Kraigg Brathwaite played well for his unbeaten 50 © Getty Images
Kraigg Brathwaite played well for his unbeaten 50 © Getty Images

The West Indies batsmen have done themselves some good by posting a score of 92-1 at Lunch against Australia on Day One of the third Test against Australia at Sydney for the loss of only one wicket. Shai Hope fell early in the innings scoring just nine of 17 balls before fishing for a ball outside off stump by Josh Hazlewood. After that opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo combined for a meaty partnership. They started off cautiously but started playing some nice shots later on. They played with a mix of restraint and calculated aggression. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 1

Bravo continued in his good form and played some gorgeous drives of the fast bowlers as well as the spinners. Brathwaite was a little more aggressive but picked his balls to attack astutely. He was quick to cash in on anything short and wide and also played the fuller length deliveries positively. He got to his fifty in this manner with a decent strike-rate. LIVE UPDATES: Australia vs West Indies 2015-16, 3rd Test at Sydney, Day 1

The Australian bowlers started off well and there was some movement early on but as the partnership progressed they looked just a tad worn out and out of ideas. The contest between Nathan Lyon and the batsmen was particularly entertaining. He was bowling the wicked tempters which the batsmen took on every now and then to good effect. Steven O’Keefe was not very impressive.

West Indies have a desirable start to the innings and they will hope not to throw this start away after lunch. Australia on the other hand will need better tactics from Steven Smith to counter the most pressurising situation they have faced in the series so far.

Brief scores:

West Indies 92 for 1 in 32 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 50, Darren Bravo 32; Josh Hazlewood 1 for 24) vs Australia.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)