Australia tour of West Indies, 1st Test: West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Apr 7-11, 2012
Australia won by 3 wickets
7,8,9,10,11 April 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
100.1

Roach to Wade, no run, short of a length, just outside off, extra bounce, and Baugh collects it in front of his face

100.2

Roach to Wade, no run, fuller now, but wide of off, and Wade lets it be

100.3

Roach to Wade, no run, wide of the crease, angling towards just outside off, Wade plays at it, dabbing it towards gully

100.4

Roach to Wade, no run, length ball, pitches middle and off, defended just outside off by Wade

100.5

Roach to Wade, 1 leg bye, that will leave an impression on the forearm. Wade looks to avoid this short delivery, which pitches outside leg, and follows him. Eyes off the line. And why he gets a leg-bye for having been completely outdone by the delivery is beyond me

100.6

Roach to Harris, no run, Harris stays back to another length delivery, is hit on the pad, but the ball is headed down leg

End of over 101 (1 run, maiden) Australia 251/7

    • RJ Harris 0 (3b)
    • MS Wade 20 (69b 2x4)
    • KAJ Roach 20-5-56-2
    • FH Edwards 18-3-43-1
101.1

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, another bouncer, 143ks, but a touch too short, and Wade ducks under it

101.2

FH Edwards to Wade, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, pulled away along the ground for a single

101.3

FH Edwards to Harris, FOUR, sort and wide, Harris is not close to it, but still throws his bat at it, and the thick edge travels between the slips and the gully

101.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, short of a length, into the body, Harris lets it hit him on the thigh pad

Now a backward short leg joins the forward short leg, to go with three slips and a gully

101.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, this short one is misdirected and left alone outside leg

101.6

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, more accurate bouncer, right over the stumps, and Harris does well too, ducking under it

End of over 102 (5 runs) Australia 256/7

    • RJ Harris 4 (7b 1x4)
    • MS Wade 21 (71b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 19-3-48-1
    • KAJ Roach 20-5-56-2

"Last two scoring shots for Harris in tests have been a six and a four. Not one for the singles, Harris." Matt Vernon, and I have never been dismissed in Tests

102.1

Roach to Wade, no run, good bounce from just short of a length, just outside off, Wade sways away from the line of it

102.2

Roach to Wade, no run, superb delivery. Wide of the crease, pitches middle and off, making him play, the angle, and the slight seam beats him. Hands on heads all around

102.3

Roach to Wade, no run, they have kept pegging him back, and pitches one up now, and Wade uncertainly pushes it back to Roach

102.4

Roach to Wade, no run, back to short of a length, Wade is on his toes to keep it down towards gully

102.5

Roach to Wade, no run, length ball, around off, Wade stays back to defend this to off

102.6

Roach to Wade, no run, drives this one with an open face, but can't beat point

End of over 103 (maiden) Australia 256/7

    • MS Wade 21 (77b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 4 (7b 1x4)
    • KAJ Roach 21-6-56-2
    • FH Edwards 19-3-48-1

Sammy replaces Edwards at the Malcolm Marshall End. Two slips and a gully in

103.1

Sammy to Harris, no run, full delivery, slight shape away, Harris pushes it to cover

103.2

Sammy to Harris, no run, closer to the stumps, just outside off, and Harris defends off the front foot

103.3

Sammy to Harris, FOUR, Harris continues scoring in boundaries alone. Sammy pushes this one in after the two awayswingers, but overpitches, and Harris drives it between him and mid-on

103.4

Sammy to Harris, 2 runs, length ball into the pads, picked away for a couple fine of fine leg

103.5

Sammy to Harris, no run, gets this to hold its line outside off, Harris equal to it, shouldering arms

103.6

Sammy to Harris, no run, grubber here, luckily for Harris this is outside off. Hardly leaves the ground after pitching short of a length, and passes under his bat. Baugh is good again

End of over 104 (6 runs) Australia 262/7

    • RJ Harris 10 (13b 2x4)
    • MS Wade 21 (77b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 16-5-39-2
    • KAJ Roach 21-6-56-2

"Darren Sammy is a really underrated cricketer, but there's just something wrong about seeing him bowl at the Malcolm Marshall End." James, what of Mike Hussey bowling from the Joel Garner End?

104.1

Roach to Wade, no run, length ball outside off, angling further away, left alone

104.2

Roach to Wade, no run, short of a length, outside leg, easily negotiable

104.3

Roach to Wade, no run, digs this one in short, and this angles far far away after pitching, and Baugh collects it in front of the slips

104.4

Roach to Wade, no run, fuller now, starts around off, angles away, Wade doesn't have to play at it

104.5

Roach to Wade, no run, fuller, closer to off, driven to mid-off

104.6

Roach to Wade, no run, short, at 141ks, hurries up on Wade as he looks to cut, and ends up hitting this to mid-off, no the bounce

End of over 105 (maiden) Australia 262/7

    • MS Wade 21 (83b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 10 (13b 2x4)
    • KAJ Roach 22-7-56-2
    • DJG Sammy 16-5-39-2

"Has Chris Martin ever batted in front of the Bradman stand?" Blasphemy, Tim?

105.1

Sammy to Harris, FOUR, Harris gets another boundary. Short of a length, outside off, Harris guides this between slips and the gully

105.2

Sammy to Harris, 3 runs, length ball outside off, swinging away, driven square on the off side

105.3

Sammy to Wade, 3 runs, full on the pads, swinging in, picked away on the leg side for another three

"Sid, there's something wrong about "Mike Hussey bowling". The Joel Garner End just makes it that bit worse." James, at one point last year, his was the best bowling average among the Aussies

105.4

Sammy to Harris, 1 run, a check drive to a length ball, straight of mid-on

"Has there ever been a bigger or better reason for Clarke to step up to 3, and Khawaja to come in a replace Cowan?" RandyOz asks a pertinent question

105.5

Sammy to Wade, no run, short of a length, around off, stays back to defend

105.6

Sammy to Wade, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to point

End of over 106 (11 runs) Australia 273/7

    • MS Wade 24 (86b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 18 (16b 3x4)
    • DJG Sammy 17-5-50-2
    • KAJ Roach 22-7-56-2

"This is a crap pitch. Won't even make it to lunch on day 4 without doing strange things. We may as well be playing in farmer Brown's cow paddock!" Yes, Okakaboka, the ICC should look into this. How dare it have variable bounce? During the drinks break, Sammy had some treatment on his foot. Anyway Roach is taken off, and Edwards comes back for another spell. Two slips, a gully, a short leg

106.1

FH Edwards to Harris, (no ball) 1 run, full toss, highish, Harris plays with the bottom hand off, and gets a single to leg. Edwards apologises. No-ball called. So that's one warning too. Edwards suggests he lost his footing. Both men smile

106.1

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, length ball, pitches leg, straighten a touch, defended back to him

106.2

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, slower ball, offcutter, moving the other way this time, Wade is forward to defend

"I saw Andrew Hilditch bat in front of the Inverarity Stand at the WACA... In those days he was a compulsive hooker and at times couldn't help himself - no wonder he left lots to be desired as a selector." John Garvey, that's retrospective irony

106.3

FH Edwards to Wade, no run

Keith and his pipe are there. Michael Holding says he has no clue how much a pack of tobacco costs. And he has never seen that pipe lit

106.4

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, full toss outside off, and Wade misses it completely

106.5

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended off the back foot

106.6

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, fuller, on off, Wade is right forward to block it

End of over 107 (2 runs) Australia 275/7

    • MS Wade 24 (92b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 19 (17b 3x4)
    • FH Edwards 20-3-50-1
    • DJG Sammy 17-5-50-2

"RandyOz evidently hasnt seen any domestic cricket lately. I love Uzzie but he's woefully out of form. I can't see why Dave Hussey can't get his baggy green. He's not the youngest player going around, but if you want the best in-form middle order batsman, it's Bommer." Gareth wants more IPL-v-Australia questions. Anyway here is Bishoo, replacing Sammy, who has a back and a foot problem right now

107.1

Bishoo to Harris, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, worked away into the leg side, and runs hard for a second

107.2

Bishoo to Harris, no run, pitched up on off, defended towards cover-point

107.3

Bishoo to Harris, no run, no turn on this one, and it hits Harris on the pads. Appeal for lbw turned down, and the have no reviews left. This might be missing off

107.4

Bishoo to Harris, no run, another lbw appeal turned down, this one has hit him in front of leg, but hasn't straightened enough

107.5

Bishoo to Harris, FOUR, sharp legbreak now, and he hangs his bat at it, getting an edge past slip

107.6

Bishoo to Harris, no run, tossed up outside off, defended towards silly point

End of over 108 (6 runs) Australia 281/7

    • RJ Harris 25 (23b 4x4)
    • MS Wade 24 (92b 2x4)
    • D Bishoo 31-7-83-1
    • FH Edwards 20-3-50-1

"Oh come off it. David Hussey has been begging for a baggy green for years. I reckon if they offered it to him he'd be on a flight so quickly he wouldn't even have time to write an apology not to Gillie!" Ah Gareth, I was just stirring

108.1

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, full on off, hits the foot mark, doesn't get up, hits the toe, and bounces towards slip, and Baugh makes another excellent save

108.2

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, length, on the pads, pushed to midwicket

108.3

FH Edwards to Wade, FOUR, that's what you want to see at K Oval. Gloved almost all the way for a six. Castro goes wide of the crease, bounces him, Wade wants to hook but is clearly too slow into it, and gloves it almost all the way to the fine leg fence

108.4

FH Edwards to Wade, no run, fuller, sucker ball outside off, Wade doesn't chase it

108.5

FH Edwards to Wade, OUT, another sucker ball, and he gets the edge this time. Clearly Wade has been unsettled by the bouncer. Full, about a set of stumps outside off, Wade drives without moving the feet. The edge is taken, and snared by Bravo at second slip. Just to rub it in, the PA man plays "Hit the road jack" as Wade walks back

MS Wade c Bravo b FH Edwards 28 (121m 97b 3x4 0x6) SR: 28.86

"Useful little partnership developing here. Can this feedback jinx it?" James, admit it, you sent this after the wicket had fallen. Well, well what do we have here? Hilfenhaus repeatedly ran through the Indian tail this summer with bouncers. He is about to get some now. Three slips, a gully, two short legs

108.6

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, bouncer, at the chest, Hilfy is backing away when he brings his bat in front. The ball could have gone anywhere but dies down before reaching gully

End of over 109 (4 runs) Australia 285/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 0 (1b)
    • RJ Harris 25 (23b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 21-3-54-2
    • D Bishoo 31-7-83-1

"I'm with Gareth. David Hussey should have been picked in place of Marcus North for the tour of SA in 2009. If you look at his first class stats it is criminal he hasn't had a game for Aus when guys like Marcus North, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja etc have. He could have been a rock in our middle order for the last 3 years!" Ryan, I can't understand Steven Smith either. Perhaps, like him, Hussey needs an endorsement from SK Warne

109.1

Bishoo to Harris, no run, tossed up on off, turning away, defended off the front foot

109.2

Bishoo to Harris, no run, flighted on leg this time, Harris tries to sweep, is hit on the pad

109.3

Bishoo to Harris, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to leg

109.4

Bishoo to Harris, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to cover

109.5

Bishoo to Harris, no run, defended off the front foot

109.6

Bishoo to Harris, no run, looks to hit this short delivery, but is hurried into it, and mis-hits it to mid-off

End of over 110 (maiden) Australia 285/8

    • RJ Harris 25 (29b 4x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 0 (1b)
    • D Bishoo 32-8-83-1
    • FH Edwards 21-3-54-2

TV commentators discussing wrestling because of Edwards's you-can't-see-me celebrations. Which reminds me, on April 1, in Miami, during the Wrestlemania, I saw a few Australia World Series Cricket jerseys near the front row. I, of course, watched it on TV

110.1

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, wide of the crease, into the ribs, Hilfy manages to keep it down as he fends it towards short leg

110.2

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, whoa, that's a slap. Hilfy saw that all right. Expected a short ball, cleared the front leg, swung and hoped for the best, and through midwicket it went

110.3

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, gives him the slower fuller one outside off, and Hilfy swings again. Beaten this time. Edwards smiles at him

110.4

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, 2 no balls, it's a no-ball but a mean bouncer, rising from fuller than halfway down the pitch. Hilfy does well to drop his wrists out of the way, and it's too high for Baugh too. They run a bye, but Gould seems to have forgotten to signal the bye. One bouncer for the over

110.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, appeal for lbw as this pitches on a length, shapes in, and raps him on the pads. Clearly headed down leg, but it has got Harris between the top of the pad and the bottom of the thigh pad

110.5

FH Edwards to Harris, 2 runs, short of a length, wide of off, late-cut away for a couple

Backward short leg comes out

110.6

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, a grubber now, but again not straight enough. Passes under his bat but misses the off stump by a foot

End of over 111 (8 runs) Australia 293/8

    • RJ Harris 27 (32b 4x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4 (5b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 22-3-62-2
    • D Bishoo 32-8-83-1

"I'm not sure if watching Wrestlemania on TV is really that much more acceptable?" Marty gets judgemental there. Here's Bishoo. Two slips and a silly point

111.1

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, and Hilfenhaus drives it down and along the ground. Pitched up, on the pads, and he has smoked it through mid-on

111.2

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, on a length, on off, Hilfenhaus defends off the front foot

111.3

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, flighted, and Hilfy is going after everything that is above his eye level. This time he gets a thick edge that beats the slips, and goes for four

111.4

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, full again, Hilfy swings again, gets an inside edge towards mid-on

111.5

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, and what do we have here? A leave outside off. Hilfy backing himself now

111.6

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, full, nearly a yorker, dug out back to Bishoo

End of over 112 (8 runs) Australia 301/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 12 (11b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 27 (32b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 33-8-91-1
    • FH Edwards 22-3-62-2

"Langer's position as batting coach is somehow mysteriously never in danger. Is this the old boys club or what? The shots being played, as with the Wade one, are irresponsible at best. How is his position so seemingly safe?" Another pertinent question from RandyOz

112.1

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, length ball, on off, angling in towards off, inside edge onto the pad. Safe

"Women's gravy wrestling. C'mon, be specific." That's Nathan's question to Tony Cozier. Even I am wanting to know

112.2

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, sliding down leg, Harris makes no contact, but is hit around the top of the pad again

112.3

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed back to the bowler

"Oi! Steady on! You heard the reports, Steve Smith was in the side to bring levity to the change rooms. Apparently his batting technique provided just the laugh the side needed..." Gareth, Steve Smith s the Ravindra Jadeja of Australia, I feel, except he got to play Tests

112.4

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, pulled away, not timed well, but gets enough bat

"What a life being a tail ender. You are allowed to swing your bat freely and if/when you get out, no one thinks anything of it. But when you succeed everyone loves you." And then, you have to bowl your guts out, Max Janu

112.5

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, did Baugh nearly pull off a blinder? Yes he did. Full, on the pads, gets an inside edge, Baugh dives to his left, gets a hand to it, but doesn't manage to hold on to it. He must have been blind-sighted by the batsman, because it has come between the bat and pad, not down the leg side

""Women's Gravy wrestling"? That man Gravy has a good time!!" James, that other man, Keith with the pipe must feel left out

112.6

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, full on the pads again, Hilfy swings again, gets a single to long-on

End of over 113 (2 runs) Australia 303/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 13 (13b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 28 (36b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 23-3-64-2
    • D Bishoo 33-8-91-1

"I know it wasn't his central point but RandyOz's comment about Wade's shot being irresponsible doesn't give the bowler enough credit for softening him up with a wonderful short ball prior to the dismissal." Good addition, William Shatners Pants. That was a bowler's wicket. Here is Roach. Enough of spin. Give them tailies a few more perfume balls

113.1

Roach to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, short of a length. Hilfy backs away, pushes the bat at it, gets a single to cover

113.2

Roach to Harris, no run, wide of the crease, on a length, angling in towards off, defended off the back foot

113.3

Roach to Harris, no run, short of a length, pushed towards cover off the back foot

113.4

Roach to Harris, 1 run, nearly taken. Wide of the crease again. Harris is not quite forwards, gets an inside edge, but it flies wide of short leg, Barath

113.5

Roach to Hilfenhaus, no run, bouncer, and Hilfy is backing away in earnest, and then swings at some thin air

113.6

Roach to Hilfenhaus, no run, backs away and swings at a length delivery now, managing only to send it back to the bowler

End of over 114 (2 runs) Australia 305/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 14 (16b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 29 (39b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 23-7-58-2
    • FH Edwards 23-3-64-2
114.1

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away through midwicket

114.2

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, short of a length, into the body, seams back in, cuts him in two, Baugh appeals for a catch, but it has come off the thigh

"Australia are pretty unlucky here. What are the odds Darren butterfingers Bravo would take 2 catches in one innings? #thingsthatwillhappenbeforesachin101" Jimmy, that's about as much rabble as one can rouse in one feedback email

114.3

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, full, yorker nearly, digs it out in front of leg

114.4

FH Edwards to Harris, FOUR, wide length ball, and Hilfy throws his bat at it without moving his feet. The contact, however, is superb, and it results in a picturesque square-drive for four

114.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, full on off, solidly defended back to him

114.6

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 run, short, into the ribs area, he pulls, gets a soft top edge for a single towards short fine leg

Time for a drink

End of over 115 (7 runs) Australia 312/8

    • RJ Harris 35 (43b 5x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15 (18b 3x4)
    • FH Edwards 24-3-71-2
    • KAJ Roach 23-7-58-2

"When Steve Smith bats, he looks like a bowler that can bat a bit and when he bowls, he looks like a batsman that can bowl a bit." Jimmy knows what will be written on his tombstone

115.1

Roach to Harris, no run, length ball into the pads, pushed to short leg

115.2

Roach to Harris, FOUR, full and wide, he throws the bat at it, gets a thick edge, which goes wide of gully, and he reaches his Test best

115.3

Roach to Harris, no run, angling in from wide of the stumps, defended towards mid-on

"Despite all these criticisms of Steve Smith I'm fairly sure he has played more test matches for Australia than any of his online detractors... and you've got to admit his fielding is pretty superb..." Based on that logic, Dave, Michael Holding should not be allowed to criticise any fast bowler who has played more Tests?

115.4

Roach to Harris, no run, length ball on off, Harris defends this back to Roach

115.5

Roach to Harris, no run, lbw appeal as he angles this in again, but the inside edge saves Harris

115.6

Roach to Harris, no run, Nasty. another bouncer that stays low, and Harris is ducking when it hits him on the right glove. However, the ball dies down after impact and doesn't lob up for a catch

Harris gets some treatment n the hand. Some magic spray is out

End of over 116 (4 runs) Australia 316/8

    • RJ Harris 39 (49b 6x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15 (18b 3x4)
    • KAJ Roach 24-7-62-2
    • FH Edwards 24-3-71-2
116.1

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, 1 leg bye, another bouncer hits a batsman. Wide of the crease, follows the melon, and hits him right on the badge. They take a leg-bye, though

116.2

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 run, short of a length, behind the line, pushes it wide of mid-on, takes a single

"Jimmy, you missed "Sachin will retire". #things that will happen before sachin101" Oh James, you really think so?

116.3

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, Just as Sammy did to the ball after he was hit on the helmet, Hilfenhaus has smoked this one. Opens the front leg, backs away, and pulls this short one through midwicket for four. It's all happening

116.4

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, sharper one now, 143ks, Hilfehnaus thinks of going after it, but pulls out at the last moment

116.5

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, the change-up delivery is full, but too straight, and hits him on the pad outside the line of leg

116.6

FH Edwards to Hilfenhaus, no run, length ball, on middle and off, and he smashes this down towards mid-off

End of over 117 (6 runs) Australia 322/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 19 (23b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 40 (50b 6x4)
    • FH Edwards 25-3-76-2
    • KAJ Roach 24-7-62-2

Harris and this partnership are both approaching fifty, and they are consuming valuable time here

117.1

Roach to Harris, no run, wide of the crease, angling in, pushed towards mid-off

117.2

Roach to Harris, no run, wide of the crease, on off, defended back to him

"How often do you get online feedback from Michael Holding?? Anyone respected enough to be in a commentary booth can criticise as they please, besides I imagine that criticism is much easier to take when delivered with such an inimitably cool accent." That's right, Dave. No one crosses Mikey. I love that Twelfth man tape where Richie is going trhough the roll call, and Mikey answers with a "I'm cool maan"

117.3

Roach to Harris, no run, driven on the up, but can't beat cover

117.4

Roach to Harris, no run, short of a length, around off, stays back and defends

117.5

Roach to Harris, no run, awayswinger out of nowhere, Harris gives it an almighty swing, and is beaten

117.6

Roach to Harris, no run, full, close to off, nicely driven to cover

End of over 118 (maiden) Australia 322/8

    • RJ Harris 40 (56b 6x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19 (23b 4x4)
    • KAJ Roach 25-8-62-2
    • FH Edwards 25-3-76-2

Oz Horse: "Aus has to hope Brathwaite doesn't fail in the 2nd innings. With his 300 Test runs so far taking 900 balls, the longer he bats the less chance there is for a Windies victory." Here's Bishoo now. Twenty-seven minutes to lunch

118.1

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, flighted outside off, turns away, left alone

118.2

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, that's a filthy long hop, and Hilfenhaus goes back to pull this from outside off, sending it to cow corner

118.3

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, flighted outside off, hit uppishly to mid-off, but the man is back at long-off

118.4

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, short of a length, punched to long-on for one

"The point though Dave is that he shouldn't have played more tests than his online detractors. I hope he is still sending Hilditch Christmas cards, or returned the incriminating photos he must have had now that both their careers are over." Jimmy is on a roll

118.5

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, gets the edge but well short of slip. It's bowled slower, and he plays with soft edges as it turns away from off

118.6

Bishoo to Hilfenhaus, no run, quicker, shorter, flatter, defended square on the off side

End of over 119 (6 runs) Australia 328/8

    • BW Hilfenhaus 24 (28b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 41 (57b 6x4)
    • D Bishoo 34-8-97-1
    • KAJ Roach 25-8-62-2
119.1

Roach to Harris, 1 run, on a length, outside off, pushed through the vacant point region

119.2

Roach to Hilfenhaus, OUT, heave-ho. Timber-to. Hilfenhaus has done this with success so far, but Roach gets one through. Finally bowling the delivery that hits the top of the stumps. Not full enough to drive, not short enough to miss the stumps. And Hilfenhaus swings in the next post code of the line of the ball. Gone. Top of middle. This hits a crack, too. An import hand from Ben, though

BW Hilfenhaus b Roach 24 (57m 29b 5x4 0x6) SR: 82.75

"You listen to the 12 man, Sidarth? I would have thought he would be banned throughout the pan-Indian world. You couldn't get away with that stuff these days." Greg, that's why "those" days were better. People were more tolerant of humour

119.3

Roach to Lyon, no run, short of a length, into the body, fended into the ground

Lyon is the new man in, by the way

119.4

Roach to Lyon, no run, fuller outside off, defended off the front foot

119.5

Roach to Lyon, no run, digs this one in short, and Baugh makes a diving save down leg

119.6

Roach to Lyon, 1 leg bye, this one stays low, but too straight again, and results in a leg-bye

End of over 120 (2 runs) Australia 330/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 42 (58b 6x4)
    • KAJ Roach 26-8-63-3
    • D Bishoo 34-8-97-1
120.1

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, length ball, on off, keeps on going straight, defended

120.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, pitches on the leg, straightens, defended well to leg

120.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, flighted outside off, turns away, left alone

120.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, stretches well forward to defend this to off

120.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, turn from just outside off, but the edge is a soft one, and dies before reaching slip

120.6

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, goes wide of the crease, flights this generously, defended in front of off by Lyon

End of over 121 (maiden) Australia 330/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (10b)
    • RJ Harris 42 (58b 6x4)
    • D Bishoo 35-9-97-1
    • KAJ Roach 26-8-63-3

"Hey, Steven Smith's average is very close to what Tendulkar's was after his first 5 games. Plus 3 wickets and decent fielding! There's hope for him yet." I am sure Woz is a salesman

121.1

Roach to Harris, 2 runs, length ball, just outside off, driven past cover-point, comes back for two, gets closer to that fifty

121.2

Roach to Harris, no run, wide of the crease again, defended in front of off

121.3

Roach to Harris, no run, a wild swing at a wide delivery well outside off, nowhere near it, and Baugh collects it on the half-volley

121.4

Roach to Harris, no run, stays low off short of a length, but Harris is forward and covers it well

121.5

Roach to Harris, no run, digs this one in his own half, and Harris is on his toes to fend it. The inside edge gets him in the ribs. Ouch that will leave a mark

121.6

Roach to Harris, no run, full, on the pass, pushed to mid-on

End of over 122 (2 runs) Australia 332/9

    • RJ Harris 44 (64b 6x4)
    • NM Lyon 0 (10b)
    • KAJ Roach 27-8-65-3
    • D Bishoo 35-9-97-1

Eleven minutes to go to lunch. I suppose if a wicket falls now, we will go straight into lunch

122.1

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed to cover

122.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, tossed up outside off, defended solidly off the front foot

122.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, short, outside off, not much trouble in keeping this out

122.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, flighted on off, defended solidly again

122.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, tosses this one up too, Lyon gets the inside half of the bat, and the ball bounces to short leg

122.6

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, smothers the ball again as it is pitched up too far

End of over 123 (maiden) Australia 332/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (16b)
    • RJ Harris 44 (64b 6x4)
    • D Bishoo 36-10-97-1
    • KAJ Roach 27-8-65-3
123.1

Roach to Harris, no run, tries to hook this bouncer, which goes over leg, and misses

What am I hearing? We are playing on for another half hour if this wicket doesn't fall before lunch. "Countdown to lunch? Dreamy-dinnered in India, are we?" Yes Andy, hunger has arrived. I don't like it when they fiddle around with the breaks in cricket

123.2

Roach to Harris, 1 run, length ball on the pads, flicked away past midwicket

123.3

Roach to Lyon, no run, wide of the crease, hits him on the pad in front of leg, no chance for an lbw, but the slip cordon goes up in unison. The bowler and the umpire are not interested

123.4

Roach to Lyon, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushes at it away form the body, manages to keep it down

123.5

Roach to Lyon, no run, short down the leg side, doesn't play at it

"Don't want to jinx him, but is Lyon the most attractive No. 11 in world cricket?" Oh Tom, how little do you know? Have you seen Chris Martin's forward-defensive?

123.6

Roach to Lyon, no run, short of a length, outside off, he pushes at it, but isn't close to the line, and is beaten

End of over 124 (1 run) Australia 333/9

    • NM Lyon 0 (20b)
    • RJ Harris 45 (66b 6x4)
    • KAJ Roach 28-8-66-3
    • D Bishoo 36-10-97-1

"Steve Smith: batting average under 29, bowling average over 73. That's the sort of "all rounder" you saw England pick in the 1990's." James, at least he doesn't favour one particular suit. Narsinh Deonarine to bowl. Almost by rote, a part-timer comes on before the break

124.1

Deonarine to Harris, no run, flat delivery, looks to late-cut it, but can't beat point

124.2

Deonarine to Harris, no run, flighted this time, defended back to him

124.3

Deonarine to Harris, no run, another late-cut, and finds point again

124.4

Deonarine to Harris, no run, quick, flat delivery outside off, defended back to him

124.5

Deonarine to Harris, 2 runs, slow, short, wide, and despite the turn back in, it has been punched away to the right of point

124.6

Deonarine to Harris, 1 run, turning into the pads, Harris helps it around the corner, and retains the strike

End of over 125 (3 runs) Australia 336/9

    • RJ Harris 48 (72b 6x4)
    • NM Lyon 0 (20b)
    • N Deonarine 19-5-36-0
    • KAJ Roach 28-8-66-3

"When i said Lyon was attractive, i didn't mean effective. But if you took the ball out of the equation..." Tim, you need to go to youtube and search for "How to bat like Chris Martin". That's elegant

125.1

Roach to Harris, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

125.2

Roach to Harris, 2 leg byes, half-volley on the pads, gets an inside edge, but steals a second as Barath is slow in coming in from deep square

125.3

Roach to Harris, 1 run, angling into the pads again, this time, though, Harris gets just the single to midwicket. One short of a maiden fifty

"Roach so far this morning: 11-6-10-2. Magnificent." Timely reminder, James

125.4

Roach to Lyon, 3 runs, nicely driven. Full ball, close to off, and he pushes it straight down the ground for three

125.5

Roach to Harris, 2 runs, wide of the crease, leg-stump half-volley, and he helps it past midwicket for two to reach his fifty. Hearty applause from his mates, and the crowd. He appreciates it, and acknowledges it with a raise of the bat

125.6

Roach to Harris, no run, another half-volley, on off, driven straight to mid-off

End of over 126 (8 runs) Australia 344/9

    • RJ Harris 51 (77b 6x4)
    • NM Lyon 3 (21b)
    • KAJ Roach 29-8-72-3
    • N Deonarine 19-5-36-0

We are already past regulation lunch hour. If these two survive the added extra half hour, we will have had a three-hour session. This is ridiculous if you ask me. Edwards is back now

126.1

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, full, swinging in towards off, pushed to mid-off

"I watched the Chris Martin instruction video. I think Sehwag might have done the same before his Australia tour." Tim, after paying due royalties to Marto, Sehwag can shoot a video of his own now. we have two slips, a gully and a short leg

126.2

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, he chases it, but doesn't edge it

126.3

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, short of a length again, wide, and punched towards gully

126.4

FH Edwards to Lyon, FOUR, that's a batsman's shot. Half-volley outside off, Lyon is forward and drives it to the right of mid-off, which is fairly wide

"This extended session counts as your lunch break," writes in somebody with the handle "Sid Monga's Boss". Well chief, then that's it. Like Gayle and Bravo and Pollard, I am off to Twnety20 leagues

126.5

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, slower ball, dabs at it, but can't beat gully

126.6

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, digs this one in, the ball stays low, and Lyon keeps it out, pushing it towards cover

End of over 127 (4 runs) Australia 348/9

    • NM Lyon 7 (27b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 51 (77b 6x4)
    • FH Edwards 26-3-80-2
    • KAJ Roach 29-8-72-3

"Nathan Bracken asked earlier if this would be the longest session ever. Surely no-one can forget the 1998 MCG Boxing Day Ashes test? England bowled Australia out for 160 in a four hour last session. Alec Stewart having a go at the umpires when Steve Waugh called for the extra half hour?" Andrew Barrett, I need to check on that during the lunch break. Wait. That's not happening. Oh well

127.1

Bishoo to Harris, no run, flighted around off, dips on him, beats the outside edge

Bishoo has had a change of ends. Or maybe not. But what I know is, Deonarine has been taken off

127.2

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, comes down the track, takes this on the half-volley, and smashes it to long-off for one

127.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, full on off, defended towards cover

127.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, short of a length, easily kept out, pushed to mid-off

127.5

Bishoo to Lyon, 1 run, full on the pads, turned away to fine leg

127.6

Bishoo to Harris, FOUR, beaten in the flight as he comes down the track, and is not close to the pitch of the ball. However, he gets enough bat on this slice to clear cover, and go for four

End of over 128 (6 runs) Australia 354/9

    • RJ Harris 56 (80b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 8 (30b 1x4)
    • D Bishoo 37-10-103-1
    • FH Edwards 26-3-80-2

"Windies lost the first test in India after taking a first innings lead of 95..this test feels eerily similar" Surely not enough time for that, Cris? Which reminds me, Australia now trail by fewer than 100

128.1

FH Edwards to Lyon, 2 runs, length ball into the pads, flicked away past short leg

"Remember when Fonzy tried to jump the shark? That was awesome. Sorry, it's a long session..." Tim, it is long, and possibly unfair on the bowling side

128.2

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, short of a length, outside off, right behind that one

128.3

FH Edwards to Lyon, 1 run, digs this one in, Lyon gets on top of it, and dabs it square on the off side

"I'm hungry after not eating for three hours, I suppose the cricketers are too. This is ludicrous." Max Janu, I don't know how that Twitter box works, but by now "don'tmesswithlunchtimings" should be trending

128.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, yorker, just outside off, digs this one out, no trouble at all

128.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, slower ball, on a length, outside off, defended off the front foot

128.6

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, goes wide of the crease, bowls the slower one, Harris leaves it alone well outside off

End of over 129 (3 runs) Australia 357/9

    • RJ Harris 56 (83b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 11 (33b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 27-3-83-2
    • D Bishoo 37-10-103-1

"Clarke should declare & bowl WI out & chase a small total to win." Not sure they are that confident yet, Stephen

129.1

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

129.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, length ball, on the pads, defended back

129.3

Bishoo to Lyon, FOUR, down the pads, a googly but misdirected, he gets a fine deflection on it

129.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, slower through the air, on a length, leg-stump line, defended off the back foot

129.5

Bishoo to Lyon, 1 run, fired into the pads, worked around the corner

129.6

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, short of a length, and despite the low bounce he has got it away to deep point to take the single that helps him retain the strike

End of over 130 (6 runs) Australia 363/9

    • RJ Harris 57 (84b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 16 (38b 2x4)
    • D Bishoo 38-10-109-1
    • FH Edwards 27-3-83-2

To those wondering why Sammy is not bowling. I suppose he is injured. Was seen getting his back and his foot treated during the first drinks break, which was, it seems, ages ago

130.1

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, bouncer, middle-stump line, misses on the hook

130.2

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, length ball outside off, bounces well short of Baugh as he leaves it alone

"With Sammy injured and Roach already over-bowled in this session, this added half hour is creamy for the Aussies" True, Andy. No session should be longer than two-and-a-half hours

130.3

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, misdirected short delivery, down the leg side, and Baugh does well to prevent byes, stopping this on the half-volley

130.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, length ball, on off, straight, no movement, defended right back to Castro

"so its 2:30am here in sydney, i was meant to have slept before midnight and i have got a meeting tomorrow morning. I think i may have a slight problem" Gautam Bajaj, somebody gonna get a-hurt real bad

130.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, bouncer outside off, easy to stay away from it

130.6

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 run, swinging in, but too far down leg, and he has clipped it away for a single to keep the strike

End of over 131 (1 run) Australia 364/9

    • RJ Harris 58 (90b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 16 (38b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 28-3-84-2
    • D Bishoo 38-10-109-1
131.1

Bishoo to Harris, no run, slow legbreak, straightening from leg, defended off the back foot

131.2

Bishoo to Harris, no run, pushes forward to defend this one

131.3

Bishoo to Harris, 2 runs, flighted legbreak on off, driven square, they come back for two, Bravo from deep cover hits the stumps at the non-striker's end direct, but Lyon is well in

"This West Indies team has lost direction. They are ahead and dont even know it." Succinctly put, Paul Jennings. Bishoo goes round the stumps

131.4

Bishoo to Harris, no run, and Harris pads away the first delivery from that angle

131.5

Bishoo to Harris, no run, sharp turn and bounce from outside leg, it misses everything - the edge, the stumps, the keeper's gloves - and Sammy takes it at slip

131.6

Bishoo to Harris, no run, short of a length, well outside leg, hits him on the pad

12.30pm That's lunch. A three-hour session comes to an end. West Indies owned the first half of it, but the tail - led by Harris, helped along by Hilfenhaus and Lyon - has resisted superbly. Harris has a few bruises to show for it, but he also has a maiden fifty, and possibly a saved Test match. Clarke is on his feet to applaud the two men walking back undefeated. Is this another opportunity missed for West Indies? Do join us around 1.05pm, and Alex Winter will take this game forward

End of over 132 (2 runs) Australia 366/9

    • RJ Harris 60 (96b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 16 (38b 2x4)
    • D Bishoo 39-10-111-1
    • FH Edwards 28-3-84-2

Hello again, post-lunch session coming up, slightly delayed because of the late luncheon, so the whole day is shifted around slightly. West Indies desperately need this final wicket, they have had their lives frustrated out of them by these last two wickets who have so far added 81, probably match-saving runs but stranger things have happened...Darren Sammy is back to open the bowling in the afternoon...

132.1

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full and dug out just outside off stump

132.2

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full again and blocked on off stick

132.3

Sammy to Lyon, no run, more length now on the off stump, blocked again on the front foot

132.4

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full and blocked solidly once more

132.5

Sammy to Lyon, no run, back of a length and turned to midwicket

132.6

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full and driven to extra cover

End of over 133 (maiden) Australia 366/9

    • NM Lyon 16 (44b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 60 (96b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 18-6-50-2
    • D Bishoo 39-10-111-1

I mentioned the day had been shifted slightly, the commentators have just said this session is only an hour and a half...we will investigate as Bishoo opens the bowling from the other end...

133.1

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, leg side and off the pad, 45 comes round

133.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, full on middle and driven to mid on

133.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, length on off stump, forward to block

133.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, spin out of the rough and - Lyon just about brings the bat inside the line

133.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, goes to sweep gets it wrong and jams it on the crease

133.6

Bishoo to Lyon, 3 runs, full on leg stump and clipped out through square leg

End of over 134 (4 runs) Australia 370/9

    • NM Lyon 19 (49b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 61 (97b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 40-10-115-1
    • DJG Sammy 18-6-50-2
134.1

Sammy to Lyon, FOUR, full toss outside off and timed past extra cover

134.2

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full on off stump and ran into the off side

134.3

Sammy to Lyon, FOUR, leg stump and clipped down to fine leg

West Indies have not bowled well at the tail, they have sacrificed their excellent position...

134.4

Sammy to Lyon, no run, length and punched to mid on

134.5

Sammy to Lyon, no run, blocked on the crease to a back of a length ball

134.6

Sammy to Lyon, no run, pushed to mid on coming forward

End of over 135 (8 runs) Australia 378/9

    • NM Lyon 27 (55b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 61 (97b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 19-6-58-2
    • D Bishoo 40-10-115-1
135.1

Bishoo to Harris, no run, forward on middle and ran into the off side

135.2

Bishoo to Harris, no run, big stride forward to block

135.3

Bishoo to Harris, no run, driven out to extra cover

135.4

Bishoo to Harris, no run, tossed up again and dug out off the pad into the off side

135.5

Bishoo to Harris, no run, tossed up a touch slower and forward to guide out square on the off side

135.6

Bishoo to Harris, 2 runs, pushed away off the back foot and they come back for the second as the ball runs out through point

50 partnership off 100 balls, vital stand...

End of over 136 (2 runs) Australia 380/9

    • RJ Harris 63 (103b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 27 (55b 4x4)
    • D Bishoo 41-10-117-1
    • DJG Sammy 19-6-58-2
136.1

Sammy to Lyon, 1 leg bye, leg stump and off the pad behind square on the leg side

136.2

Sammy to Harris, 1 run, back of a length and angled out square on the off side

136.3

Sammy to Lyon, no run, angled in towards off stump and blocked away to extra cover

136.4

Sammy to Lyon, no run, defended from the crease

136.5

Sammy to Lyon, no run, a little fuller but still played from the crease and ran into midwicket

136.6

Sammy to Lyon, 2 runs, full and driven...just over extra cover so more runs to Lyon! He is playing a lovely little knock

End of over 137 (4 runs) Australia 384/9

    • NM Lyon 29 (60b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 64 (104b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 20-6-61-2
    • D Bishoo 41-10-117-1
137.1

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, short and cut down to long off

137.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, length on middle and leg, blocked coming forward

137.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, back foot punch back to the bowler

137.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, another back foot punch, this time to mid off

137.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, well bowled, bringing the man forward and beating him on the outside edge

137.6

Bishoo to Lyon, 1 run, drifts to leg and gets clipped out to long leg

End of over 138 (2 runs) Australia 386/9

    • NM Lyon 30 (65b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 65 (105b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 42-10-119-1
    • DJG Sammy 20-6-61-2

The game drifting away from West Indies one feels...I just wonder if Michael Clarke might consider declaring 50 behind and having a crack with the ball while their spirits are up...

138.1

Sammy to Lyon, no run, full outside off and left alone

138.2

Sammy to Lyon, no run, a nice-looking drive to mid off, very nice in fact

138.3

Sammy to Lyon, no run, length outside off and a back foot drive misses

138.4

Sammy to Lyon, no run, length and punched back to the bowler, he does look pretty sold Lyon

138.5

Sammy to Lyon, FOUR, wide of off stump and a drive gets an edge down to third man, pretty safe too

138.6

Sammy to Lyon, no run, another back foot drive to cover

End of over 139 (4 runs) Australia 390/9

    • NM Lyon 34 (71b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 65 (105b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 21-6-65-2
    • D Bishoo 42-10-119-1

Because now I can't see Australia losing this game at all...Clarke has proved a decent captain, is he a brave captain...

139.1

Bishoo to Harris, no run, back of a length and chopped down to point

139.2

Bishoo to Harris, no run, full and striking the pad just outside off probably

139.3

Bishoo to Harris, no run, bit of turn and defended on the crease

139.4

Bishoo to Harris, no run, again striking the pad but this is probably going down

139.5

Bishoo to Harris, 1 run, short but only cut to deep cover

139.6

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, leg stump and worked to midwicket

End of over 140 (1 run) Australia 391/9

    • NM Lyon 34 (72b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 66 (110b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 43-10-120-1
    • DJG Sammy 21-6-65-2

50 runs really isn't much to Australia, they need time to try and bowl the Windies out...but I suppose nine down the innings might end quickly anyway...change in the bowling and Fidel Edwards, can he wrap things up...

140.1

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, catches Harris on the pad and given out! Harris goes upstairs... may as well...it might be a touch high perhaps, I don't think he's hit it, caught above the knee roll on the crease...it is high. Going over the top says Hawk Eye so Harris survives on review and the Aussie innings goes on

140.2

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, leg side, flicked at and missed

140.3

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, length outside off and blocked into the off side

140.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, forward and ran down to mid on

140.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, driven to mid off with a lunge forward, almost Shane Watson-like that stroke

140.6

FH Edwards to Harris, 2 runs, little wider of off stump and driven out through the covers to bring two more

End of over 141 (2 runs) Australia 393/9

    • RJ Harris 68 (116b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 34 (72b 5x4)
    • FH Edwards 29-3-86-2
    • D Bishoo 43-10-120-1

Ironically that overturned decision may hinder Australia's albeit slim chances of victory...

141.1

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, back of a length and pushed into the covers

141.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, forward now to block in front of silly point

141.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, short and cut to mid off

141.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, slider and Lyon only just forward in time to keep it out

141.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, staying in the crease now to play back to the bowler

141.6

Bishoo to Lyon, 1 run, stride forward and sweep out to deep square leg

End of over 142 (1 run) Australia 394/9

    • NM Lyon 35 (78b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 68 (116b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 44-10-121-1
    • FH Edwards 29-3-86-2
142.1

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, length ball that Lyon drives over as it keeps a bit low

142.2

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, leg side, strikes the pad and well saved by Baugh tumbling to his left

142.3

FH Edwards to Lyon, 5 wides, but there's no saving this, a short ball way way down leg and it's called as five wides

142.3

FH Edwards to Lyon, no run, back of a length and moved to square leg

142.4

FH Edwards to Lyon, 1 run, width and sliced down to third man

400 comes up for Australia and they trail by just 49 now, a remarkable rearguard action to guide themselves out of trouble...

142.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, off stump and moved to midwicket

142.6

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, length and strikes the pad

End of over 143 (6 runs) Australia 400/9

    • RJ Harris 68 (118b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 36 (82b 5x4)
    • FH Edwards 30-3-92-2
    • D Bishoo 44-10-121-1

What this partnership does demonstrate is that this pitch is excellent to bat on and hasn't deteriorated to this point...

143.1

Bishoo to Lyon, FOUR, short and pulled out to the midwicket rope, well picked up

143.2

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, forward just outside off and blocked

143.3

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, defended in a similar manner

143.4

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, forward and ran back to the bowler this time

143.5

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, sat back now to push back to the bowler

143.6

Bishoo to Lyon, no run, played with soft hands and guided into the gully

Drinks time and Australia really have battled themselves into the ascendency now in this match. It's just been sensible batting by these two and there have been a share of bad balls to put away. Can they even guide the Aussies into a lead? Sid will find out for you...

End of over 144 (4 runs) Australia 404/9

    • NM Lyon 40 (88b 6x4)
    • RJ Harris 68 (118b 7x4)
    • D Bishoo 45-10-125-1
    • FH Edwards 30-3-92-2

Thanks Alex. I see these two are still going on. Yet some way off the highest 10th-wicket stand for Australia: 127 between JM Taylor and AA Mailey. And they did it without DRS. "There's no reason for Australia not to declare now. They have to in order to give themselves any chance of winning. If not, this thing is going to meander to a draw." I agree, Mike. At three an over, this partnership is not quite taking the game forward, now that they have all but ensured thay Australia won't lose

144.1

FH Edwards to Harris, 1 leg bye, late in swing for Sammy, appeal for lbw, pitched outside off, hits the back leg in front, given not out. That's okay, but there was hardly any appeal at all. This ball is shown to be clipping leg by technology

144.2

FH Edwards to Lyon, 1 leg bye, reversing into the pads again, keeps it out

144.3

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, reversing towards off, Harris is solid and behind it, driving it to mid-on

144.4

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, full, just outside off, tailing in, driven back to Edwards

144.5

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, this one holds its line outside off, but matters little to Harris who drives it towards mid-off

Shane Watson is warming up in the balcony. The rest of the Aussies are dressed in the whites

144.6

FH Edwards to Harris, no run, wide of the crease, wide and full, hits the inside half of the bat as he drives

2.03pm Australia have declared. No consideration given to Lyon's fifty or Harris's unbeaten tally. Well done Australia. I leave you with this statistic from Mazher Arshad as I catch a drink and come back to bring you the West Indies innings in a bit: "Ryan Harris, playing on 68, has surpassed Doug Ring's tally of 65 - in year 1951 at Sydney - the highest individual score by a Number 9 Australian batsman against West Indies in Test Cricket."

End of over 145 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 406/9

    • RJ Harris 68 (123b 7x4)
    • NM Lyon 40 (89b 6x4)
    • FH Edwards 31-4-92-2
    • D Bishoo 45-10-125-1
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