Late strikes put Australia on top
Australia claimed three late wickets to take control of the second Test against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval.
The tourists, 1-0 up in the three-match series, were thankful for Mike Hussey’s 73 as they eked out a first-innings score of 311 on a pitch already offering considerable turn.
His efforts were followed up by the bowlers as Adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell all fell leg before to leave West Indies 49 for three in their reply.
With Australia resuming on 208 for five after a rain-affected first day, the home side’s decision to take the new ball reaped instant reward.
Kemar Roach found a hint of movement to locate Matthew Wade’s edge, Carlton Baugh taking a comfortable catch.
But Baugh then became the villain as, having dropped Hussey on five yesterday, he missed a stumping chance when the left-hander came down the pitch to Shane Shillingford.
Hussey moved to 50 a couple of overs later as he and James Pattinson thrived before rain fell and heralded an early lunch with Australia 267 for six.
Following a delay of just over two hours, the duo continued to flourish as Pattinson, in particular, looked to be positive.
Not to be outdone, Hussey slog-swept Shillingford for six, only to fall in tame fashion soon after; he struck Narsingh Deonarine straight to Brathwaite at short extra-cover.
Shillingford got in on the act in the next over, finding a leading edge from Pattinson, with Darren Bravo taking the catch to send the batsman back for an impressive 32.
Roach wasted little time in finishing off the innings - and completing figures of 5-105 - as he bowled Ben Hilfenhaus and trapped Michael Beer in front in the same over.
West Indies’ reply got off to a disastrous start when Brathwaite fell without a run on the board, rapped on the pad by a Hilfenhaus outswinger that beat the edge.
Beer, surprisingly given the new ball, then got rid of Barath for seven with an arm ball having found prodigious turn off the previous delivery.
The introduction of Pattinson brought another wicket when, with his first delivery, the seamer sent Powell back for 19 - only for replays to show the batsman would have been reprieved had he reviewed; the ball was pitching outside leg stump.
But Bravo looked comfortable as, alongside Shivnarine Chanderpaul, he saw West Indies through to stumps. The former will resume on 16 and the latter one tomorrow.