Aussies Steal First Test

The Aussies complete a comeback win to start the West Indies tour.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Led by bowler turned batsman Ben Hilfenhaus, Australia has pulled off a remarkable win in the First Test of the West Indies tour.

Hilfenhaus delivered the daring winning single and put Australia ahead 1-0 in the best-of-three series.

The Windies had Australia on the brink during day four and were just two wickets away from having a 150+ run lead over the visiting side during the second innings, but an amazing day and half effort saw the Australians complete the impossible.

Ryan Harris was awarded with Man of the Match honours and it was the pairing of him and Hilfenhaus at the crease that saw out the Australian victory. The duo combined for a 44-run partnership on the ninth wicket in the first innings.

After bowling out the West Indies for 148 run before lunch, the Australians were left to smash 198 from 63 overs. They didn’t start well. Shane Watson, the best batter of the second innings (52 from 57) was dismissed by Narsingh Deonarine and his dismal began a rush of Aussie wickets.

Ed Cowan fell next, followed shortly by Ricky Ponting (14) and Michael Clarke (6). Matthew Wade escaped an LBW decision allowing him and Michael Hussey to do enough damage so that the tail-enders needed just a handful of runs to finish off the West Indies.

Australia began their attack maybe a little too slowly, Cowan needed 100 balls to score just 32 runs, and as a result they were forced to fight the fading sunlight during the final section of the day.

Spinner Deonarine was fantastic with the ball and almost ended the Australian rally with figures of 4-53 but in the end the Aussie had done just enough to steal a great win.