West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 4th day April 26, 2012

Chanderpaul wicket puts Australia on target

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West Indies 218 and 173 for 5 (Chanderpaul 69, Clarke 3-34) need another 197 runs to beat Australia 328 and 259 (Ponting 57, Cowan 55, Shillingford 4-100, Roach 3-40)
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For 16 years Australian bowlers have been trying to chisel Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the crease. It was fitting, therefore, that on the day when he squirreled away his 10,000th Test run, Chanderpaul spent the afternoon doing what comes naturally: obstructing, counter-attacking and above all frustrating Australia's Test cricketers as they sought a way into the West Indies lower order in their push for victory.

But as has so often been the case, Chanderpaul's fight appeared insufficient to save West Indies. His departure to a successful Australian review in the final over of the fourth day in Dominica gave Australia an enormous chance of finishing the match early on the fifth day, with West Indies still requiring 197 runs for a highly unlikely victory with five wickets in hand and only one specialist batsman - Narsingh Deonarine on 11 not out - still in play.

It was a depressing conclusion for West Indies, who started the day by celebrating Shane Shillingford's ten-wicket match haul and spent much of the afternoon dreaming of an upset as Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo compiled a century stand in their chase of 370. Michael Clarke tried all sorts of things to break that partnership and the success eventually came through Shane Watson, though it was Clarke's part-time spin that proved Australia's best weapon.

Clarke was the man who got rid of Chanderpaul for 69 from the first ball of the day's last over. Clarke had extracted some significant turn from the Windsor Park pitch earlier in the innings and again his spin troubled the batsman, who played and missed a ball ripping in from outside off stump. The umpire's decision of not out was reviewed by Clarke and replays showed Chanderpaul had been struck in line and the ball would have hit the stumps.

It was the perfect end for Australia, who had started with three early wickets before the Chanderpaul-Bravo partnership took hold. Ben Hilfenhaus struck before a run had been scored when Adrian Barath clipped a ball off his pads and was snapped up brilliantly by a diving Ed Cowan at square leg. There was some resistance to come from Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell, but Clarke's decision to bowl himself proved an inspired move.

Brathwaite was on 14 when he tried to work Clarke from off stump through leg side and it was an ill-advised choice of stroke. The umpire Tony Hill gave him out lbw and Brathwaite's review did not save him, replays showing umpire's call for both impact on off stump and whether the ball would have clipped the bails. A few overs later Powell, on 24, drove loosely and simply missed a ball that turned in between bat and pad and was bowled by Clarke.

But that brought Chanderpaul to the crease and he was keen to keep the scoreboard ticking at a healthy rate, ensuring the ones and twos piled up without taking unnecessary risks. One such single, tucked through the leg-side off Clarke, brought Chanderpaul to the milestone of 10,000 Test runs, a feat he acknowledged by removing his helmet and raising his bat modestly, aware that his job had only just begun.

Chanderpaul waited on the bad balls - a David Warner long hop was pulled over the infield for four and there were occasional cuts and drives that reached the boundary - and otherwise acquired his runs through familiar methods. His half-century came from his 90th ball and he was congratulated by Bravo, who unusually for any stand involving Chanderpaul was the quieter partner.

Bravo was happy when Nathan Lyon dropped short and he was able to cut with ferocity, and he showed his deftness by running Shane Watson behind point neatly for another boundary. But it was Watson who eventually had the better of the battle when he enticed an edge behind and Bravo, on 47, was disconsolate as he walked from the field. The 110-run stand was over, and with it went a large chunk of West Indies' hopes.

Not that they had ever been favourites, despite finishing the Australians off in the morning for the addition of 59 runs. Shillingford finished with 4 for 100 to give him match figures of 10 for 219 in his first Test at his home ground of Windsor Park, and he was the first West Indian spinner to take ten wickets in a Test since Lance Gibbs in 1966, and only the second to do it in the Caribbean, after Wilf Ferguson achieved the feat in Trinidad in 1948.

Shillingford gave West Indies a good start to the day by removing Michael Hussey, the last of Australia's recognised batsmen, for 32 when he found a thin edge that was snapped up by Darren Sammy at slip. Ryan Harris soon followed when he top-edged a slog sweep off Deonarine and was caught by the wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh for 9.

Hilfenhaus gave Shillingford his tenth when he pushed forward and was brilliantly caught at silly point by Brathwaite, who thrust his right hand out as the ball seemed destined to pass him. Mitchell Starc and Lyon added a few late runs in a 22-run partnership for the final wicket before Kemar Roach finished the job by bowling Starc for 21.

That left West Indies needing 370, and only once before had they chased down such a high target to win a Test, in their world-record pursuit of 418 in Antigua in 2003. They had reached 370 in the fourth innings of a Test three times in the past five years, but the challenge was always going to be significant on a tricky Windsor Park pitch.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • rocky2u on April 27, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    This is good cricket by AUS..and they carry the good test cricket form after long gap..

  • on April 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Chanderpauls dismissal is a clear indicator of the inaccuracy of the review system. The umpire's judgement on the field was correct based on amount of turn Clarke was getting, the trajectory of the delivery clearly would have missed the stumps. Yet the review system assumes an almost straight on trajectory from where it hits the batsman. This needs to be corrected.

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Great series. The poor old West Indian batsmen are copping something of a hiding here, while this is not exactly unfair I actually see some promise. Okay, so the openers are not doing a good job and who knows, Barath and Braithwaite may just not be up to it. But they are developing a good, even strong middle order, everyone seems to be forgetting Kirk Edwards who will surely be back for the England tour. In Edwards and Bravo they have two very good batsmen, Deonarine has shown he can bat too and of course we all know about Shiv.. You can forget all about Sarwan, Gayle and co. and rightly so. They just need to find a couple of openers and get Narine into the side. As for Lyon, I reckon he is just bowling a little bit too slowly here in the second dig, Clarke and Deonarine look far more dangerous pushing it through a bit quicker, trapping the batsmen. @Jontycodes, agree on the umpiring, the pommy bloke was pretty good in the first two tests.. but Hill and Erasmus here not so much

  • jmcilhinney on April 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Not that I'm defending those bagging Lyon but welcome to what we England fans have to live with, with RandyOZ bagging Graeme Swann even when the story doesn't mention him. Apparently Swann was pathetic in UAE, despite an average of about 25 and the best strike rate of all England's bowlers, and the bowlers were not the problem in UAE. Apparently Swann was also just lucky in Columbo despite getting 10 wickets and having three catches dropped. What you're seeing now is basically pay back, such as it is.

  • Meety on April 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @ satish619chandar - a good pitch should start with even bounce. From there, I don't care whether it low & slow or fast & bouncy or turns or seams. IMO, the lower & slower the pitch though, the less dynamic a match becomes. (Low slow pitches cut out a lot of horizontal bat strokes).

  • Hammond on April 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I just can't see them doing it but the windies (for the sake of the game in the islands) probably deserve a win after how well they have played in the series (have a look at the series records) Go windies!

  • PrasPunter on April 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @correctcall , well said. There is no such thing like decisions getting evened out. DRS is just the way to go. And you know , all the nations have understood it. And the one that hasn't and preferring to remain in stone age is busy organizing a clown-act called IPL. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    The same old story with the Windies batting. Barath and Braithwaite fails, Powell and Bravo get a start, but are unable to go on and poor old Shiv, putting in a stubborn resistance yet again, passes 10,000 runs, but get's out right at the end. I'll be surprised if the remaining batsman last until lunchtime, much will depend on whether Deo can bat the innings and the tail can support him, seeing how this series has gone, i doubt it. Just wanted to address Chander's wicket yesterday, this was discussed in the last test match, when Clarke was given not out, for going back plum infront, after the ball turned outside the line of off-stump. Yet Chanderpaul was actually given out to what seemed to be a simular delivery, am i missing something?

  • satish619chandar on April 27, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm : So, pace and bounce brings strokeplay easily? None should complain any pitch especially when it offers good amount of assistance to bowlers..

  • johntycodes on April 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I'm sick of hearing all series how good the umpiring has been. They keep saying all throughout this match too like they have been told by someone just to keep praising the umpires. In this match alone they have made 4 wrong decisions to go with 3 from the last match as well so they aren\'t really doing a good job at all.

  • rocky2u on April 27, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    This is good cricket by AUS..and they carry the good test cricket form after long gap..

  • on April 27, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Chanderpauls dismissal is a clear indicator of the inaccuracy of the review system. The umpire's judgement on the field was correct based on amount of turn Clarke was getting, the trajectory of the delivery clearly would have missed the stumps. Yet the review system assumes an almost straight on trajectory from where it hits the batsman. This needs to be corrected.

  • on April 27, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Great series. The poor old West Indian batsmen are copping something of a hiding here, while this is not exactly unfair I actually see some promise. Okay, so the openers are not doing a good job and who knows, Barath and Braithwaite may just not be up to it. But they are developing a good, even strong middle order, everyone seems to be forgetting Kirk Edwards who will surely be back for the England tour. In Edwards and Bravo they have two very good batsmen, Deonarine has shown he can bat too and of course we all know about Shiv.. You can forget all about Sarwan, Gayle and co. and rightly so. They just need to find a couple of openers and get Narine into the side. As for Lyon, I reckon he is just bowling a little bit too slowly here in the second dig, Clarke and Deonarine look far more dangerous pushing it through a bit quicker, trapping the batsmen. @Jontycodes, agree on the umpiring, the pommy bloke was pretty good in the first two tests.. but Hill and Erasmus here not so much

  • jmcilhinney on April 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Not that I'm defending those bagging Lyon but welcome to what we England fans have to live with, with RandyOZ bagging Graeme Swann even when the story doesn't mention him. Apparently Swann was pathetic in UAE, despite an average of about 25 and the best strike rate of all England's bowlers, and the bowlers were not the problem in UAE. Apparently Swann was also just lucky in Columbo despite getting 10 wickets and having three catches dropped. What you're seeing now is basically pay back, such as it is.

  • Meety on April 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @ satish619chandar - a good pitch should start with even bounce. From there, I don't care whether it low & slow or fast & bouncy or turns or seams. IMO, the lower & slower the pitch though, the less dynamic a match becomes. (Low slow pitches cut out a lot of horizontal bat strokes).

  • Hammond on April 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    I just can't see them doing it but the windies (for the sake of the game in the islands) probably deserve a win after how well they have played in the series (have a look at the series records) Go windies!

  • PrasPunter on April 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @correctcall , well said. There is no such thing like decisions getting evened out. DRS is just the way to go. And you know , all the nations have understood it. And the one that hasn't and preferring to remain in stone age is busy organizing a clown-act called IPL. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • on April 27, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    The same old story with the Windies batting. Barath and Braithwaite fails, Powell and Bravo get a start, but are unable to go on and poor old Shiv, putting in a stubborn resistance yet again, passes 10,000 runs, but get's out right at the end. I'll be surprised if the remaining batsman last until lunchtime, much will depend on whether Deo can bat the innings and the tail can support him, seeing how this series has gone, i doubt it. Just wanted to address Chander's wicket yesterday, this was discussed in the last test match, when Clarke was given not out, for going back plum infront, after the ball turned outside the line of off-stump. Yet Chanderpaul was actually given out to what seemed to be a simular delivery, am i missing something?

  • satish619chandar on April 27, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm : So, pace and bounce brings strokeplay easily? None should complain any pitch especially when it offers good amount of assistance to bowlers..

  • johntycodes on April 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I'm sick of hearing all series how good the umpiring has been. They keep saying all throughout this match too like they have been told by someone just to keep praising the umpires. In this match alone they have made 4 wrong decisions to go with 3 from the last match as well so they aren\'t really doing a good job at all.

  • Meety on April 27, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @ johntycodes - all this yet Lyon has a sub 29 test average, which historically is quite useful, strange! @Dan Stubbs - I agree. What will be interesting, is to see how the WIndies track over the next 12mths. They have a tricky series against England where on paper & according to the rankings, they are hopelessly outmatched. However, if Roach stays fit & delivers on the promise we all first saw against us in Oz, he could run thru the England line up at some stage, if everyone else chips in, who knows? @dsig3 - I'd call D Hussey a nude bowler, I think Pup does turn it. "nude nuts" man I'm off me dinner!!!!!

  • Wallaroo on April 27, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold LOL, my thoughts similarly on jontycodes. Lyon has been fairly economical and also took 4 in the 1st innings, had some bad luck this innings that's about all.

    Anyway more importantly, I don't see the WI's being able to rack up the 197 for a win based on their tail, although they have shown great tenacity so far.

    Agree with @DamieninFrance has been a good series. Long live test cricket.

  • Mr_pdl on April 27, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    what a player chander ur.....every time you are there but no one to give the company... single player can't turn the 5 days match their way...every one has to contriibute....learn something from him other guys....

  • on April 27, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    West Indies are not a strong team in fact when was the last time they won a series in both Tests and ODIs against the likes of England, South Africa, Australia and India? Exactly a long while back. Even Bangladesh can now take on this West Indies and come later this year, Bangladesh will defeat them in all formats in their series and even New Zealand whom the Bangladeshi's destroyed 4-0 with ease.

  • trumpoz on April 27, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @johntycodes: Lyon took 4 in the first innings to help roll WI. The West Indies have had 2 guys take 10 wickets in a match yet they are still going to lose 2 - 0. Green-and-Gold has got it right there. The combination for Australia is working at the moment. @rahulcricket007 - Clarkes back will go if he shoulders the burden of being the team's main spinner.

  • Mitcher on April 27, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold: 100% with you on that one. Maybe Lyon is lucky the selectors finally came to their senses and stopped spinning the spinner merry go round but he's done everything asked of him. Seems some people would rather destroy another prospect's spirit with the 'drop drop drop' rubbish. Reality check people: Warnie ain't coming back!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on April 27, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    So Shillingford out bowls Lyon again, not that that's hard to do, and Michael Clarke is now Australia's no.1 Spinner, in the absence of any other contender! These are exciting times in Australian cricket!

  • Rooboy on April 27, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Spot on DamieninFrance. The pitches haven't always been conducive to free flowing batting, but close contests are always interesting. There's a part of me that almost wouldn't mind seeing the WI win this one as a reward for their competitiveness ... but could you imagine the comments from our english 'experts' if that happened? lol. *sigh* johntycodes - Nathan Lyon Test bowling avg : 28.94, First Class : 35.6. Jason Krezja Test bowling avg : 43.23, First Class : 48.5. Think about those figures for a second and then tell me you really think Lyon is 'lucky' to be picked ahead of Krezja. 'this bloke lyon can't even take one wicket on this pitch' ... yeah, not even one, except for the four he already has for the match. And yeah, Krejza took 12 wickets ... difference is, Lyon's first test he was getting guys like Sangakkarra with drift and spin, Krejza was getting guys caught on the boundary to long hops.

  • correctcall on April 27, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Good to see DRS correcting Hill's howler and getting the right decision on Chanderpaul. The outcome of the Test may depend on it - fine DRS contribution to the game's integrity. This is a counter to those who say umpiring errors even out in the end. Some decisions are far more critical than others.

  • on April 27, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    This series provides an interesting study of how two teams are trying to climb back to higher levels after having slipped away from the perch. While the WI has been at it for far too long with very less to show in terms of results, Australia's efforts have been meeting encouraging results. Both however share some struggles.

    The good news for Australia is that they are back to discovering men for the occasion. Warner has pitched in with his leg spin and Clarke has been more productive as a spinner in this Test.

    On the quest WI has been meeting disappointment. None but the old wily fox Chanderpaul has really stepped up - consistently. A collpase before Chanderpaul arrives and another after he leaves has been a frequently familiar scenario. The bowling as a unit either does not click or does not do it long enough letting the tail wag. What WI needs and Aussies are developing is a critical mass of winning players.

  • SachinIsAGoner on April 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    This entire series, Australia has performed well considering Away conditions and consistent changes in its team. But, it is poor and ignorant that every story, analysis and in that case each line of commentary is completely biased and one-sided favouring blindly the windies. Agreed that windies is in pathetic condition but it is completely not right to zoom their positives and just diminish Aussies Bright Spots. Poor Journalism.

  • Green_and_Gold on April 27, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @johntycodes - Are you forgetting the 4 wickets Lyon took in the first innings? Or how unsuccessful the selection policy of dropping every spinner after 10 mins was. Maybe we need to stick with a spinner that is competent and develop him. Out of curiosity have you been watching the game or just reading the scorecard?

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    As an Australian fan I've been very impressed by the West Indians courage in this series against a much more naturally talented opposition. With a bit of luck they could have taken a test off us. I don't think they are too far off a big upset against someone. Who knows? It could be tomorrow. (God I hope not!) Chanderpaul has been giving me nightmares & Roach has been really impressive on some fairly dead pitches. Although the pitches haven't presented pretty cricket they've definitely evened things out a bit & made for a lot of interest & that can't be a bad thing. Neither top order have really been able to find any consistency which is a tribute to the opposition bowlers. I am certainly in agreeance that Rampaul is a much better batsmen then some of those batting above him. Wade's keeping has been a real high point for the Aussies as has Hilfenhaus' consistent form. Cowen is still under pressure & needs to find that elusive first tonne soon with Forrest & co looking over his shoulder.

  • on April 27, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    with sammy at least westindies are giving tough fight to the opponents and players like samuels, bravo and gayle are busy in earning big bucks in ipl

  • johntycodes on April 27, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Nathan lyon is the luckiest man alive. Aside from the fact he is getting a game krejza got dropped for ever after he couldn't bowl out south africa in the second innings in perth one match after taking 12 wickets. This bloke lyon can't even take one wicket on this pitch against west indies what's the use of lyon in the team. He is very lucky clarke has taken 3 wickets this innings.

  • Rally_Windies on April 27, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Baugh, Sammy and Shilingford, are not good enough batsmen to get 200 runs with Deonarine ...

    the only hope is that the captain and the coach have enough cricketing sense to send in Ravi Rampaul next....

    he is BY FAR the best of the tail end batsmen ....

    but Sammy and Gibson have proven to be very ill equipped in the cognitive department so far.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 27, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    AUS MANAGEMENT SHOULD SERIOUSLY THINK ON USING 4 FAST BOWLERS IN ASHES . SPINNER ROLE CAN BE FILLED BY CLARKE . HE KNOWS HOW TO TAKE WKTS . . FEW PEOPLE KNOWS THAT HE HOLDS THE RECORD OF BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE FOR A SPINNER AGAINST INDIA IN AN INNINGS WHEN HE TOOK 6 WKTS ONLY BY GIVING 9 RUNS AT WANKHEDE 2004 . ONLY IF HE TAKE A LEAF OUT OF AJMAL'S BOOK & LEARN TO BOWL DOOSRA , HE CAN TROUBLE ENGLISH BATSMEN .

  • dsig3 on April 27, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Clarkes filthy left arm nude nuts strike again!

  • Meety on April 27, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @RoJayao - LOL! Yes, Larry Gomes! Now that's a name that doesn't get brought up much when referring to the WIndies glory days!!!!! @Marcio - well said! I think Galle did the same thing when Oz played there last year. @Gerry_the_Merry - interesting regarding Sir Viv, (how could either parties say no to his "negotiations"?) I think DJ Bravo is an underperformer, & I think Deonarine may end up being more effective, however, I am leaning towards Sarwan given a go, (reasonable start to the County league). Can Edwards open? @dunger.bob - ditto!

  • akram343 on April 27, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    WI shows some figting spririt that was good.WI should be consistent in his performance.i think despite the victory of aussys WI get the cradit of fithting hard and good play.

  • popcorn on April 27, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul holds the oficial honour of being called THE WALL. As an Aussie,my hats off to this fantastic opponent.He makes Test Cricket challenging for Australia.

  • sri2001 on April 27, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    This WI team will never improve. They have got Braithwaite, one of the worst opening batsman WI have ever produced.

  • SirAlfredMansbridge on April 27, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Good fight from WI...they do have a few holes in their batting and no. 1 liability is Brathwaite,,simply this kid is not ready for tests. The selectors should have seen this. What a shame! Capt. Sammy will have to step up tomorrow with a big inning also with Deonarine and the out of form Baugh needs to contribute a fifty. I do hope they pull off a victory here.

  • Roshain on April 27, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    As Damien has mentioned below "Long live test cricket"..... It's been a superb series and can't wait for day 5....

  • on April 27, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Tigerpaul...u r d man ....congrats and keep going!!!!!!!!Sorry u got out in the last over.

  • dunger.bob on April 27, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Very rarely do you see Michael Clarke go wicketless when he decides to have a trundle. .. he's a bit of a golden arm really. ... don't think the Windies can win from here but stranger things have happened. .. how's the weather looking? This series has been a great experience builder for teams. .. both are rebuilding and got a lot of green young players in their ranks. .. these tooth and nail street fights are good for the young guys, it teaches them how to fight like dogs to the very end of the game. .. I've really enjoyed this very close series, its been great to watch right from the first one dayer through to the last day of the last test match.

  • Sinhaya on April 27, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    So sad to see Windies fumble in the latter part of the day after a good partnership between Bravo and Chanderpaul. Positive is that Windies showed that can battle it on to the 5th day. Hope at least Sammy can play a test innings with a never say die attitude like how he did it in the ODIs against Aussies. Windies giving a 110 run lead is the root cause of their downfall!

  • Cool_Jeeves on April 27, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    West Indies have had 2 ten-wicket hauls in a 3 test series. They are definitely stepping out of the league of Bangladesh/Zimbabwe/Kenya.

    I would bet on them to take on much better teams. Viv Richards has offered to intermediate to bring Gayle back into the team. Dwayne Bravo will be back from IPL when it finishes. So for their upcoming tours, Windies should be a stronger team.

    Now if only they could find a 200cm quick.

  • on April 27, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    Three tests, all down to the fifth day BUT West Indies need to win because West could have won all three with just a bit of LUCK. Sometimes you need a little Luck

  • Peterincanada on April 27, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    @DamieninFrance I don't think a tie is possible either and unless the weather intervenes, I don't see a draw either. W.I. have played hard but they just don't have any batting. I am afraid they will be badly beaten by the English and their SA mercenaries.

  • heathrf1974 on April 27, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    The top three for the Windies are not yet up to Test standard. However, some of the Aussie batsman aren't setting the world on fire either. Wickets of in this series have been very helpful to the bowling with some uneven bounce and much turn.

  • Marcio on April 27, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Good fight shown by the WI. Chanderpaul is a very difficult man to get out in these conditions. The pitch has not deteriorated anywhere near as much as many expected, with consistent bounce, and it seems to be spinning less and less as the game goes on - something I have never seen before! So I wouldn't write off the WI at this point, even though it will be tough. They have all day to bat, and a minimal risk approach seems to grant rewards for batsmen who have patience. And doomsdayers, please do spare us the "end is nigh" nonsense for Australian cricket. These cut-and-paste-the-same-post experts need to start whining about something new.

  • on April 27, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    What a Tendulkaresque performance from Chanderpaul all series. Contributions in every test, and a demeanour at the crease that has stood far above what any other West Indian (and many Australian) player has shown in this series. I'm hoping that West Indies cricket once again reaches the heights it was once reknowned for. For that to happen though, the team needs to eek out wins, at whatever cost. Key to that is having a full strength team, which in my mind needs the return of Chris Gayle, better bowling management around Fidel Edwards, and cultivation of the talent in Narine, Bravo and Shillingford.

  • yabbra on April 27, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    @ DamieninFrance, my thoughts exactly...The best form of the game by a country mile!

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on April 27, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    DamieninFrance, spot on. Well done Shiv on an amazing milestone, but with his wicket so went the Windies last chance. Great bowling Clarke, hopefully the weather permits enough overs for an Australian victory.

  • on April 27, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    The WI bowlers are doing a good job, getting 5 fors and 10 fors but their batsmen are letting them down. You can't rely on the old fella Shiv. The 1st 3 batsmen in WI are walking wickets. The England attack will think it will be easy pickings. Final result 2-0 to Australia.

  • on April 26, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    good series for west indies in all t20, odi and test matches.... If west indies play gayle, then the team will be really nice and can win games..

  • Nerk on April 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    A ripping series is drawing to a close. The Windies have it all to do tomorrow, but I think that they should not be ashamed of their performance. Their batting is frail, but if one of the older set can return, e.g. Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, or maybe even Nash who has scored well at domestic level, their batting maybe more formidable. They can still win, but it will take a supreme effort from the tail which has scored runs, but can they score 200? Plenty of positives for Aus too, particularly the bowling. Again the batting has appeared to be frail, just less frail than the Windies, and everyone has chipped in some runs every now and again. It looks like Wade's hundred will be the deciding factor in this test. Great cricket!

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Not in impossible for the WIndies, but it would require a hell of a lot more from Baugh & Sammy then what we have seen so far. I think Deonarine as the ability to get the WIndies close, dunno if the rest will stick long enough to make Clarke uncomfortable. The WIndies innings can play out any number of ways, but I expect them to get relatively close, (50/60 runs short).

  • noplay on April 26, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    On the issue of leadership, maybe Sammy should have promoted himself here to take the pressure off some of the younger guys. This was a chance to really shepherd the team and show that he could bat (not slog) if the situation requires it. Does West Indies still have a chance or will it be too late by the time he gets to the crease?

  • RoJayao on April 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Here here DameininFrance, an excellent, hard fought series of genuine test cricket. WI should be proud, no matter the result here. I see real improvement though I think Chanderpaul needs to keep playing til he's fifty! I even don't mind the pitches, despite how different they are to those of the glory days. Even Richards would've scored slowly on these dust bowls! Gomes would've loved em though!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on April 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Just a shame the pitches have been so dismal and anti-stroke play. Bring back the old wickets with pace and bounce. Both teams are well short of top class but the overall team play of Australia with everyone chipping in at various times and the revitalisation of the Windies have been highlights. Test cricket needs a good Windies team and there at least seems to be a determination to make that happen. This is the first step after so many dismal years.

  • Balb on April 26, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Almost everyone said the top three failed thoughout this test series putting pressure on the rest. Some resisitance from Bravo and Shiv, but the game is not over until the last man out or the winning runs scored. Here is an opportunity for Deonarine, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul and the two tail enders to bring it home. It is not impossible if they apply themselves and support Deonarine. Deonarine has the ability to bring home this game all by himself but he will have to be patient and get the support. Deonarine should try and save his wicket and keep both ends going as much as possible. It is determination with skills and strategy. Remember Clarke will be going for the kill early so be careful. Don't be afraid to play your own game guys. Nothing to lose now.

    Shiv, I believe a warm welcome awaits you home and you may be rewarded with the Golden Arrowhead. Everyone hope to see you around for a few more years. Good luck and God Bless a Great Ambassador of West Indies and Son of Guyana.

  • DamieninFrance on April 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Three tests, all down to the fifth day. Although Australia are favourites, the only result not possible in this series is a WI victory. Gripping contests; all three matches. Long live test cricket!

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  • DamieninFrance on April 26, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Three tests, all down to the fifth day. Although Australia are favourites, the only result not possible in this series is a WI victory. Gripping contests; all three matches. Long live test cricket!

  • Balb on April 26, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Almost everyone said the top three failed thoughout this test series putting pressure on the rest. Some resisitance from Bravo and Shiv, but the game is not over until the last man out or the winning runs scored. Here is an opportunity for Deonarine, Baugh, Sammy, Rampaul and the two tail enders to bring it home. It is not impossible if they apply themselves and support Deonarine. Deonarine has the ability to bring home this game all by himself but he will have to be patient and get the support. Deonarine should try and save his wicket and keep both ends going as much as possible. It is determination with skills and strategy. Remember Clarke will be going for the kill early so be careful. Don't be afraid to play your own game guys. Nothing to lose now.

    Shiv, I believe a warm welcome awaits you home and you may be rewarded with the Golden Arrowhead. Everyone hope to see you around for a few more years. Good luck and God Bless a Great Ambassador of West Indies and Son of Guyana.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on April 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Just a shame the pitches have been so dismal and anti-stroke play. Bring back the old wickets with pace and bounce. Both teams are well short of top class but the overall team play of Australia with everyone chipping in at various times and the revitalisation of the Windies have been highlights. Test cricket needs a good Windies team and there at least seems to be a determination to make that happen. This is the first step after so many dismal years.

  • RoJayao on April 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Here here DameininFrance, an excellent, hard fought series of genuine test cricket. WI should be proud, no matter the result here. I see real improvement though I think Chanderpaul needs to keep playing til he's fifty! I even don't mind the pitches, despite how different they are to those of the glory days. Even Richards would've scored slowly on these dust bowls! Gomes would've loved em though!

  • noplay on April 26, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    On the issue of leadership, maybe Sammy should have promoted himself here to take the pressure off some of the younger guys. This was a chance to really shepherd the team and show that he could bat (not slog) if the situation requires it. Does West Indies still have a chance or will it be too late by the time he gets to the crease?

  • Meety on April 26, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Not in impossible for the WIndies, but it would require a hell of a lot more from Baugh & Sammy then what we have seen so far. I think Deonarine as the ability to get the WIndies close, dunno if the rest will stick long enough to make Clarke uncomfortable. The WIndies innings can play out any number of ways, but I expect them to get relatively close, (50/60 runs short).

  • Nerk on April 26, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    A ripping series is drawing to a close. The Windies have it all to do tomorrow, but I think that they should not be ashamed of their performance. Their batting is frail, but if one of the older set can return, e.g. Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, or maybe even Nash who has scored well at domestic level, their batting maybe more formidable. They can still win, but it will take a supreme effort from the tail which has scored runs, but can they score 200? Plenty of positives for Aus too, particularly the bowling. Again the batting has appeared to be frail, just less frail than the Windies, and everyone has chipped in some runs every now and again. It looks like Wade's hundred will be the deciding factor in this test. Great cricket!

  • on April 26, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    good series for west indies in all t20, odi and test matches.... If west indies play gayle, then the team will be really nice and can win games..

  • on April 27, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    The WI bowlers are doing a good job, getting 5 fors and 10 fors but their batsmen are letting them down. You can't rely on the old fella Shiv. The 1st 3 batsmen in WI are walking wickets. The England attack will think it will be easy pickings. Final result 2-0 to Australia.

  • Massive_Allan_Border_Fan on April 27, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    DamieninFrance, spot on. Well done Shiv on an amazing milestone, but with his wicket so went the Windies last chance. Great bowling Clarke, hopefully the weather permits enough overs for an Australian victory.