January 28, 2024

Second Test LIVE: Australia push for series whitewash

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Poll: Will Australia’s new batting line-up last?

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Joseph bowls through pain as Australia survive edge scares

Shamar Joseph has taken the ball with the big toe on his back foot beaten up by Mitchell Starc last night. It’s a fine effort from the young man and it doesn’t seem to be hampering him to start. Joseph’s hit 140km/hr and he has Cameron Green flashing outside off with a thick edge flying over the slips for four.

It continues a few nervous moments of late for the Australians. Alzarri Joseph squared Steve Smith up and did him over, drawing a thick edge that races just past Kevin Sinclair in the slips.

Then he looks for a run that isn’t there and Green sends him back with a resounding call of no. Windies could easily have a wicket and it’s hard to begrudge Shamar Joseph one. So of course Green hammers him with a well-timed off drive for four.

Cameron Green is starting to look comfortable at the crease again.Credit: Getty

Australia: 2-103 (Smith 49*, Green 33*) need 113 runs for victory.


The radar: There’s a bit doing

West Indies are generating a bit of movement at the Gabba, Kemar Roach testing Steve Smith with an in-ducker just now. But Greaves has been too short and wide for mine to start. A confidence boost for Cameron Green as well as Roach drifts onto his pad and he hammers it through mid-wicket for four.

Shamar Joseph is now out in the field at mid-wicket and the skies are brightening in Brisbane with 87% humidity. But the radar is ominous, with a big old band of cloud sitting just off the coast.

Incoming: the radar in Brisbane.Credit: Weatherzone

Australia: 2-81 (Smith 44*, Green 17*) need 135 runs for victory.


Poll: Will Australia’s new batting line-up last?


Play begins as Australia chase victory

Righto, they’re out in the middle and the weather is behaving for now. A golden opportunity here for Steve Smith and Cameron Green to shore up their new positions in the batting line-up.

Smith will take guard to Kemar Roach, who begins his seventh over. No Shamar Joseph on the field for now after Mitchell Starc looked to have smashed his big toe into a thousand little pieces last night.

First ball: Angled in from Roach to start and back of a length. Smith turns to leg for a single.

Second ball: The angle cranks up to Green and Roach’s second ball drifts harmlessly down leg.

Third ball: Straighter and a better proposition. Into Green’s body and he’s having to defend awkwardly.

Fourth ball: Full ball on off stump. Straight bat and drops straight in front.

Fifth ball: Angles in again and it’s on leg, Green takes a leg bye into the on side. Roach still getting his line right to start today.

Sixth ball: Back of a length and Smith is tucking down to mid-on again. Three easy singles for Australia in that over.

And a big thanks/free coffee for Tom Decent masquerading as your correspondent for the last 40 minutes as I waged war on the Pacific Highway, not the Ocean as Tom alluded.

Word to the wise, if you’re thinking of getting on the roads, don’t. If you’re on them, get off. Let’s face it, wherever you are is probably nicer than your house anyway.

Australia: 2-63 (Smith 35*, Green 9*) need 153 runs for victory.


Pics: Shamar Joseph is warming up

Mitchell Starc was asked on SEN Radio whether he had any sympathy for Shamar Joseph after giving him a toe crusher last night: “No! Because he copped me on the fingers in Adelaide and I copped one on the chin here, so I was getting my own back.”


Brettig: Overhead carpet of cloud will assist the West Indies

By Daniel Brettig

After a night and morning of heavy rain, the skies have cleared enough for play to start on time at the Gabba. Nevertheless, the overhead carpet of cloud will assist the West Indies as they seek to spoil Australia’s fourth innings chase, with Steve Smith hunting a century after a fluent start on the third evening.

Smith looked to be concentrating extra hard when he batted in warm-ups on the third day, in his search to find a better rhythm in his pre-movement across the batting crease after a pair of low scores in the first innings in Adelaide and Brisbane.


Smith and Green can be heroes as Australia chase Gabba Test victory

By Malcolm Conn

Steve Smith and Cameron Green can set up victory and a golden summer as Australia chase a series win against the West Indies in the day-night Test at Brisbane’s Gabba.

Shrugging off two failures each in the post-Warner era’s new batting order, Smith was unbeaten on 33 and Green on 9 at stumps on Saturday night with Australia 2-60 and needing another 156 to win on the fourth day.

The chase may be complicated by rain, which has been forecast for the next two days, but success would make five straight victories this summer after a clean sweep of Pakistan.

Nathan Lyon, who claimed three wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 193 in their second innings, insisted there were no concerns about Australia’s new batting order.


Cameron Green.Credit: Getty


Weather looks like it will hold out in Brisbane


Who will win?


Hello and welcome

G’day cricket fans.

Welcome to our live coverage of the fourth day between Australia and the West Indies.

Is Steve Smith going to steer Australia to victory? Will the Windies defy the odds and manage their first victory on Australia soil since 1997?

All will be known today, provided the rain stays away.

It’s Dan Walsh here in the Maroubra bureau, fresh off catching some cracking waves this morning. Great day to be on the surfboard – five footers galore – but an even better day to be blogging what could be a sensational finish to this Test.

Play begins at 3pm AEDT.

Steve Smith looks like his old self after a few technical tweaks.Credit: Getty

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