West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 1st day

Rampaul back into the swing of things

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the third Test in Dominica

Daniel Brettig at Windsor Park

April 23, 2012

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Ravi Rampaul celebrates having Ed Cowan lbw, West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 1st day, April 23, 2012
Ravi Rampaul finally got his chance and produced immediate results © Associated Press
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Pad-up of the day

Ravi Rampaul has sat on the boundary's edge for two Test matches as Australia's openers David Warner and Ed Cowan have generally made a smooth start to their innings. However Rampaul is known for producing wickets with the new ball, and on his return to the team he did exactly that once more. Apart from one play and miss, Cowan looked sure enough against Kemar Roach in the first over but in the second he faced Rampaul, who has shown the capacity to swing the ball back into left-handers. Seemingly oblivious to this, Cowan let his second ball from Rampaul go as he had done the first, only this time to find it was fuller and straightening, hitting him in line and going on to strike the top of off stump. Tony Hill's finger was raised, and, unlike in Trinidad, Cowan chose not to refer the decision.

Strategy of the day

When the teams returned after lunch, Darren Sammy opened up with the tidy bowling of himself and Shane Shillingford. Given Australia's sound, if slow start, and the prospect of a long day in the field if more wickets were not collected, it seemed a conservative decision, leaving Rampaul and Roach to ruminate in the outfield. However Sammy's confidence in his and Shillingford's ability to frustrate David Warner and Shane Watson, two batsmen who like to keep the runs flowing, proved well-founded. They struggled to score at better than 1.5 runs per over after the break, and on 41 Watson fell to the leg trap, hooking to deep backward square.

Field setting of the day

Shillingford's bowling was again thrifty and crafty, making use of the turn on offer to him at Windsor Park. Supported by a raucous Dominican crowd, he went close to a wicket with plenty of deliveries before Warner gifted his by slapping a shortish ball to cover point. Michael Clarke soon came close to perishing too, when he turned an off break around the corner to land millimetres short of backward short leg's hands. However Sammy and Shillingford allowed a little of the pressure to lapse by sending mid on back to the fence for Clarke and Ricky Ponting, despite neither showing the inclination to loft down the ground. Instead, they were able to milk a few singles as tea approached, alleviating some of the hosts' stranglehold on the scoring.

Record of the day

When Ponting reached 23 with a single pulled to deep square leg from Shillingford, he became the second-highest run scorer in Tests, a position he is likely to occupy in perpetuity given that the man he passed, Rahul Dravid, is retired while the man ahead, Sachin Tendulkar, is a long way off in the distance. The moment arrived without much fanfare, and Ponting was unable to stretch his lead over Dravid by more than that one run - in Shillingford's next over he squeezed a catch to backward short leg as another off break fizzed and bounced on the Roseau pitch.

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Posted by Supa_SAFFA on (April 24, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

I'm not so sure Ponting will be no2 forever. Jacques Kallis is about 1000 runs behind and he is younger. Give him a season or two extra and he might just overtake Ponting. That being said, did anybody notice on the ranking tables that Jacques Kallis has the highest average of any batsman in the top 20 run-scoring table? In fact, the last time anybody had a higher average than Kallis, our hero was not born yet? I know averages aren't everything. Just saying.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Ponting's efforts this series, despite some poor luck, have definitely been lacklustre. But if you look at the rest of the team, there hasn't been much to crow about.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

After 5 innings on tour, Ponting has scored less than 100 runs at average of 17. This is not the in form Ponting we saw hammer the Indians, given India were no.2, Ponting is struggling against a no.8 side. Well Dravid hammered the England bowling last year only to struggle against Australia. Looks like Ponting has taken a leaf out of Dravid's book.

Posted by mngc on (April 24, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Baugh's or Ramdin's first priority is to keep wicket - take catches, avoid byes, etc. The catches that Baugh drops have cost more than he made in the same matches. For instance today Sammy dropped a catch at 21 and the next wicket fell at 84. The dropped catch cost us 63 runs. In the second test alone Baugh dropped 3 catches. Given the closeness of that match WI may have won it if those catches were taken. Additionally, he does not reach other potential catches that a taller man would reach and this is not reflected in his shortcomings. Baugh does not bat a whole lot better than Ramdin to hold his place.

Posted by nlambda on (April 24, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

Ponting won't enjoy the second-highest run scorer position in perpetuity. Have you guys forgotten Jacques Kallis? He is going to reach 14,000 runs for sure.

Posted by Mad_Hamish on (April 24, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

Baugh's superiority with the bat isn't exactly backed by the stats in tests Ramdin 42 tests 1482 runs @ 22.80 1 100 8 50s Baugh 20 tests 593 runs @ 18.53 0 100s 3 50s. One dayers Ramdin 89 matches 1067 runs @ 20.51 SR 77.43 0 100s 3 50s, Baugh 47 matches 482 runs @ 20.08 SR 67.03 0 100s 0 50s. In first class cricket Baugh averages 32.98 compared to 30.67 but really there's not much in it even there. Neither has done enough to really be able to claim to be ahead of the other with the bat.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

mike rowan clearly you have not been following ramdhin's batting this year. further, baugh has no where close to ramdhin's standards with the gloves.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Ian Bishop, Holding and Croft should be in the selection committee. As commentators they say all the right things. Furthermore, who would you want to listen to, Gibson or Sammy? Fudadin your day will come, stay positive! Kanhai and Kalli had hurdles also. Hooper gave Chanders his chance. If ever I win the lotto, I would buy the WICB and make Hooper CEO. Sarwan, Narine, Permaul, Fudadin, Bishoo, Gayle and Chanderpaul should be the permanent thirteen players of the team.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

GOOD DAY FOR THE CARRIBEAN BOY.ITS A SHAME FUDADIN DID NOT GET A CHANCE BUT HE IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO ENGLAND.WEST INDIES NEED TO LOOK AT A FEW MORE OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO OPENING BATSMAN.WHERE IS SARWAN? SHIV ON HIS WAY TO 10g...AND ALL OF THOSE WHO CALLING FOR CALTON BAUGH TO LOSE HIS POSITION AS KEEPER AND BRING BACK RAMDIN NEED TO LOOK AT RAMDIN AVG IN THE ODI AND TEST MATCHES.EVEN THOUGH Ramdin may be a better keeper baugh is much more handy with the bat than ramdin

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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