|Hussey made 73|
Hussey and Matthew Wade began after a dour day on a dead pitch. Wade left in the second over, bamboozled by some Kemar Roach magic. After the previous ball bent past the inside edge and shaved the off stump, Roach sent one the other way and Wade's outside edge flew to Bravo at first slip. Rain came twice before lunch as James Pattinson and Hussey added 59 before. Pattinson combined a long stride forward with some luck and complete abstinence from any shot making. His first fifty deliveries contained only one boundary. At the other end, Hussey was his trademark busy self, milking runs from a tight attack.
More rain after lunch slowed things again and by drinks Australia was still only six down as they closed in on 300. However Hussey and Pattinson left in consecutive overs to the spinners Narsingh Deonarine and Shane Shillingford and as predicted here on thecricketragics, the house of cards which is the Australian tail was blown over by Roach who finished with five.
In the context of the state of the wicket, 311 may well prove to be an enormous target and the contributions of Hussey, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke masterpieces.
|Michael Beer opened|
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Bravo, who really does bear a remarkable batting resemblance to Brian Lara, played several brave but clever shots down the ground to Beer and Lyon, who have both already had two spells in the 25 overs Australia has bowled. Pattinson and Hilfenhaus will be at best support cast, especially if Pattinson continues to bowl short. After getting a wicket by pitching up, he spent most of the rest of his short spell wasting the ball in his half.
The pitch looks deadly. Its keeping low and spinning sharply and Matthew Wade will be the hardest working Australian over the next few days. He was already diving this way and that and perhaps Steve Rixon should remind him he has feet.
Whatever happened to fast, bouncy Caribbean wickets?
Tragics Session Count: West Indies 1, Australia 5, Drawn 0