Saturday 7 April 2012 

Brathwaite And Edwards Hand West Indies Good Start

Brathwaite And Edwards Hand West Indies Good Start
Brathwaite And Edwards Hand West Indies Good Start
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West Indies 179-3 (Edwards 61) v Australia
First Test, Barbados, day one

The West Indies made steady progress on the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Barbados before rain ended play early.

Kirk Edwards (61) and Kraigg Brathwaite (57) scored half-centuries as the home side closed on 179 for three.

Adrian Barath made 22 as he and Brathwaite got the West Indies off to a good start with a partnership of 38 before he was caught by Peter Siddle off Ryan Harris.

Brathwaite, who faced 199 balls, and Edwards, who was at the crease for 107 deliveries, then dug in to frustrate Australia with a 104-run partnership for the second wicket.

Edwards batted positively after tea, hitting ten fours and a six in all, and after his dismissal, Brathwaite was joined by Darren Bravo, who was unbeaten at stumps on 20.

The Edwards-Brathwaite partnership was broken by an unlikely source when David Warner was brought on and held on to a tough caught and bowled chance to remove Edwards.

Brathwaite carried on as he had left off in India before he was eventually caught by wicket-keeper Matthew Wade, making his Test debut, off Siddle.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was on eight when the rain arrived as he and Bravo had begun to consolidate after Edwards' departure.

© Cricket World 2012