high drama! Australia have appealed for a caught behind and Roach has been given, he wants a review, it's so marginal, can't really tell if he nicked it or not, replays aren't conclusive and in such cases I think the on-field decision should stay, Roach fended at the ball off the back foot as it angled across him ... the Australians were extremely confident ... Hot Spot shows nothing much ... the wait is long and tense ... and he's been given ... fair call too since there was no evidence either way
So Australia take the series 2-0, after some sweating. They won Gabba easily, hung on to draw Adelaide, and clinched Perth by 35 runs after dominating most of the Test. Terrific effort from West Indies to get this close when few expected them to. It's been a thrilling chase.
Healy's asking Bollinger if he though Roach hit that. "Smashed it," says Bollinger, who admits they were a bit concerned with the review taking so long.
I've been flooded by emails saying that Roach should not have been given out because replays didn't show an edge. I don't think that's how it works. Bowden gave him out on the field and since replays did not prove that he didn't nick it, the on-field decision should stay. The irony is that, if Bowden had given him not out, and the Australians had asked for a review, Roach might well have been given not out after the review because replays didn't prove that he was out. It's complicated, this UDRS. I couldn't tell whether he nicked it or not. Hot Spot didn't show much, but it often doesn't pick up faint edges. This debate will rage on and on ...
They are showing Snicko now and there's a faint indication of an edge. Ever so faint, it could have been an edge, it could have been something else. I guess only Roach will really know.
Chris Gayle is the Player of the Match for an astonishing century in the first innings. How West Indies would have dearly loved a few more from him in the second. "Congrats to Ricky and his team, you guys played better cricket," says Gayle. He goes on to praise his team-mates "I'm really happy for the guys and the way they played but very disappointed as well ... I want to commend Adrian Barath on his first hundred .. Kemar Roach did really well as well." He rates his two hundreds in this series among his top five innings.
Gayle is also the Player of the Series.
"We've played in two very even Test matches," says Ponting. "I think the fans around Australia have seen some very good cricket in the last couple of weeks." Ponting says his injury is improving, he hopes to be fit for Boxing Day.
Here's Peter English's bulletin of this morning's play.
Thank you for all your emails. Do join us for our coverage of the Pakistan series, which begins on Boxing Day in Melbourne. I'm off to continue the UDRS debate with my colleagues. This is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.
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short, wide, slashed and four! Roach has room to free his arms and he carves the ball high over point, WI are 36 away! 36!! From leveling a series in Australia.
Mark from Chicago - If Tonge wins it, headline should be - As the bell tongs
short of a length angling across the right hander, Roach moves back and plays the ball to gully
it's in the air, it's still in the air, mid-off's running back, will Hauritz get there? No he won't and the ball falls safely in the outfield. Tonge's playing with fire here, and so far he hasn't been burned
banged in short again, Tonge pulls but misses, the ball climbs high, forcing Haddin to leap and collect the ball above his head
full ball on off stump, Tonge plays a pleasing cover drive but gets nothing for it because it's straight to the fielder
edged and four! Watson bowls one fuller and Tonge has an almighty heave at it, the inside edge misses leg stump and races towards the fine-leg boundary
another short ball outside off, another swing and a miss, perhaps Tonge should look to hit on the off, rather than pull from outside off
short ball, Tonge pulls but misses, he's not going to wait around here, he's going after them
West Indies scored five off that over ...
edged! And safe! Tonge tried to force the ball off the back foot through the off side but the edge flew just edge of Hussey at gully
Bollinger pitches one shorter and Tonge's not sure what to do with it, he begins to play a horizontal bat but then ends up defending
Tonge stays in his crease and punches a good length ball down the ground, the timing isn't there but the placement is straight enough to get two more
short of a length and wide outside off, Tonge flashes and flashes hard, the edge flies over gully and third man runs to his right to prevent four
good length and straight, Tonge stays in his crease and tries to defend but gets hit high on the thigh
short of a length angling across Tonge, he plays the ball uppishly but it falls short of Hussey at gully
Doug Bollinger from the other end ... he's had a terrific Test.
plays and misses, Watson bowls in the channel outside off stump, Roach presses forward and gets beaten, over to Tonge
good length with a hint of shape away from Roach who lets it go
short of a length outside off, Roach has a flirt but doesn't edge it
left alone outside off stump
Bright and sunny in Perth for the moment. Periwinkle blue skies.
defended once again, on the off side
|Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth|
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Australia won the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1941|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30|
|Match days||16,17,18,19,20 December 2009 - day (5-day match)|