Sammy halts Aussie progress at Sabina Park

Published: Saturday, May 24, 2008, 0:57 [IST]
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Kingston: Three wickets, two to Darren Sammy, and purposeful bowling from West Indies slowed Australia down before lunch on the second day in the opening Test here on Friday.

At the interval, Australia, choosing to bat, reached 372 for seven in their first innings with Andrew Symonds not out on 18 and Brett Lee not out on four.

Australia continued from their bedtime of 301 for four, looking to mount a formidable first innings total, but the West Indies' bowlers, making full use of the hard, uneven Sabina Park pitch, shattered the visitors' plans with accurate bowling.

The pressure mounted and Brad Hodge cracked, when he tried to guide a delivery from Fidel Edwards to third man and was caught behind for 67 in the first half-hour of the morning to leave Australia 326 for five.

Australia were so hemmed-in by the miserly bowling from West Indies that they could only add 24 runs in close to an hour in between the time that Hodge and Mitchell Johnson were dismissed.

Johnson, who entered about a quarter of an hour before the close on the previous evening in the role of night-watchman, spent another one and a quarter hours at the crease frustrating West Indies before Darren Sammy made the breakthrough, when he was caught at mid-on for 22 driving at a slower delivery.

With lunch approaching, and the shackles still very tight, Brad Haddin, playing his first innings as Australia's 400th Test player, tried to loose the bonds placed on the Aussies and paid a hefty price.

The Australia wicketkeeper/batsman essaying a pull off the back-foot to a short delivery from Sammy got and under edge, and he was caught behind for 11.

Edwards has been the most successful West Indies bowler with the three wickets for 78 runs from 20 overs, and Sammy has supported with two for 56 from 24 overs.

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.


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