Australia Holds Fast To Start Second Test

It took Australia a patient batting peformance to hold up on a rough pitch.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia finished day one of the Second Test against the West Indies at 5-208 on a slow, rough pitch at Queen’s Park Oval.

Adding another 100 to their first innings total would be a major win considering the surface and as the days progress conditions at the crease will only deteriorate further.

Openers David Warner and Ed Cowan didn’t make a great impact. Warner fell first to off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who had a good day (2-56) but hadn’t taken a wicket in almost two years, for 29 after falling for the spin and tapping it to Darren Sammy at first slip.

Cowan fell next for 28 when he was deemed leg before wicket from a Kemar Roach delivery.

Ricky Ponting did nothing to atone for his poor play in the First Test in Barbados (combined 18 runs from two innings) and was caught behind for just 7.

Shane Watson and Michael Clarke were the best batsmen of the day. Both were patient and took their time at the crease. Watson made 56 from 172 balls before being caught (Barath) and bowled (Shillingford) while Clarke had 45 from 99 deliveries.

Roach took two wickets for the West Indies but was expensive, being hit for 77. Shillingford was by far their bowler, bowling 32 overs (Roach was next highest with 18) at the cost of 56 runs. Narsingh Deonarine was the third wicket taker, claiming the wicket of Clarke.

The Aussies will resume today with Michael Hussey (26) and Matthew Wade (11) at the crease.