Bravo shines as West Indies tail wags
MELBOURNE – Darren Bravo scored a fighting half-century to anchor a feisty rearguard action before West Indies were bowled out for 271 on the stroke of tea on day three of the second test against Australia on Monday.
The West Indies trail their hosts’ mammoth first innings declaration at 551-3 by 280 runs but Australia will bat again after spending far longer in the field than they might have hoped. The tourists’ tail frustrated Australia’s bowlers for another session, adding 98 runs after they resumed on 173-7 after lunch.
Bravo, who had shared a 90-run stand with Carlos Brathwaite before the debutant was dismissed for 59 before lunch, anchored further valuable partnerships for the final three wickets before James Pattinson had him caught for 81 to wrap up the innings.
Spinner Jomel Warrican was left unbeaten on 11. Pattinson, who dismissed Brathwaite twice only to reprieve him for over-stepping the crease on both occasions, finally broke through after lunch to remove Kemar Roach, trapping him lbw for 22. Spinner Nathan Lyon had Jerome Taylor feather an edge to wicket keeper Peter Nevill to be out for 15.
Bravo’s defiant knock gave West Indies some cheer after they lost six wickets in the final session on day two. Australia are bidding to wrap up the series 2-0 with victory in Melbourne after winning the opener in Hobart. -Reuters