Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 29th 2015 Contents MELBOURNE---Stylish left-hander
Darren Bravo missed out on a second
successive hundred while the enter-
prising Carlos Brathwaite struck a
half-century on debut, as they com-
bined to produce West Indies finest
day of the otherwise ill-fated tour
of Australia here yesterday.
However, the odds remained
stacked heavily in the Aussies favour
after they ended day three of the his-
toric Boxing Day Test firmly in com-
mand with an overall lead of 459 runs.
Given little chance of staving off
defeat on the pivotal third day after
resuming at 91 for six, West Indies
rallied admirably through a blend of
steely resolve and good fortune,
extending their first innings to 271
before they were bowled out five min-
utes before tea.
Bravo once again spearheaded the
resistance, top-scoring with an ultra-
patient 81 from 204 balls with eight
fours while Brathwaite was excellent
in his 59 off 126 deliveries with two
fours and a six.
The pair added 90 for the seventh
wicket, a partnership which frustrated
Australia s attempts to wrap up the
West Indies innings before lunch,
enforce the follow on and press for
another grand victory inside three
Instead, with a lead of 280 and
their bowlers fatigued, the hosts opted
to bat again and finished the day on
179 for three -- an already daunting
advantage heading into the penulti-
mate day at the Melbourne Cricket
Captain Steve Smith was eyeing
his second hundred of the game
unbeaten on 70 while the in-form
Usman Khawaja made 56 to go with
his first innings century.
They put on 87 for the third wicket
after the Windies bowlers knocked
over openers Joe Burns (3) and David
Warner (17) cheaply to leave Australia
stumbling somewhat at 46 for two.
Captain and seamer Jason Holder
claimed Burns in the second over
when the right-hander nicked an out-
swinger to Kraigg Brathwaite at second
slip while Warner steered pacer Carlos
Brathwaite to Holder at gully.
Holder, who added Khawaja deep
in the final session, has been the best
bowler with two for 49.
After the wretched capitulation in
the Hobart Test, the fight shown by
West Indies was a refreshing change
but they needed a healthy slice of
Twice Brathwaite was let off by
no-balls from fast bowler James Pat-
tinson. On 13, the right-hander missed
a heave and was bowled in the fifth
over of the morning with West Indies
on 101 for six.
He was already trudging off when
replays showed Pattinson had over-
Fortune smiled on Brathwaite again
on 50 when he pulled to long leg only
for the luckless Pattinson to be no-
balled once again.
Brathwaite, resuming the day on
three, showed his intent when he
slapped pacer Josh Hazlewood author-
itatively over cover off the second ball
of the morning s second over.
Surviving his first blemish a few
overs later, Brathwaite dominated the
stand with Bravo, moving effortlessly
into the 30s as the Windies slowly
added precious runs.
He attacked Nathan Lyon, taking
11 runs from the left-arm spinner s
17th over -- finding the ropes at long
on before going straight back overhead
to find the sightscreen. A single in
the same over saw him to his maiden
West Indies looked like making it
to lunch without losing a wicket when
Brathwaite found himself in a tangle
and clipped a return catch to Lyon,
in the final over before the break.
Unbeaten on 35 then with West
Indies on 173 for seven, Bravo found
an ally in Kemar Roach and they fur-
ther stymied Australia s advance with
a stand of 42 for the eighth wicket.
Roach s knock was a cameo one,
scoring 22 off 44 balls, with two of
his three fours coming in one over
from Smith s unpracticed leg-spin.
Bravo reached his half-century off
154 balls, about 45 minutes after lunch
but then lost Roach lbw to Pattinson
and Jerome Taylor caught at the wick-
et off Lyon for 15, as the Windies
slipped to 239 for nine.
Last man Jomel Warrican, who
made 11 not out, helped to add 32 for
the final wicket with Bravo who even-
tually perished, slicing Pattinson to
Smith at gully, with tea approaching.
Lyon (4-66) and Pattinson (4-72)
finished with four wickets apiece while
fast bowler Peter Siddle chipped in
with two for 40.
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cricket Test match
Well-known cricket commentator
Fazeer Mohammed has been banned
from interviewing any West Indies
player currently in Australia taking
part in the Sir Frank Worrell cricket
Mohammed made the trek from
Trinidad to Australia to work as a
radio commentator for the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and
has been commentating since the first
Test in Hobart. He told Guardian
Media yesterday that he was banned
after he made comments about the
team on a radio talk show prior to
the start of the second Test that is
currently on in Melbourne.
According to Mohammed: "I got
banned from interviewing anyone in
He added that coach Phil Simmons
did not take lightly to criticisms of
the team s training heading into the
"Simmons apparently didn t like
what I said about the team s training
ahead of this Test. I made the com-
ments on Andrew Mason s show last
Tuesday. Someone obviously told him
what I said and he didn t like it."
Asked if he was contacted by Sim-
mons, Mohammed said, "No, he
hasn t spoken to me."
Mohammed continued: "The infor-
mation was passed on by Philip
Spooner. Simmons spoke to the pro-
ducer of the Australian Broadcasting
Corporation (ABC) radio commentary,
Adam White and told him that I am
not to interview any member of the
squad. This occurred at the end of
the second day s play of the ongoing
Mohammed found that Simmons
action was not necessary as it can
bring no good to the squad.
"It is disappointing because it does-
n t really achieve anything other than
bring unnecessary and unwanted neg-
ative attention to a squad that has
already been facing severe criticism
from the Australian media," he said.
The West Indies team has per-
formed poorly thus far in this series
and is trailing 0--1 and in deep trouble
in the ongoing Test at Melbourne.
Since arriving in Australia the team
has been put under the gun on and
off the field and skipper Jason Holder
has been the centre of attacks.
Only yesterday, former Australian
great ?? said that the West Indies
Cricket Board (WICB) made a grave
error in putting the young player in
charge of the Test squad, due to his
inexperience in the role.
Mohammed banned from interviewing WI players
Carlos Brathwaite has praised
West Indies fightback but
believes it will take a "mon-
umental effort" in order to
avoid defeat to Australia in
the second Test at the Mel-
bourne Cricket Ground.
The Windies ended the
third day on Monday trailing
by 459 runs, after being dis-
missed for 271 in response to
the Aussies mammoth first
innings total of 551 for three
Batting a second time, Aus-
tralia reached 179 for three at
the close to pile even more
pressure on the Windies.
"From a team point of view,
I was happy with the fight
that we showed," said Brath-
waite, who is playing in his
"Ultimately, the game is still
very, very far out of our hands
and it will take a monumental
effort to bring ourselves back
into the game, even in trying
to draw it or win it but that s
a challenge we ll look at
Brathwaite played a key role
in the Windies resistance on
Monday s third day, stroking
a positive 59 in a 90-run sev-
enth wicket stand with left-
hander Darren Bravo, who
top-scored with 81.
The partnership hauled the
Caribbean side around from
a precarious position of 91 for
six at the start.
Bizarrely, Brathwaite was
given two lives, on 13 and on
50, after fast bowler James
Pattinson dismissed him twice
with front-foot no-balls.
He said his plan initially was
to be aggressive but after the
first let-off, bowled missing
a big heave, he settled down
to play carefully.
"Personally, I was a bit for-
tunate ... and I am just happy
I could contribute to a fighting
day s performance," the 27-
year-old told reporters.
West Indies produced a
horror showing in the Hobart
first Test to lose by an innings
and 212 runs and also strug-
gled on the first two days of
the current encounter, allow-
ing Australia to pile up in
excess of 500 for the second
However, Brathwaite said
despite the poor results on
tour, the Windies team spirit
remained high and players
were continuing to work hard
behind the scenes.
Australia vs West Indies
AUSTRALIA 1st inns 551-3 decl.
WEST INDIES 1st Inns (o/n 91 for six)
K Brathwaite c Burns b Lyon ...................17
R Chandrika lbw b Pattinson ....................25
DM Bravo c Smith b Pattinson ................81
M Samuels lbw b Pattinson .......................0
J Blackwood c & b Lyon ................................28
D Ramdin c Burns b Siddle ........................0
J Holder b Siddle .................................................0
C Brathwaite c and b Lyon .........................59
K Roach lbw b Pattinson .............................22
J Taylor c wkp Nevill b Lyon ......................15
JA Warrican not out ........................................11
Extras (b5, lb3, nb5) .......................................13
TOTAL (all out; 100.3 overs) ..............271
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (K Brathwaite), 2-
50 (Chandrika), 3-50 (Samuels), 4-82
(Blackwood,), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-83
(Holder), 7-173 (C Brathwaite), 8-215
(Roach), 9-239 (Taylor), 10-271 (Bravo).
Bowling: Hazlewood 21-6-49-0,
Pattinson 22.3-1-72-4 (nb4), Lyon 29-8-
66-4, Siddle 18-3-40-2 (nb1), Marsh 7-4-
15-0, Smith 3-0-21-0.
AUSTRALIA 2nd Inns
J Burns c K Brathwaite b Holder ...........4
D Warner c Holder b C Brathwaite .....17
U Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Holder ....56
S Smith not out ....................................................70
M Marsh not out ................................................18
Extras (lb7, w2, nb5) ......................................14
TOTAL (3 wkts, 32 overs)....................179
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Burns), 2-46
(Warner), 3-123 (Khawaja)
Bowling: Taylor 3-0-24-0, Holder 11-1-
49-2 (nb1), C Brathwaite 6-1-30-1 (w1),
Roach 4-0-22-0, Warrican 8-0-47-0.
Position: Australia lead by 459 runs.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV -- I
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