West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 4th day April 18, 2012

Shillingford shows his doosra

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth day in Port-of-Spain where rain had a major impact

Dual drop of the day

Fidel Edwards has been short of fortune during this Test and his dry run continued in the fifth over of Australia's second innings. Bowling a short of a length delivery that cramped Ed Cowan for room, Edwards coaxed an outside edge as the opener tried to force off the back foot. The ball flew straight to Darren Sammy at slip, who dropped it. The ball's downward path was not without a chance of a second grab, however - Carlton Baugh dived across but, unfortunately in keeping with his untidy work behind the stumps all match, was unable to close his gloves around the ball in time.

Near run-out of the day

Cowan received a rare loose delivery from Kemar Roach on 9, a full toss that he pushed wide of mid off and set off for a single. Misjudging the speed at which the ball reached Edwards, Cowan left Ricky Ponting in dire danger of being run-out for the second time in as many Tests, again the victim of his partner's overzealous search for runs. So far short was Ponting that he appeared to give up the run, letting Edwards' throw decided whether or not he would continue batting. However Edwards was narrowly off target with his return, and Baugh had not made it up to the stumps in time to retrieve it and complete the run-out.

Doosra of the day

Shane Shillingford has so far shown accuracy and persistence in Trinidad, and on the fourth day he also showed he was patient enough to hold back a variation for an entire innings. For 49 overs in the first innings and eight in the second, Shillingford kept more or less to off breaks, relying on the natural deviation and variation to be found in a co-operative Port-of-Spain pitch. But in his ninth, Shillingford revealed a top-spinner/doosra that gripped and bounced significantly, beating the outside edge of Ponting's bat and thudding into his thigh. Happy with how it had come out, Shillingford bowled another before the over was done.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Andrew on April 19, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    @FatBoysCanBat - IMO, too many allrounders, I'd drop Bravo for either Rampaul or J Taylor, or maybe (left field), pluck Corey Collymore out of "retirement"!

  • Ali on April 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @ Neeraj Gupta

    Just imagine, the West Indian selectors, and many of the FANS, especially the Jamaicans, St. Lucians, Bajans (and people from the Lewards & Winwards) ..

    keep saying...

    the keeper with the average of 19, is an excellent batsman and the one averaging 23 is a dismal failure..

    they also say Baugh's keeping has improved such that he is now even with Rhamdin and the bat must settle the the selection dispute ...

    Sometimes I wonder if West Indian fans actually WATCH cricket...

  • Jay on April 19, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Sammy has had a bad test match, and I am sure he knows it, however, to say he cannot hold down a spot in the team is nonsense!...Our larger concern is Mr. Edwards, who, after 50+ test matches, cannot bowl consistently for one over....he has been a disappointment in 2 series in a row, India, and now this series....Sammy is not our problem.....We need to examine the likes of Braithwaite and Barath, who have to us in strife every single innings, especially Barath - However, I would not drop anyone from this squad...well, probably Fidel edwards....

  • Ryan on April 19, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @Nizam Baksh: Not a bad team but you have picked three spinners [and two of them aren't even in the current squad] and only one quick. Also Sarwan is not in selection discussions at present and Chanderpaul is not an opener. While Gayle is not in the frame at the moment he will most likely be available for the England tour. A better team is: 1 Gayle 2 Barath/Brathwaite 3 Edwards 4 Bravo 5 Chanderpaul 6 Bravo 7 Deonarine 8 Ramdin 9 Sammy 10 Narine 11 Roach.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    bottom line Australia will win, too many Wi players away in IPL the openers are a joke come on Barath, Braithwaite can't even make a second eleven team should be: Chandra, Gale, Edwards, Bravo, Sarwan, Bravo, Ramdin, Deonarine, Roach, Narine and Benn

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    lol lol haha,baugh and ramdin these two are the best wicketkeeper batsman from last,i hope they include both of them in the same team would make a great team to lose against bangladesh and zimbabwe or may be even ireland if they play tests,one is averaging 19 and the other one 23 ,haha.....

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    This is to WI management and fans I am making this point we can not have a captain that can not hold down a spot in the team . Sammy is a bowling all rounder and the captain of the team but he is not doing any of the above job, my observation he is captaining by commitment and not by game situation . In this 2nd test the team bowled 165 overs so far Sammy only bowled 16 my point is if he is not hurt this is not good when he is taking a specialist bowler spot in the team . I would like to get some feed back on my observation, have a good night cricket fans.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    who would expect sammy to drop such an easy catch??? guess your new to cricket lol sammy doesnt go a match without dropping one

  • Ed on April 18, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Bad fielding by Baugh not to make it back to the stumps in time for the return throw - they could have had Ponting there. Laziness.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Daniel you ARE being harsh on Baugh for that drop by Sammy .If you notice with the catch Sammy made a secound grab at the ball which diverted it away from Baugh. Sammy alone is to blame for the missed chance

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