Australia steady after early wobbles

West Indies player celebrate the wicket of David Warner on day four AFP

Port of Spain: Apr 18, 2012

Australia were 40 for two at lunch on the fourth morning of the second Test against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday, a lead of 94.

Seamer Kemar Roach, who took five wickets in the first innings, got rid of opener David Warner (17) and Shane Watson, who made a solid half century in the first innings, for nought.

Those wickets came in Roach’s opening over, but Australia still extended their advantage after the West Indies had been dismissed for 257.

The home side’s first innings lasted only another four balls.

Having hit the previous ball for four, Carlton Baugh missed a sweep shot off Michael Beer that struck him on the pad.

Beer’s lbw appeal was turned down but Australia successfully reviewed the decision.

Baugh had made 21 and West Indies had lost their last six wickets for just 27 runs to be dismissed for 257 to trail by 54 on first innings.

Fidel Edwards opened the bowling but West Indies immediately used spin at the other end with Shane Shillingford taking the new ball.

It was paceman Edwards who had bowled with little luck in the first innings who should have made the opening breakthrough.

The first delivery of his second over was edged by Ed Cowan and went straight to Darren Sammy at first slip.

But the captain put it down and neither he nor wicket-keeper Baugh could quite grab the rebound.

Roach replaced Edwards and his second delivery moved off the seam and David Warner’s edge was held by Darren Bravo at second slip.

Watson then played and missed the next ball as it went between the inside edge and the stumps.

Two balls later a similar delivery sent the off stump reeling. Watson had gone for a duck and Australia were 26 for two.

With no change to the score, Ricky Ponting would have been run out if Edwards’ throw from mid-on had hit the stumps.

Australia added 14 runs off the nine overs that were possible before rain arrived once more at Queen’s Park Oval bringing lunch forward by ten minutes.

Australia are leading the series having won the opening Test in Barbados.

As they hold the Frank Worrell Trophy, they only require a draw to hold on to the prize.(AFP)

Brief Scores: Australia 311 all-out & 40 for 2 (David Warner 17, Ed Cowan 14*; Kemar Roach 2 for 10) lead West Indies 252 for 9 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 94*, Narsingh Deonarine 55, Darren Bravo 38; Nathan Lyon 5 for 68) by 94 runs

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