Australia tour of West Indies, 2008 / Commentary

The Frank Worrell Trophy - 3rd Test

West Indies v Australia

Australia won by 87 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

10.10am I'd play you some hold music if I had some... erm, talk among yourselves... erm... So, that Allen Stanford chap has ploughed a lot more money into the game hasn't he - read about it here. Oh, and at last, the screen is fixed. Now we just need a few of the players to stand up after an enforced break, the like of which is seen in social games when there's a lost ball. Nothing social about this game, of course, plenty to play for.

10.05am Still a delay for the sightscreen. It's the turn of the other umpire, Aleem Dar, to look a bit miffed, as are the spectators. West Indies team themselve are relaxed, smiling and joking. Australia, by and large, are unamused. If this carries on I'll need more synonyms for 'unimpressed'.

10.00am We're set for the start now at an overcast Kensington Oval. A slight adjustment of the sight screen first up for Phil Jaques. It's taking a bit of a while, but Gayle is looking calm and patient as some men in red kick and push the screen. Jaques is less amused and already the Umpire Benson is on the radio. It's escalating here now, quite a pain is had to be said.

9.55am The toss news is in. West Indies won the toss and will bowl as they aim to level the series. Chris Gayle is back and Sulieman Benn is in the team too. Australia have been forced into making a change after Stuart MacGill retired after the last Test - and they have included Beau Casson for his Test debut.

9.50am A very good morning everyone (or afternoon or evening) and welcome along to coverage of the third and final Test between West Indies and Australia at Barbados.

Australia have already retained the Frank Worrell Trophy but there's plenty of interest in this final match. It's hardly been a walk in the park for Australia, who have been challenged at times by their hosts, and Chris Gayle returns from groin injury.

For more flavour check here and here while we wait for the toss. I'm Jenny Roesler and will be joined by Jamie Alter and Brydon Coverdale to take you through the five days.

0.1

Powell to Jaques, no run, pitched right up in line with off, Jaques defends back down the pitch

Rarely have I been more pleased to describe a dot... it was just nice to get some play at last

0.2

Powell to Jaques, 1 leg bye, staying over the wicket for the left hander and Jaques gets Australia under way with a squeeze off the pads behind square

Three slips and a gully for Katich

0.3

Powell to Katich, no run, ooh, some movement there off the pitch, forced across Katich, also a left hander, who shoulders arms as the ball hits the deck outside off and veers off to Ramdin's left

0.4

Powell to Katich, 1 leg bye, another leg bye; a hint of swing and it's brushed off the legs down to short fine leg

0.5

Powell to Jaques, no run, oh! A big yorker, Jaques did very well to dig it out, super delivery slipped in from nowhere and the batsman somehow gets down on it, being forced into a dance as if on hot coals

0.6

Powell to Jaques, no run, a huge shout from Powell and a selection of others as the ball hits the pads, but it was perhaps veering down the legs

End of over 1 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 2/0
PA Jaques    0* (4b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    0* (2b)     

Some encouraging swing under the clouds here and replays show that that last delivery would have deviated past the leg stump

1.1

Edwards to Katich, no run, too much swing and the radar was a bit wonky from Edwards, who's alowed a loosener. A possible one-day wide, although a good delivery had it have been a right hander

Edwards also choosing to stay over the wicket by the way

1.2

Edwards to Katich, no run, rushes into a push straight but doesn't quite get hold of it

1.3

Edwards to Katich, no run, some width outside off, the batsman sniffs right over before finally choosing to leave

1.4

Edwards to Katich, 3 runs, full delivery, just a smidgen short of a yorker and it's clamped out to deep midwicket, a firm turn of the wrists

1.5

Edwards to Jaques, 2 runs, similar kind of ball, and similar kind of result, shot-wise at least, this time only a couple on offer - but still plenty of swing

1.6

Edwards to Jaques, FOUR, overpitched once more, this time outside off, and the clamp down sends it out to third man

End of over 2 (9 runs) Australia 11/0
PA Jaques    6* (6b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-9-0
SM Katich    3* (6b)      DBL Powell    1-1-0-0

More problems now with the sightscreen, this time quickly sorted out

2.1

Powell to Katich, no run, some good lift off the track in line with off, and defended hard right back down

2.2

Powell to Katich, no run, pushed across him once more, the batsman defending back down in line with off

2.3

Powell to Katich, no run, banged in hard across him, the batsman defending down hard once more in line with off

2.4

Powell to Katich, no run, brings down his hands on what is, in the end, a defence down on the front foot

2.5

Powell to Katich, no run, fired it hard across the left hander once more who waits and shoulders arms as the ball carries up past him

2.6

Powell to Katich, no run, shoulders arms as the ball fires across him, the batsman shouldering arms once more

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 11/0
SM Katich    3* (12b)      DBL Powell    2-2-0-0
PA Jaques    6* (6b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-9-0

3.1

Edwards to Jaques, no run, pushed across him on a good length, the batsman shoulders arms

3.2

Edwards to Jaques, no run, oh! Extra climb on this one from Edwards tempts Jaques into a back-foot cut, but the ball suddenly gets big on him and he nearly under-edges on to it. He gives Edwards a smiling nod afterwards

3.3

Edwards to Jaques, no run, some sharp carry once more and Ramdin had to leap to drag the ball down as it took off and went on through high

3.4

Edwards to Jaques, 1 run, on the legs, tucked round through the 45

3.5

Edwards to Katich, no run, fires in the bouncer this time, but wide of Jaques who bobs back easily

3.6

Edwards to Katich, 2 runs, slower delivery and the trap's nearly sprung as the ball pops up out through short midwicket but there's nobody there

End of over 4 (3 runs) Australia 14/0
SM Katich    5* (14b)      FH Edwards    2-0-12-0
PA Jaques    7* (10b 1x4)      DBL Powell    2-2-0-0

4.1

Powell to Jaques, SIX, shot of the day, so far at least, struck very hard indeed off the back foot, the cut flying all the way over third man

4.2

Powell to Jaques, no run, good recovery, forcing Jaques to defend down on the back foot in line with off

4.3

Powell to Jaques, 2 runs, a dipping full toss, squeezed out off the lower thigh from middle and brushed to midwicket

4.4

Powell to Jaques, no run, extra whip there, a hint of swing back in to him, and defended on the front foot

4.5

Powell to Jaques, no run, dug right out in line with off, Powell bowling around 87 to 89 mph

4.6

Powell to Jaques, FOUR, only a touch short but Jaques latches on to it in a flash with another hard-hitting boundary, this time a four from a pull

End of over 5 (12 runs) Australia 26/0
PA Jaques    19* (16b 2x4 1x6)      DBL Powell    3-2-12-0
SM Katich    5* (14b)      FH Edwards    2-0-12-0

There wasn't much wrong with that ball; Jaques has his eye in very early

5.1

Edwards to Katich, no run, outside off, full-pitched delivery, the batsman defends straight back down the pitch

5.2

Edwards to Katich, 1 run, on the legs, turned down to fine leg

Marshall goes to third man now

5.3

Edwards to Jaques, no run, good ball, full and on middle, defended back down

5.4

Edwards to Jaques, no run, straight and short and the batsman weaved back out of the way

5.5

Edwards to Jaques, no run, pitched way up and outside off, the batsman clamps down on a forward defence, pushed into the covers

5.6

Edwards to Jaques, FOUR, outside off, short and Jaques crunches hard through point and all the way

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 31/0
PA Jaques    23* (20b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-17-0
SM Katich    6* (16b)      DBL Powell    3-2-12-0

6.1

Powell to Katich, no run, defended off the front foot

6.2

Powell to Katich, no run, short of a length, angling outside off, punched down the ground

6.3

Powell to Katich, no run, that's a cracker, jags away from the left-hander after pitching short of a length, tame prod but that's beaten him all ends up, Katich could have easily nicked that to the slip cordon

6.4

Powell to Katich, no run, bit too wide outside off, lets it go without too much fuss, back of a length again

6.5

Powell to Katich, no run, straighter this time, Katich tries to shuffle across and turn it away but is struck on the pads

6.6

Powell to Katich, no run, shoulders arms again, good carry to the keeper, though

End of over 7 (maiden) Australia 31/0
SM Katich    6* (22b)      DBL Powell    4-3-12-0
PA Jaques    23* (20b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    3-0-17-0

finds a good line just outside off and the batsman decides wisely to leave it

7.1

Edwards to Jaques, no run, Australia may have the upper hand early on but the track has plenty to encourage the bowlers

7.2

Edwards to Jaques, 2 runs, on the front foot, driven out to mid on

7.3

Edwards to Jaques, no run, left alone this time

7.4

Edwards to Jaques, no run, defended on the front foot

An official warning for Edwards now for running down the track

7.5

Edwards to Jaques, no run, defended into the ground outside off

Edwards got warned in the first Test, too

7.6

Edwards to Jaques, no run, some width outside off, squeezed into the covers on the front foot, more defensively than anything

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia 33/0
PA Jaques    25* (26b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    4-0-19-0
SM Katich    6* (22b)      DBL Powell    4-3-12-0

Edward was warned twice in the first innings of the first Test, just co further clarify. Bowling change now, Taylor into the attack

8.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, driven out without much power to the covers and they decide to "Wait!"

8.2

Taylor to Katich, 2 runs, some swing into the left hander and it pitched on the legs, squeezed out to deep square

8.3

Taylor to Katich, 1 run, some swing outside off and Chanderpaul misfields in the covers - doesn't really get behind it and parries it, goalie-style, to his left - allowing an extra run

8.4

Taylor to Jaques, 1 run, overpitches a touch in line with off, driven out to short midwicket

8.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, pushed up there in line with off, defended out on the front foot

8.6

Taylor to Katich, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Katich leans into a drive through mid off, more of a press than anything, and then joins a gum-chewing Jaques in the middle for discussions

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 41/0
SM Katich    13* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-8-0
PA Jaques    26* (27b 3x4 1x6)      FH Edwards    4-0-19-0

Gayle into the attack now

9.1

Gayle to Jaques, no run, outside off, pushed on the front foot without power to mid off

Gayle looks really slow and in some trouble, so laconic is he

9.2

Gayle to Jaques, no run, defended on the front foot

9.3

Gayle to Jaques, no run, pushed on the front foot out to mid on

9.4

Gayle to Jaques, no run, oh! Got some bounce this timme, and Jaques isn't sure where his inside edge has gone, which is just behind him

9.5

Gayle to Jaques, no run, defended without too much trouble this time

9.6

Gayle to Jaques, 1 run, outside off, Gayle round the wicket by the way, pushed into the covers

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 42/0
PA Jaques    27* (33b 3x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    1-0-1-0
SM Katich    13* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-8-0

End of the first Powerplay... oh, that's right, this is a Test. Australia are rocketing along...

10.1

Taylor to Jaques, FOUR, ...speaking of which, not much wrong with that delivery but Jaques picks it up from just short of a length and pulled it in front of midwicket

10.2

Taylor to Jaques, OUT, oh and Jaques has gone! Looking to repeat the previous shot, a pull, but he didn't get hold of it and the ball comes off the top of his bat and goes high and towards fine leg. Heart in mouth stuff from Ramdin there as he chases a good 20 metres and then reaches out in front of him to pouch it, a loud call as Edwards was coming round from long leg

PA Jaques c †Ramdin b Taylor 31 (45m 35b 4x4 1x6) SR: 88.57

Much-needed breakthrough for West Indies which could put the brakes on Australia for a while - particularly as they've dismissed the combative Jaques. They're just taking a few drinks as Ponting prepares to come to the crease

10.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, defended hard on the front foot into the covers

10.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, fired across him, Katich shouldering arms

Good, good catch from Ramdin, his mouth open as he traced the ball all the way into his gloves

10.5

Taylor to Katich, 2 runs, outside off, pushes into the covers this time

10.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, pushed across him outside off, and fended into the covers on the front foot

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 48/1
SM Katich    15* (31b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-14-1
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      CH Gayle    1-0-1-0

Powell takes over from Gayle and the screen needs to be moved for Ponting. His face crumples into a frown, understandable, as the screen is hardly moving. So, they've not bothered with it - it's got a bigger white screen behind it. And now the attendants are sitting down, and Ponting wants them to move - they're in red

11.1

Powell to Ponting, 2 runs, on the legs, comes forward and presses out through midwicket

Australia's fifty comes up already

11.2

Powell to Ponting, no run, that would have been a fairly typical dismissal - Powell drawing Ponting into the press away from the body, a would-be drive

11.3

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, comes hard at it again, a drive through the covers

11.4

Powell to Katich, 1 run, turned off the legs to fine leg

11.5

Powell to Ponting, no run, big width outside off, the ball shoots through as Ponting makes an exaggerated leave, shouldering arms, too

11.6

Powell to Ponting, no run, oh, and that's pinged Ponting on his finger, his right hand coming off the handle as the ball pitched outside off and came back in a touch off the seam

He doesn't look too disturbed, nails-hard he is of course

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 52/1
RT Ponting    3* (5b)      DBL Powell    5-3-16-0
SM Katich    16* (32b 1x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-14-1

12.1

Taylor to Katich, no run, across the left hander, defended right down the track

12.2

Taylor to Katich, 2 runs, some siwng back in as the ball is overpitched a fraction, allowing Katich to drive out to mid on

12.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, some width outside off and Katich is tempted to flay hard, the ball picked up one-handed by Marshall in the covers and gives the false impression it's been caught, when it was a bump ball

12.4

Taylor to Katich, no run, defended into the covers

12.5

Taylor to Katich, no run

12.6

Taylor to Katich, no run

End of over 13 (2 runs) Australia 54/1
SM Katich    18* (38b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1
RT Ponting    3* (5b)      DBL Powell    5-3-16-0

13.1

Powell to Ponting, no run

13.2

Powell to Ponting, no run

13.3

Powell to Ponting, 2 runs

13.4

Powell to Ponting, no run

13.5

Powell to Ponting, no run

13.6

Powell to Ponting, no run

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 56/1
RT Ponting    5* (11b)      DBL Powell    6-3-18-0
SM Katich    18* (38b 1x4)      JE Taylor    3-0-16-1

14.1

Taylor to Katich, 1 leg bye, turned off the legs to fine leg, a leg bye is signalled

14.2

Taylor to Ponting, no run, squared into it, the ball splaying off the outside edge in front of point

14.3

Taylor to Ponting, no run, clipped off the legs to midwicket but it's well fielded by Bravo who picks it up and throws back in towards Ponting's stumps

14.4

Taylor to Ponting, no run, an appeal for a strangle down leg, but it didn't seem to carry to Ramdin who takes it on the half-volley, definitely touched the bat

14.5

Taylor to Ponting, no run, some swing outside off and worked into the covers

14.6

Taylor to Ponting, no run, oh, huge appeal as it raps Ponting in front, the captain padding up but it didn't quite do enough

End of over 15 (1 run, maiden) Australia 57/1
RT Ponting    5* (16b)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1
SM Katich    18* (39b 1x4)      DBL Powell    6-3-18-0

15.1

Powell to Katich, 1 run, pushed out on the front foot

15.2

Powell to Ponting, SIX, he's got hold of that one! Ponting, with superbly neat footwork, scoops the ball from the bottom of the bat and pure timing carries the hook tight over square

15.3

Powell to Ponting, SIX, Powell tries the short one again, but gets taken once more, Ponting offering a great hook just behind square this time

15.4

Powell to Ponting, no run, comes back in off the seam, the batsman comes forward and this time there's a defence on the front foot

15.5

Powell to Ponting, 1 run, slower ball and dropped! A hard, hard chance for Powell, Ponting popping back up to him on the front foot, going for the on-drive, and the bowler snatches at it with his left hand in his follow-through

15.6

Powell to Katich, FOUR, on the front foot, goes for the drive, and edges it away through third man

An expensive over, but one in which Powell nearly had Ponting's wicket. It's all going on - who said Test cricket was dull?

End of over 16 (18 runs) Australia 75/1
SM Katich    23* (41b 2x4)      DBL Powell    7-3-36-0
RT Ponting    18* (20b 2x6)      JE Taylor    4-1-16-1

16.1

Taylor to Ponting, OUT, big shout and he's gone! Ponting has been trapped in front, Taylor hitting the pitch just in line with off, it nipped back and would have crashed into leg stump and the batsman is on his way

RT Ponting lbw b Taylor 18 (31m 21b 0x4 2x6) SR: 85.71

So, Ponting had a life last over but couldn't make West Indies pay and he returns to the pavilion. He, like Jaques, had been in attacking form, but they have both perished. West Indies are cock-a-hoop, proceedings swinging this way and that already. Here's Hussey now

16.2

Taylor to Hussey, no run, short ball fired across him, Hussey defends down off the back foot

16.3

Taylor to Hussey, no run, forced across him, the batsman shouldering arms

Russell wants to know how big the crowd is... well, it's far from packed - the weather perhaps having put off a few would-be spectators, although the sun is coming through now

16.4

Taylor to Hussey, 3 runs, outside off, driven through the covers and he's off the mark in a positive fashion

16.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, hustled wide down off, this time he leaves it alone

16.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, banged in short, the ball veering a touch away, not that the batsman knows much about it; he's too busy ducking

End of over 17 (3 runs) Australia 78/2
SM Katich    23* (43b 2x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-19-2
MEK Hussey    3* (3b)      DBL Powell    7-3-36-0

Gayle comes back on now, from the Joel Garner End

17.1

Gayle to Hussey, no run, defended on the front foot, in line with off

17.2

Gayle to Hussey, no run, some width outside off, the batsman fends off through point

17.3

Gayle to Hussey, no run, drives hard at Chattergoon who's close in at silly mid off and that hit him flush in the left thigh. Ow.

17.4

Gayle to Hussey, no run, comes back in a touch from the seam from outside off, left alone

17.5

Gayle to Hussey, no run, on the back foot, pushed into the covers without too much power

17.6

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, some width outside off, peeled off the back foot through the covers and there's an overthrow

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 79/2
MEK Hussey    4* (9b)      CH Gayle    2-0-2-0
SM Katich    23* (43b 2x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-19-2

18.1

Taylor to Hussey, 1 run, banged in short in line with off, brushed out forward and they run through the quick single

18.2

Taylor to Katich, 5 wides, Ramdin had no chance there, the ball pitching and taking off as it flies way over his head

18.2

Taylor to Katich, no run, outside off, driven on the front foot to mid off

18.3

Taylor to Katich, no run, fires down the channel and the batsman shoulders arms now

18.4

Taylor to Katich, FOUR, textbook pull shot, short ball and banged hard through square leg

18.5

Taylor to Katich, no run, outside off, left alone this time

18.6

Taylor to Katich, no run, in line with middle, Katich shuffles across looking to transfer the ball out to square, misses, but there's not too much alarm

End of over 19 (10 runs) Australia 89/2
SM Katich    27* (48b 3x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-29-2
MEK Hussey    5* (10b)      CH Gayle    2-0-2-0

19.1

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

19.2

Gayle to Hussey, no run, once more unto the defence

19.3

Gayle to Hussey, no run, pushes it round to short leg

19.4

Gayle to Hussey, no run, defends on the front foot this time

19.5

Gayle to Hussey, no run, more defence

19.6

Gayle to Hussey, 1 run, swirled in on the legs and worked out to short square

Hussey, by the way, is sporting suncream on nose and mouth, as is customary for him, but which makes him look a bit like this although this is nonetheless sensible in the sun, kids.

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 90/2
MEK Hussey    6* (16b)      CH Gayle    3-0-3-0
SM Katich    27* (48b 3x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-29-2

20.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, lets it go through to the keeper

20.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, pushed across him, a shortish ball rises and is subsequently defended back down hard on the back foot

20.3

Bravo to Hussey, no run, forced past him once more, Hussey lets it go through

20.4

Bravo to Hussey, SIX, short ball, too short on this track, and pulled hard through square and it's flat but hit hard enough to go all the way

"Four sixes already in his first Test session," notes Brydon, who's bulletining hard for us today

20.5

Bravo to Hussey, no run, defended hard on the front foot

20.6

Bravo to Hussey, no run, squeezed down the channel once again, Hussey shoulders arms and lets it go through once more

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 96/2
MEK Hussey    12* (22b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0
SM Katich    27* (48b 3x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-3-0

21.1

Gayle to Katich, no run, outside off, forced on the front foot into the covers

21.2

Gayle to Katich, no run, rolled up on the front foot, defended out from a full length

21.3

Gayle to Katich, no run, once again makes him defend on the front foot

21.4

Gayle to Katich, no run, again, he's made to defend

21.5

Gayle to Katich, no run, oh, some turn and bounce there! Tempted him to chase it and nearly caught a snick off it

21.6

Gayle to Katich, no run, defended this time

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 96/2
SM Katich    27* (54b 3x4)      CH Gayle    4-1-3-0
MEK Hussey    12* (22b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-6-0

22.1

Bravo to Hussey, no run, forced him on to the back foot to defend back down, softly

22.2

Bravo to Hussey, no run, pushed wide across him, the batsman shouldering arms

22.3

Bravo to Hussey, OUT, banged down leg and Hussey goes for the hook but Powell takes a fine catch in the deep at backward square leg. Hussey thought he had controlled it yet Powell reaches out and manages to stop, gymnast-like, just when the momentum looked like carrying him over

MEK Hussey c Powell b Bravo 12 (22m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 48.00

Now, now, now, West Indies have suddenly gained the ascendancy, which was always on the cards despite Australia's aggressive start. The batsmen need to regroup a tad, now

22.4

Bravo to Clarke, no run, outside off, Clarke waits, watches, and finally leaves

22.5

Bravo to Clarke, no run, width outside off, the ball pitches wide and moves wider, the batsman shouldering arms

22.6

Bravo to Clarke, OUT, second wicket of the over! Clarke goes to a really good delivery which had him reaching away from his body as it pitched outside off and moved wider and a thick enough snick deviates on to the keeper

MJ Clarke c †Ramdin b Bravo 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) Australia 96/4
     DJ Bravo    2-1-6-2
SM Katich    27* (54b 3x4)      CH Gayle    4-1-3-0

Good bowling here from West Indies, asking all kinds of questions, although Australia have been happy to capitalise on anything short

23.1

Gayle to Katich, no run, the slower slow delivery, if that makes sense, Katich watches it all the way through to Ramdin's gloves

23.2

Gayle to Katich, no run, defended hard on the front foot, right over it

23.3

Gayle to Katich, no run, some width outside off, fairly flat, and again it's left

23.4

Gayle to Katich, no run, peeled off the back foot to the man in short on the off side (there's also one slip, note you)

23.5

Gayle to Katich, no run, driven out to the covers

23.6

Gayle to Katich, no run, placed on a good length, defended on the front foot

A 35-second over, quality

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 96/4
SM Katich    27* (60b 3x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-3-0
A Symonds    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    2-1-6-2

24.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, sharp one bounces over off, Symonds swivels out of its way

24.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, oh! Got him! Ah, not got him! Symonds manages to play all around the inside of that one, if that makes sense, drawing his bat just inside the line on the back foot, and he just hadn't quite edged it

24.3

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

24.4

Bravo to Symonds, no run, fired in on the legs this time, a half-attempt at swishing, turned into a defensive at the last second

Leg gully coming in now

24.5

Bravo to Symonds, 2 runs, the would-be yorker isn't quite full enough and it's squeezed out to mid on

Bravo coming round the wicket now. Two slips, a gully, leg gully

24.6

Bravo to Symonds, no run, sharp bouncer hardly gets over him and that brings up the break

Lunch, then, following a sparkling morning session. Australia started off aggressively, but West Indies came back at them, using the conditions well and undoing four of the Australian line-up, although some of the batsmen undid themselves in parts, going after the short balls and getting caught as the bowlers set the traps. Positive stuff from both sides and all's already set up for the second session, with West Indies on top - just - after Gayle decided his side would field first.

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 98/4
A Symonds    2* (6b)      DJ Bravo    3-1-8-2
SM Katich    27* (60b 3x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-3-0

12:39pm Hello all and welcome back for session two. Jamie Alter here, having given Jenny a break from commentary. Australia resume on 98 for 4. Gayle has the ball. Where's Benn then? Katich will face. Gayle around the stumps with a slip and silly point. Slip looks like Bravo. Could be wrong.

25.1

Gayle to Katich, 1 run, full outside off stump, pretty flat too, and its driven to cover for one

25.2

Gayle to Symonds, no run, changes the angle, bowls it full and Symonds strides in to defend

Issues with the sight screen apparently.

25.3

Gayle to Symonds, no run, quicker one gets Symonds onto the front foot again, defending

25.4

Gayle to Symonds, 1 run, sucks him forward again and this time there's an edge past slip to raise Australia's 100 just after the break

25.5

Gayle to Katich, no run, pads one away not too far outside off stump but Dar shakes his head, appeared to be the arm ball and it got West Indies excited ... not sure you want to pad stuff away

25.6

Gayle to Katich, no run, fired in on off stump and he squirts it towards point

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 100/4
SM Katich    28* (63b 3x4)      CH Gayle    6-2-5-0
A Symonds    3* (9b)      DJ Bravo    3-1-8-2

It will be Bravo now

26.1

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, on middle and leg and worked to midwicket for a sharp single

Sarwan is back on the field by the way, and standing at midwicket

26.2

Bravo to Katich, no run, full outside off stump but Katich opts to leave it be

26.3

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, but that's timed well, Katich reaching out and driving the half-volley past covers, a well-placed shot to get him moving along after lunch

26.4

Bravo to Katich, 1 no ball, oversteps, Katich gets across to off and pushes the ball to midwicket

26.4

Bravo to Katich, no run, gets across again but lets the ball pass with the movement from off stump

26.5

Bravo to Katich, no run, this one's angled wider and he again shoulders arms

26.6

Bravo to Katich, FOUR, short, wide and cut away into the gap backward of square, easy as pie .. or whatever food you fancy ... I like pies, blueberry, apple and pecan

End of over 27 (10 runs) Australia 110/4
SM Katich    36* (69b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    4-1-18-2
A Symonds    4* (10b)      CH Gayle    6-2-5-0

27.1

Gayle to Symonds, no run, steps down and drives hard but cannot beat mid-off, who's in

27.2

Gayle to Symonds, no run, pulls a short one and doesn't time it well at all, cries of 'catch it!' as the balls in the air but it drops agonizingly short of Taylor at midwicket

27.3

Gayle to Symonds, no run, full on middle and leg and pushed back gently

Long-off goes deep now

27.4

Gayle to Symonds, 1 run, full on the pads and flicked towards midwicket for a single

27.5

Gayle to Katich, no run, tossed up gently outside off stump and he defends to silly point

27.6

Gayle to Katich, no run, spun up there again and he gets forward to press it away

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 111/4
SM Katich    36* (71b 5x4)      CH Gayle    7-2-6-0
A Symonds    5* (14b)      DJ Bravo    4-1-18-2

Clint emails in: "I can't understand why Gayle would bowl right after lunch. The momentum is going WI way and they should have brought back the pace to keep it going. The spin attack would only allow the batsmen to get comfortable in the wicket."

28.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, short one on the body, he gets up tall and drops it near his feet

28.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, short one over off and middle gets him ducking low under it

28.3

Bravo to Symonds, no run, three in a row, again Symonds gets low to allow the ball pass by

28.4

Bravo to Symonds, no run, there's the fuller one now, getting Symonds forward to defend but he gets a thin inside-edge back onto the leg before the ball rolls to point

28.5

Bravo to Symonds, no run, another loose shot, Symonds pushing forward and another edge gets the ball squirting along the ground to midwicket

28.6

Bravo to Symonds, no run, back of a length outside off and wide too so he shoulders arms

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 111/4
A Symonds    5* (20b)      DJ Bravo    5-2-18-2
SM Katich    36* (71b 5x4)      CH Gayle    7-2-6-0

Valmiki Sawh doesn't like Gayle hogging the ball when Windies have included Benn. And on that note Edwards comes back for another spell. More issues with the sight screen.

29.1

Edwards to Katich, OUT, and it works a charm, does the change! Edwards steams in and hustles Katich with a bouncer which rears onto him, getting him late onto the pull shot, the top-edge spirals into the air over Ramdin, three men give chase but Gayle from first slip calls for it and does excellently to take it down near the ropes, he seems to have hurt himself in the process but that's a neat catch to give Windies a fifth wicket

SM Katich c Gayle b Edwards 36 (129m 72b 5x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Gayle grimaces and on comes the physio. We have drinks now. Haddin is the new man in. A big wicket for Windies as Katich was batting solidly. Gayle stays on the field. Edwards has the ball again. Batsmen crossed so Symonds will face.

29.2

Edwards to Symonds, no run, tidy stuff, short of a length and Symonds gets back and across to block

29.3

Edwards to Symonds, 5 wides, another bouncer over his shoulder, deviates further and even Ramdin cannot leap high enough to stop it and that's signalled wides to fine leg ... untidy

There's a man under the helmet catching inside on the leg side

29.3

Edwards to Symonds, no run, back of a length outside off, hint of swing, Symonds pushes to point

29.4

Edwards to Symonds, no run, quick half-tracker again and Symonds lets it sail over his left shoulder

Tom Hanks: "Re: Clint's comment, Gayle's like one of those greedy school captains - it won't be long before he's opening the batting and the bowling, and putting the close on after his bowling stint." Now, now boys.

29.5

Edwards to Symonds, no run, poor ball, very full and wide of leg stump and Ramdin has work to do

29.6

Edwards to Symonds, 2 runs, on the pads and nudged wide of square leg for an easy couple

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 118/5
A Symonds    7* (25b)      FH Edwards    5-0-26-1
BJ Haddin    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    5-2-18-2

Clint's back: "Edwards, first ball gets a wicket. I rest my case." And Zafar Syed has this to say about proceedings: "I really like the way Gayle is captaining his troops. He is thinking from batsmen's perspective and that is why he always brings himself on to change the pace of the game. Till now, whatever move he has made has worked like charm and that alone justifies everything that he has done."

30.1

Bravo to Haddin, no run, swings into Haddin, who on-drives his first delivery to the fielder

Gayle sticks in a silly mid-on

30.2

Bravo to Haddin, no run, on the pads again, drawing an inside-edge via the flick to square leg

30.3

Bravo to Haddin, no run, again it slides into him and catches him high on the pads, down leg but

30.4

Bravo to Haddin, no run, now its well outside off stump and Haddin can easily leave it be

30.5

Bravo to Haddin, 1 leg bye, slides down leg stump, Haddin cant get bat on it, clips thigh pad and runs fine

30.6

Bravo to Symonds, no run, full on the pads once more, Symonds nudges it straight to midwicket

End of over 31 (1 run, maiden) Australia 119/5
A Symonds    7* (26b)      DJ Bravo    6-3-18-2
BJ Haddin    0* (5b)      FH Edwards    5-0-26-1

Gayle is now off the field after twisting something while taking the catch. Not sure what's up.

31.1

Edwards to Haddin, no run, very wide outside off, swinging a lot, but Haddin can leave it be easily

31.2

Edwards to Haddin, no run, pitched on a length and beats him as he limply hangs his bat out

31.3

Edwards to Haddin, no run, good stuff, pins Haddin to his crease but he gets back and defends well, but Edwards collects and throws it back to Haddin, nearly taking his head off and immediately Aleem Dar gets in to say hello, mate, that's not on

31.4

Edwards to Haddin, 5 wides, and the response is a short one, and I mean short, which sails down leg, over a jumping Ramdin as well ... not sure what Edwards is trying to prove

31.4

Edwards to Haddin, no run, fuller length now and he on-drives the ball to midwicket

31.5

Edwards to Haddin, 1 no ball, better stuff, short on the ribs and worked to square leg ...but he's overstepped

31.5

Edwards to Haddin, no run, pitched up outside off stump and Haddin leaves it alone

Gayle off the field " as a precaution" I hear from the tv commentators

31.6

Edwards to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off, Haddin gets in line to compactly defend

End of over 32 (6 runs) Australia 125/5
BJ Haddin    0* (12b)      FH Edwards    6-0-32-1
A Symonds    7* (26b)      DJ Bravo    6-3-18-2

32.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, full on middle and leg, he shuffles across dangerously and tucks it away

32.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, now he gets well forward to keep a good-length ball towards cover

32.3

Bravo to Symonds, 2 runs, slashed and dropped by Marshall at second slip, Symonds giving the wide one a hard cut but the fielder cannot hold onto the ball as it rockets away towards his right side, he gets hands on it but cannot hold on, as it was slapped rather ferociously .. will that cost?

32.4

Bravo to Symonds, FOUR, that's thumped, Symonds cashing in on more width and cutting past point

32.5

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, short on the body, he gets airborne and tucks the ball to midwicket

32.6

Bravo to Haddin, 1 run, nice shot, driven off the toes into the gap at cover, and he's off the mark

End of over 33 (8 runs) Australia 133/5
BJ Haddin    1* (13b)      DJ Bravo    7-3-26-2
A Symonds    14* (31b 1x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-32-1

Its Russell: "We have the Aussies at 125/5 off 32 overs. I don't see why you all the fuss and whining is about. Gayle obviously knows what he is doing. Let the Aussies get a little comfy then hit them with a bouncer like Edwards did to Katich. Now STOP the bickering!"

33.1

Edwards to Haddin, no run, fast little low full toss which Haddin doesn't quite pick, drives to cover

33.2

Edwards to Haddin, no run, gets onto the front foot, thinking about square-driving, but holds back

33.3

Edwards to Haddin, no run, short of a length on off and he gets in line of the ball to defend nicely

Adam has a better idea:"While Gayle is off the field, perhaps Benn should try to sneak in a few overs for himself?" Cheeky.

Haddin pulls out just as Edwards is about to release the ball. The cause: a white plastic bag fluttering past.

33.4

Edwards to Haddin, no run, wide outside off stump, some swing, he just shoulders arms

33.5

Edwards to Haddin, no run, holds back the length and Haddin hops back to defend down the track

33.6

Edwards to Haddin, no run, slower ball, rolling the fingers over it, and Haddin gets well forward to block

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 133/5
BJ Haddin    1* (19b)      FH Edwards    7-1-32-1
A Symonds    14* (31b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    7-3-26-2

34.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, quick bouncer outside off, Symonds sways out of harm's way

34.2

Bravo to Symonds, no run, what's this now? Bravo slips in another short one down leg stump, Symonds shapes to half-leave, half-tickle it fine and the ball clips the inside of his glove before Ramdin takes a good catch down the leg side, they all ask the question but umpire Benson is unmoved ... oh ho ho, replays show ball did indeed make contact with the gloves, and Symonds stands his ground, much to the crowd's displeasure, so West Indies can feel hard done

34.3

Bravo to Symonds, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, on the pads, worked way for a single

34.3

Bravo to Haddin, FOUR, pleasing shot, just a flowing straight-drive between bowler and stumps

Bravo shakes his head. That was a poor call from Benson, already under pressure in the series.

34.4

Bravo to Haddin, 2 runs, another top shot, this a back-foot punch through extra cover for a brace

34.5

Bravo to Haddin, no run, short one slides down leg stump and Haddin ducks under it

34.6

Bravo to Haddin, no run, short on off stump, he gets in line and watchfully defends it back

So that decision is needless to say going to start from hot topics. Go easy on us here, we don't have answers and I'm not taking sides on either walking or technology.

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 141/5
BJ Haddin    7* (23b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    8-3-34-2
A Symonds    15* (34b 1x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-32-1

35.1

Edwards to Symonds, 1 no ball, quick and short of a length, getting Symonds hopping and defending

35.1

Edwards to Symonds, no run, short again, wider though, so he just leaves it be for Ramdin

35.2

Edwards to Symonds, no run, slower one goes awry, sliding well down leg stump, Ramdin has work to do

35.3

Edwards to Symonds, 3 runs, overpitched and Symonds despatches it through the covers, ball stops up near the ropes and the fielder hauls it in

35.4

Edwards to Haddin, 1 run, down the pads, Haddin gets back and tucks it off the hips for one

Edwards moves around the stumps

35.5

Edwards to Symonds, no run, bounces him and he ducks underneath the ball

35.6

Edwards to Symonds, 1 run, much fuller, driven handsomely to mid-off, "WAIT ON!" is the loud, firm call

End of over 36 (6 runs) Australia 147/5
A Symonds    19* (40b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-38-1
BJ Haddin    8* (24b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    8-3-34-2

Prashanth Krishnan pops up, almost eerily: "Remember a match at Sydney when the Aussies were 137 for 5 and Symonds was adjudged not out? This is deja vu! Technology 2, Umpire 0!" All too well, friend, all too well ... drinks on the field meanwhile. I'll get some water as well. Ah, Gayle's back. Bravo to continue.

36.1

Bravo to Symonds, no run, short of a length outside off and Symonds leaves it be easily

Aditya Kumar Pidaparthy: "Funnily, the umpire on that day was also Mark Benson.Quite, quite eiree.

36.2

Bravo to Symonds, 1 run, down leg, tucked to square leg, Chanderpaul moves across from midwicket

36.3

Bravo to Haddin, no run, also gets Haddin back and across, nudging the ball to square leg

36.4

Bravo to Haddin, FOUR, bang, thats four ... Haddin essays another lovely offdrive to a full ball

And around the stumps goes Bravo

36.5

Bravo to Haddin, no run, pushes it across Haddin, who gets up and plays with an angled bat

36.6

Bravo to Haddin, no run, half-tracker over the stumps, Haddin takes his eyes off it but is safe

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 152/5
BJ Haddin    12* (28b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    9-3-39-2
A Symonds    20* (42b 1x4)      FH Edwards    8-1-38-1

Right, enough about Symonds, walking, Benson and Sydney. Can't keep checking a flood of emails and type each ball. But I will check my inbox as best I can and try to publish the best comments that come in. Powell is back for another spell.

37.1

Powell to Symonds, 1 run, gets back and drives the ball to the man at cover for a single

37.2

Powell to Haddin, no run, on his pads and he plays the ball to midwicket

37.3

Powell to Haddin, 2 runs, strides into the pitch of the ball and pushes it into the gap at extra cover

37.4

Powell to Haddin, no run, invites the drive by offering width and Haddin almost goes, but resists

37.5

Powell to Haddin, no run, back of a length, he gets behind the ball and defends back to Powell

37.6

Powell to Haddin, no run, pins him back and across again, this one is played back on the leg-side

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 155/5
BJ Haddin    14* (33b 2x4)      DBL Powell    8-3-39-0
A Symonds    21* (43b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    9-3-39-2

Finally we see big man Benn. He will bowl from around the stumps to Symonds.

38.1

Benn to Symonds, FOUR, that's a start! Symonds cutting Benn''s first delivery from the crease wide of Gayle at slip, the ball flying well wide of him, some turn there

38.2

Benn to Symonds, no run, this one pitches and straightens, Symonds plays it back to Benn

38.3

Benn to Symonds, no run, well flighted up and Symonds marries bat and pad to defend it back

38.4

Benn to Symonds, no run, quicker one, middle and leg, driven back to Benn's right side

38.5

Benn to Symonds, no run, well bowled, flighted up and drawing a loose forward defensive

38.6

Benn to Symonds, FOUR, that's hit over the top, as Symonds plants his front foot forward and just pushes that over mid-off for four, no chance of stopping that one, but a good first over

End of over 39 (8 runs) Australia 163/5
A Symonds    29* (49b 3x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-8-0
BJ Haddin    14* (33b 2x4)      DBL Powell    8-3-39-0

39.1

Powell to Haddin, FOUR, crashed! Haddin reaches out and fiercely smears the ball into the gap between cover and point, all timing and placement

39.2

Powell to Haddin, no run, yorker-length comeback and Haddin jams bat down on it

39.3

Powell to Haddin, no run, similar delivery and this one's driven back to Powell, who fields it

39.4

Powell to Haddin, no run, good stuff this, now changing the length and drawing a back-foot defence

39.5

Powell to Haddin, no run, again, gets him back and across and defending to the on-side

39.6

Powell to Haddin, no run, full as he looks for swing, Haddin gets forward and drives to extra cover

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 167/5
BJ Haddin    18* (39b 3x4)      DBL Powell    9-3-43-0
A Symonds    29* (49b 3x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-8-0

So after 40 overs Australia are 167 for 5. Benn continues. He could do something on this track.

40.1

Benn to Symonds, FOUR, but thats poor, too short and wide and Symonds bisects slip and gully

40.2

Benn to Symonds, no run, slower, on a length outside off, and he leaves it be that time

40.3

Benn to Symonds, no run, quicker delivery, nearer the stumps, and Symonds defends

40.4

Benn to Symonds, no run, a dangerous leave there as the ball goes on near the top of off stump

40.5

Benn to Symonds, no run, uses his feet and drives the flat delivery straight to cover

40.6

Benn to Symonds, no run, tosses it up and gets Symonds forward and defending to cover once more

A tidy second over from Benn

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 171/5
A Symonds    33* (55b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-12-0
BJ Haddin    18* (39b 3x4)      DBL Powell    9-3-43-0

41.1

Powell to Haddin, no run, whoa Nelly! Haddin throws his bat at a full and wide one but cant connect

41.2

Powell to Haddin, no run, short of a length and he gets back to defend the ball to point

41.3

Powell to Haddin, no run, tries to pull a short one but makes a mess, chopping in front of midwicket

We've seen three Australians perish playing across the line to short balls today.

41.4

Powell to Haddin, no run, slower ball, length well outside off stump, Haddin gets in and leaves

41.5

Powell to Haddin, no run, gets forward and drives a good-looking shot right to mid-off

41.6

Powell to Haddin, no run, flicks a full ball well but Chattergoon dives at midwicket to save runs

End of over 42 (maiden) Australia 171/5
BJ Haddin    18* (45b 3x4)      DBL Powell    10-4-43-0
A Symonds    33* (55b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-12-0

42.1

Benn to Symonds, no run, flighted wide of off stump, no turn, and Symonds can leave

And now silly point comes back in for Symonds

42.2

Benn to Symonds, no run, spun outside off and he punches it to cover that time

42.3

Benn to Symonds, no run, twirls it up outside off, getting him driving to the man at cover

42.4

Benn to Symonds, no run, this one's looped up and gets him driving straight back to Benn

42.5

Benn to Symonds, SIX, top shot, Symonds connecting well to the extra flight and clearing long-on rather easily with a clean pick-up

42.6

Benn to Symonds, no run, quicker and flatter, expectedly, and he plays the last ball to cover

End of over 43 (6 runs) Australia 177/5
A Symonds    39* (61b 4x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0
BJ Haddin    18* (45b 3x4)      DBL Powell    10-4-43-0

43.1

Powell to Haddin, no run, thats wide enough outside off for him to leave be for Ramdin

Apologies for the loss of commentary. We've lost our feed.

43.2

Powell to Haddin, no run

43.3

Powell to Haddin, no run

43.4

Powell to Haddin, no run

43.5

Powell to Haddin, no run

43.6

Powell to Haddin, no run

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 177/5
BJ Haddin    18* (51b 3x4)      DBL Powell    11-5-43-0
A Symonds    39* (61b 4x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    3-0-18-0

We're back.

44.1

Benn to Symonds, no run, flat on the stumps, he gets back and defends

44.2

Benn to Symonds, no run, fuller length, he gets forward and plays back to Benn

44.3

Benn to Symonds, no run, flatter trajectory, he gets back and plays a defensive

44.4

Benn to Symonds, FOUR, but not that time, and Symonds pulls the short one over midwicket, bang!

44.5

Benn to Symonds, no run, looped up wide, he uses his feet and goes hard to point, calls of 'Catch!'

44.6

Benn to Symonds, no run, more shouts of catch but that's driven hard and well in front of point

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 181/5
A Symonds    43* (67b 5x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    4-0-22-0
BJ Haddin    18* (51b 3x4)      DBL Powell    11-5-43-0

45.1

Taylor to Haddin, 2 runs

45.2

Taylor to Haddin, no run, fullish length, Haddin gets onto it and drives to the man at mid-off

45.3

Taylor to Haddin, no run, served up on Haddin's pads and he flicks it right to midwicket

45.4

Taylor to Haddin, FOUR, wrong line, on the pads and a well-placed flick past midwicket and mid-on

45.5

Taylor to Haddin, no run, slower ball, on off and middle, he defends it to cover

45.6

Taylor to Haddin, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he leaves it be for Ramdin

End of over 46 (6 runs) Australia 187/5
BJ Haddin    24* (57b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-35-2
A Symonds    43* (67b 5x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    4-0-22-0

46.1

Benn to Symonds, no run, "oh yes, Benny" says Ramdin as Symonds gets plays it back to Benn

46.2

Benn to Symonds, no run, more room and he rocks back to cut the ball to backward point

46.3

Benn to Symonds, no run, tossed up, driven back the track and Benn deflects it onto the stumps

46.4

Benn to Symonds, 1 run, slow on the pads, tucked away to Chanderpaul at midwicket

46.5

Benn to Haddin, no run, tossed up on middle and off and defended back by Haddin

46.6

Benn to Haddin, FOUR, clean hit, Haddin not worried about keeping the ball along the ground, instead clearing the front foot and hammering the ball over extra cover

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 192/5
BJ Haddin    28* (59b 5x4)      SJ Benn    5-0-27-0
A Symonds    44* (71b 5x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    7-1-35-2

Haddin looks rather settled out there as this partnership grows.

47.1

Taylor to Symonds, no run, too straight but Symonds cannot work the ball past midwicket

47.2

Taylor to Symonds, 1 run, gets right over a wide one and cuts down into the gap behind point

47.3

Taylor to Haddin, no run, gets him back and across, dropping the head and defending to Powell

47.4

Taylor to Haddin, no run, and again, that's a good length to operate from, not giving Haddin time to come onto the front foot so he patiently defends it back

47.5

Taylor to Haddin, no run, another good ball and Haddin moves in line to defend

47.6

Taylor to Haddin, no run, full now, driven well but he cannot place it past Benn at mid-off

End of over 48 (1 run) Australia 193/5
BJ Haddin    28* (63b 5x4)      JE Taylor    8-1-36-2
A Symonds    45* (73b 5x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    5-0-27-0

Peter pops up with a non-Symonds/walking/Benson comment: "The reactive stance of the WI selectors continues to be evident with Benn's selection. After refusing to pick any spinners for years, and coming under heavy criticism from the media, they feel compelled to pick one for each game now, regardless of the likely effect, or lack thereof. We would have been better off picking the extra batsman."

48.1

Benn to Symonds, 1 run, flat outside off and he drives uppishly to the man at cover

48.2

Benn to Haddin, FOUR, flighted up and that's a nice late dab, beating Bravo and Marshall from slip and third man, the ball wins that race as Haddin ticks along

48.3

Benn to Haddin, no run, full and flat on middle and off and he defends it back neatly

48.4

Benn to Haddin, OUT, there's the breakthrough shortly before tea, Haddin chooses the wrong time to play a horizontal shot to one fired in on middle and leg, he misses, ball hits the pads, the question is asked and the umpire reckons it would have taken out middle stump

BJ Haddin lbw b Benn 32 (91m 66b 6x4 0x6) SR: 48.48

So here's Beau Casson on debut. Meanwhile, replays show the ball was hitting middle stump on that poor shot from Haddin. So a good call from Benson that time.

48.5

Benn to Casson, 1 leg bye, flat and fast down leg stump, escapes for leg-byes as Bell pleads

48.6

Benn to Symonds, 1 run, wrong line again and there's the 200 with an easy tuck to deep square

End of over 49 (7 runs) Australia 200/6
A Symonds    47* (75b 5x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    6-0-33-1
B Casson    0* (1b)      JE Taylor    8-1-36-2

Taylor back for a brief spell

49.1

Taylor to Symonds, no run, on the stumps and thats defended down to point

49.2

Taylor to Symonds, 2 runs, a couple as Symonds defends down the ground past gully and slips

He's on 49 ...

49.3

Taylor to Symonds, 5 wides, fiery half-tracker, but wasted, as it flies over Symonds and Ramdin ... that makes it 20 runs from those type of deliveries that fly away for wides

49.3

Taylor to Symonds, 1 run, fuller length and he gets this fifty, pushing off the front foot to point

Two lives during that innings, dropped on 7 and not given out on 14. Chalky.

49.4

Taylor to Casson, no run, short of a length and there's a compact defensive to point from Casson

Casson can bat, I'm told. "Well he's in ahead of Lee," offers Brydon, my Australian colleague.

49.5

Taylor to Casson, no run, back of a length again and he gets in line to defend

49.6

Taylor to Casson, no run, and that's the session as Casson keeps out another good ball

3.00pm Hello again everyone it is Jennifer here, the lovely Jennifer was unavailable. Thanks to the lovely Jamie. So, big final session coming up now.

2.40pm - Tea Australia 208 for 6. West Indies beginning and ending the session with wickets. Symonds lucky to be there on 50. Do join us shortly for the final passage of play, when it will be the lovely Jenny to walk you through. Bye from me.

End of over 50 (8 runs) Australia 208/6
B Casson    0* (4b)      JE Taylor    9-1-44-2
A Symonds    50* (78b 5x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    6-0-33-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Jun 16, 2008

Beau Casson in his follow through, West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Barbados, 5th day, June 16, 2008

Beau Casson in his follow through

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Jun 16, 2008

Shivnarine Chanderpaul receives the Man-of-the-Series award, West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Barbados, 5th day, June 16, 2008

Shivnarine Chanderpaul receives the Man-of-the-Series award

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