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CRICKET / Kemar Roach picks up three wickets

TAKING ADVANTAGE:Michael Hussey capitalised on two missed chances by West Indies wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to make an unbeaten half-century.— Photo: AFP
TAKING ADVANTAGE:Michael Hussey capitalised on two missed chances by West Indies wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to make an unbeaten half-century.— Photo: AFP

Michael Hussey struck an unbeaten 54 on Monday to lead Australia to 267 for six at lunch on the second day of the second Test against West Indies.

West Indies struck an early blow with the second new ball when the visitors resumed on 208 for five, but Hussey and James Pattinson shared an unbroken stand of 59 that deflated the hosts.

The 36-year-old Hussey, who survived a chance on Sunday when on 5, also benefited from a stumping miss when on 47. He hit four fours off 152 balls in 3 hours.

Pattinson contributed a level-headed 21 not out, including three fours off 63 deliveries.

Fast bowler Kemar Roach led the host with three for 96. Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, the unlucky bowler on Hussey's two chances, took two for 70.

The day began brightly for West Indies with Roach removing wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade for 11 on the second ball of the second over. Wade drove at a good length delivery and edged low for Darren Bravo to hold the catch at second slip.

Roach and Fidel Edwards were unlucky not to claim another breakthrough with both quicks beating Hussey and Pattinson on several occasions. But the pair of left-handers gradually emerged to share an important stand. Pattinson shrugged off two nasty blows to his right arm from Roach and Edwards to confidently hit three boundaries.

Rain interruption

Light rain arrived 10 minutes before the scheduled lunch break and threatened to delay the resumption.

Earlier, Shane Watson's patient half-century helped Australia in its pursuit of a solid first innings score on a slow Queen's Park Oval pitch.

“It was hard to get the pace of the ball because it was very slow. Also the ball was very soft,” said Watson.

“The fields that (West Indies skipper) Darren Sammy set meant it was hard to rotate the strike at times. I was trying to do everything I could to keep the scoreboard moving, but on a wicket like this it does make it difficult.”

The day was also a mini-triumph for West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford who came in for Devendra Bishoo to play his first Test in 18 months after having to undergo remedial work on his action.

“It obviously felt pretty good coming back to Test cricket and getting a wicket (David Warner) in my first over,” he said.

Australia, which won the first Test in Barbados by three wickets, decided to play two spinners for the first time in nearly four years, with Michael Beer coming in to partner Nathan Lyon. — AFP

Australia — 1st innings: D. Warner c Sammy b Shillingford 29, E. Cowan lbw b Roach 28, S. Watson c Barath b Shillingford 56, R. Ponting c Sammy b Roach 7, M. Clarke c Shillingford b Deonarine 45, M. Hussey (batting) 54, M. Wade c Bravo b Roach 11, J. Pattinson (batting) 21; Extras (b-5, lb-5, w-1, nb-5): 16; Total (for six wkts. in 112 overs, at lunch ): 267.

Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-65, 3-83, 4-167, 5-178, 6-208.

West Indies bowling: Edwards 18-10-36-0, Roach 25-5-96-3, Sammy 16-6-27-0, Shillingford 38-12-70-2, Deonarine 15-3-28-1.

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