West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, 5th day

Rain ends prospect of intriguing finish

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

April 19, 2012

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Australia 311 (Hussey 73, Watson 56, Roach 5-105) and 160 for 8 dec (Ponting 41, Roach 5-41) drew with West Indies 257 (Chanderpaul 94, Lyon 5-68) and 53 for 2
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Ben Hilfenhaus struck early in West Indies' run chase, West Indies v Australia, 2nd Test, Port-of-Spain, April 19, 2012
Ben Hilfenhaus made early inroads for Australia before rain closed in for the final time © AFP
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As it had threatened to do the weather had the final say in Port-of-Spain and end the prospect of a fascinating finish after both captains took up each other's challenge to force a positive result. Michael Clarke declared to leave West Indies a target of 215 in 61 overs then Darren Sammy promoted himself to No. 3 as the hosts reached 53 for 2 when they were forced off which meant Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy.

The initial asking rate for West Indies of 3.52 was considerably more than had been managed for a sustained period at any stage of the game. However, Sammy's attacking mindset put his team ahead of the rate as he took on Australia's bowlers, especially Ben Hilfenhaus who he hit for 14 off three deliveries.

Hilfenhaus, though, had also given Australia their opening with a strong new-ball spell. He trapped Kieran Powell lbw, after he had been promoted to open, with a delivery that swung back (for the second time in the game Powell made the wrong decision over a review) then removed Adrian Barath with one that climbed from a length and took the edge to first slip.

But from 13 for 2 Sammy responded with two early boundaries off Shane Watson to show his mind was not turning towards the draw although some of his earlier fielding settings had suggested otherwise. Darren Bravo, who could have provided an anchor to the innings, was content to play quietly alongside his captain before the clouds rolled in.

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  • Kemar Roach became the first West Indian since Curtly Ambrose and the fifth West Indian overall to pick up a ten-wicket match haul against Australia. Ambrose had done so in Adelaide (1993) when West Indies won by one run.
  • Roach also became the fourth West Indian and the 11th bowler overall to pick up a ten-wicket haul in Trinidad. The last West Indian to achieve the feat was Ambrose in 1994 when West Indies bowled England out for 46.
  • It is also the 17th occasion that a West Indies bowler has had twin five-wicket hauls in a Test. Kenny Benjamin was the previous bowler to do in Nottingham in 1995.
  • Roach's 5for 41 is fifth on the list of best bowling performances by a West Indian bowler against Australia in Trinidad. The best is Vanburn Holder's 6 for 28 in 1978.
  • Australia declared their third innings on 160 for 8. It is only the third time that Australia have declared at a total below 200 with seven or more wickets lost. However, on the previous two occasions they won the match.
  • There were ten leg-before dismissals in the match. It is the seventh time in a West Indian-Australia Test that there have been ten or more lbw dismissals.
  • Australia's run-rate in the match (2.39) is the second-lowest for them in a Test against West Indies since 1990 (min 1000 balls bowled). The lowest (2.30) in the same period also came in Trinidad in 1991.

Australia had signalled their intent immediately after lunch when Michael Hussey lofted the first ball of the second session over long-off against Narsingh Deonarine then slog-swept another boundary to signal the intent. Sammy immediately set his field deep as Hussey and Matthew Wade started to play tip-and-run cricket.

Hussey dragged Kemar Roach into his stumps, as he tried to glide the ball to third man, and three balls later Hilfenhaus had his off stump pegged back as Roach became the first West Indies bowler since Curtly Ambrose in 1993 to take ten in a match against Australia.

The visitors had found progress hard going during the morning session and after losing Clarke and Ricky Ponting in quick succession had to guard against a more damaging collapse. Australia's first boundary did not come until the 10th over of the day when Ponting flicked Fidel Edwards to fine leg and two balls later Ponting hooked a well-directed bouncer straight to deep square-leg.

It was due reward for Edwards, who had toiled without luck during this match while Roach picked up the wickets, and meant Ponting did not covert his hard work. His 41 was more than he had made in his previous eight international innings combined but the mode of dismissal was likely to start more debate.

Two overs later West Indies' morning got even better thanks to spark of fielding brilliance from Sammy. Clarke pushed fractionally early at a delivery that may have stopped in the surface, sending the ball back down the pitch but fair distance to Sammy's right in his follow through. However, Sammy stuck out his hand and with the ball almost past him clung onto the catch before a nonchalant celebration.

It left the intriguing situation of Australia being 149 ahead with 82 overs left in match and also having an injured James Pattinson in the dressing room. Shillingford began his latest exacting spell of the match as he teased and tested Hussey and Wade. The ball beat the outside edge and took the inside edge but nothing quite went to hand for West Indies.

Shortly before Australia started to release some of the pressure as Wade pulled Sammy for a boundary and Hussey swept Shillingford and that was sign of things to come but in the end the efforts of both sides were futile.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

@RandyOz, remember the Aussies got skittled for 47 in SA by SA with Steyn, Philander and Morkel. England got skittled by Jerome Taylor. The next 3 matches involved England racking up high scores which were all drawn, then the return series, which preceded the 2009 ashes saw the Windies beaten 2-0 comprehensively.

Posted by Hammond on (April 21, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

@RandyOz- Short memory mate. Last time England and Australia met (in Australia) England wiped the floor 3-1. There will be no quaking in pommy boots just because Australia salvaged a draw against the number seven test side in the world. Boy those 3 ashes losses since 2005 must have really, really stung.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 21, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@RANDYOZ . I DON'T KNOW ON WHAT BASIS YOU R SAYING THAT ENG ARE AFRAID OF CLARKE . AUS ARE STRUGGLING TO BEAT A TEAM LIKE WI . LOSE TO NZ IN THEIR HOME . YOUR OPENERS ESPECIALLY WARNER IS LIKE A WALKING WKT JUST LIKE SEHWAG . PONTING IS OUT OF FORM & SOON WILL BE OUT OF TEAM . FAST BOWLERS LIKE PATTINSON ARE INJURY PRONE . WADE IS ALSO ANOTHER WALKING WKT TO SPINNERS (ESPECIALLY SWANN LIKE LEFTIES). ON THE OTHER HAND ENG HAD A SOLID OPENER IN FORM OF COOK . TROTT & KP ARE SOLID PLAYERS & ARE IN FORM . THEY ALSO HAVE A GOOD BACK UP OPTIONS IN FAST BOWLING . ALSO THE NEXT ASHES WILL BE IN ENG , SO IT WILL BE HOME ADVANTAGE TO THEM .

Posted by anver777 on (April 21, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Certainly if not for rain it would have been an interesting finish to this math....... WI were very positive in their chase, specially Sammy who promoted himself in the batting order for some quick runs. A sporty declaration by positive Clarke in the 2nd innings is also deserved some applause !!!!!

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 21, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - not to mention get skittled for 51 by virtually the same attack, headed by one of the greatest (sic) spin bowlers of all time, Sulimen Benn. Had the imports not been there they were heading down single digit alley!

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 21, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

It's a shame the rain came because Lyon lost his chance to skittle the Windies again! We will all see how good he really is when Swann fails miserably against them, just as he did against Pakistan. Clarke is running rings around Strauss already and they aren't even on the same continent. Boy you poms must be starting to shake.

Posted by pat_one_back on (April 21, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

@snick_to_backward_point -Clarke had the series stitched with a draw yet risked it to throw down a calculated challenge many here think the Windies would have walked in (not on form of past 2 innings IMO), leadership takes courage, confidence inspires performance. Strauss does not have the kit bag for such a positive approach to winning test cricket. Clarke is defining Test captaincy in the T20 era where results are more important than ever to the success of Test cricket. Kudos to Sammy however Windies needed the win to keep the series alive.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (April 21, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

@baggygreen

Still having nightmares about 3 defeats by and INNINGS & 300+ runs on home soil, against the team your so desperate to beat? haha

Here's a stat for you, australia havent won a series in england for over a DECADE...hows all your injured bowlers going? good....alrighty then cos we dont want any excuses when we embarrass you yet again

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 21, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lounge, you assume Australian cricket is average because you think WI cricket is average. You may think you're bagging out Australia but you are actually bagging out both sides. Last year WI gave India a fright in India which is no mean feat. They are a side on the improve. Also both tests have assisted the bowlers greatly and are more like subcontinent wickets. I think Australia are doing okay under conditions that do not suit them. It would be interesting to see if England could handle turning conditions any better.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Cheyne246: By your logic, Australia won 6 out of 8 innings in the recent series vs SA and lost a game only because of 1 bad innings! If you don't want to give credit to Australia dominating WI in both games here, you better give ZERO credit to SA for drawing the series 1-1 at home. Because over all the sessions, Australia own the most and dominated in the series!

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