Second Test Match

WEST INDIES v AUSTRALIA 1954-55

A century in each innings by Walcott, who became the third West Indies cricketer to achieve this feat in a Test match, and the return to his best form of Weekes enabled West Indies to share the honours in a game of heavy scoring. So great was public interest that on the opening day the gates were closed before the start, and a crowd estimated at 28,000 comprised the biggest ever to watch a match in the West Indies.

Rain limited the first day's cricket to eighty-five minutes in which time West Indies lost two wickets for 73. Next day Weekes and Walcott, scoring 242 together, established a new record for any West Indies wicket in a Test with Australia. Both employed powerful strokes all round. Weekes gave a masterly display for three and a half hours, hitting one 6 and twenty-four 4's, and Walcott obtained seventeen 4's. On the third morning the last five wickets fell, four of them to Lindwall, for 27 runs, and McDonald and Morris followed with sound batting. Nine bowlers tried without success to part them before the close when the total stood at 147, and despite the handicap of injuries they stayed till their stand reached 191, a record for an Australian first wicket against West Indies.

Harvey completed his second century of the series and fierce hitting came from Archer (one 6, twelve 4's) and Johnson. So Australia gained a first innings advantage of 218.

West Indies went ahead for the loss of two wickets, Walcott and Weekes adding 127 together. Walcott, whose forcing tactics took him to three figures in just over an hour and fifty minutes, hit thirteen boundaries.

The game, the first Test Match to be played in Trinidad on a turf pitch, yielded 1,255 runs for the loss of twenty-three wickets.

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