Wade aids Australia dominance
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade’s maiden Test century and a dominant bowling display gave Australia the upper hand over West Indies at Dominica by the end of day two in the third and final match of the series.
Wade, playing in his third Test, extended an overnight 22 to 106, adding 102 for the ninth wicket with Ben Hilfenhaus as the tourists moved to 328 all out.
Nathan Lyon then responded to fellow off-spinner Shane Shillingford’s 6-119 with three scalps to help reduce the Windies to 120 for eight, the last seven wickets falling for 58 runs.
Although Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ravi Rampaul shared an unbroken 45, the hosts’ hope of levelling the rubber is slim.
Soon after Australia had resumed on 212 for seven Wade was dropped without adding to his overnight score as Kemar Roach could not hold a tough caught and bowled chance.
But next ball Mitchell Starc was run out for 35, ending a stand of 57 with Wade. Attempting a second run off Roach, Starc inexplicably failed to ground his bat.
Immediately after Wade went to his fifty Hilfenhaus upped the ante by clubbing Darren Sammy for a midwicket six. Wade followed suit, first by lifting Narsingh Deonarine over long-on and then Shillingford over midwicket twice in as many balls.
A cover-driven four off Roach heralded Wade’s ton, but he fell to Shillingford in the next over thanks to brilliant fielding by Darren Bravo. Bravo caught the ball just inside the midwicket rope, threw it up before his momentum carried him over the boundary and returned inside to claim the catch.
Two balls later Hilfenhaus was bowled by Shillingford for 19, attempting a heave, to signal the end of the innings and lunch.
Hilfenhaus broke through in the third over of the reply, having Kraigg Brathwaite held for nought at first slip by Ryan Harris at the second attempt.
Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell consolidated with a steady 61-run stand that ended when Lyon found extra bounce to have the former caught at short-leg for 29.
Bravo greeted part-time leg-spinner David Warner’s introduction by cutting and pulling him for back-to-back fours but, two deliveries later, fell in the same fashion as Barath.
Soon after tea Powell attempted to cut Lyon only to play on for 40, and wickets continued to tumble as Harris successfully reviewed an lbw appeal against Narsingh Deonarine and Lyon had Carlton Baugh held at short-leg.
It got worse for West Indies when, in the space of two balls, Sammy was run out by Ed Cowan’s direct hit from the covers and Starc bowled Shillingford.
Rampaul survived a leg before review from Warner, whom he almost immediately pulled for four to save the follow-on.
Chanderpaul, who had witnessed much of the carnage from the non-striker’s end, cut two fours against spin and Rampaul found the boundary thrice more in the closing overs.