Australia make steady start despite losing Ed Cowan early

West Indies bowler Ravi Rampaul (C) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australian batsman Ed Cowan AFP

Roseau: Apr 23, 2012

Ravi Rampaul’s return to Test cricket brought the wicket of Ed Cowan with just his second ball but after that the opening morning of the third and final Test belonged to Australia on Monday.

They went to lunch at 69 for one with David Warner on 28 and Shane Watson 30.

On his return to the side after a bout of dengue fever and subsequently a shoulder injury, Rampaul got just the start he would have wanted.

He brought a delivery back into Cowan who didn’t play a shot and the ball struck him on the pad trapping him lbw.

Warner was given a life when he had scored five.

Darren Sammy, who has been guilty of putting down some straight forward chances in this series, dropped another one.

Warner’s edge off Rampaul went to the West Indian captain at third slip but the ball went straight though his open hands and hit him in the chest.

Rampaul’s good start on his return to the West Indies side was slightly blemished when he was warned by umpire Tony Hill for running down the wicket.

Warner and Watson adapted well to the conditions and played carefully throughout the morning waiting for the loose balls.

Although the ball beat the bat a few times, especially from Kemar Roach, there were few scares and Australia will be looking to build a competitive first innings total.

The new ball was moving off the seam and there was plenty of carry through to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.

However, the batsmen were hindered by an outfield with plenty of grass on it which slowed the ball down considerably as it headed towards the boundary making run scoring a little slow.

In the previous Test at Trinidad both sides had opened their bowling with the slow bowlers but this time spin wasn’t introduced until the 21st over.

Shane Shillingford had become the first Dominican to play a Test in his home country when he stepped on to the field.

He showed nerves in his first over as he dropped short but Warner kept finding the fielders.

Once he’d settled he found substantial turn on a first day wicket and gave little away and beat the bat on a couple of occasions.

Both sides made one change to their teams from the second Test.

The West Indies had to replace Fidel Edwards who had a sore back hence the call-up for Rampaul.

After looking at the grass on the wicket, Australia decided to leave out off-spinner Michael Beer and replace him with left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc. (AFP)

Brief Score: Australia 69 for 1 (Shane Watson 30*, David Warner 28*; Ravi Rampaul 1 for 22) vs West Indies

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