The Frank Worrell Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v Australia

Australia won by 75 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Just a recap of events before we start. Australia have won the toss and are batting on a pitch that had the side batting side five down for under 100 in the only Test it has hosted before. Harris and Starc are in for them, and Beer and Pattinson are out. Rampaul replaces Edwards for West Indies. We are ready to go. Kemar Roach to bowl to Ed Cowan. Three slips, a gully, a short leg

9.55am Michael Holding doesn't see much moisture or greenery on the wicket. He also points out that in the only Test played here previously West Indies were five down for under 100. So perhaps it is not the best thing to bat first, but Clarke usually is a bat-first captain. Only extreme circumstances make him bowl first. "With showers and cloudy skies, and a dark hard wicket, you might expect some early swing, so Rampaul may be coming in at the right time. He should do well in England if he tours too." Yes, James, it is tough to keep him out of the side, and it must put pressure on Sammy to keep out one of the three specialist fast bowlers. If only he could work harder as a batsman and move to No. 6. At the toss, Sammy again says "the selectors have decided..." Interesting

"But how many has Ponting lost and Chanderpaul won? Otherwise it's impossible to compare" Richard, Ponting has lost 30, and Chanders has won 29. "Bravo only needs 344, since he's already 31 ahead. And he could do it over 2 innings if he wants." S, 172 in each innings, Tim?

9.45am Some statistical tidbits as we wait for the start of the game. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is 82 short of 10,000 runs, but he is also unfortunately fast catching up with Brian Lara when it comes to runs in losses. He has already overtaken Lara's record of having been part of most Test defeats. Two of the best batsmen since the nineties, and what they have had to go through. Chanderpaul has lost 65 Tests, Ricky Ponting has won 107. Stark.

Darren Bravo's freakish similarities with Brian Lara's career path continue. After 15 Tests, Bravo has scored 1284 runs, only 31 more than what Lara had at the same stage of his career. Lara's 16th Test, though, was this. Good luck keeping up

Australia have won the toss and are batting. Mitch Starc, as expected, has replaced Michael Beer. Ryan Harris, as expected, is back. West Indies, too, have expectedly brought in Ravi Rampaul for Fidel Edwards

9.25am We have had a passing shower at Windsor Park, but the covers are off now. A dark-looking hard wicket awaits us. Geoff Lawson's Twitter feed says the darkness could suggest dampness, but he couldn't the thumbnail in very far

9.15am Hello and welcome to only the second Test to be played in Dominica. This series may have featured some attritional cricket, which is mainly down to the conditions, but Australia have been made to work hard. It's only because of some urgent cricket, a chase not all modern captains go for, that Australia are leading, and have retained the Frank Worrell Trophy. If West Indies do manage to win this Test, this will be the first time since 1999 that Australia won't have won a series against West Indies. That's a long road, though. They last beat Australia in May 2003, through that chase. This is Sidharth Monga to start off the proceedings

With Devendra Bishoo released from the squad, Shane Shillingford is set to become the first Dominican to play in a Test in Dominica. He could have a stand named after him. Just because Windson Park is a young venue, it doesn't mean Australia don't have any prior experience. Travelling selector Rod Marsh has memories of playing here in a World Series game 33 years ago. Marsh and Michael Clarke have a few selection issues. Wait, all their choices have been made for them. Two of their quicks are injured and have flown back, leaving Mitch Starc as the third fast bowler. Starc will miss out only if this pitch is exceptionally dry. It will be interesting to see if Shane Watson continues to bat at 3. The coin will be flipped in 15 minutes

0.1

Roach to Cowan, no run, full delivery to start off with, on off, defended off the front foot

0.2

Roach to Cowan, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, left alone

"9 out of 10 times you bat first without thinking about it. I think this is one of those 1 out of 10 where you think about it, and then bat first." Tim sums up Clarke's decision

0.3

Roach to Cowan, no run, an un-Cowan-like shot. Short, not too wide, and he goes for the cut without moving his feet. The extra bounce beats him. And would you believe it, Warner goes up to him to presumably ask him to calm down

0.4

Roach to Cowan, no run, full, just outside off, well forward to defend it

"Just writing out a chart for "Wait for the midnight hour" by Wilson Picket which I am playing with my band in a few days. But what I'm really waiting for is the midnight hour(here in Aus) when the test match starts." Mike, you have had your wish

0.5

Roach to Cowan, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, clipped away for towards long leg

"So far everything going as expected. If test cricket has taught me anything, that can't last." Tim, surely you wouldn't have expected Cowan to lash at a short delivery, and Warner to calm him down

0.6

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, left alone with the angle

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0
DA Warner    0* (1b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-1-0
EJM Cowan    1* (5b)     

Ravi Rampaul finally gets the ball. All through last year he made a reputation for early breakthroughs

1.1

Rampaul to Cowan, no run, and extra bounce straight away. Short of a length, just outside off, kicks off, and Cowan is not playing at this

Three slips, a gully, a short leg

1.2

Rampaul to Cowan, OUT, Cowan pads up, and he can now walk off. That's the second time in his seven-Test career that Cowan has been out offering no shot. Length ball, on off, Cowan expects it to go with the angle, but Rav gets it to swing back in, and hits him in front of off. A no-brainer for umpire Tony Hill. Ravi lives up to his reputation for early breakthroughs

EJM Cowan lbw b Rampaul 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Shane Watson is in early. Three slips, a gully, a short leg

1.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, nice little outswinger first up. Short of a length, on off, past the edge

1.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, slightly wider, left alone

1.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, full, swinging out, just outside off, pushed to mid-off

1.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, a wicket-maiden. we've been expecting you, Mr Rampul. Outswinger on off, well forward to defend

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Australia 1/1
SR Watson    0* (4b)      R Rampaul    1-1-0-1
DA Warner    0* (1b)      KAJ Roach    1-0-1-0

2.1

Roach to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, left alone

2.2

Roach to Warner, no run, draws a defensive push this time. Pitches this on middle and leg, Warner has to play, and then it seams away, and beats the edge

2.3

Roach to Warner, 1 run, length ball on the pads, clipped away for a single

"AHHH!! Don't do that. Whenever I see "1/0" on the scorecard I freak out thinking we've lost an early wicket, then I remember you guys put your scorecards backwards!!" CSB, considering Australia is the only country where scores are written wickets-first, it's you who write it backwards

2.4

Roach to Watson, no run, huge appeal, but again Roach is wide of the crease. Watson is forward, not far forward, and his inside edge gas been beaten. However, it is near impossible for a ball from that wide to both hit him inside the line, and then hit the stumps too. Replays show this outside the line, just about

2.5

Roach to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

2.6

Roach to Watson, no run, Watson forward to defend this, not covering the angle well, this time getting an inside edge onto the pad

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 2/1
SR Watson    0* (7b)      KAJ Roach    2-0-2-0
DA Warner    1* (4b)      R Rampaul    1-1-0-1

3.1

Rampaul to Warner, no run, nice delivery. Length ball, pitching off, shaping in, Watson defends off the back foot

3.2

Rampaul to Warner, no run, full, swinging in, in front of off, defended back

3.3

Rampaul to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, left alone this time

3.4

Rampaul to Warner, no run, length ball just outside off, angling further away, arms are shouldered

"The australian opening job is cursed. First, we had hughes who wanted to play at everything, then we had cowan who didn't want to play at anything" Matt, Watto will be somewhere in between, I assume

3.5

Rampaul to Warner, no run, full and wide, no need to play at

3.6

Rampaul to Warner, no run, well bowled. Fuller, just outside off, Warner is drawn into a drive, covering the outswing, but Rampaul has flicked the wrist on this, and this one seams away, beating the outside edge

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 2/1
DA Warner    1* (10b)      R Rampaul    2-2-0-1
SR Watson    0* (7b)      KAJ Roach    2-0-2-0

4.1

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone as it holds its line

"I think Cowan was actually distracted by Rampaul's rather glamorous watch. Hope no one asks him to remove it or we might have a repeat of Curtly's wristbands..." Punter, so you mean Roach's chains are proving ineffective?

4.2

Roach to Watson, no run, wide of the crease, angling in, hits the pad, but headed down leg

4.3

Roach to Watson, no run, closer to the stumps, short of a length, outside off, holding its line, left alone

4.4

Roach to Watson, no run, this one swings away, but is pitched well wide, and most of the swing happens after passing the stumps, which only means trouble for Baugh

4.5

Roach to Watson, no run, first aggressive shot of the match as Watson drives this half-volley, but big man Deonarine makes a diving save to his left at cover

4.6

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, Watson well forward to defend to cover

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 2/1
SR Watson    0* (13b)      KAJ Roach    3-1-2-0
DA Warner    1* (10b)      R Rampaul    2-2-0-1

"Cricket administrators the world over are complaining about poor crowd turn outs at test matches..yet matches are being played only on week days! cant they see that the best crowds come in on the weekends...let the matches start on Thursdays or Fridays" Kevin, that's a point so bleedingly obvious our administrators choose to ignore it

5.1

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, kicks off, 138ks, left alone. Baugh collects it chest-high

5.2

Rampaul to Warner, no run, fuller, outswinger this time, Warner stays back to defend in front of off

5.3

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, wide of off, angling further away, left alone

"Hi boys, just got back from the pub, got paid today (dole) and got on it at the pub. Just about to drive down and get a pizza and watch the cricket!!!!" Well,Drunk Aussie, enjoy

5.4

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, just outside off, left alone with the angle

5.5

Rampaul to Warner, 3 runs, pitched up this time, just outside off, shaping in, Warner drives against the movement, places it wide of cover

5.6

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 6/1
SR Watson    1* (14b)      R Rampaul    3-2-4-1
DA Warner    4* (15b)      KAJ Roach    3-1-2-0

"Yes but we're the most dominant cricket side in history, highest # of wins and best win %. Therefore other countries should abide by our rules, especially in tests involving us. Hmm now I'm sounding like the BCCI aren't I?" No CSB, to sound like BCCI, you have to talk of money, not winning percentage. I thought you would know such basics

6.1

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, angling in, hits the bat high, just in front of off

6.2

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

6.3

Roach to Watson, no run, this one holds its line outside off, Watson is half forward, gets a thick outside edge, but it dies into the ground before reaching gully

6.4

Roach to Watson, no run, full and straight, Watson plays the push-drive, but can't beat mid-on

6.5

Roach to Watson, no run, stifled appeal as Roach goes wide again, hits the back pad, but there has been an inside edge on the way through

6.6

Roach to Watson, FOUR, full and wide, Watson is not quite close to the line, but doesn't care about it. He drives through it, along the ground, and past cover

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 10/1
SR Watson    5* (20b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-6-0
DA Warner    4* (15b)      R Rampaul    3-2-4-1

"@Kevin: Well admit it or not, 'watching' Test cricket on Cricinfo during the weekdays (while at work) is much more fun!!" Gus, that's a good trick to get your feedback published. Rarely fails

7.1

Rampaul to Warner, 1 wide, bouncer from RR, 141.3ks, but too short and too high, and it is called a wide

7.1

Rampaul to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed with an open face, past point

7.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, shout for lbw as Watson has completely missed the line of this. Length ball, middle and off, and seaming in, but the bounce is taking it over the stumps, and hence ruled not-out

7.3

Rampaul to Watson, 2 runs, Watson drives at this with an open face, on a length outside off, and he goes through the shot, placing it wide of cover

7.4

Rampaul to Watson, FOUR, swinging in, but too straight and too full, and Watson whips this away off the toes, past square leg

7.5

Rampaul to Watson, 3 runs, another inswinger too straight, and Watson whips again. This is not that full, though, and Watson is a bit restrained, and gets three past midwicket

7.6

Rampaul to Warner, no run, Sammy has dropped another catch. Oh dear. This is going to infuriate those who have been calling for Sammy's head. Regulation edge as Warner follows a wide length ball, but Sammy at third slip spills it. Chest high. Fingers neither pointing up nor down. Neither cups, nor reverse-cups. Like a hippo's mouth waiting for bread. The ball hits the thumb, then the chest

End of over 8 (11 runs) Australia 21/1
DA Warner    5* (17b)      R Rampaul    4-2-15-1
SR Watson    14* (24b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    4-1-6-0

And Sammy replaces Roach now. Can he make up for that drop?

8.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, driven on the up, to mid-off

8.2

Sammy to Watson, 1 leg bye, short of a length, on the pads, gets a leg-bye

8.3

Sammy to Warner, FOUR, that's salt for the wound. Half-volley on off, and Warner drives this powerfully past mid-off

8.4

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, Warner has to play at it. The ball seams away, and beats the edge

8.5

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off again, defended with an open face

8.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 26/1
DA Warner    9* (21b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    14* (26b 2x4)      R Rampaul    4-2-15-1

"Could Sammy have been thinking of bowling when the catch came his way? One reason why batting captains are ideal and bowling captains are not." Graham could have a point there

9.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, just short of a length, pretty straight, Watson defends, the ball hits the inside half of the bat

9.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, swinging away, left alone

"Sammy reminds me of Daniel Vettori. Should bat higher but follows the Indian method of picking more batsmen that all rounders/bowlers" Brad, I will also have him bat at 6, and pick four frontline bowlers

9.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, short of a length, into the pads, defended to midwicket

9.4

Rampaul to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, holding its line, left alone

9.5

Rampaul to Watson, no run, fuller, but swinging away from outside off, left alone again

"Would we describe Sammy as a bowling captain? I realize that the alternatives are not strong, but perhaps classification as a "Captaining Captain" would be safest..." Chap chooses not to be kind to Sammy

9.6

Rampaul to Watson, no run, bat-pad. Full, moving in from just outside off, Watson drives expansively, gets the inside edge, but the ball doesn't carry all the way back to Rampaul, off the pad

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 26/1
SR Watson    14* (32b 2x4)      R Rampaul    5-3-15-1
DA Warner    9* (21b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-4-0

10.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, angling further away, left alone

10.2

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

RevKev: "Re: Bowling Captains are not ideal. I have two words .... Bob Willis."

10.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, seaming away, defended off the back foot

10.4

Sammy to Warner, no run, slightly shorter, angling away, Warner shapes up to cut, but makes a late decision to let it be

Luke: "I am inclined to argue in Sammy's defense for the simply reason that there seem to be so many people who are calling for his head and, strange to me, they always call loudest when he performs well. Ok, he isn't setting the cricket world on fire but he works hard and more often than not gets the results for it. Frankly, over the last 10 years Ive seen worse players in the squads of every major test playing nation in the world. If he can somehow just get his batting defense to the standard of a no6 he would be indispensable. As it is he is clearly valuable. Give it a rest people."

10.5

Sammy to Warner, no run, floated length delivery around off, left alone with the angle

10.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, allowed to angle across through to Baugh

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 26/1
DA Warner    9* (27b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-4-0
SR Watson    14* (32b 2x4)      R Rampaul    5-3-15-1

"Sammy has a better bowling average than Roach, Rampaul, Edwards and Shillingford. I think he can be described as a bowling captain," says Paul

11.1

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, outswinger, on a length, around off, hits the outside edge, but it dies down and goes past gully for a single

11.2

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended off the back foot

"Is everyone forgetting Shane Warne as a bowling captain? In my opinion the best captain cricket has ever seen..." Sam, you mean the best captain cricket never had?

11.3

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, defended towards cover

Tony Hill has a look at Rampaul's followthrough. He is close to being on the danger area

11.4

Rampaul to Warner, no run, and an inexplicably loose drive from Warenr. Neither a half-volley, nor close to off, and he goes pushing at it, well in front of his body. Lucky not to edge it

11.5

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone this time

11.6

Rampaul to Warner, FOUR, short of a length, outside off, Warner gets the room, gets on top of the bounce, cuts this in front of square

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 31/1
DA Warner    13* (32b 2x4)      R Rampaul    6-3-20-1
SR Watson    15* (33b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    2-1-4-0

12.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, driven back to Sammy

12.2

Sammy to Watson, no run, short of a length, holdings its line, Watson gets back and across to defend

"Paul, Roach's average is now 28.8, a bit better than Sammy. I think the problem is that Sammy is not a West Indian Fast Bowler as we remember them (you only have to think of him bowling from the Malcolm Marshall End to see what I mean)." James, also Sammy is not an impact bowler. He can hold an end up, and get wickets of ill-disciplined batsmen. Not someone who will run through sides

12.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, driven from well outside off, but can't beat cover

12.4

Sammy to Watson, FOUR, arrogant shot. Utter disdain. Just short of a length, Watson is on the front foot, just transfers the weight back, and short-arms this through midwicket

12.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, slightly fuller, on middle and off, defended back

12.6

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, length ball into the pads, worked away to long leg

End of over 13 (5 runs) Australia 36/1
SR Watson    20* (39b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-9-0
DA Warner    13* (32b 2x4)      R Rampaul    6-3-20-1

"To those still gunning for Sammy, I got just 2 words as an Indian cricket fan: Ravindra Jadeja." Vish, good to see you not getting swayed by IPL runs. Meanwhile Kemar Roach is back

13.1

Roach to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, middle and off, hits the top and inside part of the bat, runs away for a single to long leg

13.2

Roach to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, angling away, Warner is on his toes, opens the face, gets a single

13.3

Roach to Watson, no run, wide length ball, holding its line, no need to play at it

WalkShmalk: "The proof is surely in the pudding re Sammy's captaincy. He's missing the uber-talented big heads in the team and has galvanised this group of no names into a formidable group. They have one or two really good players and a few obvious gaps but they field well and want to play for their country, each other and their captain. He's gotten better as a player each time I've seen him and the team is off the bottom and heading northward. What more can be expected?"

13.4

Roach to Watson, no run, full, angling in, driven well, but straight to mid-on

13.5

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, well outside off, left alone

13.6

Roach to Watson, no run, bouncer, angling in towards middle and off, Watson ducks under it

Time for a water break.

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 38/1
SR Watson    21* (44b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-8-0
DA Warner    14* (33b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    3-1-9-0

"Sammy's average is the result of bowling 2 feet wide of off stump with a third man and taking himself of when the licks start. what's his strike rate. why was he scared to bowl to Sehwag in India." Roddy Bee is not impressed.

"Its always hard when you know the best players aren't playing for your country(ies). i.e Gayle, Bravo and IMO, Narine." True, Josh, and it must be mentioned here that it's not like they don't want to play Tests. It's the both sides' fault, the other side being administrators

"Perhaps Sammy's average is better than the others' because he keeps dropping catches off their bowling?" And Maro doesn't let the obvious one go

14.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, full, on off, driven back to Sammy

"Ok so it is clear to us all now that aging players averaging 30 odd in Shield cricket are NOT good enough at test level. Marsh showed us before, Cowan is showing us now, and before we make another mistake, let's not let Forrest show us in the future! By the way Sid, this is the real RandyOZ, my pommy double has gone walkabout!" I am pretty excited about Forrest, Randy. He looked to have a game - in the ODIs that I saw - that should go across formats

14.2

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball, defended back to him

14.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, slightly wide, cut away, but not past backward point

14.4

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball on off, shaping away, defended off the front foot

14.5

Sammy to Warner, no run, short of a length, middle and off, angling away, defended off the back foot

14.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, floater on the stumps, Warner drives back at Sammy

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 38/1
DA Warner    14* (39b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    4-2-9-0
SR Watson    21* (44b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    5-1-8-0

15.1

Roach to Watson, no run, another bouncer a touch too short, and Watson ducks under it well in time

15.2

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, delivery, collected by Baugh beside his face. That's some carry. Watson keeps the bat inside the line, though

15.3

Roach to Watson, no run, another bouncer too short, and swinging posthumously, which gives Baugh some hard time

15.4

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball, catches Watson back, but despite being squared up Watson defends well

15.5

Roach to Watson, no run, yorker outside off, Watson jams down on it

15.6

Roach to Watson, no run, that's a peach. Short of a length from wide of the crease but holding its line. That's difficult to leave. Watson plays at it, and luckily for him he is beaten, and not nicked

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 38/1
SR Watson    21* (50b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    6-2-8-0
DA Warner    14* (39b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    4-2-9-0

16.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, floating full delivery, middle and off, pushed to cover

"@ Roddy Bee: For your information, Sammy got wicket of Sehwag 3 times in 3 match series WI vs Ind in India." That's some rebuttal, from Major Hammad

16.2

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball, on off, angling away, defended off the front foot

16.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball, middle and off, defended back to him

16.4

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, on the pads this time, picked away to fine leg for a single - the first run since drinks

16.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

"Fair enough Sid, you want to put a tenner on that though? :)" RandyOz, I am happy to, provided I get good odds

16.6

Sammy to Watson, no run, this one swings away a bit from outside off, Watson mis-times the drive, but not in the air

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 39/1
SR Watson    21* (52b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-10-0
DA Warner    15* (43b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    6-2-8-0

"@Sid/RandyOz as a Brit I am very excited about the new breed of 30yr+ cricketer form Shield cricket. I hope you keep producing more like Cowan like we did from county cricket in the 1990s" CharlieJ likes the boot on the other foot. Round the wicket goes Roach

17.1

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, holds its line, Warner strides forward, then leaves it be

Two slips and a gully now

17.2

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, Warner defends off the back foot

17.3

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, holds its line, left alone

17.4

Roach to Warner, no run, angling in towards the stumps, Warner stays back in defence

17.5

Roach to Warner, no run, short of a length, well outside off, Warner goes back to defend this to point

17.6

Roach to Warner, no run, full, swinging in late, hits the pads in front of off, but the inside edge has Roach frustrated

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 39/1
DA Warner    15* (49b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    7-3-8-0
SR Watson    21* (52b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    5-2-10-0

18.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, half-volley, on off, driven uppishly, but well short of mid-off

18.2

Sammy to Watson, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

18.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, this one nips back in from just short of a length, beats the bat, but hits high on the pad

18.4

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball, swinging in, defended off the front foot

18.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and Watson lets it go

Matt: "Cowan has had a very similar series to warner in non batsman friendly conditions (where no australian has got a 100), however, his ability to occupy the crease could be a huge asset to a very agressive top order. Plus he has made more fiftys than kwhaja, so there."

18.6

Sammy to Watson, no run, length ball outside off, Watson well forward to defend it to cover

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 39/1
SR Watson    21* (58b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    6-3-10-0
DA Warner    15* (49b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    7-3-8-0

"Well I guess Charlie will keep recruiting those Sth Africans while we are blooding 30 year old shield players...how old are Pattinson and Cummings btw?" David has the response ready

19.1

Roach to Warner, 2 runs, Warner continues to live a charmed life. This is a good short ball, just outside off, chin high, Warner is on the front foot, but plays the hook, and top-edges it just past mid-on

19.2

Roach to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point with an open face

19.3

Roach to Warner, 4 byes, this is too short, and it kicks off spectacularly. Warner is a foot in the air, but can't reach it, and Baugh - poor guy - has no chance

19.4

Roach to Warner, no run, follows it up with a full ball, angling in, defended to midwicket

19.5

Roach to Warner, FOUR, short of a length, into the ribs, short-arm-pulled away, not in entire control but he knows he is going through the vacant area over square leg

19.6

Roach to Warner, 2 runs, short of a length, kicks at him, gets a thick edge, between slips and gully

End of over 20 (12 runs) Australia 51/1
DA Warner    23* (55b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    8-3-16-0
SR Watson    21* (58b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    6-3-10-0

Shane Shillingford to bowl now. And his fellow Dominicans give him a loud welcome through horns that are blowing all around Windsor Park. A slip and a short leg in

20.1

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, lovely shot first up, Watson dances down the track, and wide outside off, and then flicks this wide of mid-on. Bit for Rampaul's full-length dive, this was four

20.2

Shillingford to Warner, no run, full toss, driven straight to mid-off

Jason: "Khawaja hasn't been afforded the same luxury as either Cowan or Marsh, which is a proper run in the side in one position. He was moved around to make way for other players, yet has a better first class record than the other two mentioned. Let's hope he scores lots of runs for Derbyshire and learns a bit more about English conditions, as that will come in handy next year. If he does that and has a good start to the shield season, he should be a shoe in for Cowan's spot."

20.3

Shillingford to Warner, no run, short, turning away, cut away, but finds cover-point. He has missed out on two boundary balls

20.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, flighted on off, pushed to silly point

20.5

Shillingford to Warner, no run, short and wide again, and cut away straight to cover-point again

20.6

Shillingford to Warner, no run, flighted on and around off, slight turn, defended with an open face

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 52/1
DA Warner    23* (60b 3x4)      S Shillingford    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    22* (59b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    8-3-16-0

21.1

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, outside off, gets a little big on him, Watson is on his toes to defend

21.2

Roach to Watson, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended to cover

21.3

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, punched square of the wicket, but straight to point

21.4

Roach to Watson, no run, fullish outside off, driven off the front foot

"Hey - us Aussies have some very talented 40 year olds too - only problem is that they are playing in the IPL - consider yourselves lucky." Green and Gold, IPL is as good as a condo in Florida

21.5

Roach to Watson, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended to point

21.6

Roach to Watson, no run, goes wide of the crease, full ball, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 52/1
SR Watson    22* (65b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    9-4-16-0
DA Warner    23* (60b 3x4)      S Shillingford    1-0-1-0

22.1

Shillingford to Warner, 2 runs, another edge. Off a length, on off, this turns away, and Warner follows, but the edge dies, and goes wide of slip

22.2

Shillingford to Warner, no run, quicker ball, middle and off, turning towards off, defended off the back foot

22.3

Shillingford to Warner, 1 run, Warner continues to live dangerously. More ways than one. Premeditates a sweep, Shilly fires this in, chances of lbw. The bat comes down in time, but he top-edges it, however, it doesn't carry. And then he wants a second off the fumble from Shiv at fine leg. Watson sends him back, but the throw is at the wrong end

22.4

Shillingford to Watson, no run, defended to leg

22.5

Shillingford to Watson, no run, nearly beaten. Watson jumps out of the crease, is beaten in the fight, but the inside edge goes along the ground to short fine leg

22.6

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, turning into the pads, helped around the corner

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 56/1
SR Watson    23* (68b 3x4)      S Shillingford    2-0-5-0
DA Warner    26* (63b 3x4)      KAJ Roach    9-4-16-0

Rampaul comes back 18 minutes before lunch

23.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, length ball on off, not angling in, Watson is forward to defend

23.2

Rampaul to Watson, 4 leg byes, Baugh allows four leg-byes. Could have done better. Rampaul slips this down leg, the ball hits the pad, goes ever so slowly to the left of Baugh, but bounces well in front, and then goes under his gloves

23.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, widish length ball, left alone

23.4

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, angling in, into the pads, pushed wide of midwicket

"Sid - don't be ridiculous, IPL isn't as good as a condo in Florida. For one, you don't get paid an absurd amount to do almost nothing in Florida." Matt, allow me to rephrase for the pedants. IPL attracts retirees as condos in Florida do

23.5

Rampaul to Warner, no run, warning for follow-through. Short of a length, angling away, defended off the back foot. Hill is more interested in where Rampaul ends up. The first official warning made

So Rampaul running straight down the pitch, and has been warned once

23.6

Rampaul to Warner, no run, length ball on off, defended to mid-off

End of over 24 (5 runs) Australia 61/1
DA Warner    26* (65b 3x4)      R Rampaul    7-3-21-1
SR Watson    24* (72b 3x4)      S Shillingford    2-0-5-0

24.1

Shillingford to Watson, no run, Watson shimmies down the track, is beaten in the flight, but is hit on the pad outside the line of off

24.2

Shillingford to Watson, no run, another forward-push from Watson, this time defending to leg

24.3

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, flighted outside off, swept away to deep midwicket, all along the ground

24.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, length ball, middle and leg, holding its line a little, defended back to him

24.5

Shillingford to Warner, no run, beaten again. Quick offbreak. 90ks. Fullish, on off, Warner drives, and is beaten by the turn and the bounce. Warner will have to do something ridiculous to do to get out today. How about a trip to the casino tonight?

A gully comes in too

24.6

Shillingford to Warner, 2 runs, short and wide, cut away in front of square

End of over 25 (3 runs) Australia 64/1
DA Warner    28* (68b 3x4)      S Shillingford    3-0-8-0
SR Watson    25* (75b 3x4)      R Rampaul    7-3-21-1

25.1

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, short of a length, angling down, tucked away to fine leg

25.2

Rampaul to Warner, no run, wide outside off, driven with an open face, but straight to point

Goes round the stumps

25.3

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

"In fact, Sid, IPL gives retirees enough money to go and buy a condo in Florida (or anywhere else). To be fair, i don't have a problem with the likes of Warne having a comfortable retirement (and Liz must be high maintenance!)." James, I just fear early retirements or breaks from Test duty

25.4

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended with an open face

25.5

Rampaul to Warner, no run, wide length ball, left alone

25.6

Rampaul to Warner, no run, full outside off, swinging away a bit, driven to mid-off

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 65/1
DA Warner    28* (73b 3x4)      R Rampaul    8-3-22-1
SR Watson    26* (76b 3x4)      S Shillingford    3-0-8-0

"There must be some mistake, there is no way David Warner can bat as slow as a 40% strike rate ..." Saeed Rasul, he has tried to get out, but hasn't succeeded

26.1

Shillingford to Watson, 2 runs, short of a length, wide of off, Watson cover the turn, then opens the face past slip

26.2

Shillingford to Watson, no run, full, just outside off, defended to mid-on

26.3

Shillingford to Watson, no run, goes for the sweep, picks the right line, which is wide of off, and even though he misses he is hit on the body well outside the line of off

26.4

Shillingford to Watson, 2 runs, full and wide, waits for it to turn, then runs it past slip

"'Warner will have to do something ridiculous to do to get out today.' How else would you describe some of this shots today?" Punter, let's make it "extremely ridiculous"

26.5

Shillingford to Watson, no run, flatter, quicker, Watson stays back to defend

26.6

Shillingford to Watson, no run, the toppie, on off, just short of a length, holds its line, Watson stays back to defend

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 69/1
SR Watson    30* (82b 3x4)      S Shillingford    4-0-12-0
DA Warner    28* (73b 3x4)      R Rampaul    8-3-22-1

"@Matt: Don't be ridiculous, people in the IPL do plenty! Sometimes the ball comes to you and you have to try to field it, there are also catches to drop, partners to run out and full tosses to hit. And every so often you get to see Shane Warne, which makes it almost as good as the Ashes!" Bill is, in the words of KP, "jealous"

27.1

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to point

27.2

Rampaul to Warner, no run, fuller, closer to off, not angling in, left alone

"I wonder if its a case of break a stand to earn a stand for shillingford?" That's well put, James

27.3

Rampaul to Warner, no run, full and wide, driven well, but straight to cover

27.4

Rampaul to Warner, no run, short of a length, well outside off, angling in, but not enough to make him play

27.5

Rampaul to Warner, no run, bouncer, but well down leg, and easy to duck under

27.6

Rampaul to Warner, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended watchfully off the back foot

12.01 And that's lunch at Windsor Park. So another session of "what could have been" for West Indies. Darren Sammy has dropped some of the most significant catches in his short career as captain. Last year, he dropped Dravid in a Test that West Indies were even bets to win. Dravid went on to score a match-wining hundred. Sammy will hope his miss of Warner here on 5 is not as crucial. Consequently these two have added 68 for the second wicket after Rampaul made yet another comeback and yet another early breakthrough. Warner has been lucky and edgy, but the scorebook doesn't have space for all that. Hard work follows for West Indies, but the good thing from their point of view is, that they haven't let these batsmen run away with it, and will be right back if they can get early wickets after lunch. It will be Alex Winter to take you through the first hour after lunch

End of over 28 (maiden) Australia 69/1
DA Warner    28* (79b 3x4)      R Rampaul    9-4-22-1
SR Watson    30* (82b 3x4)      S Shillingford    4-0-12-0

Welcome back one and all for the afternoon's cricket. West Indies missed a big big chance for a second strike in that morning session and now face a tough task. Looks good to bat...Shane Shillingford to open the bowling...

28.1

Shillingford to Watson, no run, full on middle and worked to the 45

28.2

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, little more off stump but whipped with the spin out to the deep midwicket fielder

28.3

Shillingford to Warner, no run, length on off stump and played back into the off side

28.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, more air, forward to block on off stump

28.5

Shillingford to Warner, no run, floated up again and pressed into cover

28.6

Shillingford to Warner, no run, forward to block on off stump

Not a bad start from the "other" Shane...

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 70/1
DA Warner    28* (83b 3x4)      S Shillingford    5-0-13-0
SR Watson    31* (84b 3x4)      R Rampaul    9-4-22-1

Darren Sammy from the Billy Doctrove End...

29.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, length on off stump and Watson hangs back to push back towards the bowler

29.2

Sammy to Watson, no run, fuller and driven back to the bowler

29.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

29.4

Sammy to Watson, no run, full again and forward, inside edge onto pad

29.5

Sammy to Watson, 3 runs, straighter and whipped out to the deep square boundary, saved by long leg

29.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, full just outside off, played from the crease pushing to off

End of over 30 (3 runs) Australia 73/1
DA Warner    28* (84b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    7-3-13-0
SR Watson    34* (89b 3x4)      S Shillingford    5-0-13-0

Hope we're all well, I've had a lovely couple of weeks out around the shires, fabulous start to the county season...

30.1

Shillingford to Watson, no run, forward outside off to block

30.2

Shillingford to Watson, no run, more length and turned on the bounce to short leg

30.3

Shillingford to Watson, no run, tried to be turned to leg, a leading edge to point

30.4

Shillingford to Watson, no run, air outside off and covered up

30.5

Shillingford to Watson, no run, played forward and blocked to short leg

30.6

Shillingford to Watson, no run, forward and defended with the pad

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 73/1
SR Watson    34* (95b 3x4)      S Shillingford    6-1-13-0
DA Warner    28* (84b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    7-3-13-0

31.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, full and driven out to cover

31.2

Sammy to Warner, no run, left alone outside off

31.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, full and blocked just outside off

31.4

Sammy to Warner, no run, played late and inside

31.5

Sammy to Warner, no run, mistimed cut out to point

31.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, covered up on off stump from a length

End of over 32 (maiden) Australia 73/1
DA Warner    28* (90b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    8-4-13-0
SR Watson    34* (95b 3x4)      S Shillingford    6-1-13-0

Could be a long day for the Windies...little happening with the ball...

32.1

Shillingford to Watson, no run, length outside off, Watson across to defend

32.2

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, tossed up and swept with rather a swivel out to deep midwicket

32.3

Shillingford to Warner, 1 run, middle and leg, dropped out to midwicket coming forward

32.4

Shillingford to Watson, no run, little bit of bounce and...was it a chance to silly point? Definitely off the glove but the silly point man couldn't take it, missed it with the forward dive, that would have been out

32.5

Shillingford to Watson, no run, swept hard into short leg, outchie, into the boot

32.6

Shillingford to Watson, no run, covered up outside off

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 75/1
SR Watson    35* (100b 3x4)      S Shillingford    7-1-15-0
DA Warner    29* (91b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    8-4-13-0

That could be West Indies best chance of success with Shillingford finding a bit of bounce...

33.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, forward with hard hands and an edge bounces short of second slip

33.2

Sammy to Warner, no run, played under the nose just outside off

33.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, driven forward to extra cover

33.4

Sammy to Warner, no run, back of a length and turned to square leg

33.5

Sammy to Warner, no run, back and across to block outside off

33.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, lavish drive to mid off

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 75/1
DA Warner    29* (97b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    9-5-13-0
SR Watson    35* (100b 3x4)      S Shillingford    7-1-15-0

34.1

Shillingford to Watson, no run, forward, turn onto the front pad, ran into off side

34.2

Shillingford to Watson, no run, tucked to midwicket with the turn

34.3

Shillingford to Watson, 1 run, down the track and a drive along the floor out to mid off

34.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, forward and driven to extra cover with an open face

34.5

Shillingford to Warner, no run, length outside off and a push to extra cover again

34.6

Shillingford to Warner, no run, covered up outside off stump

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 76/1
DA Warner    29* (100b 3x4)      S Shillingford    8-1-16-0
SR Watson    36* (103b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    9-5-13-0

35.1

Sammy to Watson, no run, short, hooked at, there's a cry for a catch but no real interest

35.2

Sammy to Watson, no run, another short ball, this time left outside off stump

35.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, length and blocked to mid off hanging back

35.4

Sammy to Watson, no run, fuller and Watson forward to block

35.5

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, length and worked with the angle behind square on the leg side

35.6

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, full just outside off and whipped just in front of mid on, it evades the fielder and runs for two

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 78/1
DA Warner    30* (101b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    10-5-15-0
SR Watson    37* (108b 3x4)      S Shillingford    8-1-16-0

36.1

Shillingford to Warner, no run, forward to defend on off

36.2

Shillingford to Warner, no run, forward again

36.3

Shillingford to Warner, no run, goes to slog sweep, done by the bounce, it hits the shoulder and runs to slip

36.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, pressed to extra cover

36.5

Shillingford to Warner, no run, forward and defended again

36.6

Shillingford to Warner, no run, decent off stump line in this over, covered up again

End of over 37 (maiden) Australia 78/1
DA Warner    30* (107b 3x4)      S Shillingford    9-2-16-0
SR Watson    37* (108b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    10-5-15-0

37.1

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, short and pulled hard out to deep square leg, a decent save in the end

37.2

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, short-arm pull in front of mid on for a single

37.3

Sammy to Watson, no run, forward and blocked on off stump

37.4

Sammy to Watson, no run, forward to drive up to mid off

37.5

Sammy to Watson, no run, forward outside off and pushed to cover

37.6

Sammy to Watson, 1 run, inside edge from a drive into midwicket

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 81/1
SR Watson    39* (113b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    11-5-18-0
DA Warner    31* (108b 3x4)      S Shillingford    9-2-16-0

38.1

Shillingford to Watson, 2 runs, swept hard out to deep square leg and they charge back for two

38.2

Shillingford to Watson, no run, outside off and dropped on the bounce over short leg

38.3

Shillingford to Watson, no run, back and across to block outside off stump

38.4

Shillingford to Watson, no run, swept and missed outside off, gets hit on the body

38.5

Shillingford to Watson, no run, floated up outside off and blocked

38.6

Shillingford to Watson, no run, down the pitch to block to short leg, quickly retreats into his ground

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 83/1
SR Watson    41* (119b 3x4)      S Shillingford    10-2-18-0
DA Warner    31* (108b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    11-5-18-0

For saying there are two pretty aggressive players out there, this has been a very steady opening to the afternoon...

39.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, wide of off stump and left alone

The weather around the ground looks terrible...

39.2

Sammy to Warner, no run, goes to pull, then pulls out, comes off high on the bat and loops over the bowler and short of mid on

West Indies fortune out again...

39.3

Sammy to Warner, no run, length ball defended to gully

39.4

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, middle stump and worked out into the vast space on the leg side

39.5

Sammy to Watson, OUT, pulled out into the deep and taken! And finally the West Indies strike and Watson goes top-edging a pull, Deonarine came in a few yards off the square rope, taking it going to his right and claiming a straightforward catch

SR Watson c Deonarine b Sammy 41 (157m 120b 3x4 0x6) SR: 34.16

39.6

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, they crossed so Warner pulls out to deep fielder and keeps the strike

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 85/2
DA Warner    33* (113b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    12-5-20-1
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      S Shillingford    10-2-18-0

Sammy will be pleased because it's been a decent start by the bowlers and they will be relived really to have struck after creating a few chances...Roach into the attack...

40.1

Roach to Warner, no run, short and left outside off

40.2

Roach to Warner, no run, fuller and punched to cover

40.3

Roach to Warner, FOUR, slapped away square on the off side, he stayed leg side of a ball pretty close to off stump and whacked it past point

40.4

Roach to Warner, no run, covered up now on off stump

40.5

Roach to Warner, 1 run, pulled out to deep square leg

40.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, Ponting's first ball, short and down leg side

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 90/2
RT Ponting    0* (1b)      KAJ Roach    10-4-21-0
DA Warner    38* (118b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    12-5-20-1

Those dark clouds I alluded to were clearly travelling in the right direction, no sign of anything but glorious sunshine now...

41.1

Sammy to Warner, no run, full, wide of off stump and ignored

41.2

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, back of a length and worked to midwicket

41.3

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, middle and leg, tucked to square leg Punter's away...

41.4

Sammy to Warner, 1 run, forward and tucked to leg for another single

41.5

Sammy to Ponting, 1 run, too straight again and tucked to leg for a single once more, to long leg on this occasion

41.6

Sammy to Warner, no run, missed pull and it catches Warner on the lid

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 94/2
DA Warner    40* (122b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    13-5-24-1
RT Ponting    2* (3b)      KAJ Roach    10-4-21-0

42.1

Roach to Ponting, no run, length and defended into the off side

42.2

Roach to Ponting, no run, pushed forward to off again

42.3

Roach to Ponting, no run, tucked to point on the back foot

42.4

Roach to Ponting, no run, left outside off

42.5

Roach to Ponting, no run, ducked under a bumper

42.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, up on his toes and dropped to midwicket

Drinks time, the loss of Shane Watson probably makes it an even session. Sid's back after the break...

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 94/2
RT Ponting    2* (9b)      KAJ Roach    11-5-21-0
DA Warner    40* (122b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    13-5-24-1

Cheers Alex. Mazher Arshad sent me an email that set me thinking. He likens Ravi Rampaul's action/run-up to Wasim Akram's, in the mirror of course. I see a few similarities - obviously not in what the ball does after leaving the hand - but because I was busy eating I haven't had time to properly analyse the two actions vis-à-vis each other. Food for thought. Meanwhile Ricky Ponting is now 21 short of becoming the second-highest run-getter in Test cricket.

And what's up with Sammy? Has been bouncing people. Watson gone hooking. Warner hit on the helmet. Pace like fire maan

Here's Shilly, though. Round the stumps to Warner. One slip and a silly point in place. And a short cover

43.1

Shillingford to Warner, no run, pitched up on the pads, pushed to mid-on

43.2

Shillingford to Warner, no run, quick offbreak, pitches middle and off, turning to off, defended off the back foot

By the way he is bowling from the Billy Doctrove End

43.3

Shillingford to Warner, no run, there's no Watson but there is still misunderstanding. Warner turns this to square leg, Ponting wants one, sent back, and in time

43.4

Shillingford to Warner, no run, defended off the back foot, towards point

43.5

Shillingford to Warner, 1 run, Barath fields at silly point, Warner hasn't moved from the crease, but he still wants a hit at the stumps. Allows an overthrow

43.6

Shillingford to Ponting, no run, flighted outside off, some drift, Ponting goes forward to defend

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 95/2
RT Ponting    2* (10b)      S Shillingford    11-2-19-0
DA Warner    41* (127b 4x4)      KAJ Roach    11-5-21-0

"Darren Sammy bouncers: gentle medium pace like fire!" James gets all pedantic. Fire is fire

44.1

Roach to Warner, (no ball) FOUR, short and wide, Warner on his toes, top of the bounce, and then cuts it in front of point. What's more? It is a no-ball

44.1

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball, just outside off, punched to cover-point

44.2

Roach to Warner, no run, near yorker, just outside off, dug out to cover

44.3

Roach to Warner, no run, length ball, just outside off, Warner stays back to defend

44.4

Roach to Warner, FOUR, low full toss, Warner is not quite forward, not quite close to the line of it, but drives it in front of point and square of cover

44.5

Roach to Warner, 1 run, half-volley outside off, driven to deepish cover-point to reach his fifty. A mild applause, only from the player's gallery. Doesn't seem to have registered with the crowd. Warner has never scored a half-century. Will he get one today? Or will he convert this too into a hundred

44.6

Roach to Ponting, no run, pushed off the back foot to point

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 105/2
RT Ponting    2* (11b)      KAJ Roach    12-5-31-0
DA Warner    50* (133b 6x4)      S Shillingford    11-2-19-0

"Shilly is bowling from the Billy end." That's not me. That's Syed Masud

45.1

Shillingford to Warner, no run, full, middle and leg, turning away, defended with an open face

45.2

Shillingford to Warner, no run, full, middle and off, defended to cover

45.3

Shillingford to Warner, OUT, that's Warner's first half-century. And the first time a Dominican has taken a wicket in Dominica. Short, widish, very cuttable, but this one bounces extra, and hits the top half of the bat to lob to cover-point. The first time Warner has reached 50 and not converted into a hundred

DA Warner c Powell b Shillingford 50 (196m 136b 6x4 0x6) SR: 36.76

Enter Michael Clarke with four catching men around

45.4

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, flighted around off, defended back to him

45.5

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, Clarke shimmies down, Shilly bowls shorter, and then the ball turns and bounces and hits him on the thigh

45.6

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, full around off, flicked to midwicket

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) Australia 105/3
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      S Shillingford    12-3-19-1
RT Ponting    2* (11b)      KAJ Roach    12-5-31-0

46.1

Roach to Ponting, no run, wide of the crease, short of a length, headed for top of off, defended to leg

"Shilly gets a wicket. Standing ovation or just a stand?" James, this is the first time "stand" has been punned twice in one day

46.2

Roach to Ponting, no run, length ball around off, angling in, defended back to him

46.3

Roach to Ponting, no run, half-volley, driven into the ground, high to Roach's left, and he has a mock throw at the stumps

46.4

Roach to Ponting, no run, widish length ball, Ponting covers the stumps before shouldering arms

I tell you what I want. Let's name one of the ends after Shillingford. Then we will have a Billy End and a Shilly End

46.5

Roach to Ponting, no run, bouncer, doesn't get up, but is well down leg

Two men on the hook

46.6

Roach to Ponting, 1 run, and Ponting pulls from well outside off. He is not in control, the head is falling away, but he has rolled his wrists on this to keep it down

End of over 47 (1 run) Australia 106/3
RT Ponting    3* (17b)      KAJ Roach    13-5-32-0
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      S Shillingford    12-3-19-1

"Sid, 2/2 on your predictions today. The first was Ramps providing an early b'through and the second is Warner's first test 50. Anymore in your kitty for the day?" Mothi, how can we forget I was going to be right with a Sammy hundred the other day. The damned rain

47.1

Shillingford to Ponting, no run, nearly played on. Ponting shapes up to cut this, but the ball turns in sharply, and bounces high onto the bat handle, but doesn't meet the stumps

47.2

Shillingford to Ponting, no run, full on the pads, driven to midwicket

47.3

Shillingford to Ponting, 2 runs, more turn and bounce. Ponting stays back to a length, and this one jumps and breaks down leg. Ponting is stunned and can't take the glove out of the way. No leg gully, though

Now we have a leg gully. But has the horse bolted?

47.4

Shillingford to Ponting, no run, the doosra. Flighted just outside off, and beats Ponting who hasn't read this at all. Beats Baugh too. And Sammy does really well to dive to his left and save four byes. Or possibly five penalties

47.5

Shillingford to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting slog-sweeps. Not well timed but into open spaces towards midwicket. He wants a lacy third, but Chanders's throw surprises him

47.6

Shillingford to Ponting, FOUR, just a little short, and Ponting is well back to pull. And this time he connects. And places. To the left of deep square

End of over 48 (8 runs) Australia 114/3
RT Ponting    11* (23b 1x4)      S Shillingford    13-3-27-1
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      KAJ Roach    13-5-32-0

Here's Ravi Rampaul. Wasim Akram in the mirror?

48.1

Rampaul to Clarke, no run, short of a length, down leg, doesn't play at it

Not quite Akram, but the way the right shoulder goes down just before he enters the delivery stride is pretty similar

48.2

Rampaul to Clarke, 2 runs, full, swinging in, off-driven to the right of mid-off

"Shillingford has a great opportunity to stand and deliver in this game and book is place in the next tour squad. (three stand puns, is that a record?)" Ben, the record was broken, but we can always add to it. Guess he needs a standout performance to get a stand named after it. That's four

48.3

Rampaul to Clarke, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, pushed past midwicket

48.4

Rampaul to Ponting, no run, swinging in, late, could be reverse. Ponting does well to driven in front of off, to mid-on

48.5

Rampaul to Ponting, no run, good bouncer, only 132.4ks, but Ponting stayed interested in it until he realised this getting head high, and had to pull out

48.6

Rampaul to Ponting, no run, short of a length, on off, Ponting is forward to defend. Slightly awkward as this hits the bat high

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 117/3
RT Ponting    11* (26b 1x4)      R Rampaul    10-4-25-1
MJ Clarke    3* (6b)      S Shillingford    13-3-27-1

49.1

Shillingford to Clarke, 2 runs, top-edge. Clarke premeditates the sweep, Shilly bowls short, gets turn and bounce, but it clears the leg gully rather easily

And now short cover moves to short fine leg

49.2

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, what a ripper, the doosra. Clarke is drawn forward into defending this outside off, but the ball turns away ever so slightly, and jumps too. Beaten comprehensively

49.3

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, quick offbreak, defended to short leg

49.4

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, another forward-defensive, hits the inside half of the bat

49.5

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, short of a length, turning in towards middle, Clarke stays back to defend

49.6

Shillingford to Clarke, no run, Did that not carry to backward short leg?. Turn and bounce, into the thigh pad area, hits the glove, lobs towards backward short leg, but falls short of Bravo. Shillingford looks like getting a wicket almost every ball

End of over 50 (2 runs) Australia 119/3
MJ Clarke    5* (12b)      S Shillingford    14-3-29-1
RT Ponting    11* (26b 1x4)      R Rampaul    10-4-25-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Match drawn
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Matthew Wade was named Man of the Match, West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 5th day, April 27, 2012

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