Australia tour of West Indies, 2nd Test: West Indies v Australia at North Sound, May 30-Jun 3, 2008
30,31 May, 1,2,3 June 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Here's Taylor to resume, with Ponting needing another four runs. Then I'll never have to say it again...but he's about to pass 10,000 Test runs

50.1

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, defended to mid-off who, well, makes a mess of it

West Indies' fielding has been fairly sloppy today to say the least

To slips for the left-hander, the second almost at a third-slip positioning

50.2

Taylor to Katich, no run, Katich goes to cut but clunks it into the ground

50.3

Taylor to Katich, 1 no ball, Katich steps across to the off side and works it back to Taylor

50.3

Taylor to Katich, 2 runs, turned around the corner

50.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, crisply driven to mid-off, who's practically standing on the non-striker's toes

50.5

Taylor to Katich, 3 runs, class from Katich. Nothing more than a bunt - a calm flick through midwicket - timing it beautifully. Stodgy outfield prevents four

50.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, Ponting's forward, defending as though in possession of a huge barn door

End of over 51 (7 runs) Australia 162/1

    • RT Ponting 58 (114b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 73 (150b 6x4)
    • JE Taylor 9-2-34-0
    • RR Sarwan 2-0-5-0
51.1

Sarwan to Katich, 1 run, turned to leg

51.2

Sarwan to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting reaches for this outside off and clatters it into extra cover

Around the wicket to Katich

51.3

Sarwan to Katich, 1 run, nurdled to leg

51.4

Sarwan to Ponting, no run, that turns a touch for Sarwan, but it's very wide

51.5

Sarwan to Ponting, 2 runs, Ponting comes forward, shuffling to the off side and drives it solidly through extra cover to bring up his 10,000th Test run, the third Australian after Border and Waugh. A paltry crowd - how sad there are so few here - cheer, and Ponting raises his bat

51.6

Sarwan to Ponting, 1 run, clattered again through the covers

End of over 52 (6 runs) Australia 168/1

    • RT Ponting 62 (118b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 75 (152b 6x4)
    • RR Sarwan 3-0-11-0
    • JE Taylor 9-2-34-0
52.1

Taylor to Ponting, 2 runs, too full, flicked around the corner

52.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, solidly driven back to the bowler

52.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, left alone. Well wide

52.4

Taylor to Ponting, 1 run, short of a length, Ponting rocks back and cuts

The spidery-sounding Webby emails. "Any explanation or definition for 'nurdled' - never heard that on the field in Australia." It's a bit of a Cricinfoism. Or a Willism. I use it a lot for those leg-side pushes...they're not really timed, they're just pushed for a single. A nurdle. Or a nudge.

52.5

Taylor to Katich, 1 run, short of a length and Katich tries to hook, but he can't much of it

52.6

Taylor to Ponting, OUT, got him! Ponting's furious with himself, and has every right to be - that was a loose stroke to a very wide delivery. A slower ball, too, and Ponting fished at it, the ball flying to Marshall at second slip who grasped a fine catch to his right

RT Ponting c Marshall b Taylor 65 (184m 123b 5x4 0x6) SR: 52.84

End of over 53 (4 runs) Australia 172/2

    • SM Katich 76 (153b 6x4)
    • JE Taylor 10-2-38-1
    • RR Sarwan 3-0-11-0

Aaron: "Seriously, how bad is the crowd in size? I am making the journey down to the West Indies from DC for the third test, is it worth it?" Well it'll always be worth it, but the crowd is remarkably small. Maybe a few thousand at best. I imagine the 20,000 or so reading this would drown out those at the ground...

53.1

Sarwan to Katich, no run, down the leg side

53.2

Sarwan to Katich, no run, again a little too leg-sideish

53.3

Sarwan to Katich, 1 run, tucked to leg for an easy single

53.4

Sarwan to Hussey, no run, defended

53.5

Sarwan to Hussey, no run, prodded to short-leg

53.6

Sarwan to Hussey, no run, and he pushes it to leg to end the over

End of over 54 (1 run) Australia 173/2

    • MEK Hussey 0 (3b)
    • SM Katich 77 (156b 6x4)
    • RR Sarwan 4-0-12-0
    • JE Taylor 10-2-38-1

Sarcasm dominates the emails in our inbox. "Please keep up the illuminating stats," Tom dryly states. "How about this: Ponting needs to score another 6990 runs (not out) this innings to equal Bradman's average." What a shame. He's now out.

54.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, short, wide and left alone by the batsman

54.2

Taylor to Katich, no run, shies away from this. Quicker ball outside off and the batsman turns his back on it

54.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, short again, but Katich can't connect to this nervous pull. Again beaten for pace. Actually he did get glove on it I think. No, I'm wrong again - it was the absolute cue-end of the bat

54.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, on the off stump and driven back to the bowler. An urgent plea to "wait" by Katich

54.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, innocuous delivery wide of the off stump, and much too short

54.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, patted off the back foot

End of over 55 (maiden) Australia 173/2

    • SM Katich 77 (162b 6x4)
    • MEK Hussey 0 (3b)
    • JE Taylor 11-3-38-1
    • RR Sarwan 4-0-12-0

Where does the phrase "to winkle" a batsman come from? It's one of those bizarre expressions that's passed down from generations. Talking of winkling, that's exactly what Sarwan's trying to do - winkle out another one with his dodgy leggies

55.1

Sarwan to Hussey, 1 run, flicked to leg

55.2

Sarwan to Katich, 1 run, another one which is easily flicked to leg

55.3

Sarwan to Hussey, 1 run, too full, again chipped to mid-on for another gimme

55.4

Sarwan to Katich, 1 run, the first filthy long-hop which is paddled through midwicket

55.5

Sarwan to Hussey, no run, firmly forward, defending

55.6

Sarwan to Hussey, no run, ignored outside off

That'll be Ramnaresh's last over for a while, I'd wager

End of over 56 (4 runs) Australia 177/2

    • MEK Hussey 2 (7b)
    • SM Katich 79 (164b 6x4)
    • RR Sarwan 5-0-16-0
    • JE Taylor 11-3-38-1
56.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, no great pace and wide of the off stump

I'm not sure the speedgun's working today. I very rarely see it, at any rate

56.2

Taylor to Katich, 2 runs, turned down to fine leg, and quick running brings them two

56.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, defended to leg

56.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump, he sways out of the way

56.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, ah, a slower ball, but he refuses to play at it. Wise man

56.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, no need to play at that

End of over 57 (2 runs) Australia 179/2

    • SM Katich 81 (170b 6x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (7b)
    • JE Taylor 12-3-40-1
    • RR Sarwan 5-0-16-0

Edwards to replace Sarwan

"Tell Aaron he won't be alone," screams Kathie. "I'm travelling from DC to Bridgetown for the third Test as well. If it's only him and me in the stands, we'll just have to cheer all the louder. :-) Test cricket is ALWAYS worth the effort." Well said that girl.

57.1

Edwards to Hussey, no run, starts with a slower ball on the leg stump

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57.2

Edwards to Hussey, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

57.3

Edwards to Hussey, no run, awful ball, miles wide of Hussey who tries to clatter it to cover

57.4

Edwards to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

57.5

Edwards to Hussey, no run, ignored outside off

57.6

Edwards to Hussey, FOUR, ah that's a cracker from Hussey, that really is. On the up through extra cover, driven on the walk - beautifully played

End of over 58 (4 runs) Australia 183/2

    • MEK Hussey 6 (13b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 81 (170b 6x4)
    • FH Edwards 12-3-35-0
    • JE Taylor 12-3-40-1
58.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, short, wide and punched

58.2

Taylor to Katich, 1 run, bouncer, he goes on the hook but doesn't really time it. And there are two men out there too

Katich looks a bit peeved with himself there, but he played it reasonably enough...rolling his wrists nicely

58.3

Taylor to Hussey, no run, wide, left alone

58.4

Taylor to Hussey, no run, he ducks beneath a bouncer

58.5

Taylor to Hussey, no run, nice angle across the left-hander but he won't be lured into nudging at it. Damn him.

58.6

Taylor to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 59 (1 run) Australia 184/2

    • MEK Hussey 6 (17b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 82 (172b 6x4)
    • JE Taylor 13-3-41-1
    • FH Edwards 12-3-35-0
59.1

Edwards to Katich, no run, firmly defended on the back foot

59.2

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, wide and short and it's cut - flayed, rather - to deep backward square

59.3

Edwards to Hussey, no run, better line and length. Still a little too wide, but better

59.4

Edwards to Hussey, no run, ooh Ramdin's dropped him. A fierce bouncer from Edwards which really hurried Hussey into a hook, and he took his eye off the ball which took a thick edge. Ramdin leapt to his right but couldn't cling on with one hand

Difficult, tricky chance

59.5

Edwards to Hussey, no run, wow - bounce! Big bounce from Edwards and Ramdin takes it above head height

59.6

Edwards to Hussey, no run, wide of the off stump this time

End of over 60 (1 run) Australia 185/2

    • MEK Hussey 6 (21b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 83 (174b 6x4)
    • FH Edwards 13-3-36-0
    • JE Taylor 13-3-41-1
60.1

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, monstrous! On the front foot, Katich pangs this through midwicket with a front-footed pull. Clang

Bravo around the wicket

60.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, brilliantly bowled by Bravo! A wonderful slower ball that beat Katich all ends up, ducking underneath his bat. Super comeback

60.3

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, but a waste this time. On his legs and he works it through midwicket

60.4

Bravo to Hussey, no run, driven back past the bowler and it hurtles into the non-striker's stumps

60.5

Bravo to Hussey, no run, driven to cover with a flourish

60.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, too wide

End of over 61 (5 runs) Australia 190/2

    • MEK Hussey 6 (24b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 88 (177b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-36-1
    • FH Edwards 13-3-36-0
61.1

Edwards to Katich, 2 runs, fast delivery on middle stump but good timing gives him two, with a neat flick to leg

61.2

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, is that another one? Yes - Morton's dropped him at backward point. A simple chance which was slapped to his left, but he couldn't cling on

Frustration for Edwards.

61.3

Edwards to Hussey, FOUR, shot! Oh that is pure class, back-cutting it down to third man. He just used the pace of the delivery and timed it absolutely perfectly

Edwards is going to blow a gasket in a minute

61.4

Edwards to Hussey, no run, ignored outside off

61.5

Edwards to Hussey, no run, Hussey leaves this one which kept low, hitting him on the thigh pad. Nowhere near lbw but, still, yet more evidence of this slow pitch

61.6

Edwards to Hussey, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored once more

End of over 62 (7 runs) Australia 197/2

    • MEK Hussey 10 (28b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 91 (179b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 14-3-43-0
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-36-1

Here's Bravo with an hour or so left in the day's play

Drinks out in the middle

62.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, well wide. Left alone

62.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, excellent take from Ramdin who dives to his right, grasping a nudge that came off the batsman's pad

62.3

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, turned to leg and they set off for a very quick single

West Indies' body language isn't crash hot. Sarwan looks a bit dejected out there...

62.4

Bravo to Hussey, no run, left alone

62.5

Bravo to Hussey, no run, no - much too wide

62.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, stands tall to drive this out to mid-off

End of over 63 (1 run) Australia 198/2

    • MEK Hussey 10 (31b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 92 (182b 7x4)
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-37-1
    • FH Edwards 14-3-43-0
63.1

Sammy to Katich, 1 run, flicked to leg

63.2

Sammy to Hussey, no run, full toss, driven to mid-off

63.3

Sammy to Hussey, no run, squeezed out on the front foot to mid-off

63.4

Sammy to Hussey, no run, driven with a greater flourish this time

63.5

Sammy to Hussey, no run, too wide, left alone. Next

63.6

Sammy to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 64 (1 run) Australia 199/2

    • MEK Hussey 10 (36b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 93 (183b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 9-0-22-0
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-37-1
64.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, Katich cuts this cautiously to point

64.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, again too wide to bother Mr Katich

64.3

Bravo to Katich, no run, just a bit fuller this time from Bravo and he defends to cover

64.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, defended on the back foot

64.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump

64.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump

End of over 65 (maiden) Australia 199/2

    • SM Katich 93 (189b 7x4)
    • MEK Hussey 10 (36b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 11-1-37-1
    • DJG Sammy 9-0-22-0
65.1

Sammy to Hussey, no run, driven with a flourish to mid-off

65.2

Sammy to Hussey, OUT, bang and gone! A long-hop slapped straight to Chanderpaul at midwicket - he didn't have to move an inch

MEK Hussey c Chanderpaul b Sammy 10 (56m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.31

Rubbish shot from Hussey and he's rightly disappointed with himself

Michael Clarke to the crease

65.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, prods this back to the bowler

65.4

Sammy to Clarke, no run, defended solidly

65.5

Sammy to Clarke, no run, driven straight back to the bowler once more

65.6

Sammy to Clarke, no run, firmly defended to end a wicket maiden

End of over 66 (wicket maiden) Australia 199/3

    • MJ Clarke 0 (4b)
    • SM Katich 93 (189b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 10-1-22-1
    • DJ Bravo 11-1-37-1
66.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, driven sweetly to mid-off

66.2

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, nudged to leg to bring up Australia's 200

66.3

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, down the leg side and turned to fine leg

66.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, good length but it's cracked to mid-off

66.5

Bravo to Katich, 2 runs, he goes on the drive does Katich, squeezing this in front of square and beating the diving Chanderpaul at cover

66.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, clunked to mid-off

End of over 67 (4 runs) Australia 203/3

    • SM Katich 96 (194b 7x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1 (5b)
    • DJ Bravo 12-1-41-1
    • DJG Sammy 10-1-22-1

Sammy to continue

67.1

Sammy to Clarke, no run, prodded back to the bowler

67.2

Sammy to Clarke, no run, driven neatly out to mid-off

67.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, defended confidently, if that's not a contradiction in terms, to cover

67.4

Sammy to Clarke, 2 runs, driven past the bowler to long-on for a single. But they're coming back for two - or they're trying to, Katich isn't sure and stop-starts like a car kangarooing down the road. The throw was wide; Katich's dive got 10 from the judges and they all go home

67.5

Sammy to Clarke, FOUR, what a shot! Half-volley or no half-volley, that was driven with immense timing past mid-off

67.6

Sammy to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 68 (6 runs) Australia 209/3

    • MJ Clarke 7 (11b 1x4)
    • SM Katich 96 (194b 7x4)
    • DJG Sammy 11-1-28-1
    • DJ Bravo 12-1-41-1
68.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, pumped to mid-off

68.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, driven out to cover

A couple of legends out in the ground...Walsh and Ambrose. Not a bad pair...

68.3

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, top shot! That's a fine stroke, timing it beautifully through midwicket and he immediately raises his bat and helmet to acknowledge his third Test hundred, and his first since March 2005

197 balls for a very neat hundred

68.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, well wide and left alone

68.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, slower ball. Well watched by Katich

68.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, wide, left alone

End of over 69 (4 runs) Australia 213/3

    • SM Katich 100 (200b 8x4)
    • MJ Clarke 7 (11b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 13-1-45-1
    • DJG Sammy 11-1-28-1
69.1

Sammy to Clarke, 2 runs, crunching drive off the back foot which again is misfielded in the covers. He timed the pants off that

69.2

Sammy to Clarke, no run, another lovely drive from Clarke but it smacks into the non-striker's stumps

He's looking pretty good for a man who's not played much in a while...

69.3

Sammy to Clarke, no run, firmly blocked out

69.4

Sammy to Clarke, 1 run, angling into the right hander, he helps it on its way

69.5

Sammy to Katich, no run, very full, Katich waits for it before timing it back to Sammy. Good stop from the big man

Around the wicket

69.6

Sammy to Katich, no run, pushed to mid-off

End of over 70 (3 runs) Australia 216/3

    • SM Katich 100 (202b 8x4)
    • MJ Clarke 10 (15b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 12-1-31-1
    • DJ Bravo 13-1-45-1
70.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms outside off

70.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, an innocuous bouncer outside off

70.3

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, slower ball - a nice littler off-cutter, but Clarke reads it well enough and clips to leg

70.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, a ripper of a bouncer! That took Katich by surprise and really hurried him

70.5

Bravo to Katich, 1 run, pulled down to fine leg

70.6

Bravo to Clarke, (no ball) FOUR, poor ball - and a no-ball - which drifts down the leg side and Clarke glances it off his hip for four. Easy as you like

70.6

Bravo to Clarke, no run, a lifter from Bravo which Clarke ignores. Good pace; good comeback

End of over 71 (7 runs) Australia 223/3

    • MJ Clarke 15 (20b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 101 (204b 8x4)
    • DJ Bravo 14-1-52-1
    • DJG Sammy 12-1-31-1

Daren Powell from the Media Centre end

71.1

Powell to Katich, no run, on his legs, Katich cautiously nudges to short midwicket

71.2

Powell to Katich, no run, firmly cut with a resounding clunk of the bat, but point pulls off a good save

71.3

Powell to Katich, no run, back cut to point

71.4

Powell to Katich, no run, defended on the back foot

71.5

Powell to Katich, 1 run, on off stump and, with a closed face of the bat, he drives this past the bowler

71.6

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, flicked off his pads to square leg who can't prevent the single

End of over 72 (2 runs) Australia 225/3

    • MJ Clarke 16 (21b 2x4)
    • SM Katich 102 (209b 8x4)
    • DBL Powell 14-3-38-0
    • DJ Bravo 14-1-52-1
72.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, pushed out to the off side

72.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, immense cutback from Bravo! Good leave from Clarke, in the end, but it was pretty close

72.3

Bravo to Clarke, no run, nudged to leg

72.4

Bravo to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

72.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run

72.6

Bravo to Clarke, FOUR, magnificent shot, driving it on the up off the back foot. Really timed it wonderfully, though mid-off predictably failed to stop it

End of over 73 (4 runs) Australia 229/3

    • MJ Clarke 20 (27b 3x4)
    • SM Katich 102 (209b 8x4)
    • DJ Bravo 15-1-56-1
    • DBL Powell 14-3-38-0
73.1

Powell to Katich, no run, blocked on the front foot

73.2

Powell to Katich, no run, that's a good angle from Powell and Katich is forced to defend

73.3

Powell to Katich, no run, goes for a cut but, for maybe the fourth time today, just cuts it into the ground. He keeps doing that

73.4

Powell to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

73.5

Powell to Katich, 2 runs, sweetly driven down the ground

73.6

Powell to Katich, FOUR, back-cut for four. Splendid stroke - he timed that perfectly, and placed it very well

End of over 74 (6 runs) Australia 235/3

    • SM Katich 108 (215b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 20 (27b 3x4)
    • DBL Powell 15-3-44-0
    • DJ Bravo 15-1-56-1

Drinks out in the middle. The start was delayed this morning due to a damp outfield, so we'll be catching up with the lost 15 minutes by adding it onto the end. 15 overs worth...

74.1

Edwards to Clarke, FOUR, bosh! He's absolutely laced that. Short, wide and thumped square of the wicket - a commanding stroke

He looks in supreme form for someone who's not played for quite a while

74.2

Edwards to Clarke, no run, another awful delivery, too short, too wide but Edwards escapes punishment with a cut straight into the ground

74.3

Edwards to Clarke, no run, well wide. Left alone

74.4

Edwards to Clarke, no run, better line and length. Clarke forced to be watchful

74.5

Edwards to Clarke, 1 no ball, beautifully driven, squeezing it out to point

Another no-ball

74.5

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, driven down the ground but with no timing and a twisty sort of blade

74.6

Edwards to Katich, no run, the bouncer, Katich avoids with a duck

End of over 75 (6 runs) Australia 241/3

    • SM Katich 108 (216b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 25 (33b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 15-3-49-0
    • DBL Powell 15-3-44-0
75.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, firmly clunked to mid-off

75.2

Powell to Clarke, FOUR, ooh, aerially driven past Powell's face. He timed it so well that Powell had absolutely no time to get his hands down

75.3

Powell to Clarke, 2 runs, miles outside the off stump, Clarke flays it behind square

He's really going after the bowling here is Clarke

75.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, a bouncer is ignored

75.5

Powell to Clarke, no run, firmly blocked out on the back foot

75.6

Powell to Clarke, no run, uppishly drive short of mid-off

End of over 76 (6 runs) Australia 247/3

    • MJ Clarke 31 (39b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 108 (216b 9x4)
    • DBL Powell 16-3-50-0
    • FH Edwards 15-3-49-0
76.1

Edwards to Katich, no run, nudged to leg

76.2

Edwards to Katich, no run, stands tall and drives this to mid-off. Sweet timing, too

76.3

Edwards to Katich, no run, and lo! There was a false shot from Katich. Excellent ball - fast and bouncy - which he tried to cut but it was much too close. Very, very close to edging that

76.4

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, half a step down the pitch, clattering this through midwicket. Beautiful noise off the bat and I don't know what Edwards is thinking, bowling halfway down the pitch. Anyway. He had a sweeper to save four

76.5

Edwards to Clarke, no run, swinging into the right hander who's solid in defence

76.6

Edwards to Clarke, no run, punched out to cover

End of over 77 (1 run) Australia 248/3

    • MJ Clarke 31 (41b 5x4)
    • SM Katich 109 (220b 9x4)
    • FH Edwards 16-3-50-0
    • DBL Powell 16-3-50-0

Umpires having a chat about the light I think. Or something. No - they're continuing

77.1

Powell to Katich, no run, pushed back to the bowler

77.2

Powell to Katich, no run, stands tall to punch this back to the bowler, again

77.3

Powell to Katich, 1 run, another pull to a short delivery, but again finds the sweeper

77.4

Powell to Clarke, 3 runs, nudged around the corner and excellent running brings three

Fifty partnership from 77 balls. Well done everyone

77.5

Powell to Katich, no run, left alone outside off

77.6

Powell to Katich, no run, chopped down to point

End of over 78 (4 runs) Australia 252/3

    • SM Katich 110 (225b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 34 (42b 5x4)
    • DBL Powell 17-3-54-0
    • FH Edwards 16-3-50-0
78.1

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot

It transpires that the umpires want to have the floodlights turned on soon

78.2

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, back cut for a single

78.3

Edwards to Clarke, no run, swinging into Clarke who plays it neatly back past the bowler for a zero

78.4

Edwards to Clarke, no run, firmly blocked off the back foot

78.5

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, very firmly clipped back past the bowler

78.6

Edwards to Katich, no run, short, ignored

End of over 79 (3 runs) Australia 255/3

    • SM Katich 111 (227b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 36 (46b 5x4)
    • FH Edwards 17-3-53-0
    • DBL Powell 17-3-54-0

Looks like the floodlights are flickering into action

79.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, cautiously defended

79.2

Taylor to Clarke, no run, shaping back into the right hander, it's solidly defended once more

79.3

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, flicked to leg for a quick single

79.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, good line and length, but it's very firmly played. In total control

79.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, clumped to mid-off

79.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, defended solidly

End of over 80 (1 run) Australia 256/3

    • SM Katich 111 (230b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 37 (49b 5x4)
    • JE Taylor 14-3-42-1
    • FH Edwards 17-3-53-0

New ball available but they're sticking with the old nut for now

80.1

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, a waste down the leg side, flicked off his hip

80.2

Edwards to Katich, no run, holds up a touch on the pitch, and he drives to mid-off

80.3

Edwards to Katich, no run, off the back foot, driven out to cover

Clarke's having a word in the umpire's lug hole. He's not happy with these slightly murky conditions, even under the lights

80.4

Edwards to Katich, no run, defended solidly off the back foot

Clarke's having another word with the umpire. The main issue is that the lights have virtually no impact on players picking up the red ball. It's only the white (or indeed pink) which shines brighter under the lights

80.5

Edwards to Katich, no run, driven out to cover

80.6

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, ooh a decent one riding up onto Katich, but he deadened it to the leg side with a tuck off his hip

End of over 81 (2 runs) Australia 258/3

    • SM Katich 112 (235b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 38 (50b 5x4)
    • FH Edwards 18-3-55-0
    • JE Taylor 14-3-42-1
81.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, back cut to point

81.2

Taylor to Katich, no run, Katich drives to mid-off

81.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

81.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, defended off the back foot

81.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, leaves that one outside the off stump

81.6

Taylor to Katich, 1 run, nudged to leg

And that'll be it. The light's been offered and the batsmen are taking it. A crowd of about 30 - half of which are the Australian team - applaud Katich off the pitch for his very fine hundred: a dogged, battling innings on a pitch which gave him (and, earlier, Ponting) good value for their shots. It was a disappointing performance by West Indies' fielders, in particular due to an otherwise solid effort from the bowlers. The fielding was sloppy and lazy - especially in terms of the standards they set in the first Test. So then - do join us for the second day's play from 10am (3pm BST), but for now it's goodnight.

End of over 82 (1 run) Australia 259/3

    • SM Katich 113 (241b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 38 (50b 5x4)
    • JE Taylor 15-3-43-1
    • FH Edwards 18-3-55-0

Welcome to the second day of the second Test in Antigua. The good news is there's no covers out on the pitch as there were yesterday morning. Australia will be looking for a big first-innings total on a pitch that didn't offer the bowlers much at all on the first day.

Simon Katich has batted really well so far and Michael Clarke was in sublime touch from the moment he came to the crease. If he hangs around the runs will come quickly. It'll be Dwayne Bravo to start this morning

82.1

Bravo to Katich, no run, and a loosener from Bravo, who pushes it well wide of off and Katich leaves it alone

82.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, angled across and left alone once more

82.3

Bravo to Katich, no run, even wider from Bravo, Katich slashes at this one but misses

82.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, pushed to mid off and there's no run as Katich gets his eye in this morning

82.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, a long way outside off again, this time Katich doesn't chase it

82.6

Bravo to Katich, no run, outside off again and left alone

A maiden to start from Bravo, but not a particularly good one as he struggled to find his radar

End of over 83 (maiden) Australia 259/3

    • SM Katich 113 (247b 9x4)
    • MJ Clarke 38 (50b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 16-2-56-1
    • JE Taylor 15-3-43-1

Now it's Edwards, and he's got two slips and a gully to Clarke

83.1

Edwards to Clarke, no run, pushed sharply to gully, Clarke darts out of his crease but Sammy's gather and throw was superb, he's knocked the off stump out of the ground. Clarke well and truly back though

83.2

Edwards to Clarke, 2 runs, and the first runs of the morning come with overthrows. Clarke pushes to midwicket where Bravo collects, throws unnecessarily to the bowler's end and there's no backing up

83.3

Edwards to Clarke, FOUR, on the pads and Clarke picks up where he left off yesterday with a superb clip through midwicket for four, he is looking terrific

83.4

Edwards to Clarke, FOUR, oh, another boundary from Clarke. Half-volley from Edwards and Clarke leans into an on drive that goes between midwicket and mid on, well timed

83.5

Edwards to Clarke, no run, good comeback from the bowler, outside off, nipping in off the seam and it stays a bit low, Clarke can't get bat on ball and it doesn't miss off stump by much

83.6

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, comfortably pushed wide of cover by Clarke

What a good start from Clarke, the score moved a bit slowly yesterday but if he keeps up this tempo it could be an interesting session

End of over 84 (11 runs) Australia 270/3

    • MJ Clarke 49 (56b 7x4)
    • SM Katich 113 (247b 9x4)
    • FH Edwards 19-3-66-0
    • DJ Bravo 16-2-56-1

Taylor comes on now, to share the new ball that Edwards took last over

84.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, clipped to midwicket and there's no run

84.2

Taylor to Clarke, no run, Clarke looking to score every ball here, he drives confidently to mid on but finds the fielder

84.3

Taylor to Clarke, no run, outside off stump and left alone by Clarke

84.4

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, quick running as Clarke nudges to mid off and takes off for a single, Powell a bit slow off the mark and Clarke gets home easily to bring up a thoroughly entertaining half-century

84.5

Taylor to Katich, OUT, and Taylor breaks through with a leg-side caught-behind. A bit of inswing from Taylor, Katich tries to glance and it runs off the face of the bat, Ramdin takes a good catch

SM Katich c †Ramdin b Taylor 113 (416m 248b 9x4 0x6) SR: 45.56

A disappointing way for Katich to go after his solid efforts yesterday, he hasn't added to his overnight total but he has set Australia an excellent platform. Here's Symonds now

84.6

Taylor to Symonds, no run, some shape away from Symonds, but well outside off and he lets it go

End of over 85 (1 run) Australia 271/4

    • A Symonds 0 (1b)
    • MJ Clarke 50 (60b 7x4)
    • JE Taylor 16-3-44-2
    • FH Edwards 19-3-66-0
85.1

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, another good quick single, he plays with a straight bat to mid on and with Clarke and Symonds together the fielders will have to be right on their toes

85.2

Edwards to Symonds, no run, good yorker from Edwards, on off stump to test Symonds when he's new to the crease but the bat gets down and keeps it out

There's a forward short leg coming in now

85.3

Edwards to Symonds, 1 run, "yeah mate", drawls Symonds as he pushes to cover and gets off the mark with a single

85.4

Edwards to Clarke, 1 run, oh, a stroke of luck for Clarke, who tries to hammer it through the covers and an inside edge doesn't miss the stumps by a great deal

85.5

Edwards to Symonds, no run, outside off stump, Symonds defends

85.6

Edwards to Symonds, no run, Symonds shoulders arms to another one outside off

End of over 86 (3 runs) Australia 274/4

    • A Symonds 1 (5b)
    • MJ Clarke 52 (62b 7x4)
    • FH Edwards 20-3-69-0
    • JE Taylor 16-3-44-2
86.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, good line, on the stumps and Clarke works it to leg but can't pierce the field

86.2

Taylor to Clarke, FOUR, best shot of the morning. Clarke leans into a super cover-drive, it's all timing and placement. It goes right between the extra cover and mid off and Clarke takes off to run but Symonds stays put, he knows that's four

86.3

Taylor to Clarke, 1 run, turned off his hips to keep the score ticking along

the man comes in under the helmet on the leg side again for Symonds

86.4

Taylor to Symonds, no run, prodded away defensively

86.5

Taylor to Symonds, no run, short, good line just outside off, but Symonds picked that up quickly and ducked comfortably

86.6

Taylor to Symonds, no run, he tries another bouncer, gets some good lift but a touch wider and Symonds watches it sail by

End of over 87 (5 runs) Australia 279/4

    • A Symonds 1 (8b)
    • MJ Clarke 57 (65b 8x4)
    • JE Taylor 17-3-49-2
    • FH Edwards 20-3-69-0
87.1

Edwards to Clarke, no run, and now Edwards goes for some short stuff, but it's a bit down leg side and Clarke ducks under it

87.2

Edwards to Clarke, no run, outside off stump and left alone

87.3

Edwards to Clarke, no run, another one left alone outside off

87.4

Edwards to Clarke, no run, a shade wider from Edwards, Clarke's not interested

87.5

Edwards to Clarke, no run, solid straight drive from Clarke, but the bowler stops it and there's no run

87.6

Edwards to Clarke, no run, outside off stump and left alone once more, that's a maiden

End of over 88 (maiden) Australia 279/4

    • MJ Clarke 57 (71b 8x4)
    • A Symonds 1 (8b)
    • FH Edwards 21-4-69-0
    • JE Taylor 17-3-49-2
88.1

Taylor to Symonds, 2 runs, a bit of extra bounce from Taylor, a good ball outside off and Symonds angled it down wide of the cordon, it might have troubled a shorter man than Symonds

88.2

Taylor to Symonds, 1 run, tip and run once again, Symonds pushes to cover and even with the athletic Bravo doing the fielding they get through for an easy single

88.3

Taylor to Clarke, no run, no run this time as Clarke nudges to extra cover

88.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off again, this one stays low too and doesn't carry to Ramdin

88.5

Taylor to Clarke, no run, guided to point, they think about a run but decide against it

88.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, tries for another cover-drive but doesn't quite time it and also pinpoints the fielder so there's no run

End of over 89 (3 runs) Australia 282/4

    • MJ Clarke 57 (75b 8x4)
    • A Symonds 4 (10b)
    • JE Taylor 18-3-52-2
    • FH Edwards 21-4-69-0

It's a sunny Saturday in Antigua but another small crowd in at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium

89.1

Edwards to Symonds, no run, solid defence to cover from Symonds

89.2

Edwards to Symonds, 2 runs, a bit too straight from Edwards and Symonds flicks this off his pads through square leg

And a big cheer goes around the stadium as the electronic scoreboard, which wasn't working, suddenly lights up

89.3

Edwards to Symonds, FOUR, just guided wide of the slips there from Symonds, he simply angles the bat and finds the gaps, using the pace of the bowler nicely

89.4

Edwards to Symonds, FOUR, four more from Symonds, but West Indies won't mind this one. Excellent bouncer from Edwards and Symonds again tries to angle it down but the extra bounce means it clips his top edge and flies over the slips, not a controlled shot at all

89.5

Edwards to Symonds, no run, prodded to mid on this time

89.6

Edwards to Symonds, no run, outside off again, quick ball and Symonds thinks about trying that guided shot again but backs out at the last minute

End of over 90 (10 runs) Australia 292/4

    • A Symonds 14 (16b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 57 (75b 8x4)
    • FH Edwards 22-4-79-0
    • JE Taylor 18-3-52-2

The runs are coming quickly this morning. There have been a couple of nervous moments for Australia but they have a good base to build on already

90.1

Taylor to Clarke, no run, pushed to cover and there's no run

90.2

Taylor to Clarke, no run, Clarke drives at one outside off but it's a bit edgy, and dribbles out to the leg side

90.3

Taylor to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms outside off

90.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, outside off and left alone again

90.5

Taylor to Clarke, no run, fuller ball, a bit of a yorker but well outside off and Clarke jams down on it

Some luminaries in the crowd today, Andy Roberts and Lance Gibbs sitting with Julian Hunte, none of whom are smiling at West Indies' performance so far

90.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, driven lavishly to mid on but straight to the fielder

End of over 91 (maiden) Australia 292/4

    • MJ Clarke 57 (81b 8x4)
    • A Symonds 14 (16b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 19-4-52-2
    • FH Edwards 22-4-79-0
91.1

Edwards to Symonds, FOUR, Symonds shows his intent now, gets a short and wide one and he cuts hard and in the air, not trying to keep it down because there's no fielder on the boundary behind point and it's two bounces over the rope

91.2

Edwards to Symonds, no run, good comeback from Edwards, probes outside off and Symonds tries to drive but it beats the edge

91.3

Edwards to Symonds, OUT, another leg-side catch, the second one today. Edwards pushes one down leg and Symonds tickles a glance that Ramdin takes quite comfortably and after an eternity Russell Tiffin raises the finger

A Symonds c †Ramdin b Edwards 18 (31m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

So a couple of strokes of luck for West Indies this morning, but on a pitch that isn't offering much at all that's what they needed. Now it's Brad Haddin in his second Test

91.4

Edwards to Haddin, 1 leg bye, down leg side again and Haddin works it off his hip for a run, or in fact a leg-bye so he's not off the mark yet

91.5

Edwards to Clarke, no run, defended solidly to mid on

91.6

Edwards to Clarke, FOUR, the loss of wickets hasn't worried Clarke, who rocks onto the back foot to hammer one behind point for four. A very well executed cut and he continues to look dangerous

End of over 92 (9 runs) Australia 301/5

    • MJ Clarke 61 (83b 9x4)
    • BJ Haddin 0 (1b)
    • FH Edwards 23-4-87-1
    • JE Taylor 19-4-52-2
92.1

Taylor to Haddin, 3 runs, confident shot from Haddin, who gets one on the pads and clips it through midwicket, slightly uppishly but wide of the fielder

92.2

Taylor to Clarke, 2 runs, another great cover-drive from Clarke, though this one hasn't got the legs and it's chased down

92.3

Taylor to Clarke, 2 runs, dropped! Ramdin gets yet another leg-side chance this morning, this one was glanced a touch wider so a tougher chance, but he should have taken it

92.4

Taylor to Clarke, no run, defended this time, relief for the bowler

92.5

Taylor to Clarke, FOUR, what a shot! Clarke's batting out of his crease and he turns a decent ball into a half-volley with a punishing drive between extra cover and mid off. Superb stroke.

92.6

Taylor to Clarke, no run, outside off and left alone

End of over 93 (11 runs) Australia 312/5

    • MJ Clarke 69 (88b 10x4)
    • BJ Haddin 3 (2b)
    • JE Taylor 20-4-63-2
    • FH Edwards 23-4-87-1
93.1

Edwards to Haddin, FOUR, a good solid on drive but Powell at mid on should have stopped it, dived across in a very ungainly manner and lets it run away for four

93.2

Edwards to Haddin, no run, pushed away into the off side

93.3

Edwards to Haddin, no run, thick edge back into his pad now, Haddin looking to keep the scoring going but he might want to be a bit more watchful early in his innings

93.4

Edwards to Haddin, no run, better option from Haddin, who gets one just outside off and defends it right under his nose

93.5

Edwards to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin keeps up the pace with a pull in the air, he rocks back and sends it wide of the midwicket

93.6

Edwards to Haddin, 1 run, takes off for a quick single pushed to cover but Haddin and Clarke are both quick

End of over 94 (9 runs) Australia 321/5

    • BJ Haddin 12 (8b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 69 (88b 10x4)
    • FH Edwards 24-4-96-1
    • JE Taylor 20-4-63-2

Morning all. Will Luke here to take you through til lunch. What on earth has Clarke had for his breakfast? It can't have been just Weetabix

94.1

Powell to Haddin, no run, another firm-footed, crunchily driven stroke to mid-off. Too full from Powell

94.2

Powell to Haddin, no run, outside off, it's neatly defended but it's a no-ball

Send us some musings if you're bored.

94.3

Powell to Haddin, 1 no ball, full toss banged to mid-off

94.3

Powell to Haddin, no run, stands tall to defend this off the mark foot, everything nicely in line

94.4

Powell to Haddin, no run, Haddin's forward and defending

94.5

Powell to Haddin, no run, defended off the back foot

94.6

Powell to Haddin, no run, good line outside off but short enough to be blocked out with ease

End of over 95 (1 run) Australia 322/5

    • BJ Haddin 12 (15b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 69 (88b 10x4)
    • DBL Powell 18-3-55-0
    • FH Edwards 24-4-96-1

Sam needs help, in every possible sense. "Can you tell me if I should split up with my new girlfriend?" he pleads via email. "I was running past a cricket ground in London this morning with my new girlfriend and I mentioned that the last time that I played cricket in England I got a duck. I also mentioned that Bradman did too. She then asked me who Bradman was? Is this grounds for splitting up?" The very fact you need to ask speaks volumes, Sam. But there's still time. Buy her a Wisden, The Wisden Cricketer and force her to watch all forms of cricket on Cricinfo. If she cracks, then it's probably time to give her the shove.

95.1

Bravo to Clarke, 1 run, too full, Clarke just leans on it and steals a single to mid-on

95.2

Bravo to Haddin, no run, Haddin's well back in his crease here to one which cuts back on him, defending it cautiously

95.3

Bravo to Haddin, no run, fuller still from Bravo and Haddin nearly does a Clarke by thieving a single to mid-on...but he's a victim of his own splendid timing

95.4

Bravo to Haddin, no run, another in-cutter which hurries onto Haddin

James Rabbitt hops into our inbox with this gem: "What has Michael Clarke had for breakfast?" he screams, with theatrical campness. "Maybe it has something to do with going out with Lara Bingle!" Honk honk. You're right, too...

95.5

Bravo to Haddin, no run, in the channel outside his off stump. Haddin presents a pleasingly solid forward defence. No getting past that one

95.6

Bravo to Haddin, no run, back, across and defending

End of over 96 (1 run) Australia 323/5

    • BJ Haddin 12 (20b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 70 (89b 10x4)
    • DJ Bravo 17-2-57-1
    • DBL Powell 18-3-55-0
96.1

Powell to Clarke, no run, well wide of the off stump and, for once, Clarke leaves this alone

96.2

Powell to Clarke, no run, ooh that's a crunching drive from Clarke, but well stopped by Morton at cover

96.3

Powell to Clarke, no run, a fuller length drawing him forward, but a defensive nudge isn't nearly boisterous enough to earn him any runs

96.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, shoulders arms outside off

Terry Fleming has this to say in our internet inbox: "Some Rum maybe?" I think Terry started a little early today

96.5

Powell to Clarke, no run, well wide of the off stump, shaping back into the right hander who extravagantly shoulders arms

96.6

Powell to Clarke, 1 run, good, clever cricket from Clarke, just nudging this to leg off his hip. Smart, strike-stealing play

End of over 97 (1 run) Australia 324/5

    • MJ Clarke 71 (95b 10x4)
    • BJ Haddin 12 (20b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 19-3-56-0
    • DJ Bravo 17-2-57-1

Ah good. At least one of you has fallen for the trap. Here's Markey Mark. "Bored?" he asks. "Surely you're joking Will... Another thumping about to be dished out by the rampant Aussies. Boring is test cricket NOT involving Australia."

97.1

Bravo to Clarke, no run, swinging back into the right hander who clips it to leg

97.2

Bravo to Clarke, no run, more reverse swing by Bravo here - he's really getting it to bend, now - and Clarke waits and waits for it before turning it to leg

97.3

Bravo to Clarke, no run, defended on the front foot

97.4

Bravo to Clarke, no run, the most solid of forward defensive strokes from Clarke: head over the ball, a confident stride and the ball is suitably deadened

97.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run, fidgety sort of stroke, nudged on the walk. A panicky "no" rejects Haddin's initial desire for a run

97.6

Bravo to Clarke, no run, smacked that back to Bravo who fields supremely well with his left hand

End of over 98 (maiden) Australia 324/5

    • MJ Clarke 71 (101b 10x4)
    • BJ Haddin 12 (20b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 18-3-57-1
    • DBL Powell 19-3-56-0
98.1

Powell to Haddin, no run, Haddin is back, across and defending

98.2

Powell to Haddin, 1 run, sweetly struck off the back foot square of the wicket

98.3

Powell to Clarke, 2 runs, neatly flicked by Clarke to midwicket - oh hang on, they're coming back for two here and will have to be quick. And they are.

98.4

Powell to Clarke, no run, wide, wide of the off stump. Clarke won't be tempted

98.5

Powell to Clarke, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored

"I'm sure this gag has been run before," repeats Paul Montgomery, reading from Australia, "but you keep posting 'Bravo to Clarke', and I can't agree more given the way he's batting today." Good point Monty.

98.6

Powell to Clarke, no run, defensively nudged to point

End of over 99 (3 runs) Australia 327/5

    • MJ Clarke 73 (105b 10x4)
    • BJ Haddin 13 (22b 2x4)
    • DBL Powell 20-3-59-0
    • DJ Bravo 18-3-57-1
99.1

Bravo to Haddin, no run, bending back into the right hander who stands tall, punching it off the back foot

"hay i want to say that what the clark is doing in the middle" reads one particularly incomprehensible email. Pleasure to have you on board, sir.

99.2

Bravo to Haddin, no run, firmly blocked off the back foot

99.3

Bravo to Haddin, no run, swinging into the right hander who clips it to mid-on

99.4

Bravo to Haddin, no run, a touch wider of the off stump, defended to mid-off

99.5

Bravo to Haddin, FOUR, well, that's four but he didn't get all of it. He was trying to loft that over his head, but the off-cutter meant he dragged it over midwicket. Four nonetheless

99.6

Bravo to Haddin, no run, driven out to cover

End of over 100 (4 runs) Australia 331/5

    • BJ Haddin 17 (28b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 73 (105b 10x4)
    • DJ Bravo 19-3-61-1
    • DBL Powell 20-3-59-0
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