Ponting, Hussey dig in; 87/2 at lunch

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2008, 23:15 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica): Australia recovered from a shaky start to reach 87 for two in their first innings at lunch on the opening day of the opening Test against West Indies at Sabina Park here on Thursday.

At the interval, Ricky Ponting was not out on 44 and Mike Hussey was not out on 16, after Australia declined to 37 for two in the first hour.

Choosing to bat, Australia suffered an early setback, when Simon Katich, playing his first Test in two and a half years, was caught at gully off Edwards for 12 in the first half-hour.

The left-handed Katich was asked to open the batting in light of an Achilles injury which has sidelined Matthew Hayden, and was just emerging from a nervous start, when he guided a delivery outside the off-stump to Darren Sammy.

Phil Jaques, one of the Australians making their first trip to the Caribbean, was adjudged lbw for nine in Edwards' next over, when he played back and across a well-pitched delivery.

Hussey joined Ponting at the wicket and they navigated Australia through the remainder of the period to stem the fall of wickets.

Hussey flicked Powell to deep fine leg for two to formalise the 50-run partnership for the third wicket pair.

Edwards has been the West Indies' most successful bowler with two wickets for 20 from five overs.

Both teams included one Test newcomer apiece. Off-spin bowler Amit Jaggernauth became the 270th player to wear "the Maroon Cap" for West Indies, and wicketkeeper/batsman Brad Haddin is the 400th player to wear "the Baggy Green".

Australia have won 12 of the last 13 Tests they have contested against West Indies. They hold the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of Test supremacy against West Indies - and they have not lost a Test series in the Caribbean since 1991.

The second Test between the two sides starts on May 30 at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, and the third Test starts on June 12 at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

The Aussies also contest a Twenty20 International and five One-day Internationals.

Brief Score (at lunch, D-1):

Australia Ist innings 87/2 (Ponting 44 n o, Hussey 16 n o; Edwards 2/20) Vs West Indies.


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