good for world cricket.

Posted by Mikecricket on (April 19, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Rain the blame for this test match if not a result....

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Fidel is far from finished; He is bowling well,moving the ball away from the bat taking away the drive from the batsman, good bowling.If his catches aren,t being taken, there isn,t much that he can do.Catches WIN matches. Sammy needs to bowl at least 4 early overs, probing. Put the ball back in Roache,s hand, lets see Deonarine & Shillingford; Bowl all the front line bowlers @ this juncture. Wickets are about to tumble; For those of you who are saying Windies won,t make 200 if given to win, I say Balderbash, hogwash; Bravo, Barath, Brathwaite & co, are just itching to get back @ the Aussies. Sammy should bat early if the Windies are given 200 to win.Reason? He is capable of swinging a big bat, he will be needed to speed-up the run rate: If he goes early, then the harder outs are still there.I would replaced Brathwaite with Dwayne Smith & Baugh with Ramdin,like Baugh, but doesn,t he understand that there are times when he is needed[the sweep shot@ midstump] ,Sammy,s must bat.Windies.

Posted by wifan16 on (April 19, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

You ppl really need to stop asking for sarwan, he can't even make runs for guyana so y should he be included in the test team?..i am a guyanese but will never ask for sarwan inclusion cause he thinks he is too big for the game..

Posted by baseball_sucks on (April 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy I can only imagine you're watching this 'forgettable series' as England haven't had a great rack record themselves of late. What was that score line against Pakistan again? All these comments about the Aussies struggling, and yet they're still winning. The WI are showing great fight, still lost the first test, are not going to win this one, will probably lose the third, but people still won't give credit where credit is due.

Posted by vdm1 on (April 19, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Decalre on 240 ahead, let the windies chase it down, go on, be a sport

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (April 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

In reply to Ross, couldn't agree with you more on your comments. The Windies are showing more collective fight, than i've seen under previous Captains, Gayle and Lara who had stronger teams on paper. Just when i thought Sammy was working hard on the limitations that he has, his batting performance in the 1st innings was reckless and irresponsible. It's all well and good that he backs his ability and has shown glimpses of his striking power, but to go in a test match innings with the team in trouble and think he can instantly take bowlers to the sword is asking too much, Viv Richards he is not. As the Captain he needs to weigh up the circumstances and play to the situation. Gayle looks like he should be back for the second test against England and his presence at the top of the order, has been sorely missed. And Ponting, might not be the formidable presence he once was, but is still a handful, when he gets his eye in. Could he be back for another Ashes next year?

Posted by Meety on (April 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

@Snick_To_Backward_Point - well the great thing is you are not an Ozzy, so onya bike!!!!!

Posted by Front_Foot_Lunge on (April 19, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@Meety... This series is forgettable but I have nothing better to do during the day.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (April 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

If I were an Aussie fan, Id be saying, nay demanding, of the Aussie selectors - "what are you doing?" "Where are our superstar batsmen from 1-3? Why do our top 3 bats fold like a pack of cards EVERY match? I'd be asking the same of the bowlers - "oy mate. Where's the next great spinner coming from? Why are our bowlers not fit enough to bowl a full day's quota?" "How come England have beaten us 3 out of the last 4 Ashes and will dominate us for the next decade?"

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 19, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Aside from the amusement everyone gets from watching the smug aussies struggle, it has been a forgettable series

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

The Windies are dodging a bullet here, the bowlers are keeping the match competitive, but i don't fancy the collective batting-form to even chase down 150, with the pitch taking spin and the bounce being so unpredictable. Take Chanderpaul out the equation and you couldn't really trust the others anyway. Barath, Darren Bravo and Deo are capable, but would you back them in a pressure situation?..nothing would make me happier than if they proved me wrong. But if i was Clarke, i would bat on and set a target of 200, just to be sure, considering how much interruption the match has had with rain. The WI batting is still very much a work in progress. Losing Gayle, Sarwan, Nash and Dwayne Bravo in such a short space of time, has given the team a new look for the last year or so.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

I have been enjoying this match but feeling a bit disappointed with all the rain interruptions. I like the fight I see these days in West Indies cricket. Hopefully, it is a sign of a return to past glory days. The batting of Darren Sammy, though, leaves one to wonder if he sometimes forgets what format he is playing in. He needs to control his propensity to aim for the seats and wait for the right balls to hit. I miss the flamboyant Chris Gayle. I hope to see him representing the Windies again. Good to see Ponting looking composed out there. Alas, it may be the last time he will be seen in the Caribbean. Great cricketer he is!

Posted by Tumbarumbar on (April 19, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

I'm baffled as to why there have been comments made about Ponting's batting returns so far this this series. Run out by Watson in the first innings of the first test, threw away his wicket in the pursuit of quick runs in the second innings - everyone praised Clarke but how much pressure did he put on his players by his pre break wait and see batting tactics? In the first innings of this test he received one of the few genuine jaffas bowled, it hardly amounts to a batting problem.

Posted by warnerbasher on (April 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

I've had a look at Stats info and Australia have luckily won 349 tests including 101 fortunate wins by an innings. They quite deservedly have lost 194 of these matches when their obvious luck has run out . Just by way of comparison England have won 326 but unluckily have played over 200 more tests than Australia. Win/Loss ratio Aus a lucky 1.7 with England an unlucky 1.26. They don't call us the lucky country for nothing.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (April 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

@Marcio - couldnt agree with you more regarding the trollers that only comment about how bad players are. Give em a break - they are the ones training day in and day out and giving it their best when they do get a chance.@mari2619- I like Cowan and I like his strike rate - this is TEST cricket and you have 5 days to play it in. I would like to see him get more runs and im sure that will happen once he develops at the top level.

Posted by zenboomerang on (April 19, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@cricinfo... Why no report on Pattinson... Goes off the field after 11 overs with back problems... Is he out for the game?... Hope Starc is warming up for the next Test...

Posted by zenboomerang on (April 19, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

I don't think at this stage that Clarke will do any more than he did at Columbo in the 3rd Test against SL - just bat it out unless the WI's fire us out... 3 sessions & possible rain doesn't look good for a win...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

:P

Clarke Is Smart To Come Out Late, On No. 5 To Bat But Making Hussy Bat At Six Is Just Waste Of Talent!

Posted by MrBrightside92 on (April 19, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Speaking of Pattinson 'coming back to full fitness'...did he take the field on the fourth morning? Back problems after bowling a massive ELEVEN overs...Roach bowled 27 in the first innings and still looked spritely....will Pattison join Siddle and Harris in being rested? No problem with the '51' being mentioned..a strange series that one but there have been two Ashes wins since then to make up for it...this one is closely fought which is more interesting..I think Clarke may go for it..his captaincy has emerged with credit. I also see the continuing trend of Oz being 'not many' for 3...even when they were pulverising India they were always 'not many' for3....why Clarke and Hussey are so far down the order is still baffling..yes, they are winning but isn't it a good time to try and improve things when you're winning rather than panicking when you're losing?

Posted by mansoor777 on (April 19, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Thank God Ponting back in runs ele Clarke will throw him out like he does in ODI. Ponting 100% time better than clarke

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 19, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

With a 40% chance of rain between 11 and 3pm and 30% after that in Port of spain, I'd say theres a reasonable chance the game will be drawn. Australia will need to add at least another 100-150 runs to make a run chase interesting and hope to pick up wickets if the windes try to chase it down.

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (April 19, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

"If no rain AUs may win." The Australians thought. "All close appeals/decisions will go their way (overturned is needed). Then Wi will bat. Barath will face his 50-odd balls. He'll curb his natural instincts and get 10 form 50balls instead of 40 from 50 balls. Braithwaite and Powell will fall under constant Australian chatter (will be fined if they say anything in response) bravo will look good but will get out from a rash shot. So will chanderpaul. Deonarine will play across the line and out lbw or leading edge. The others (baugh especially) will show up to bat but will have little impact."

I differ As a West Indian. Roach will take 10 wkts/match. Aus will pressure umpires with exessive appeals (they are immune to ICC charges). But one of the local boys (barath or bravo)will prove himself. Chanderpaul will finish it as a draw or win with either roach or shillingford. I cannot hope anything from Baughs bat.

Posted by Marcio on (April 19, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Interesting to see if Clarke goes for a win, and thus risk losing. There is actually little incentive for him to do so. I suspect they will try to bat through to lunch, and if there are wickets handy, hit out for 20-30 mins after lunch for quick runs, then put the Windies in and try to win.

Posted by Marcio on (April 19, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

@mari2619, get over it. Cowan doesn't write to please you, but because he likes to write. While he hasn't done anything spectacular, in poor batting conditions and a low scoring series he has consistently got us of to a solid start. That is not "nothing". The team is, overall, doing well, despite all the knockers here who want to put the boot in every time Australia win, lose or draw (and they win most of the time, BTW). It's like these people have nothing better to do but troll this site and take whatever negative they can from a day's play involving Australia, and blow it up to the size of a planet, while completely ignoring all the positives. Anyone would think Australia had lost seven out of the last nine tests, when in fact they have WON seven. And a loss here is VERY unlikely. In fact only rain has (likely) stopped a highly probably victory.

Posted by Meety on (April 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

@Merlin Moore - the power of positive thought????

Posted by delastbastion on (April 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

I expect Kraigg Braithwaite to score big in his next innings, he appears to be the as likely to score a zero as he is to score a fifty. I can't remember a top order batter who has scored as many ducks as he has in a similar number of innings. Is this some kind of record?

Posted by Wozza-CY on (April 19, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Musseys innings looking pretty valuable now...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Mightily impressed by Shillingford's doosra.. Keeping it for wraps for so long either means he's a damn shrewd head or he lacked confidence to bowl it.. Looking forward to seeing him n Bishoo bowling in tandem..

Posted by Mary_786 on (April 19, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Cowan has done absolutely nothing since coming into the team, what's more is his strike rate, he is the slowest batsman i have ever seen and he puts pressure on the other batsman with his strike rate. Worse thing is that he likes to talk after every match on how he is going, he needs to realise that respect is earned by runs not by what you say or write.

Posted by eyballfallenout on (April 19, 2012, 2:33 GMT)

if we get to lunch with a 200 run lead, i will be disappointed if clarke doesn't declare.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

MY TAKE ON IT IS THAT - WEATHER PERMITING - THE WINDIES WILL RUN THROUGH THE AUSSIES BY LUNCH, THEN GO ON TO KNOCK OFF THE RUNS. ANY TAKERS?

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

a good contest but for the rain...once again the Aussie's batting line-up has been exposed, they need some serious changes before the next SA tour, and the selectors ll do good to think abt Pattinson's ineffectiveness on a surface where Roach had scalped more than half of the wicket to fall and Edwards is looking threatning consistently...Cowan, Wade and Pattinson has still some adjustments to do for intl cricket but they should be given every chance that the team can afford

Posted by Cheyne246 on (April 19, 2012, 1:53 GMT)

Likely draw as there is a chance of more rain. As crazy as it may seem, Sammy may be a key man for the Windies tomorrow if he bowls straight and gets the ball to creep...then with some lusty blows with the bat (sounds more like an Enid Blyton fairy book i know) One of the highlghts tomorrow surely will be to see what Pup comes up with and how well it can be excecuted. By the way, anyone else has a problem with the paths of these balls that hawk eye is spitting out for some of these reviews? Some of them appear not quite right.............

Posted by desolationmike on (April 19, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Good to see WI supporters upbeat after today's shortened day but I'm sorry I have to rain on your optimism. All that happened was that WI lost 1 for 4, Aust lost 3 for 73 and rain increased the likelihood of a draw. If you compare the scores of the first four batsmen of Aust's second innings to the first four WI batsmen in their first innings, you'll see Australia have similar scores but include a 'not out'. With Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Wade between WI bowlers and the tailenders WI are going to need some Voodoo to help them win.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

There were two comments earlier: Chanderpaul's slow scoring and batting too long. Who else is there to stand up and hold an end? Had Chanderpaul failed in both matches WI would have been bowled out for 100 runs or so. If he knows there is confident support he would excell because he has the ability to do so. There is none you can count on now. Next comment was: If this present team goes to England WI are in for further embarrassment. As mentioned before every top team is full of 'All Rounders" WI seem to content with a total of five bowlers who cannot bat. Yet they have so much pride and cannot settle issues with Gayle, and do not want to include Sarwan. Someone mentioned; find a captain for test matches. I think it worth a try. For England it's Sarwan capt, Gayle, Shiv, Ramdin, Bravo, Bravo, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul, Deonarine, Shillingford, Bishoo, Barath, Samuels, and Simmons. Now you have batsmen and eight bowlers in the team.

Sammy to captain ODI and 20 twenty with a new team.

Posted by Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on (April 19, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, if you regard Australia' first test victory after declaring their innings while still in deficit, first such victory since 1935 not counting the conceded innings match in 2001, as 'forgettable' then I question your appreciation of the subtleties of this wonderful sport.

Posted by No_1_again on (April 19, 2012, 0:04 GMT)

@VivGilchrist:and then Warne & Mcgrath would have gone through Windies wickets under 50 runs and Australia still a winner. LOL

Posted by perkin-aus on (April 18, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

@VivGilchrist: "In my experience, there is no such thing as luck" Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope)

Posted by Meety on (April 18, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - LOL!, Obviously not so forgettable as to stop you from commenting! == == == Good short day of cricket from the WIndies, I think they have edged closer to Oz over the last 2 days. No rain on Day 5, then there is half a chance of a result. I wonder what calculations Pup has in his head about how to win. Run scoring has been difficult above 2.5 rpo, however, as we saw in the 1st test, an RPO of 4 could be achieved for 40 to 50 overs. That points to a lead required of over 200 runs. Assuming Oz built a bit of a platform & then went for it they may be able to get a lead of 220 to 230 by Lunch. Will that cause a declaration, or alternatively can the WIndies turn the 3rd innings table on Oz & bowl us out with a lead of 180? Draw is the most likely result, but I think there is a twist left in this match!

Posted by rotma11 on (April 18, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Let's be real, if Aus can come out and add another 80+ runs in short time (despite the loss of a few wickets), and declare, the WI will have to do well to chase down 200+ on that wicket. The truth is we are inexperience at the top of the order, which leaves too much pressure on the middle, so if so we have the loss of a few wickets we can expect the same old same old WI team.

Posted by othello22 on (April 18, 2012, 23:09 GMT)

Likely draw on the cards here, although don't be surprised if Clarke throws an aggressive declaration in there with a lead of 200-odd. Fifth day pitch, who knows? Either way, it's hard to see Australia losing this from here with a lead of 127 and 7 wickets in the shed. Top order batting by Australia again suspect, Ponting has played very well to get himself in on a difficult pitch against some good bowling, but his concentration and rhythm has now been disrupted by the big delay and he has to start all over again in the morning, so he's a likely candidate for an early wicket as we all know what a jittery starter he is. I don't expect him to add many to his tally before edging something or falling over his stumps.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 18, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

fun watching the aussies struggle against the windies

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 18, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - haha, fair call. The comments on here you'd think we had just been whitewashed by Pakistan, scraped a draw in Sri Lanka and previously got beaten by the West Indies in the WI including an embarassing all out for 51! With Lyon ripping through the Windies and Pattinson getting back to full fitness, you may as well hand the Ashes back now. Having said that, our opening partnership needs work before then, including the return of Philip Hughes.

Posted by chicko1983 on (April 18, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

classic sarcasm VivGilchrist! Australia are only the best nation in the world through luck. haha

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

Given the lack of runs scored in four days owing to pitch and atmospheric conditions, its hard to see a result on the last day but then, that was the forecast in Barbados. A lead of 200 would be enough but even if the weather was good enough - which looks unlikely - it would take all of the first session to raise that lead. In Australia's favour is the freshness of the bowlers who have hardly been taxed in their work so far in this Test. The pitch will be at its most deadly tomorrow, with spin and pace capable of triggering collapse. Kemar Roach proven that today. The West Indies first seven batted with grit in the first innings but the Australians can be like a mob of fleas on a wet dog when even a scent of victory floats across an oval.

Clarke's adventurous captaincy will play a large hand, especially as he is at the wicket when play resumes.

The weather, unfortunately, will decide it.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 18, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Oh, if I didn't rain Roach would have taken the remanding 7 wickets, then if Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, and Sobers were playing WI would chase down the score easily. These lucky Aussies always get away with it! They only ever win with luck!

Posted by mateyman on (April 18, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

@Shiela_4 - WI denied a probably victory? at 3/127 effectively, the target looks like it would be at least 250. If the WIndies could barely scrape that in the first, would they be likely to odo it in the second?

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Either side could benefit from this rain affected match.

Sammy should have switched out Shillingford even though he is economical and use his other bowlers even bringing on himself. This could have been done between his 8 - 12 overs spell. He could have brought back Shillingford anytime switching him around the other end.

He has to take some risks. Clarke used eight bowlers while Sammy worked five. Something the selectors haven't figure out as yet.

However, if both captains are willing to take some risks; weather permitting, this match could have an exciting finish.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (April 18, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Draw looks like the obvious result , unless of course captain clarke pull out some new tricks and force a result , but highly unlikely and no point in taking a risk when you are already leading 1-0

Posted by sheila_4 on (April 18, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Shame to see WI denied a probable victory by the weather, especially as Aus were rather lucky to scrape a win the 1st.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

yuh guys think itz ah draw aussie victory my team the wi is same old same old no faith in dem

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (April 18, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

This has all been pretty poor cricket played by two middle-ranked teams. In fact it's been quite a forgettable series.

Posted by Technical-1 on (April 18, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

No Match in Jamaica because of Rain! Laughable!

Posted by ramps_wi on (April 18, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

The rain has helped by some way , but is not over until its over, Aus will score quickly inthe mornign session and give WI a session and a half to bat on this pitch. Then 3 to 4 quick wickets and it will be same old story for WI fans. Pressure tommorrow

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (April 18, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

All this water and none to water the pitch to make a truer surface. A draw seems most likely but the pitch will get worse and a clatter of wickets can happen.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

C'mon Micheal Clarke- time for an aggressive overnight declaration and set Windies 127 for victory...lets see how much luck the aussies can have with the umpires who ensured that the last match could not finish in a draw....

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

i hope the windies win as i as an aussie have become disenchanted with our team michael clarke shows no respect for the opposition when nz beat us he did not even congrat them just said how bad we played

Posted by Harry_Kool on (April 18, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

@Rally_Windies. 200 in 2 sessions on a badly deteriorating wicket? You're dreaming. There is only one team that could win this game & only if the Windies self destruct.

Posted by Midonoff on (April 18, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

lets see if Clarke, will be brave again and declare, teasing west indies with 200 to win, if he so much believes in his bowlers as in Barbados. I think this pitch no different to Barbados pitch.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

it is indeed a mistake as it plainly reads West Indies lead Australia ! Well Ponting was looking good in the end, could have been an absorbing battle. But now draw seems the most likely outcome.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (April 18, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

An obvious draw. WI chances are washed again to win any series.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 18, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

gloriouscricket,

at this point, I would have to say it is even !

If Sammy can use his bowlers properly, and use the moisture in the pitch to help his quick bowlers .....

it IS possible for WI to get 200 to make in 2 sessions to win ....

something, they have the batting to do.....

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 18, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

Andrew McGlashan your headlines can be misinterperted as the WINDIES leading Aussies; I point this out without any malice or mischief intended. Thanks for your past articles--Good Cricket. Win Windies.

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