WINDIES BOWLERS TAKE CONTROL IN SABINA PARK
BY SIPHIWE GABAYI
West Indies were in control of proceedings yesterday in Sabina Park against West Indies on day one of the second test.
West Indies captain Dinesh Ramdin won the toss and sent the Aussies to bat first in a pitch that was perfect for fast bowlers.
The Australian opening batsman failed to produce any runs as they ran into a fired up Jerome Taylor, who produced a brilliant opening spell of 5-5-0-2.
The Caribbean boys got an early breakthrough when opening bowler Taylor dismissed the left handed batsman David Warner for a golden duck after facing only three balls.
His batting partner Shaun Marsh soon followed after being trapped in front for LBW by Taylor after adding only eight runs on the board.
Aussies by this time were in all sorts of trouble, by the eighth over they had 20 runs on the board for a loss of two wickets. It was up to the skipper Michael Clark to save the inning.
Clark was joined by the in-form youngster Steven Smith and they both steadied the ship.
During the 10th Australians had their hearts in their mouths when Clark was caught by Kemar Roach off his own bowling.
But the third Umpire had overruled the decision after showing that Roach had over stepped and bowled a no-ball.
Smith went on to make a century after Clark was dismissed. Smith became the only batsman to achieve two thousand runs in a space of two years and it was his fifth century in six test matches.
Speaking to the media after the match Smith said, he is ecstatic about his performance and happy to help the team and will hope to continue tomorrow.
The two nations will go head to head tomorrow in day two where Smith will resume on 139* and Shane Watson on 19*.