West Indies Fade After Poor Batting Start

Michael Beer returned and gave the Aussies some bowling support on day two.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

We wrote yesterday that Australia would be happy to make another 100 runs on day two on an ugly pitch at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, and they did just that and a little more to take control of the Second Test.

It didn’t start as planned for the Australians who lost Matthew Wade in the second over of the day as he was caught and bowled without adding to his total of 11.

But James Pattinson and Michael Hussey batted well as the seventh wicket partnership and neared the Aussies towards the 300 run mark before Hussey fell on 73. It began a collapse as Australia would make just 14 more runs before being dismissed, all out for 311.

Bad light and rain halted play during the second half of the day but it didn’t stop the away side from asserting their dominance over the game, taking three wickets at the cost of just 49 runs before play ended.

Spinner Michael Beer, playing his first game since the Ashes, was a surprise second spin bowler included in the side for the Test but his inclusion paid off immediately. He was given the ball for almost 10 overs and conceded just 40 runs while dismissing opener Adrian Barath lbw for just seven.

Pace bowler Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus took the other two wickets, dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck and Kieran Powell for 19.