Clarke half century holds up West Indies

April 10, 2012
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by privatemusings

1st Test, Barbados
West Indies 449/9 v Australia 248/5

West Indies remained on top of the first Test against Australia on day 3 in Barbados, despite a battling half century from Australian captain Michael Clarke.

Australia finished at stumps on 248-5 still trailing the home team by 201 runs. Things could have been worse for the tourists as they found themselves 133-4. Darren Sammy removed openers David Warner (42), and Ed Cowan (14), as both men were caught behind the wicket pushing forward to Sammy’s away swing.

Ricky Ponting was run out for just 4, after Shane Watson had misjudged a second run, leaving the former Australian captain stranded. Watson was then himself dismissed for 39 from 80 balls, as he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey began to repair the innings making sure that Australia would not follow on. Clarke made a patent 73 from 173 balls before he was dismissed by leg spinner Devendra Bishoo. Hussey (47*) and Matthew Wade (19*) took Australia to stumps with the score on 248-5.

Despite avoiding the follow on, Australia will know they must bat well on day 4 to ensure they are not fighting for survival on day 5 in Barbados.

The Scoop 10/04/12

 

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