Live: 2nd Test - Australia v West Indies
Michael Hussey (L) and Matthew Wade are hoping to lift Australia to a total of 300 plus on day two. Photo: AFP
STUMPS: WI 3-49 (Bravo 16, Chanderpaul 1) The umps have changed their mind and called stumps 5.3 overs early, or 18 minutes before designated stumps of 6pm (8am AEST). It's been a good day for Australia. They have the Windies 3-49 in reply to 311. Hussey and Pattinson were the keys with the bat for the visitors. The Windies top order folded and it'll be up to Chanderpaul and Bravo to repair the damage on day three. We'll have the day's report up soon. See you later tonight. Have a good day!
25th over: Lyon managed to get one to stay low there but Chanderpaul survives. We now have the curious sight of punters who parted with their hard-earned to watch Test cricket wanting the umpires to call bad light. Either way, they can't lose. Umps call play on. WI 3-47 (Bravo 14, Chanderpaul 1)
22nd over: Hilfenhaus back on to Chanders, as he is known on the scoreboards here. The sun's just hidden behind a cloud so it's getting quite gloomy here. The umpires are checking their light meters and having a good chin wag, but they decide to play on. WI 3-46 (Bravo 13, Chanderpaul 1)
21st over: There'll be jubilation if Australia can squeeze out Shivnarine Chanderpaul tonight. He's shaping as the Windies' bet hope of steering them out of danger. Lyon's looking better today, a bit more loop. Clarke's got a slip and a short leg for Bravo to Lyon. With stumps 35 minutes away, will Bravo shut up shop or play like the prince, Brian Lara and go for his shots? WI 3-46 (Bravo 13, Chanderpaul 1)
16th over: WICKET! You could have written your own ticket that Pattinson would have to wait so long for a bowl in an attack containing two spinners, but he's struck first ball. You guessed it, it was lbw. Looked plumb to the naked eye but had Powell referred it he would have been reprieved. It pitched outside leg. The Windies cannot take a trick and now they're in a world of pain. WI 3-38
13th over: WICKET! Clarke's done it again. Beer's grabbed a wicket. He's trapped Barath plumb in front for seven. He played back, was beaten all ends up and it's game over for the opener. WI 2-26
10th over: Lyon into the attack, replacing Hilfenhaus. When will we see James Pattinson? WI 1-22 (Barath 3, Powell 19)
7th over: That's four overs for one run by Beer. Good tight start by the native Victorian. WI 1-4 (Barath 0, Powell 4)
4th over: WICKET! Brathwaite calls for DRS but it won't help him. He's lbw to Hilfenhaus. It was barely hitting leg stump but enough for the on-field call to stand. Had it been given not out and Australia referred it would have been a different decision. WI 1-0
3rd over: Some wag plays "I believe in miracles" as Beer starts his second over. Too good.
2nd over: Hilfenhaus to take the new ball from the other end.
1st over: Beer produces a cracker which beats Barath all ends up.
1st over: Michael Clarke pulls another left-field move. It's Michael Beer to open the bowling. Yes, it's Michael Beer. You are not asleep and you are not seeing things.
That's tea as well. Final session starts 3.56pm local time or 5.56am AEST.
135th over: WICKET! Beer given out but immediately calls for a referral. He gets no help from the video umpire and it's all over for Australia - all out 311. Australia have lost their last four wickets for 14 runs. Roach 5-105, Shillingford 3-92
135th over: WICKET! No need for a referral there. Hilfenhaus's bails are airborne. That jagged sharply off the seam onto his thigh pad and stumps. It won't be much consolation for Hilfenhaus but the ball did find the rope. In comes Michael Beer. Aus 9-307 (Lyon 7)
134th over: REFERRAL! Hilfenhaus given out lbw Shillingford but calls for intervention from upstairs. He's nowhere near the ball, hit below the knee roll but it's turning too far. Good call by the Tasmanian, bad call by Ian Gould. Aus 8-304 (Hilfenhaus 1, Lyon 6)
132nd over: WICKET! Now it's Pattinson who goes - two wickets in six balls. He tried to turn Shillingford against the spin to mid-wicket but he gets a leading edge and it loops up. Bravo and Barath make contact but the taller man, Bravo, takes the catch. It would have been farcical had they dropped that. Normally the keeper calls and takes it with the gloves but not Baugh. It's Hilfenhaus to be joined by Lyon. Can they repeat their heroics of last week? Aus 8-298 (Hilfenhaus 0, Lyon 0)
131st over: WICKET! Hussey's gone. And he's shattered. He's momentarily lost his concentration and driven Deonarine straight to Brathwaite at cover. Baugh is happy as well after dropping him twice. Hilfenhaus in. Australia might start swinging now. Aus 7-297 (Pattinson 32)
130th over: Some dark clouds hover menacingly to the east of the ground. I believe that's where the weather comes from over here. As if on cue, the sun hides behind a cloud. Hussey and Pattinson still fighting hard here. Aus 6-297 (Hussey 73, Pattinson 32)
126th over: Shillingford keeps on putting the pressure on Hussey but they still can't hit Mr Cricket's wicket. Aus 6-291 (Hussey 70, Pattinson 29)
125th over: This is a rare sight. Pattinson's got rid of his helmet and is wearing his baggy green while batting. Admittedly, it is against the spinners but he wouldn't want to get a top edge to the face. They breed them tough in Pattinson's hood in Dandenong in Melbourne's outer east. Aus 6-290 (Hussey 69, Pattinson 29)
124th over: Hussey edges but it doesn't carry to Sammy at first slip. Shillingford must be wondering how he's going to get Mr Cricket out. He's had Baugh put him down twice and did well to find the outside edge there. Aus 6-290 (Hussey 69, Pattinson 29)
122nd over: So much for runs drying. Hussey gets on one knee and slogs Shillingford over mid-wicket for SIX and it bounces off the advertising boards on the third level of the Trini Posse Stand. Aus 6-289 (Hussey 68, Pattinson 29)
121st over: Windies are applying the screws here. Edwards and Shillingford have been very tidy. No runs added since last update. Aus 6-282
119th over: Pattinson has a slash at Edwards but misses. He saw some width and had visions of it flying over gully for four. Next ball he plays and misses to a beauty from Edwards which left him slightly. 6-282 (Hussey 61, Pattinson 29)
116th over: Congratulations to those who backed Hussey to be Australia's top-scorer. He's now the new leader. He's passed Watson's 56. Actually, he's up to 58. Pattinson's going OK as well. 6-275 (Hussey 58, Pattinson 25)
114th over: It's Shane Shillingford's off-spin from the other end. I wonder if Baugh will help him out this session after giving Hussey two lives earlier. Aus 6-269 (Hussey 56, Pattinson 21)
113th over: We're back in action here. Fidel Edwards to resume battle with Mr Cricket. Another 54 overs left today so if we get them all in we'll get 77 overs for the day, which means we'll have only been short 13 overs. Not bad seeing it rained cats and dogs over here for a while.
Tea will be taken at 3.50pm local time (5.50am AEST) and stumps to be drawn at 6pm (8am) if weather and light permit, of course.
UPDATE: (3.57am AEST) We have some great news here. Play will start at 2.10pm local time or 4.10am AEST.
UPDATE: (3.45am AEST) Things are looking bright here, literally and figuratively. The clouds have cleared, the sun is out and we should have play shortly. The men with the soppers have done their jobs and the rest of the ground staff are now carrying the tarpaulins off the field while the pitch is being swept. So far we've lost about 90 minutes of play so far. We won't get the full 90 overs in but let's hope we can get another three to four hours of play.
UPDATE: (3.20am AEST) I've just been told our industrious young groundsman is not so young. He's about 50. After a few minutes with his hands on his hips recuperating he's now rolling away with renewed enthusiasm. Good stuff! The motorised sopper has followed his example and is finally doing some heavy-duty work. Needless to say we're still some time from play resuming, though it has stopped raining and the skies are as brigh as they have been for quite some time.
UPDATE: (3.13am AEST): As the skies brighten ever so slightly, this young man is still working diligently at his task. Meanwhile, his buddy with the motorised sopper has been parked at a corner of the covers for the last 10 minutes.
UPDATE (3.03am AEST): The rain's almost stopped. They've sent out a bloke with a mini sopper which he must push over the covers to get rid of the small ponds which formed over the last hour or so. It's a forlorn task for this young man. He goes back and forth about 10-15 metres then he has to drag the sopper about 70 metres off the field to release the water, wheel it back to the covers and repeat the process. He'll have to do this about 2000 times before he finishes his task. I wonder what he did to deserve this task. Where's the motorised sopper?
UPDATE (2.53am AEST): It's not looking good over here. It started raining just as the groundsmen were working to clear the water off the covers. It's not heavy at all but steady enough to keep the two teams in the sheds. I wonder what they're up to. Do they still play cards in the dressing rooms these days?
UPDATE: The rain has just about stopped but we had a decent 10- to 15-minute dumping while we were getting stuck into our lunch. There's still another 15 minutes until the second session is scheduled to start but I reckon it'll take a good half hour at least to get the players back on. We'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: The rain is getting very heavy now. If this keeps going, even for another 10 minutes, it'll take a bit of time to clear up the ground. What a shame!
LUNCH: Light rain's starting to fall, it's getting gloomy and the umpires pull out the dreaded light meter and we're off about 10 minutes before scheduled lunch. I reckon that's it for the morning session. The Windies struck early, getting the wicket of Wade, but Pattinson and Hussey have since added 59 for the seventh wicket. How crucial will the missed stumping of Hussey on 47 be? Baugh's chance when he was on five has already proven very costly. Let's hope the rain stays away for the afternoon session and we get as close to a full day's play as we can. Aus 6-267 (Hussey 54, Pattinson 21)
111th over: Hussey and Pattinson are going OK now. The Windies have lost their pep in last half hour but can still get through the tail in a hurry if they can break this partnership, which is now up to 55. Aus 6-263 (Hussey 54, Pattinson 17
108th over: That's 50 for Mr Cricket and another fighting innings by Australia's man for a crisis. These two have added 45 for the seventh wicket. Aus 6-253 (Hussey 51, Pattinson 11)
105th over: MISSED STUMPING! Baugh is working his way up Hussey's Christmas card list - he's given Mr Cricket another life, on 47. He's missed a stumping. Hussey was down the track, beaten in the air and off the pitch but Baugh fumbled badly and the batsman scrambled back into his crease. Baugh dropped Hussey on five yesterday. Aus 6-247 (Hussey 47, Pattinson 11)
101st over: Hussey beaten by a beauty from Shillingford. It pitched on middle, spun sharply away from him, beat Baugh all ends up and goes for four byes. Leaving the ball might not be a bad ploy for scoring with Baugh in this frame of mind. Aus 6-240 (Hussey 44, Pattinson 8)
100th over: We're back! That rain delay was about 16 minutes so just enough time for you to brush your teeth, walk past the TV on your way to bed then see the cricket re-starting and logging back on to the blog.
UPDATE: The covers are off so play is imminent. I've been told by some local judges that the weather here comes from the hills, and the good news is the weather is clear from that direction.
100th over: RAIN! It's come from the hills and landed at Queen's Park Oval. The groundsmen run on with the tarpaulin to make sure this wicket doesn't get a drink. Even the scantily clad dancing girls have gone under the cover of the Trini Posse Stand. Rain is not overly heavy so hopefully it will clear and we'll have some cricket shortly. Aus 6-223 (Hussey 31, Pattinson 8)
99th over: Now it's Pattinson's turn to be beaten by Edwards, though Baugh drops the take. The Windies gloveman is keeping like Edward Scissorhands. Pattinson bounces back with a beautiful clip through mid-wicket for four. Aust 6-223 (Hussey 31, Pattinson 8)
97th over: Castro firing down some missiles and Hussey's played and missed a few. There's a few drops of rain but it's play on for now. Aus 6-214 (Hussey, 28, Pattinson 2)
95th over: It's getting gloomy over here. There's some raining rolling down the hills, but it's not here yet. Aus 6-213 (Hussey 28, Pattinson 2)
92nd over: WICKET! Easy come, easy go for Wade. First ball he faced was an lbw shout, second ball he'spoked at one from Kemar Roach and he's gone. Of course he's done his customary swing at the stumps in frustration before he trudges back to the sheds. Great start for the Windies. James Pattinson the next man in. Aus 6-208
91st over: The second new ball has been taken and it will be Fidel Edwards to take up the attack from the Brian Lara Pavilion End, and Mr Cricket to take strike. Aus 5-208
Where have all the people gone? This place was packed yesterday, and absolutely heaving. Now there's empty seats everywhere. I suppose it is a Monday.
Welcome to Queen's Park Oval where play on day two will start in about 10 minutes' time. It's another warm and humid day. Some thundery showers have been forecast for later today but for now cloud cover is only high and there's no rain in sight. Pad up, fix yourself a cuppa and we'll see how Michael Hussey and Matthew Wade fare on the second morning.
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