Sunday, November 27, 2005

Hussey ton keeps Windies at bay

Third Test, Adelaide, day three (stumps): West Indies 405 & 68-2; Australia 428
Mike Hussey smashed an unbeaten 133 to help Australia recover from a batting collapse against the West Indies in the final Test at Adelaide.
The hosts slumped to 295-8 thanks to explosive bowling from all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who claimed 6-84.
But Hussey and Stuart MacGill (22 not out) piled on 93 for the ninth wicket to steer Australia to 428 all out
By stumps, West Indies were 68-2 in their second innings, with a lead of 45 and Ramnaresh Sarwan unbeaten on 53.
West Indies made a terrible start to their reply when Devon Smith, who has made just 22 runs in his last five innings, was caught by Ricky Ponting at second slip with the total on two.
Then Wavell Hinds was stumped by Adam Gilchrist off Shane Warne shortly before the close of play, leaving Sarwan and nightwatchman Daren Powell to survive through to stumps.
Bravo dominated in the morning session, taking three quick wickets after Fidel Edwards had dismissed Brad Hodge for 18.
He bowled Andrew Symonds for nine with a ball that darted back in and had the dangerous Gilchrist caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at cover.
And Bravo's dismissal of Warne came from a sensational diving catch from his own bowling after two close lbw shouts had been turned down.
Australia were left reeling until Hussey steadied the lower order with some fine shots.
The guys bowled well with the old ball but I think we let them off the hook when we took the new ball Dwayne Bravo
Hussey batted for nearly five hours, faced 215 balls and hit 13 boundaries and three sixes to register his second Test century in just his third match, and his first in the middle order.
He was dropped by Sarwan at slip on 88 and by Bravo on 116 when he drove the ball firmly back to the bowler but was otherwise untroubled on a flat pitch.
Hussey thanked MacGill for helping him to a century.
"I honestly didn't think I had the chance to score a hundred but I have to give a lot of the credit to Stuart MacGill," he said.
"I wasn't really sure which direction which we were going to go.
"He really grabbed the situation, grabbed the game and gave us a very clear focus on exactly how we were going to go about it."
Six-wicket hero Bravo said the tourists tried too hard to finish Australia off.
"I didn't think I was going to get six wickets but I knew I was going to do something spectacular today," he said.
"The guys bowled well with the old ball but I think we let them off the hook when we took the new ball.
"We let it slip but we are batting in the second innings now so we have to try our best to put a good total on the scoreboard and make it game on."
Story from BBC SPORT: 2005/11/27 08:10:16 GMT© BBC MMV


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