West Indies bats blunt Australia's attack

December 02, 2022 02:24 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite has offered some stern resistance to Australia's attempts to run through the tourists in Perth, helping his side to 1-150 at lunch on day three.

After declaring at 4-598 on the second day and watching West Indies go to stumps at 0-74, Australia managed just one wicket in the opening session of day three as Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 62.

First-drop Nkrumah Bonner was also removed from the field after a blow to the helmet from Cameron Green, stopping play for five minutes before he later retired hurt.

West Indies officials are currently assessing whether he can return to the match, or if a concussion substitute will need to be enacted in the opening Test of the Frank Worrell Trophy.

Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins beat the bat regularly in the opening half-hour, with several balls passing by the outside edge.

Only one found the edge and the hands of a fielder however, with Hazlewood getting Tagenarine Chanderpaul caught at first slip for 51.

The ball after the son of West Indies legend Shivnarine reached his half-century in his maiden Test innings, Hazlewood had one move enough across him to draw the edge.

Bonner then provided the most authoritative shot of the day when he cover-drove Cummins for four shortly after arriving to the crease.

But his stay was cut short by Green, when he was hit on the side of the head by a short ball.

He was initially assessed and given the all-clear to continue, but left the field at drinks some 30 minutes later.

All the while, Brathwaite has remained stable at the other end.

Determined before the Test to ensure his side batted at least 100 overs in each innings, he has got through 154 balls himself.

Included in his spell was a big six down the ground off Nathan Lyon, taking on the spinner late in the session.

It comes after Steve Smith had proclaimed on Thursday night that there was enough in the wicket for Australia to take 20 wickets on the dry pitch to win the match.

But at this stage, the road ahead looks difficult.


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