Trelawny (Jamaica): Stuart MacGill gave evidence that he could pose a serious challenge to West Indies, when he helped Australia to take control of their three-day tour match against Jamaica.
MacGill was the most successful Australia bowler with four wickets for 79 runs from 21 overs, but he was overshadowed by Carlton Baugh Jr, whose undefeated 111 was the backbone of Jamaica's first innings total of 279.
The opening pair of Phil Jaques - not out on 44 - and Simon Katich - not out on 35 - safely navigated Australia to 89 without loss when stumps were drawn on the opening day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.
MacGill is eyeing a return to the Test side following recent wrist surgery, and he would have gained a boost of confidence, after he removed Lorenzo Ingram for 10, Shawn Findlay for six, and Xavier Marshall for 30 in a 12-over spell, as Jamaica declined to 135 for five at lunch.
After the interval however, he and the Australian bowlers had to endure the pyrotechnics from Baugh.
Australia may not encounter the pint-sized Jamaica wicketkeeper/batsman again on this trip, since the last time he played for West Indies was the Final of the 2006 Champions Trophy in India.
But the Aussies' would have been shell-shocked by his destructive display that gave the West Indies selectors a healthy nudge in the ribs, as he blasted his eighth first-class hundred.
Brad Haddin had a memorable day behind the stumps snaring three catches and effecting two stumpings, but he failed to hold an edge from Baugh, when the batsman was on seven.
Australia paid for this miss, as Baugh ravaged nine fours and a pair of sixes from 112 balls, and added 89 for the ninth wicket with tail-ender Gavin Wallace, after the Jamaicans subsided to 205 for eight.
Australia again turned to MacGill, and he made the breakthrough, when he had Wallace caught behind for 22 before Brett Lee brought the innings to a close.
This is Australia's only practice match prior to next week's opening Test of three against West Indies, starting on Thursday at Sabina Park in the Jamaica capital of Kingston.
The second Test starts on May 30 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, and the third Test start on June 12 at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Aussies also contest a Twenty20 International on June 20 at Kensington Oval, as well as five One-day Internationals - on June 24 at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St. Vincent, on June 27 and 29 at Queen's Park in Grenada, and on July 4 and 6 at Warner Park in St. Kitts.
Australia hold the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of supremacy against West Indies - and they have not lost a Test series in the Caribbean since 1991.
Brief Scores (D-1):
Jamaica Ist innings 279 (Carlton Baugh Jr 111 n o; MacGill 4 for 79) Vs Australia 89/0 (Phil Jaques 44 n o, Simon Katich 35 n o).