Harris Saves Day Four- Aus-WI First Test

The tailenders save the First Test.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

With Australia struggling at the crease, Ryan Harris, the No.9 batsman, and Nathan Lyon have put together a strong last wicket partnership and saved the Australian first innings.

Australia came into the day at just 5-248 with captain Michael Clarke having been dismissed at stumps on day three.

The day didn’t start as planned when Michael Hussey became the first of three Australian batsmen to fall a little too early for liking. Hussey added just one to his day three total of 47, dismissed when he attacked a rare ball by Roach that was actually on target, hitting it straight into the waiting hands of Carlton Baugh.

Peter Siddle went without adding a run to the Australian total. He half-avoided a bouncer from Fidel Edwards and used his glove to protect his head, sending the ball to Kirk Edwards in the gulley.

Matthew Wade, on debut, produced 19 runs at the end of day three but could raise his total to just 28 before he slashed at a wide delivery and was caught at slips.

Harris and Ben Hilfenhaus were then left to resuscitate the Aussie innings and they found some success. Hilfenhaus added a quick 24 before being cleaned bowled by Roach, but Australia currently remains at the crease with Harris on 68 and Lyon on 40. The two have Australia sitting at 406, slowly edging towards the West Indies opening innings target of 449.

With a day and half remaining in the test Australia may only be playing towards a tie at best but have at least saved themselves from an awkward initial loss.