Aussies expect tough final day says Hodge

Published: Monday, May 26, 2008, 17:58 [IST]
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Australia batsman Brad Hodge believes the fifth and final day of the opening Test against West Indies on Monday will produce even more compelling cricket than the previous four days.

Australia remained in the hunt for victory before bad light on Sunday put the brakes on them as West Indies chased 287 runs to win.

"I think Australia go out with the mentality of defending anything, whether we've got 100, 150, 200, or 280," Hodge told reporters.

"It's going to be a real testing day of Test cricket, and each side will think it can win. But the Australian side is fairly confident that on a fifth day pitch, we can bowl West Indies out and hopefully win the Test match."

Hodge admitted that Australia were indebted to Andrew Symonds, whose 79 was the top score, for keeping them in the match, after the visitors had crashed to 18 for five - their worst start in a Test match innings since 1936.

It was Symonds' second half-century of the match.

"He played well," Hodge said.

"I guess it's just a case of confidence in Test cricket and he has played a fair bit of cricket now for Australia.

"I think he now understands his role in the Australia side and he showed exactly what he could do here. He is such a destructive batsman, but he also showed he can play within himself now, so it's a great ability to have to able to nullify the position that we found ourselves in and take the game away a little bit from West Indies."

Hodge is not surprised that West Indies have been competitive throughout the first four days of the Test.

"We are facing an opposition that's had a really good record at home," he said.

"West Indies have always been competitive on home soil and there have always been tough Test matches played in the Caribbean."

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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