Monday 23 April 2012 

Australia Struggle As West Indies Fight Back

Australia Struggle As West Indies Fight Back
Australia Struggle As West Indies Fight Back
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Australia 212-7 (Warner 50) v West Indies
Third Test, Dominica, day one

A fascinating opening day of the third and final Test between the West Indies and Australia ended with the tourists closing on a precarious 212 for seven.

Shane Shillingford, the first Dominican to play a Test at home, returned figures of four for 77, troubling the Australian batsmen throughout the day.

David Warner stroked 50 and Shane Watson 41 as Australia reached lunch at 69 for one, losing Ed Cowan (1) early to Ravi Rampaul.

Rampaul was in the side in place of Fidel Edwards in the West Indies' only change but once the 83-run stand for the second wicket was broken, the West Indies enjoyed the better of proceedings.

Captain Darren Sammy broke through to having Watson caught by Narsingh Deonarine before Warner was caught by Kieran Powell as Shillingford got into his rhythm.

Ricky Ponting made 23 before Shillingford had him caught by Sammy and Michael Clarke was then caught by Adrian Barath for 24 off the same bowler.

Sammy, who missed a simple catch early in the day, then pulled off a fine left-handed grab to have Michael Hussey (10) caught at slip as Shillingford struck again.

Kemar Roach took the final wicket of the day when Ryan Harris was caught behind.

Matthew Wade was unbeaten at stumps on 22 while Mitchell Starc made 24.

Australia, who lead the series 1-0, made two changes to their side with Harris and Starc replacing Michael Beer and James Pattinson.

© Cricket World 2012

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