Warner hits quickfire 90 in rain-hit Sydney test
SYDNEY – Opener David Warner smashed a 72-ball 90 not out to help Australia to 126 for one at tea as the weather-ravaged third test headed towards a draw on the fifth and final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday.
The hosts, already 2-0 up in the series after dominant victories in Hobart and Melbourne, dismissed West Indies for 330 to bring up lunch before Warner launched his assault on the visiting bowlers.
After all but 11 overs of the previous three days’ play were wiped out by rain, a few thousand fans attracted by free entry to the ground were treated to a typically aggressive display of batting from the local lefthander.
The 29-year-old hit two sixes, including one over cow corner to bring up his half century, and 10 fours in his knock, heaping more indignity onto a West Indies bowling attack which had taken just 10 wickets in the series.
Joe Burns was their 11th victim, departing for 26 when he slapped a Jomel Warrican delivery to Kemar Roach at mid-on having supported Warner in an opening partnership of 100.
All-rounder Mitch Marsh was promoted up the batting order and had made 10 not out when another rain storm swept over from the Pacific Ocean and brought up an early tea break.
Australia require a 3-0 sweep of the series to move back above India into second place in the ICC test rankings and keep alive their hopes of overhauling the top-ranked South Africans.
After losing the first test by an innings and 212 runs, and the second by 177 runs, West Indies might consider a draw a good result in Sydney.
Local hopes that they might declare to try to allow some sort of contest were dashed when they resumed their first innings on 248 for seven on Thursday morning.
Denesh Ramdin secured a half century for a second successive test before falling for 62 to a sharp catch from Australia skipper Steve Smith off the bowling of spinner Steve O’Keefe.
Australia’s other spinner Nathan Lyon (3-120) dismissed Kemar Roach (15) and O’Keefe (3-63), playing his maiden test on home soil, brought an end to the innings with the wicket of Jerome Taylor (13).
Tailender Warrican was left on 21 not out, the fifth time in five innings in the series he has kept his wicket intact.
West Indies 1st innings (Overnight: 248-7) K. Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85 S. Hope c Nevill b Hazlewood 9 Da. Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33 M. Samuels run out (Hazlewood, Nevill) 4 J. Blackwood b Lyon 10 D. Ramdin c Smith b O'Keefe 62 J. Holder c Burns b O'Keefe 1 C. Brathwaite b Pattinson 69 K. Roach c Burns b Lyon 15 J. Taylor c Lyon b O'Keefe 13 J. Warrican not out 21 Extras (b-5 lb-2 nb-1) 8 Total (all out, 112.1 overs) 330 Fall of wickets: 1-13 S. Hope,2-104 Da. Bravo,3-115 M. Samuels,4-131 J. Blackwood,5-158 K. Brathwaite,6-159 J. Holder,7-246 C. Brathwaite,8-296 D. Ramdin,9-300 K. Roach,10-330 J. Taylor Bowling J. Hazlewood 18 - 5 - 49 - 1 J. Pattinson 18 - 3 - 76 - 2(nb-1) N. Lyon 46 - 12 - 120 - 3 M. Marsh 4 - 1 - 15 - 0 S. O'Keefe 26.1 - 7 - 63 - 3 Australia 1st innings D. Warner not out 90 J. Burns c Roach b Warrican 26 M. Marsh not out 10 Extras 0 Total (for 1 wickets, 23.5 overs) 126 Fall of wickets: 1-100 J. Burns To bat: U. Khawaja, S. Smith, A. Voges, P. Nevill, S. O'Keefe, J. Pattinson, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon Bowling J. Taylor 4 - 0 - 27 - 0 J. Holder 4 - 1 - 15 - 0 K. Roach 4 - 0 - 29 - 0 J. Warrican 7.5 - 0 - 41 - 1 C. Brathwaite 4 - 0 - 14 - 0 Referees Umpire: Chris Gaffaney Umpire: Ian Gould TV umpire: Marais Erasmus Match referee: Chris Broad -Reuters