Australia vs W Indies
It's been a wonderful five days of Test cricket and Gayle has lived up to his word: he is the right man to skipper the West Indies. From Brisbane to Adelaide, the boys from the Caribbean have done a 180 and there are plenty of positives to be taken from this match. Kudos to the groudsman for creating such a lovely pitch, bless him. Lots of work still left for the West Indies heading into the final Test but after what we saw, who knows what's possible? That's all from us for now folks, cheers.
Over 76 Barath 0-2-1-1-0-0
212-5 Gayle is having a laugh, Barath is brought on to bowl and the batsmen take four runs from it before both teams decide to call it a draw. What a Test this has been.
Over 74 Bravo 0-1-0-0-0-1
206-5 Much better from Bravo - just two singles come off it. Haddin and Clarke are set on surviving now. There are seven overs remaining for a the day and it'll take at least a hat-trick from one of the Windies bowlers if they want to win this.
Over 73 Benn 4-4-4-0-0-0
204-5 Yep, West Indies have gone into a slump. Clarke hammers three consecutive fours off the first three balls of the over - brings up his 50 with a four towards square leg. Benn is not happy with himself.
Over 72 Bravo 4-2-0-1-0-0
192-5 Bravo back into the attack now and it just somehow seems as if though West Indies have given up all hope. He's not looking as threatening as he was earlier and Australia are scoring freely now. We're heading for the draw, then.
Over 71 Roach 4-0-0-nb-0-1-0
185-5 Poor Roach is very frustrated and he looks extremely tired. The batsmen take three from the over and Roach is heading off the field. He should be proud of himself, though. He's done well.
Over 70 Sammy 0-0-0-0-0-4
179-5 Benn is back into the attack and Haddin defends watchfully before taking four with a cut shot through the covers off the last ball.
Over 69 Roach 0-0-0-1-0-nb-1b
175-5 Roach continues, three come from it, including a no ball and a bye.
Over 68 Sammy 3-0-2-1-nb-0-0
172-5 Sammy is back into the attack to replace Bravo, the draw is looking more and more likely. It's a good over for the Aussie batsmen, with seven runs coming from it.
Over 67 Roach 0-0-0-0-0-0
165-5 It's the final hour of the day and Roach is into the attack. Clarke is flashing at everything and it nearly costs him, twice. Threatening stuff from maiden and it results in a maiden.
Over 66 Bravo 0-0-0-0-1-3
165-5 There are 16 overs left in the day and five wickets left to get. This is a huge task. Bravo is into the attack and the field is very close to the batsmen now. The Aussies get four from it - and that brings drinks to the field.
Over 65 Roach 0-0-0-0-0-0
161-5 Benn is back on the field, so he's not injured. Roach gets a maiden under the belt while Clarke defends watchfully.
Over 64 Bravo 0-0-1-0-0-4
161-5 Short mid-on, short midwicket, two short square legs all on the onside. Bit silly in setting the field like that, why would anyone pop one up to the onside if a field is set like that? Haddin manages four through the offisde, well struck.
Over 63 Roach 1-0-2-0-0-nb-0
156-5 Another good over for West Indies, Roach gets a couple to keep low, the signs are encouraging but one gets the feeling that it might just end up being a case of so close yet so far for the Windies. Benn has gone off the field, hopefully he just needs to use the loo and it's not the trouble with those feet injuries.
Over 62 Bravo 0-0-0-0-0-0
152-5 Can't help but think Gayle should have declared instead of having batting until they were all out. Bravo gets one to go through Haddin, wide on the crease. That swung a little, and the ball misses the stumps by a coat of varnish. Haddin shrugs his shoulders and says: "I'm still here, mate". Maiden over, another great one for the Windies.
Over 61 Roach 0-0-3-2-0-0
152-5 The little quick is back into the attack and he continues to be expensive. Haddin drives through midwicket, well timed and the ball races towards the fence but Nash does well to chase and pull it back before it reaches the ropes. A couple more towards cover follow. Frustration mounts for Roach.
Over 60 Bravo 0-0-0-0-nb-4-0
147-5 Bravo oversteps and Clarke drives the next one through midwicket for four runs. The West Indies won't mind that, time is running out for them though and they need to pick up the wickets to get into the tail. Winning here will really boost their morale.
Over 59 Benn 0-0-1-0-2-0
142-5 Clarke takes a single by cutting towards point which puts the new man Haddin on strike. The Aussie wicketkeeper manages to stay on guard, though and he takes two runs towards backward square to get off the mark.
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Over 58 Bravo 0-0-0-0-0-0
139-5 Haddin sees off a maiden and he has to duck underneath a short one. It's not enough to just bowl maiden after maiden - the West Indies have to take some wickets.
- 4th - 8th Dec 2009
- M R Benson and I J Gould
australia BATTING CARD
|Watson||c Bravo b Sammy||48|
|Katich||c Barath b Bravo||21|
|Hussey||c Ramdin b Bravo||29|
|North||c Sarwan b Bravo||2|
|Extras||7nb, 1b, 2lb||10|
|Total||Close, 76.0 Overs||212 - 5|