Live: 2nd Test - Australia v West Indies
Stubborn ... Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been the mainstay of the West Indies batting so far this series. Photo: AFP
STUMPS: What a disappointing end to the day. We only got 30.4 overs in but it was shaping to be a great day of play. Kemar Roach gave the Windies hope with three wickets but Ricky Ponting stood firm for Australia. The visitors will resume on 3-73 on day five, a lead of 127, but no doubt they will still go for the victory. Join me at 11.30pm AEST for all the action from Queen's Park Oval. Have a great day!
UPDATE: (5.56AM AEST) Read 5.08AM update.
UPDATE: (5.08AM AEST) The rain has all but stopped. The puddles which once covered about 40% of the field have disappeared. This ground must have amazing drainage. It will still take ground staff a while to clear the water and that's after the rain stops. My guess still is they won't play again today but it's looking a lot more promising than 45 minutes ago.
UPDATE: (4.22am AEST) If it keeps raining like this, they'll be able to have a pool party on the outfield. The players will need a bridge to walk over the water between the dressing room and the pitch.
UPDATE: (4.13am AEST) This is a tropical downpour. I can barely see the other side of the ground from my seat in the press box. Music's still pumping, though.
RAIN: It's not looking flash over here. The rain is only light but there's a whole stack of grey clouds set to roll in. Aus 3-73 (Ponting 32, Clarke 3)
30th over: Ponting calls for a change of gloves. His glove sponsors will be happy with that close up.
29th over: Ponting is looking very assured out there. He can sniff a big one. 3-68 (Ponting 28, Clarke 2)
25th over: WICKET! For the second time in the game Cowan is lbw to Roach to a full-pitched ball which stays low and burns a referral. That was cannoning into middle and leg. Australia in a bit of trouble. 3-57 (Ponting 19)
25th over: REFERRAL! Huge lbw shout by Roach against Ponting, on 16. That's a poor decision by the Windies. They consulted Baugh and, true to form, he passed the wrong judgment. That was clearly missing leg stump. Ponting survives though he did get unbalanced playing that ball.
23rd over: Roach goes for Ponting's pads and pays four runs for that strategy. Lovely flick by the former skipper. He's looking very good - apart from when he takes off for quick singles. Aus 2-50 (Cowan 16, Ponting 16)
22nd over: Ponting and Cowan are doing their best to run each other out. Cowan would have been gonski if Baugh had hit the non-striker's end. Aus 2-45 (Cowan 15, Ponting 12)
21st over: Plays starts after a 93-minute break. Roach to re-start play to Ponting. And Ponting starts with a great cover drive for two.
69 overs to be bowled.
UPDATE: Play to resume at 12.50pm local time or 2.50am AEST. The covers are off and play really should be starting now. Windies are doing the warm-ups which should have been done at lunch. It wasn't raining then. But this is cricket so it'd be too much to expect common sense sometimes.
Thanks for the feedback.
Harvey, Lyon was very good yesterday. Let's not forget he made his first-class debut just on a year ago. The pitch is tailor-made for a spinner to have a huge impact in second innings.
cos1, Watson just stuffed up, to put it simply. He played the wrong line and lost his off peg. Can't really blame the pitch. 200 will make it very tight, 250 should be enough, 300 and Australia won't lose. Run rate is 2.34 an over but they'll need 90-100 overs to get 10 wickets.
Rob from Bentleigh, Ponting unlucky? What game are you watching? He's had two lives. Let the betting spreadsheet show I'm backing him in for a good score here.
Harvey (again), Warner's 17 will be vital but, yes, sarcasm noted.
UPDATE: (2.14am AEST) The rain's stopped. the light's good so we should be back not long after lunch finishes. The rain's been very light so there's not much for the ground staff to clean up. Surely it won't be much longer than 20 minutes until the players are back on the field.
We've had some feedback here but I'm so dedicated to the fans I'll delay my lunch to reply. Stay online.
LUNCH will be taken from 1150-1230 (local time) or 1.50am-230am AEST.
UPDATE: (1.44am AEST) Good news is we haven't had a major downpour, bad news is it's still grey and there's no play.
BAD LIGHT! The players are off much to the disappointment of the fan who was begging for "one more over, one more over". Rain is very light right now but the skies are ominous and there could be a dumping on the way. Let's hope we get close to a full day's play today because this match is tantalisingly placed. Aus 2-40, a lead of 94 (Cowan 14, Ponting 8)
19th over: I hate to be the harbinger of bad news. Some grey clouds are rolling in. Only a matter of time before it rains. No change to the score.
19th over: Cowan takes a single first ball so it's Roach v Ponting. Ponting plays a beautiful straight drive and takes three. Aus 2-39, lead by 93 (Cowan 14, Ponting 7)
18th over: That's a great over by Shillingford. He had Ponting under the pump. Twice Ponting was squared up by what looked a doosra. Ponting survives.
17th over: Cowan's looking a bit more at ease after surviving the early onslaught. He would love batting with Ponting. Aus 2-35 (Cowan 13, Ponting 4)
DRINKS: What a morning we've had so far. Windies rolled inside first over, then Warner and Watson are bundled over. Cowan gets a chance, Ponting is dropped and should have been run out, and Australia re nowhere near out of danger. Aus 2-33, lead by 87 - the devil's number. (Cowan 12, Ponting 3)
14th over: DROPPED! Ponting given a life, but it was a very difficult chance. He played a firm forward defence to Shillingford, Barath at short leg got his left hand to a very low ball but couldn't hold on. Ponting survives. He's on 3. Runs are so hard to come by. Aus 2-31 (Cowan 10, Ponting 3)
13th over: Oh dear! A direct hit and Ponting was gone for all money. Cowan knocked the ball to mid-off, took off, Ponting came but was so far out of the picture he didn't even bother grounding his bat. Mind you the throw from FIdel Edwards was a Barry Crocker. Aus 2-29 (Cowan 10, Ponting 1)
11th over: Wake up Australia! In comes the great man, Ricky Ponting. He couldn't have picked a worse time to come in than now. Roach has his confidence sky high and he'll fancy knocking over the former captain. He's right on the money first ball as well but Ponting is up to the task and plays a solid forward defence. This will be a gripping half hour of play.
11th over: WICKET! Game on! Watson's off stump is sent cartwheeling. Went under his bat, hit his pad and onto his off stump. It's a very sorry sight for the Test No.3. He had been tempting fate. His first ball was a loose drive for a play and a miss. Next man in is Ricky Ponting. He couldn't have picked a worse time to come in. Roach is on fire! Aus 2-26 (Cowan 8, Ponting 0)
11th over: WICKET! The bowling change works. And it's Warner who goes, not Cowan. Roach finds the outside edge and Bravo makes the catch look very simple. Warner goes for 17. Edwards has a very wry smile as well. He deserves at least half of that wicket. Aus 1-26 (Cowan 8, Watson 0)
11th over: Edwards off, Roach on. Edwards was tiring but he was bowling some heat. Roach is fresh and can bowl quickly as well.
10th over: Beautiful sweep shot by Cowan. It beats the man at fine leg and goes for four. Warner gives his mate an encouraging tap on the shoulder. That (and the shot) will do Cowan's confidence a world of good. Aus 0-26 (Cowan 8, Warner 17)
9th over: Edwards keeps working over Cowan, who is showing some ticker. This is gripping stuff. Both men really digging in. Aus 0-21 (Cowan 4, Warner 16)
7th over: Fidel Edwards is bowling an excellent spell. He's had Cowan dropped and keeps peppering away at his outside edge. Let's have a look what he's clocking on the speed gun. I'm guessing well into the 140s. Last three balls of over were 141.0, 141.6, 139.5. Mind you, those balls didn't have as heat as earlier. Aus 0-17 (Cowan 2, Warner 14)
5th over: DROPPED! Cowan's been put down at first slip on zero. Edwards produced one which rose sharply, found Cowan's outside but Darren Sammy spilt a sitter. He had two grabs at it, even deflected it towards Baugh, who got a minor touch on that but couldn't hold on.
4th over: David Warner is off to a flyer here. He's going to search for runs while the ball is hard and there's a bit more pace to work with. Warner's up to 14 off 18 balls. Cowan yet to score. Aus 0-14
2nd over: The answer is yes. Shane Shillingford takes a shiny new rock.
1st over: It will be Fidel Edwards to take the new ball. Will the Windies do what Australia did and open with spin at the other end?
The Australian innings will start shortly. It's an important innings for David Warner and Ed Cowan, but all eyes, albeit bleary ones back home, will be on RT Ponting. Can the great man prove those doubters wrong and pull out a gem?
105th over: WICKET! Well, that didn't take long. The Windies' resistance lasted all of four balls. They did manage to find a boundary but they would have been hoping to get a little bit closer than they have. Baugh was the man out lbw to Beer on referral. Good start to the day for Australia. WI 257 (Chanderpaul 94, Deonarine 55, Lyon 5-68, Beer 2-52)
Welcome to Queen's Park Oval for day four of the second Test. There's good news to report. The morning rain has cleared and play will start half an hour early at 11.30pm AEST. Some high cloud around but I'll put a fiver on it not delaying the start.
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