January 26, 2024

Second Test LIVE: Australia hunt final wickets after breaking Windies’ resistance

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Fifty: Khawaja’s patience pays off

Usman Khawaja brings up a very important 50 for Australia given the relative carnage that’s happened at the other end.

It really hasn’t been as slow as it would seem, coming off 102 balls makes for a strike-rate just under 50, and Australia’s faced 217 balls in total.

Another milestone for Khawaja.Credit: Getty

It’s just rare to see someone batting so deep in the order with only 50 to their name. Bill Lawry will remain the last Australian to carry their bat without passing 50 – a record that stands from 1969.

At the other end Pat Cummins has been copping plenty of short stuff from Alzarri Joseph, well-directed too. But he’s punching away well enough, case in point, middling one from Kemar Roach past gully for four more.

Pat Cummins comes under fire.Credit: Getty

Australia: 7-193 (Khawaja 50*, Cummins 20*) trail by 118 runs


England in real trouble in India

Meanwhile in India, England are floundering. On a Hyderabad pitch that’s really threatening to rag as the first Test wears on, India are well past the tourists’ first-innings total of 246 thanks to KL Rahul.

Rahul hit 86 before tossing away his chance at a hundred, but India are 5-310 after the tea break on day two with Ravindra Jadeja closing in on a half-century. All-rounders Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin are still in the shed too.

Ravindra Jadeja goes on the attack.Credit: AP

Joe Root enjoyed early success with his golden arm knocking over Yashasvi Jaiswal for 80, but England’s spinners have otherwise suffered. Debutant Tom Hartley has copped a pasting especially, and to a lesser extent, legspinner Rehan Ahmed, but Hartley has hit back with the wickets of Rahul and Shubman Gill after going at five an over.


Play begins under lights

And we’re back on for the night session at the Gabba now. Usman Khawaja still at the crease, on 40, threatening to carry his bat with captain Pat Cummins joining him.

Australia trail by 150 with Alzarri Joseph resuming to Cummins under lights having knocked over Mitch Starc with the first ball of this over before the break.

Second ball: Drama to start. Cummins steers down into the gully and desperate to get off strike. Tries to call Khawaja through for a run that was never there. Khawaja sends him back and a direct hit would’ve had Cummins on toast, but the bounce goes wide.

Third ball: Back and defending and again looking for a run, but kept on strike by the short leg.

Fourth ball: Short and into Cummins’ ribs. He does well to tuck it down to fine leg for two.

Fifth ball: 144km/hr and on a length. Cummins punches back down the pitch.

Sixth ball: Nasty short ball again, he’s bowling very well. That’s on track for Cummins’ throat. He does well to get his gloves and bat up, and even better to keep the ball down.

Australia: 7-164 (Khawaja 41*, Cummins 2*) trail by 147 runs


Stats: West Indies bowling card


Wicket: Starc nicks off

Alzarri Joseph has another before the tea break. Mitchell Starc is on the back foot, playing away from his body and all he can do is edge through to Joshua Da Silva. The umpire’s call an early end to that session and the West Indies finish on top again.

Happy days for the West Indies.Credit: Getty

Thanks mostly to Alex Carey, Australia emerge with 3/137 to show for those two hours. But they’re now seven down and will get to bowl under lights… and then have to bat under lights. Hell of a Test match this.

Australia: 7-161 (Khawaja 40*, Starc 2) trail by 150 runs


Watch: Ponting predicts another wicket


Wicket: Carey holes out for 65

Alex Carey’s cavalier knock comes to an end. He picks up Shamar Joseph from a short length and flicks well, straight off the middle of the bat… straight to fine leg. Tagenarine Chanderpaul did not have to move to take that.

There’s a brief, awful moment when we’re checking the front-foot no-ball… he can’t be this lucky can he? No, after being bowled without the bail moving, Carey is on his way for 65.

Mitchell Starc comes to the crease and Joseph immediately greets him with a bouncer that skims Starc’s back as he ducks beneath it. The dinner break looms in 15 minutes and the West Indians hold the momentum once more.

Australia: 6-150 (Khawaja 35*, Starc 0*) trail by 161 runs


Fifty: Carey raises the bat from 38 balls

Alex Carey gets to his seventh Test half-century in a hurry, thumping Sinclair for six over long-on in the process. He’s taken 28 runs from the 16 balls he’s faced from Sinclair, surely hitting the debutant out of the attack.

Alex Carey raises the Kookaburra.Credit: Getty

In a partnership of 79 with Khawaja, the opener has hit just 16 of those runs. Carey follows up with yet another boundary through the covers, this one from Justin Greaves the medium pacer. Michael Vaughan has likened the cameo to those Adam Gilchrist would play when Australia was in all sorts – hard to argue at the moment.

Australia: 5-136 (Khawaja 29*, Carey 57*) trail by 175 runs


Carey counterpunches with six boundaries

Alex Carey is in T20 mode, playing all around the ground and hitting six boundaries from the last 13 balls he’s faced. Shamar Joseph put them on a platter for his cover drive and then Carey greets the debutant spinner Kevin Sinclair with a lap sweep for four from his first ball.

Another half-volley is carved through cover again, before Carey finishes the over with a reverse sweep to the boundary again. Suddenly he’s 34 from 29 balls and Australia are on the move.

Australia: 5-105 (Khawaja 24*, Carey 34*) trail by 206 runs


Stats: Australia’s top-order struggles in Brisbane

The preceding years tell a different story, with runs aplenty against England, India and Pakistan. But Australia’s last three innings in Brisbane have featured top-order collapses, albeit with the opposition falling over cheaply as well.

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