West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 2nd day

Wade ton puts Australia in control

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

April 24, 2012

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West Indies 165 for 8 (Chanderpaul 34*, Rampaul 24*, Lyon 3-49) trail Australia 328 (Wade 106, Shillingford 6-119) by 163 runs
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Matthew Wade pulls on his way to his maiden Test century, West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 2nd day, April 24, 2012
Matthew Wade showed his ability to build an innings at the right tempo © AFP
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Matthew Wade tightened both his grip on the Test wicketkeeping spot and Australia's grasp on the Test with a century that frustrated and demoralised West Indies on the second day in Dominica. The hosts began the morning on top but Wade's assured innings pushed Australia to a total they were happy with, before another lacklustre batting display from West Indies left Australia in control at stumps.

The drawn Trinidad Test secured the Frank Worrell Trophy for Australia but West Indies still had the chance to level the series in the final Test, and their strong performance on the first day made that a real possibility. But 24 hours later they were all but spent. West Indies ended the second day on 165 for 8, still trailing Australia by 163 runs, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 34 and Ravi Rampaul on 24.

The one ray of hope for West Indies was that their partnership had blossomed to 45 runs, and they knew that a similarly dogged lower-order stand for Australia - Wade and Ben Hilfenhaus put on 102 for the ninth wicket - had altered the course of the match. But too much had been left for Chanderpaul and Rampaul as Nathan Lyon and his colleagues weaved their way through the West Indies top and middle order.

Hilfenhaus set the innings on the right path for Australia when he had Kraigg Brathwaite caught at slip for a duck from a ball the batsman could have left alone. Ricky Ponting was off the field at the time and Ryan Harris was deputising at first slip, and although he didn't grab the catch cleanly at first, he collected it on the second bite to leave West Indies at 1 for 1.

Kieran Powell and Adrian Barath put on 61 for the second wicket and there were occasional nervy moments, like when Powell was on 30 and was put down at cover by Ponting off the bowling of Lyon. But the breakthrough didn't come until Barath (29) inside-edged onto his leg against the offspin of Lyon and was snapped up by Ed Cowan at short leg.

It was a busy day for Cowan, who in the final few overs was forced from the field with a wrist injury sustained when he was fielding at short leg and Rampaul smashed a Michael Clarke full toss straight at him. Clarke and Cowan had enjoyed a happier moment earlier in the day when the captain gambled on the introduction of David Warner, who struck in his first over when Darren Bravo inside-edged onto his pad and was caught by Cowan in close for 10.

Smart stats

  • Matthew Wade's century is only the fourth by an Australian wicketkeeper against West Indies. The previous Australian wicketkeeper to score a century against West Indies was Adam Gilchrist in Trinidad in 2003.
  • Since 2000, Australian wicketkeepers have scored 20 centuries, the most by any team. Sri Lanka and England are joint-second, with 11 hundreds.
  • Wade's strike rate of 72.60 is the third-highest for an Australian batsman against West Indies in matches since 1990 (100-plus scores only).
  • The 102-run stand between Wade and Ben Hilfenhaus is the second-highest ninth-wicket partnership for Australia against West Indies and their tenth century stand overall for the ninth wicket.
  • Shane Shillingford's 6 for 119 is third on the list of best bowling performances by West Indian spinners against Australia. Lance Gibbs is on top with his 6 for 29 in Guyana in 1965.
  • In this series, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has faced 596 balls while being dismissed twice (298 balls per dismissal). In contrast, the other top-order (1-7) West Indian batsmen have a balls-per-dismissal value of 56.88.

Powell fought hard for his 40 but disappointed himself by playing on to Lyon, before Narsingh Deonarine was lbw on review to Harris for 7, having originally been given not out. The wickets kept coming. West Indies were 103 for 6 when Carlton Baugh inside-edged and gave Lyon his third wicket with another catch in close to Cowan, who then threw down the stumps to run out Darren Sammy for 10.

Next ball Shane Shillingford played on to Mitchell Starc for a golden duck, hardly what the Dominican crowd expected from their home-town hero. But of course the runs shouldn't have been left to Shillingford to make. He had already done his bit, and then some, by finishing the Australian innings with 6 for 119. Unfortunately for West Indies, the last two of those wickets came after significant tail-wagging.

Australia added 116 to their overnight total for the loss of their final three wickets, and they were very important runs. The visitors were eventually dismissed for 338 less than ten minutes before the scheduled lunch break to bring an early finish to the session, which was a fine one for Wade and the Australians, despite an early setback when Starc was run out due to a lazy piece of work when he failed to ground his bat.

But that brought Wade and Hilfenhaus together and they frustrated the hosts with a 102-run partnership, an Australian record for the ninth wicket in the Caribbean. Wade was the dominant partner and he showed an impeccable ability to read the match, having initially taken his time to establish himself on the first afternoon following Australia's middle-order battles. He gradually started to play his shots, with cover-drives and pulls, and began to go for some more attacking strokes as he really found his rhythm.

Three times he dispatched the spinners over the boundary, once with a huge six down the ground off Deonarine and twice from consecutive slog-sweeps off Shillingford. Those strokes brought him rapidly into the nineties and he betrayed no nerves, speeding towards his hundred, until he was sensibly sent back by Hilfenhaus on 99 when he wanted a single that was clearly not there.

Wade brought up his century with a crunchy cover-drive for four off Kemar Roach, and the Australians were on their feet in the dressing room, knowing all too well that they were in a spot of bother when Wade had come to the crease on the first day. His success also gave him a strong claim to incumbency for the first Test of Australia's home summer, regardless of whether Brad Haddin is back in the mix by then.

Wade fell for 106 when another slog sweep off Shillingford flew a little too high and Bravo at deep midwicket took a brilliant catch, lobbing the ball back into the field of play before he stepped over the boundary, and stepped back in to complete the take. Two balls later, Hilfenhaus was bowled for 19 trying for an agricultural slog over midwicket and the innings was over.

It was a satisfying finish for Shillingford in his first Test in his home country, but West Indies would have been frustrated not to snuff out the Australian tail after the early loss of Starc for 35. Starc was the victim of his own negligence, and some excellent West Indian fielding, when he ambled back for a third run after Wade's straight drive was saved inside the rope by a sliding Brathwaite.

Wade called to Starc to let him know the throw was coming to the striker's end but Starc did not heed the advice and chose not to slide his bat, and replays confirmed his front foot had not yet touched down inside the crease when Baugh whipped the bails off. It was just about the last thing that went right for West Indies all day.

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Posted by Meety on (April 26, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

@mari2619 - re:Khawaja - when did I say that? Must of been 2 or 3 mths ago!!!!!!

Posted by Dav1daKing on (April 25, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

chanderpaul should bat at number 3, or 4 if sarwan comes into the team. time at the crease in test matches, (as long as you are a good batsman), will bring you runs, these west indians seem to not value their wickets enough.

Posted by Mary_786 on (April 25, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Agree with Meety, couldn't agree with you more on Khawaja, he wasn't given a decent go likes Marsh and Hughes. He was given one game in Sri Lanka, 1 game in South Africa and then got dropped after the NZ series even though he was the highest scorer in the record chase against South Africa. If he was given a full series like Marsh or Cowan has then he would succeed. Cowan doesn't look like he can cut it at this level after 2 full series so it will be great if Khawaja makes a good start to the Shield season to get his spot back.

Posted by Mitcher on (April 25, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

In the illustrious history of Test cricket, has England ever produced a truly great side? The last side they sent to windies must been pretty good... What? Knocked over for 51? 5 tests to prove their mettle? Lost the series? Not enough ha's in the world for that one.

Posted by Mitcher on (April 25, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

That England fans would compare what they consider one of, if not the, best ever English sides, against one of the most avg Aussie ever says it all. Sad...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

This has happened since India coz only three bowlers and Sammy.They dislodge top order and get too tired to get lower order.Had they played 5 bowlers Aus would have bowled for less than 200.God may bless WI thinkers.

Posted by maxximoo on (April 25, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

it is hillarious to see comments from the odd englishman that this is a middle of the table encounter between two ordinary teams, and they will both stuggle against english might. england have been until recently a middle of the table team for a fair stretch, no? My prediction (and it is an extrapolation - but one followong an obvious trend) is that AUS will soon challenge for the No 1 test spot. If they take it, then they will take it from SA. ENG press will be full of articles disecting their team's inability to hold the top spot and comparisons will be made to india's rapid rise and demise, they will see the recent series against PAK as a sign of the impending doom that wasn't noted, .......and the rest of the world will ROFL.....again

Posted by abyrao on (April 25, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

The only sensible thing that WI should do if they are dreaming of a good English tour is to axe Sammy from even the probables and send Otis Gibson to someother planet. This test is lost, only bright spot would be to see Chanders reaching 10000 runs. Shame on WICB and Gibson.

Posted by Ross_Co on (April 25, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Yes, it's completely delusional to think that OZ can do better than SA - after all they're so good they've got TWO test teams.

Posted by Meety on (April 25, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@Hammond - & England none from two!!!!!!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 25, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

@ glorious cricket why do you think Gibson has to be seriously concerned? He is doing EXACTLY what the WICB wants .... He got the job OVER Gus Logie ,,, who is now coach of Jamaica ... Logie has won the U19 World Cup with WI, and the ICC champions trophy as the "interim" coach .... YET Gibson was the one chosen to lead the WI team ...


Posted by Chris_P on (April 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@Hammond. If you like figures, then after this test, Australia will have won 3 of the last 4 (the other being a drawn series against probably the real #1 side in their own back yard) including beating Sri Lanka & Windies away, which, I again repeat, something your lot failed to do. Your lot have also lost 4 of its last 5 tests and not winning the last 2 series as well as becoming the first #1 ranked side to be whitewashed in a series. So your point is? Make no bones, this Aussie side is on the rise, where it will end will be determined by its own performances, I would worry more about the suspect recent efforts your mob have produced away from home before bagging other countries.

Posted by cricketdebator on (April 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

If Chanderpaul is the best batsman on the team, then why in heaven's sake don't he chose to bat higher up the order? Instead of him sitting in the dressing room and watch the youngsters fail, why don't he go to the wicket early, and set the example and platform for the younger inexperience batsmen to follow and build upon. On another note, I have always contended that WI biggest problem is their bowling. On almost every occasion when the bowlers fail to finish off the tail of the opposition, the batsmen fail in the iinning that follows. The frustration brought about by the failure of the bowlers to dismiss tail enders, creates a psychological pressure on the entire team. And this has been going on for a long time, even in the days of Gayle ,Sarwan and other senoir players. Sorry to say, but WI will only start winning when they find a bowling attack capable of overcoming this problem. Am scared for them on the tour to England, but wish them best of luck. They will certainly need it.

Posted by Bollo on (April 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

As a measure of Oz dominance in the 2000s, here are the ICC points ranking leads they held in Dec of each year, team ranked 2nd in brackets. 2002:17pts (SA); 2003: 19 pts (SA); 2004: 21pts (Eng); 2005: 13pts (Ind); 2006: 11pts (Eng); 2007: 34pts (SA); 2008: 12 pts (Ind). No team, and certainly not South Africa, was nipping at their heels.

Posted by Bollo on (April 25, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@Chris Sun - yes, Australia are still a bit behind SAf and England at the moment, and their recent efforts in SAF, vs NZ, and here, suggest they are still looking for consistency, but they have also shown an impressive ability to chase down good totals (massive 4th innings chase in SAf) and are managing to win a lot more than they lose. You`re right, Eng vs SAf should be a cracker and will determine the No.1 position probably for a while yet, although Australia are well within spitting distance.

re. the decade of Aus vs SAf battling for dominance that you mention, I`m not sure it was as close as all that. Aus were No.1 from Dec 1995 until mid 2009 apart from about 6 months of SAf in 1999 and a couple of months a year or two later. Particularly in the 2000s, Aus were miles ahead of the pack, with India or England, just as often as SAf, ranked a distant second. Also, from 1997-2006, Aus beat SAf in 6 straight series (3 home, 3 away) and won 13 tests to 2 - complete dominance.

Posted by jonesy2 on (April 25, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

absolutely brilliant and amazing from matty wade, what a champion. lyon bowling ridiculously well, top 2 spinner in the world already imagine how good he is going to get. this side will be number 1 in no time at all, well next summer probably. warner should come out in the second innings and attack like crazy, same with watto if cowan cant bat

Posted by JG2704 on (April 25, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@Chris Sun on (April 25 2012, 10:10 AM GMT) I'm not an Aus fan so no bias here but didn't Australia chase down 300+ in SA against Steyn,Morkel, VP - which proves they can do it against decent attacks? Admittedly they have also been vulnerable as shown vs SA in the 1st test and NZ. Maybe the India series is an indication that they are getting some consistency together. IMO there's not much between Eng,SA and Aus in test cricket

Posted by Hammond on (April 25, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

@Bill Pollock- I also missed out the fact that this "glorious" Australian side has won 2 test series in the last 7. I'd say that puts them in the middle 90's Zimbawbwe category..

Posted by zenboomerang on (April 25, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Another interesting Test match - swings each way on day 1 & 2... Today may be the game turner if WI's can put on a decent score or if not they can bowl Oz out for a low score in the 2nd innings... If not its up to the Oz batters to stand up & wrest this game away as there will be a result (weather permitting)... Either way make it a proud ANZAC day for the Oz fans...

Posted by Wallaroo on (April 25, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

Aus firmly in control. Won't be long before Australia are cruising for the no. 1 spot again. Had some doubts about Rooney but I actually think he is doing an okay job, and supports Pup well.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

Against a better bowling attack Australia will crumble for sure. They were only lucky because the inexperienced WI bowlers let them get out of jail. They couldn't put the final nail in the coffin. I always expect Australia to win mainly because they always did. Clarke now has both hands on that Frank Worrell trophy. To get a true account of how good this Australia side is I like to see them against England and South Africa both at home and away. For more than a decade South Africa and Australia have fought for the no.1 position until India held it briefly, then they were disposed by England. The series between SA and ENG will determine who is no. 1, then can't wait to see Aus vs SA at home.

Posted by Meety on (April 25, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

@VivGilchrist - well we are called the Lucky Country! @Marcio - agree with your comment regarding "contextualising" - my only difference is, that I dunno if this pitch will break up much. I think Oz will need to make sure the target is 400+, this game is better placed atm for a result (obviously) than the other matches! @ Nightwing32 - well said re: Haddin

Posted by JG2704 on (April 25, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Well played Mr Wade. Australias lower order wags again and sets things up for the bowlers to seize the momentum

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

@ sinhaya wow fantastic comments mate . If that is the case how come you were able to manage a draw against a powerful England and lost to a weak Australia .mate this aussie side will not be a push over when they play against SA and England .South africa had already found that in their own backyard despite routing the aussies for a mere 47 runs in the 1st test in Cape town . Mate agreed that England are a far superior side and aussies are not equal to the task at this moment . I am not here to say that Australia are gonna thrash England or SA but never make the mistake of counting the chickens before they hatch .@ landl 47 spot on mate .couldn't have agreed more .cheers

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

These are bowling pitches. They are HARD to bat on. This is why both teams look like they have great bowlers and poor batsmen. I have no idea what has happened to pitches in the WI but I feel anybody touring would be getting similar results. Put both teams on Adelaide Oval and you will see 1st inning scores of at least 350. Australia do have a very good attack but I don't think the batsman are as poor as what the scores show. Take a look at this seasons batting records in the WI domestic comp. If all else fails, we can all take a leaf out of England's book and slot 3 South Africans and an Irishman into the lineup.....

Posted by Nathaniel45 on (April 25, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Windies are a bowler short, simple as that. Brathwaite should be made to give way for someone like Dwayne Bravo or Russell and push Bravo to 3 and Chanderpaul to 4. It's the only way Windies will be able to make the most of their good positions. The failure of the top order in itself is a separate issue. Barath and Powell, and Bravo even more so in this particular series, need to stop flattering to deceive and start getting some big scores to aid Chanderpaul. You can do it Darren, that's for sure. The others? Not so sure but Chris and Sarwan would gain a welcome return in my team. In fact, they must pick Sarwan for the England tour, experience is needed so badly if we don't want to be demolished by England. Unfortunately I fear that the return of Chris(t) is something we can only pray for. Maybe give Johnson Charles an opportunity to wack at the top of the order? Brathwaite and Barath have often found themselves bogged down by tight bowling.

Posted by delboy on (April 25, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@gloriouscricket The problem with the WI team is that its supports expect the batsmen to be master-blasters and the bowlers to be like an hurricane. I'm glad that Chander's ignored ALL his critics over the years and prove that he is capable of applying himself and playing the innings which each situation demands. When an opening batsman comes to wicket who is incapable of analysing the situation and playing each delivery on merit, he is not only punching above his weight but needs t be told that scores of 1,0,0,0 equate to 1 and not 1000. Does the WI coaches have to tell players at this level EVERYTHING. The team in the field for a day and a half and the home team, should be better placed to observe how a wicket has behaved, is likely to behave and plan how to counter the opposition. Until a sportsman learns to put a VALUE on his involvement he CANNOT be a worthy contributor.

Posted by MrBrightside92 on (April 25, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Agree that you have to give credit to Wade...showed good temperment rather than a slogger (which not having seen him play domestically) assumed he was...I did think as HUssey failed Oz would fail so well done there but I still think the tail is weak when the big boys come a knocking....the aussies do fight and Clarke deserves respect since they finally (long overdue) moved Punter on from the captaincy...as for the Ashes...if it was played in Asia or WI there may be doubt...but it's played in OZ and Eng...two very good hunting grounds for the United XI...Lyon/Shillingford will have little effect against a weak (against spin) Eng batting line up as Mishra/Ajmal/Herath had little impact...what was Beer's debut figures? And he's Australias second best test spin bowler? Keep fighting WI...

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (April 25, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

@Sinhaya, Thats most likley to do with individual fitness more than anything else. I doubt Gayle will be available for the England series, as the Selectors refuse to pick him due to his refusal to retract statements he made about the Coach (Gibson) and the WICB.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Well said, Hammond. You left out the part about us beating the number two ranked side 4-0, squaring the away series with SA(ranked 3 when we played them), beating Sri Lanka away.

Posted by Ross_Co on (April 25, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

@Chris_P. It's unfair of you to compare the current England team to the one that was humiliated by the Windies last time they toured there. That team didn't have as many South Africans in it as the current one.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@RandyOZ, dream on! England are far better than Australia and the Aussie batting frailty will be exposed in style in the Ashes next year and also when South Africa visit Australia later this year.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 25, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

@Bernard A. Joseph, I am a Sri Lankan fan and very fond of the Windies! I find Windies tend to suffer fatigue suddenly from nowhere! Windies squandered winning opporunities in tests as we saw in the 3rd test against India in Mumbai and also in the first test against Aussies. On paper Windies are good but Aussies must be thankful to IPL for robbing away good Windies players. Hope Gayle comes in for the England series.

Posted by Chris_P on (April 25, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

@Hammond. Yes they are, and might I add much better than your lot did who actuially lost to this side when they last toured.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 25, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

@Peter Walcott, I fully agree with you indeed!

Posted by Hammond on (April 25, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

you have to admit that this bog average aussie side is performing pretty well against number 7 in the world.

Posted by GasPipe on (April 25, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Well played Wade. Haddin is going to have a much harder time getting back in the Aussie squad now.

Posted by landl47 on (April 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

The WI got their wish- Mike Hussey only made 10. The problem was the last 3 wickets nearly doubled the score, from 169-7, at which point WI had done a creditable job, to 328, which looks like a match-winning total on this wicket. Congratulations to Wade on his maiden century, made when it was needed. An excellent effort. Australia always seemed to have a bit too much for this WI side and although it's been close at times it looks like another win for Aus. Hopefully the WI will not get discouraged; they have to build a side and it won't happen overnight. They're on the way, just not there yet.

Posted by jkaussie on (April 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

@Midonoff this isn't WI A, apart from Gayle they're almost at full strength. You can't count the spinner playing in the IPL, he's never proved himself at this level and Jerome Taylor hasn't played for some time. The Australians are playing well, they have been winning more tests than they lose, and have uncovered some good depth in bowling - the batting does need to improve but England hasn't been that good either for about 9 months. I think Eng and Aust are more closely matched than people think.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

typical windies so far!! and like michael holding said.... if WI go to england with this batting, game over in 3 days!!! Gibson please come to your senses and bring back Gayle AND Sarwan... just for the sake of WI surviving 5 days against England!!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Just look at this, more talk again and no results... Sammy and Gibson are talking about improvement but i'm afraid they are living in a dream world!! This west-indes team will never improve unless the learn to do the basics well... Time and time again you hear the coaches say" catches win matches" and the west-indes continue to drop catches at important intervals... Had they held all their catches Australia would have been bowled out for less than 230... Now that would have made for a more interesting game than the one we are looking at right now!!!!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Food for thought for Brad Haddin and a golden opportunity for Wade to make good his claim on the wicket-keeping slot. It has always been a tradition for the Australian batting to be "thick in the middle". It seems that they are determined to extend the "middle" further down the order. Anyway, this has the making of a good Test match. if the weather Gods stay benevolent.

Posted by Sinhaya on (April 25, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Hope Chanderpaul and Rampaul can first target 200 and then see if they can get to 250 or so. Windies is indeed missing Kirk Edwards, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels big time. Good fight by Chanderpaul and Rampaul so far but a long way to go. Rampaul must be inspired by how he posted 86 not out against India last year in an ODI in India. This is at home, so he must even look at a similar individual total or better.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Chanderpaul is the lone batsman out there and he's got to be frustrated. When Gayle was the lone batman he was also the captain, so he got all the blame when the team failed. before him, Lara got frustrated with a similar situation and left. There are simply not enough good batsmen on the WI team. The young Brava is a failure. Braithwaite is a failure. Powell is weak. The only hope is: bring back Gayle, Bravo senior and the forgotten Sarwan to assist Chanderpaul. With the much improved bowling skills of the current team, WI might have a chance against the likes of the Aussies, England and SA. If they keep fielding these pathetic top order batsmen, then forget it!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Any surprises? WI have not yet threatened to overhaul Australia's score, yet 7 bowlers are already employed. Togather the 5 used by WI =3. Sammy is his usual half and Rampaul is not back to full yet. And for crying out loud, why did Deonarine bowl only 4 overs? We will get no further with Sammy and Gibson in the lead. We are fooling ourselves to believe we are on the up. keep watching.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (April 25, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

I'm a massive fan of Haddin but I am so happy that Wade got that maiden ton. I am really happy that someone got given a chance like Wade and has taken it. If what we know of Haddin is true and that affected him during the Indian series, it is so sad but Wade is the future and thank you Haddin for what you have done for Australian cricket especially during the 2010/11 Ashes without Hussey or Haddin.....

Anyway great job by Lyon. It is great to have a ODI spinnner and a test spinner in Doherty and Lyon with Beer in the wings. Hopefully Cowan does well soon or Hughes gets some massive runs in County Cricket. For the Windies, they are a tough gritty side that should not be underestimated, Shillingford is a great player, Sammy is way underrated as a player and captain and Braithwaite, he will be a star in the future....I hope.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

@Erebus - At one point Aus were 169/7 WI are currently 165/8. So WI must think (anything that Aus can do WI can do it better) or something like that and bat.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

Fans, we all wonder about the calibre of the team which will be selected for the England tour. We all know where WI stand on the return of the more experienced players. (No way) Nothing will change. How long has Gibson been a coach for this team? Gibson is a disciplinarian not a cricket coach. Switch him with Carl Hooper and put Gibson to take care of the school. We need a coach like Carl Hooper who can teach cricket to a live team during a series. Carl was a captain, his batting was good and he could bowl and field. In every aspect of the game he can contribute. If you want results then make the switch. What is Desmond Haynes doing? We hear too much about the Ex-players wants to help but the WICB do not want that kind of contribution or support. Guys like Viv, Lloyd, Greenidge, Richie, Kalli, Rohan, Rowe, Roberts, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs, Sobers, Butcher, Soloman, Murray and Dujon must be walking with their heads down. We can't even find a wicket keeper who can keep a bit and bat.

Posted by maxximoo on (April 25, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

@ dinosaurus - I agree, but i am beginning to accept that is what you get. @zahidtaniv - awesome point! its probably why WI cant generate pacemen like the old days. it says something about the pitches.These pitches are slow and low but at least are delivering results (weather permitting) not bat-a-thons. It is interesting that if runs are not being scored at a high rate then someone will say its boring/average/poor. i suppose thats what the IPL is there for - sugar coated candy for those with short attention spans. I prefer a 5 course meal myself and when I do snack I prefer my national colours. I am very happy to see WI regenerating. Good times ahead i think. Keep going Wade - give the selectors some meat to chew.

Posted by indian_wi_fan on (April 25, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

WI has come out from the wrapper of luck and is showing their original capability. Surprised by the team selection. Powell has only 1 century under his belt in first calss cricket, Barathwaite's vulnerability can easily be predicyed by even a kid.Still they have been giving chances for long time. Aren't there any promising batsman in WI ? Indeed very strange. How can the afford not to take Sarwan? I think Andre Russel is the Best all rounder he should immediately be called for test. Cant think what will be their fate without C'paul. A salute to this legend of WI cricket.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 25, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

It's hard to see Australia losing to any team in the world right now, including the number 1 ranked South Africa. Australia is continuing on its merry way of winning away, including Sri Lanka and West Indies, both of which England failed miserably against. A new era of dominance is just begining.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (April 25, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

i just can't help the feeling that the selectors gonna select Pagon, Bernard or Miller, or all 3. i am a Jamaican, but i can't help but hope that this does not happen, we will only be making backwards steps if we do so. all 3 have been real good, but i think the trio of Fudadin, Permaul & Deonarine deserve the call up more. and *Fingers crossed* hope we include Holder and Dorwhich as well. at least in the squad, if the selectors are really thinkin about the future, also, we so need Sarwan and Nash, so recall them as well! i Hope The selectors would select this 19 man squad for the test series... 3 openers: (Bonner, Barath & Powell),6 Middle Order Bats: (D.M Bravo, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, K. Edwards, Deonarine & Fudadin), 2 Wkt Kprs (Ramdin & Dorwhich) 2 All-Rounders (Sammy & C.Brathwaite) 2 Spinners (Shillingford & Permaul) 4 Fast Bowlers (Roach, Rampaul, F.Edwards & Holder).. Then later for the ODI's and t20's, Bring In The 6 players from the IPL, Simmons, Dwayne Smith and Charles.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 25, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Matthew Wade has already become the best keeper on Earth with his superior glovework, and now brilliant batting. Nathan Lyon continues to show why he is the second best spinner on Earth behind Ajmal. You can literally hear the poms shaking in their boots already!!!!

Posted by Sanj747 on (April 25, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

Australia have to sort ehri batting out. Still many issues at the top order. The openers are far from settld and Watson not carrying on from decent starts. To top this off Ponting is not going at a rate he, the team or the selectors would like despite getting the backing of Clarke. Lots of stuff to be sorted out before some big away series next year in India and the Ashes. Not sure of Clarke's recent comment on Haddin being the preferred keeper. If the selectors are true to their word on building a team Haddin is pretty much finished.

Posted by RandyOZ on (April 25, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

The greatest cricketing nation on earth, Australia!

Posted by gloriouscricket on (April 25, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

I,ve seen enough cricket to understand that the Windies have some talented youngsters who really aren,t as good as they think.Cricket played at a high level is as much a mental as a physical game. Brathwaite, Barath & Bravo have troubled building an innings; Barath & Bravo continue to loose their concentration at critical times. Windies must find some one with the focus of Chanderpaul with the talent of young Bravo to bat at the top of the innings.Dwayne Smith isn,t the complete answer, but he is experience and talented enough to bat @ the top.Braff has time to improve his game. Bravo & Barath should be dropped if they continue to fail,The ball will be swinging in England.Why wasn,t Deonarine bowl more? Gibson must really be concerned, the pressure is on for WI to win;He needs to return to the drawing board.Chanderpaul! Bravo & Barath need to watch him @ the wicket, Learn how to build an innings.Lets hurry & get K,Edwards back in the team.Carlton Baugh isn,t the answer.

Posted by Mary_786 on (April 25, 2012, 2:11 GMT)

Well done to Wade, fantastic knock. This innings showed that a player such as Cowan who has been our lowest scorer this series and who is averaging less then 25 in his career should be dropped. Hopefully the likes of Khawaja and Chris Lynn make good starts to the shield season and take Cowan's spot.

Posted by Moppa on (April 25, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

@Midonoff, all this "Windies A" stuff is ridiculous. Yes, Gayle is missing - get over it, he hasn't played a Test for two years! As for the rest, well, let's go through them. Dwayne Bravo - handy all-rounder but really just a bits and pieces player in Tests. You can't fit both him and Sammy in the same team. Sunil Narine - handy, but unproven in Test cricket, and you can hardly argue that he would be doing better than Shillingford has done. Ramnaresh Sarwan - past it and was never that good anyway. As for Marlon Samuels, well, ROTFL, if he's in your best XI you really do need help! Competing with Mohammad Ashraful as the worst regular Test batsman of the last 10 years. If Samuels plays, I think the 12th man should be allowed to bat as well as compensation! So, yes, Australia have struggled at times to knock off the Windies, who've fought well - but please lay off these lame excuses!

Posted by Dav1daKing on (April 25, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

what's the rational behind bringing Fudadin in the team and not selecting him in the playin 11? how hard could it be to come to a decision on which 1 of the 3 openers to drop, u could have at least raffle their names and drop any 1, it wouldn't really make a huge difference, even though Brathwait is the obvious choice!!!!!

Posted by Drew2 on (April 25, 2012, 2:05 GMT)

@Midonoff it's obvious that you are frustrated that Australia are on top again. You are right that the West Indies are missing a few players, but wrong that this the the best Australian side. That seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment. Australia have lost two of their best bowlers from last summer and are waiting on the return of an huge talent in Patrick Cummins. There is a wealth if fast bowling emerging in Australia at the moment and these options will keep Australia competitive with the best let alone an improving West Indies side.

Posted by TheLight on (April 25, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Once again, poor captaincy from Sammy who seems lost when things get tough. His bowling rotations and field settings were atrocious to say the least. I feel sorry for west Indian supporters who have to constantly see the countless blunders by their inept captain.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (April 25, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

West Indies will need to get Gayle and Sarwan back for their England tour. There bowling is quite good. The Aussies still have frailties in their batting. I don't see a lot of promising players coming through the batting ranks. The Aussies will have to improve their batting depth if they hope to be competitive for the next Ashes.

Posted by toxic1007 on (April 25, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Look what Jamaica did to all the the teams in the 4 day matches and no one ever mention Lambert to be West Indies captain and he definitively can bat better than Sammy under pressure. 5 years straight he lead JA to championship with minimum help from top class Gayle . Baugh is not performing because after being behind the stump so long and the front line players cannot let him rest for an hour before going back on the field to bat.

Posted by goatman63 on (April 25, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

Great to see matt wade dig his country out of trouble, in an innings that not only came when needed, to gain control of this test, but also at a time when displaying such fortitude, application and concentration early in his test career has now gone a long way toward establishing his place in the side. great work by the lefty. And this i freely admit, from a brad haddin fan. One who wanted to see him continue in the test team. It's funny how things work out.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

What a wonderful performance for the team head coach gibson is building. It appears his so called team might soon have their career like his in Test cricket.

Posted by Harry_Kool on (April 25, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

@Midonoff. Don't delude yourself that this is the best Aussie side available. And what about giving credit to the Windies who have shown much grit & fight compared to past performaces. They were a lot weaker when they beat the Poms over there. And yes, Gayle is an awesome player, but he is clearly not a team player, his presence appears to offer a lot of division within the ranks and as we all know, no matter how good you are, team instability is the the biggest crunch you want to avoid.

Posted by bullpit1 on (April 25, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

How pathetic are WI, the Aussies last 3 wickets doubled the score. Why all the hype about Shillingford - on that track they should not made more than a hundred. Sammy like most captains has zero ideas how to get batsmen out or set a field, so WI are playing at about 50@ because the other half comes from captaincy. It will be slaughter against England, much worse than this, because they will post 500+ scores like they did in demolishing India last year.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

What will happen to WI when Shiv leaves ??? hope he plays for another 3 years or more ....Why Gibson didnt play Fudadin ? i am sure he would have last longer than the man with three ducks

Posted by dsig3 on (April 25, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Welcome to test cricket Matty Wade. Will be a very hard call to drop him after that. Absolutely clutch ton. I watched the start of play and after I saw Starc embarrass himself with the run out with Wade looking scratchy I thought it would be a good time to go to sleep. But alas, dead wrong, well done to shillingford aswell, only saw his wickets but he looks a better bet than pretty boy Bishoo.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

Yet another dismal batting display by the WI.After having Australia 167/7 we surrendered and surrendered badly.Quit possible the only day of success we will enjoy in this, the third and final test, was the first day.After the Aussies took the wind out of our sail on the second day with that 9th wicket stand of over a 100, we are just laying down and die.How often we find ourselves fighting to stay alive in a test match.This territory has become all too customary in recent years. We failed miserably to dismiss any team in one day and very rare we turn around and bat for and entire day.Such glaring inconsistency will always put us in the losing column. Am pleading to this and future WI teams, PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE GIVE US FELLOW WEST INDIANS SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT.Show some grit and determination.Be more consistent.Play cricket for the duration of the entire game.FIVE days.Bat well for 2 innings, not one.West Indian 4life.GO WINDIES !!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

West Indian batting line up will be blown away by Anderson, Swann, Broad, Bresnan and Tremlett. Time to recall Gayle, Sarwan, Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo. Brathwaite has scored his 6 duck in 9 tests. At this rate he could break Courtney Walsh's world record of 43, he must be dropped immediately. The WI 11 for england should be: 1 Gayle. 2 Sarwan. 3 Kirk Edwards. 4 Darren Bravo. 5 Chanderpaul. 6 Dwayne Bravo. 7 Sammy. 8 Ramdin. 9 Rampaul. 10 Roach. 11 Shillingford. Really pathetic batting from WI. They again let Australia off the hook. Haddin's future is now really uncertain given Wade's maiden hundred.

Posted by satspeare on (April 25, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

Well, well. can we please wake up our selectors and WICB to the fact that we cannot devoid the batting line-up of experience and hope for the best all the time?? Time to return Sarwan and Nash to the middle and Gayle at the top. Why in the world did Fudadun included in the squad and not the 11? somehow out team cannot figue out that the one most experienced batsman in the team NEEDS to come in a little higher in the order to lend some stability and on the spot advice to our rather inexperience batting. someone afraid that he may actually bat throughout the innings?? What is with Kirk Edwards - still injured? Powell isn't good enough, I will prefer Dwayne Smith - at least he provide a bowling option. Why else is Deonarine in the team if not to bowl more a few overs per innings? - paving a way for Samuels' return?? So tired of this brilliant leadership !! I really do hope we find a way to take Nash, Sarwan, Kirk to England. Ofcourse along with Gayle too.

Posted by Marcio on (April 25, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

Not overly surprising. As usual, the comments on this board after the first day completely failed to contextulise the score. This is a ground where no domestic game this season has seen any team score more than 300. The WI, having to bat last, would need a lead of at least 50 runs to stay in the game. That means that 250 runs would basically be a very good score for AUS batting first, as the WI would then need to get 300. So AUS was actually in a reasonable position after day 1. And stop knocking batsmen for not averaging 50+ per innings at high strike rates on pitches tailor-made for low scores, and which are slow. Good on AUS for adapting well to these alien and difficult conditions, They have done a good, though not quite perfect job.

Posted by wifan16 on (April 25, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

I hope shiv is getting more than 5 times what the other batsmen are making.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (April 25, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Midonoff, I agree that this is not WI's best side, but neither is this Australia's best side. Two of our top three bowlers in Pattinson and Cummins are both out with injury and we're still persisting with the useless Cowan who averages 30 when we have two quality batsmen in D Hussey and Rogers who both average 50+.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (April 25, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Brilliant innings from Wade. I watched him play and he was never once defensive. He attacked every single bowler and showed everyone how to bat on such difficult pitches. WI on the other hand have problem finishing off the innings. They let them off the hook. But this WI team have definitely showed more fight than the Indian team that toured Australia. Australia is well in control of this game. I hope for another gripping test match.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

' The man who failed to plan, plan to fail'.The selectors had plan to fail with this team from day- 1. If Bishoo was included in this team, W.I would have bowled out Australia cheaply- Shillingford would not have to bowl so many overs in the first place. The inclusion of Sammy, is at the expence of Bishoo. Sammy should not be on this team.The selectors and the players are lacking cricket sense. The field placing does not seem to be one which is thought out in the dressing room or on the field, unlike the Australians,who sized up the opposing batsman and bowl to his weakness, thus keeping the pressure on. I am wondering if this is the team that is going to England. They have a lot of net practise to do. Powell, Braithwaite, Bravo,Baugh etc cannot play a swinging ball. Unlike Chanda, who moves back and across the wicket, he is able to nurdle the ball off his legs and square of the wicket and rotate the strike. The others give the bowlers a chance to settle into a pattern/groove.

Posted by godfreyse on (April 24, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Nothing surprising deja vu, hope lady luck pays us a visit.

Posted by godfreyse on (April 24, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

This piece of info tells u all u need to know about cricket & where it is going in the WI. Shiv has a S/R of 41+ at home 41+ O/S. Darren Bravo has a S/R of 35+ at home &50+O/S. Because of the type of pitches offered in the WI, aggressive players r finding it harder to make run. It explains the reasons for our low Regional scores. WI batters r primarily aggressive players. In other wds the more strokes u play the less r yr chances of staying at the crease. It expls why lower order batters r more difficult to dislodge, they play less strokes. The top order players r incline to play more strokes,hence 169-7; 328 all out etc. Shiv plays the same way all the time. So does Dravid they will make run in the WI. Our boys may do better outside of the WI. Just a though.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (April 24, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Ahhh, I love being proven correct. I have consistently said for well over a year now that Wade and Nevill are the two most deserving keeper-batsmen in the country and yet people still keep defending Haddin (who, like Ponting, is passed his best now) and Paine (who can barely hold the title of being a batsman having passed 100 only once in 84 innings at an average of 31. His ODI average is below 30 as well which is very poor). Congrats Mr. Wade - a very timely hundred scored at a good rate as well!

Posted by dunger.bob on (April 24, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

The 2 Pauls may yet get WI up there with Aus. score. .. While ever Chander is there Aus. has work to do. God knows we've seen that often enough and Rampaul seems a sensible type and not clueless with the bat. .. nothing has gone as expected in this series so far so why should it start now? .. WI to make 300. ...@ all the poms harassing us .. nervous people tend to talk a lot. ... and you should be. .. We're coming to get ya's.

Posted by Rollindice on (April 24, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

WI are getting better no doubt but their only problem is the batting department,our top order especially, you can't expect 5 wickets down & tailenders to do everything,this is test cricket,do your part at the top.I am not blaming captain,not blaming selectors, i am blaming most of the top order batsmen with exception of Chanderpaul,many people didn't expect us to win anything against the Aussies ,we are getting there, just let's bat through these tough times when it counts.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

west indies really need to give some serious thought about bringing back sarwan and chris gayle for the england tour.Again the top order has fail tie and time again and west indies need a solution asap.sarwan was so strong at number 3 and bravo or powell just cannot fill those shoes.i am a bravo fan but its the truth.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Got to give Wade a decent run in team now, he's earnt it by performing under pressure and not thowing things away, so it's farewell Haddin. Don't discount Paine though ... He's got a better Test average than Cowen, has an ODI century as an opener and a double ton at the Wacca opening for Tas. Technically he looks good, so perhaps he has a future as a pure batsman. Powell looks to have potential so why not try him at top of order for Windies?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (April 24, 2012, 23:03 GMT)

So this is not WI best team, so who is? Narine, Pollard, and Russel have never played a Test. Samuels averages 29, Bravo 31,Sarwan got dropped due to very poor form. Gayle doesn't want to play. Fidel averages 38 with the ball. Taylor is never available, and Ramdin is so-so with the bat. Kirk Edwards is the only guy that can walk back into the team, anybody else would be a punt. Also well done to Wade and the bowlers.... Or as we are led to believe in these posts, are Australia is just lucky?

Posted by Nerk on (April 24, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

It seems that those last three Australian wickets was the straw that broke the camel's back. If the Windies had knocked them over quickly, I think they would have already been in front. But, after fighting so hard this series, they look beat. The match is not over though, and if these last two wickets can wag for another hundred runs or so the match will be open again, and Ravi and Roach have been known to make runs. The odds are against them, and having to bat last on a spinning wicket won't be easy. Full credit to Wade, good on him and what a time to make his maiden century. Kudos to Shillingford, oustanding performance from him that has been overshadowed by the non-performance of his colleagues. Hopefully the Windies can come back. Not holding my breath though.

Posted by rama_krish on (April 24, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

@Midonoff: Sorry to burst your bubble, but THIS IS THE BEST WI TEAM

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

There are a few West Indian supporters who ignorantly holds a sense of hope for a hopeless team. The West Indies know the road of defeat so well that they can walk there with their eyes closed!Credit to Shane Shillingfort, this team can fight the problem is no matter what they are fighting whether a chase of 0 or1000 they just can't win.

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

One or two more good knocks in the next few games from Wade should secure his place. Haddin has done a good job for Australia but I think it's fair to say his time is up. The Ashes is 12 months away and we need to settle on a team now.

Posted by ramps_wi on (April 24, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

I think we keep losing these test matches because we are a strike bowler and batsman short. The bowlers do their best at the start of the innings but then the tailenders takes the game away from us. All the greats have being saying this time and time again.

Posted by othello22 on (April 24, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

So... When will the knockers learn? Tests are all swings and roundabouts, the beauty of it is that you can have a bad day out and then make amends for it and turn the match the next. Everyone needs to stop making assumptions until the result has been posted. Three days left, anything can happen.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Brathwaite is obviously not ready, we need an opener. Anybody remember Chattergoon and Xavier Marshall? They had fewer chances and were not a lot worse.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (April 24, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Well done young Mr Wade, hopefully it is the first Test century of many. I see him as the man in possession now despite Clarke's comments about Haddin which i thought were inappropriate. He should keep his comments on players place in the team to discussions with his fellow selectors.

Posted by Puffin on (April 24, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

I know its obvious (or it should be) but WI will have to bat better than this if they want to challenge England at home. Anderson & co must be rubbing their hands in anticipation, if not just to keep warm.

Posted by Erebus26 on (April 24, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Ravi Rampaul batted more sensibly than some of his top order colleagues, but it will take him and Shiv a monumental effort to get anywhere near the Australian score. That Windies top order needs to go - it's an accident waiting to happen. Apart from the first innings of the first test Chanders has been left with the hard work to do.

Posted by dinosaurus on (April 24, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

Too many comments here are just mean-spirited "put-downs". But it is so nice to smirk at how stupid they often turn out to be because events don't work out as expected. People who understand cricket, especially Test cricket, know all about the glorious uncertainty that is part of the game. That's why they don't "diss" anyone until the events have played out.

Posted by Midonoff on (April 24, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

although Australia is doing well in this match, this is not west indies best 11 they are playing against. This looks like Australia best side and they are getting tough series from the WI A team. Don't think Australia are ready for the Poms unless a drastic improvement.

Posted by SirAlfredMansbridge on (April 24, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Gotta give Rampaul and Chanderpaul credit for fighting back here..dont know what WI would be without Chanders. These guys should kiss his feet.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

If they had gayle that the not going to. Happen to them I hope my boy chris gayle will come back soon

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

Sammy please help save this game if possible. Let Barath and Powell open the second innings. Move Bravo to No. 3, Take Brathwaite down lower. Bring up Chanderpaul one and allow Rampaul to bat before you and Baugh. You may probably win this one. What do you have to lose?

Posted by Micky.Panda on (April 24, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Australia has a pretty good tail-wag, but not the windies. How can WI justify Chanderpaul batting at No. 5 where he will run out of partners fairly quickly. That would be as silly as Brian Lara batting at No. 5, unless Jimmy Adams was playing at No. 6 too.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Dreadful batting from West Indies, just about saving the follow-on on their home turf. Anyone else want to shoot off their mouth about what a hiding they're going to give England?

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

My, My, Surprise, Surprise. Surprise anyone? It is 4:25 and look where Wi is sitting in this game. No need to make any excuses. Here is what I see. WI could not decisde who to drop so they leave Fudadun out. So now we know who should have been rested. Sammy gave Deonarine just two overs on the first day, then two over on the second day. I wonder why that is? Even thouigh he was hit for a six, that is the game but with only five bowlers one would expect all bowlers to be bowling as much as possible on both ends of the wicket. From 168/7 to 328; in no way WI can win in this way. WI throw away all the winning opportunities thanks to poor captaincy so far. Poor Deonarine did not get a chance to settle in as a bowler. They may drop him for the England tour just as an excuse to take Fudadin to England. Same strokes different day. And for those who thinks Sammy is a good captain - wake up and think again. I must admit he has the WICB and luck on his side.

Posted by Meety on (April 24, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge - do you just cut & paste the same stuff! Boring! @Dashgar - interesting that Wade pulled this off, after reports that Haddin would be the starting keeper in home tests!! I think THAT is going to be hard to justify now!!!! Happy for Wade - I thought the shuffle up & down the ODI order was affecting him, & I did tip him to get a ton on debut to release some frustration. I had been worried before this GEM of an innings, that he may of been a little to conservative when batting, but man this was PERFECTLY timed. Consolidate whilst he had decent support (Starc), then unleash when the true tail arrived, I'd say this innings was quite "Husseyish"!!!!!

Posted by rayinto on (April 24, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Regarding the lack of use of the 5th bowler ( Deonarine) by Windies - Can anyone confirm if it is the first time in test that a bowler has averaged 1.33 overs per spell ( i.e. 4 overs in 3 spells). I wander what the impact would have been if we had both spinners operating in tandem for a bit longer spell. After all, spinners need more than just one over to get going.

Posted by gibbons on (April 24, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: They're two rebuilding sides. Take out Clarke, Hussey, Ponting for one, and Chanderpaul for the other, and they've barely played 100 tests between them including this one. Sure it's not 1 vs 2, but not every series is. And let's face it, Australia will never do enough to satisfy the critics unless they win every game by an innings. Beat India 4-0, but everyone discounts it because it was at HOME (but those same critics are also quick to comment how much better Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman are than Ponting). They beat the West Indies, but not by ENOUGH for it to count. Let's face it, unless they win every game, people will always be commenting 'Australia aren't as good as they think they are'.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

@ FFL that is as oppose to the brilliance of ENG losing 4 tests out of 5 against average PAK and SL right? it will be a funny match when WI have ENG on ropes later on, WI are a much better side than u give them credit for (and ENG are not nearly as good as you make them out to be)

Posted by zahidtaniv on (April 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Has anyone seen this? The west indian first class cricket is dominated by spinners only. Top wicket-takers are all spinners. Check: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=7015;type=tournament

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Bravo has let us down once again but there is nothing we can do. We have to take him to ENG. The selectors certainly have headaches. One serious batter(Shiv) in a squad. Never heard of such. Darren has to dig deep, he is a main player on this platform. Some one has to talk seriously to the kid. Probably he worked 2 hard on his fielding & forgot how to bat. Come on u Trini folks do your thing.

Posted by allieeb on (April 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge please go watch T20 cricket. This is test cricket at its best. You have a gripe against Australia. They are middle table team but yes they beat India. And they beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. And held South Africa to a draw in SA. And cannot lose series against West Indies.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Front-foot lunge.... So if we are middle of the table where oh where are the Safas who we drew with away, and the Indians who we singlehandedly humiliated.... Is it England at the top, they just got flogged by Pakistan and couldnt take care of Sri Lanka. Which Australia did???

By form Safas and Aussies are on top yet again. I know you will say the Ashes are Englands but what has happened since then has been the complete reverse of that form!

Posted by Dav1daKing on (April 24, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge if u have ntn to say then plz say ntn!!!! Btw, wi kno who not gettin a plane ticket to England... Hope he turns out to be a chanderpaul instead of a Xavier Marshall... Need some more domestic work Brathwaite, how did the selectors not pick Fudadin in the final 11.. God alone knows!

Posted by disco_bob on (April 24, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

England have already peaked at no. 1 and are on their way down, currently splitting the mantle with SA.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

wade did a gilchrist here.........

Posted by DamieninFrance on (April 24, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

It is just so good to watch a gripping contest between two teams playing hard cricket. New test venue, and two teams trying to grind out any sort of advantage. Starc's schoolboy error should get him dropped unless he makes up for it with the ball. Such an attitude is contagious if not dealt with quickly. Just ask England about the effect that the Phil Tuffnel school of fielding had on the team in his era... Or the all-too-common Indian belief that poor fielding can be overcome with batting skills. Teams trying to master all the skills of cricket are what make cricket enthralling. Compare this to a recent series where, although a great result for the underdog, the headlines were about the only interest that anyone could have had in the UAE. Sadly, a disinterested bunch of over-rated cricketers pouting over their pummelling by a promising team with more heart for the contest only shows that talent is not enough. Don't worry England, it was probably all a dream...

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

I'm sorry but Kraigg Brathwaite is not ready for test cricket. Watching him he looks like he would get out to every ball bowled to him. A friend of mine bowled to him less than a year ago and came back and told me that he just isn't ready..another friend who played against him told me the same thing. We need an Opening batsman for the tour to England. Everyone here in Barbados knows that he isn't ready and yet they keep selecting him..we all know he's not a test batsman ...seems that the selectors know better.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Don't destroy Brathwaithe any further. Don't take him to England, he will be a sitting duck. The young man is not technically ready, mentally maybe, but not technically. He has time. Look around the county cricket arena for an opener, remember, one Gordon GREENIDGE.

Posted by JamesTHEwalldravid on (April 24, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Hopefully this spells the end for Haddin. I've always been a fan of Tim Paine, but the guy is injured and may unfortunately never come back to full fitness, so I'm leanding my support to Wade. I was initially a fan of Haddin when I saw him. Gilli was still playing and was rested for an ODI series. Haddin looked the part, opened the innings and kept well.I thought wow the Aussies have another Gilchrist in the their reserves, but in truth Haddin has been a huge disappointment. My Aussie friends really really dislike him as do I. Wade will win matches for Aus.

Posted by sundar_poco on (April 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

braithwaith should quit cricket and become a farmer, lord knows he has enough ducks to start with

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (April 24, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Gotta give credit to Wade, for staring Australia to a highly respectable total. But unfortunately the Windies let a potentally commanding position, slip through their fingers yet again by being unable to finish off a team, after getting out their recoginsed batsmen cheaply. Considering they were 169/7 and 226/8, the Windies will be disappointed to eventually bowl them out for 328. On a positive note, well done to Shane Shillingford for taking 6 wickets. Now it's down to the batters to try and build a total which is somewhere in the range of Australia's. Much depends on our middle order of Darren Bravo, Deo and Shiv of course. Hopefully the inexperienced top order. plus the out-of-form Barath can try and build a decent platform for the others.

Posted by Dashgar on (April 24, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Great work Wade. Excellent innings when the team was under serious pressure. I think we've found a future champion in this guy. Looking forward to far more of these innings in the future.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (April 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

This is a funny match to watch: Against a very poor West Indies team Australia struggle painfully yet again. Two middle-ranking teams play out an average contest.

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