Australia fight back in Barbados

April 11, 2012
Ben Hilfenhaus

By Chris Brown

1st Test, Barbados
West Indies 449/9d & 71/5 v Australia 406/9d

Australia have put themselves in a position of strength in the first Test match in Barbados against the West Indies thanks to some great lower order resistance from their tail.

In reply to West Indies’ 449-9 Australia ended up declaring just before tea on day four, 406-9. Batting at 9, Ryan Harris made a gutsy 68 not out from 123 balls. He was well supported by Ben Hilfenhaus (24) and Nathan Lyon (40) as the West Indies were made to toil.

The West Indies looked set for a big lead when they dismissed Michael Hussey early on day four for just 48, leaving Australia 249-6, still 200 runs a drift. Australia eventually declared just 43 runs behind the home side with still 38 overs to bowl.

Australia made good inroads into the West Indies batting line up in the final session of the day, as West Indies finished 71-5 at stumps. Ben Hilfenhaus claimed 3-17 from 10 overs in an inspired spell of bowling.

It should be a fascinating day at the Kensington Oval on day five with West Indies leading Australia by 114 runs with 5 second innings wickets in hand.

The Scoop 11/04/12

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