Rain-mars play but Aussies still out for second Test win
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West Indies v Australia
QUEEN'S PARK OVAL, APRIL 15-19, 2012
2nd Test - WIN v AUS
|Australia 1st Inn||311 All Out|
|West Indies 1st Inn||257 All Out|
|Australia 2nd Inn||8/160|
|West Indies 2nd Inn||2/53|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bat|
|West Indies||Over:11.0 RR:4.82|
|4 . . . 1 1 |||. . 4 4 6 . |||. 1 1 . 1 . ||
|Last Wicket:||Barath, 5 (c:Clarke b:Hilfenhaus)|
|Current Partnership:||40 runs, 43 balls, RR:93.02|
It seems unlikely but Australia are confident they can still force a win in the rain-marred second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad.
Only 31 overs could be bowled on day four as a heavy thunderstorm swept over Queen’s Park Oval, with Australia 3-73 and holding a 127-run lead in the second innings when play was abandoned on Wednesday.
Holding a 1-0 series lead and needing just a draw to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, Australia could be forgiven for making the game safe on day five but opener Ed Cowan believes the team would risk defeat if it meant having a chance to claim the series.
“I think it will be tough, weather dependent of course, but we’ll still push if we get a full day’s play,” Cowan said.
“We’ll open up the game at some point, probably willing to lose it for the chance to win it. It will depend on whether they’re willing to risk the game.
“I’m not the captain. I haven’t spoken to (coach) Mickey (Arthur) or (captain) Michael (Clarke) but on that wicket we’ve seen scoring rates at a little over two for the game so 230, 240 even off 65, 70 overs, that’s long enough for us to bowl them out if they’re willing to have a go.”
Cowan was one of the three wickets to fall for Australia on day four, trapped lbw for 20 by Kemar Roach (3-27) in the 10 overs after lunch that were able to be played.
Roach had earlier removed David Warner (17) and Shane Watson (0) in his first over of the day, reducing Australia to 2-26.
Warner was caught at first slip – his fourth dismissal behind the wicket in as many innings this series – while Watson’s off-stump was sent spinning out of the ground three balls later.
It means the in-form West Indies quick has eight wickets so far in this Test and he too wasn’t giving up hope of claiming a win in the match.
“We look to win every game, that’s our mentality,” Roach said.
“We’re going to come out tomorrow and whatever we do, we’re going to do it in a positive way.”
Earlier, Australia took just four balls to end the Windies’ first innings after the home team had resumed on 9-252.
Michael Beer was the wicket-taker trapping Carlton Baugh lbw for 21 to finish with 2-56 as the Windies were dismissed for 257.
The Test resumes from 9.30am on Thursday (2330 AEST).
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