Storm forces draw,Australia retain trophy

West Indies were 53/2 when rain stopped play on Day five

Written by Reuters | Port Of Spain | Published: April 20, 2012 2:06 am

Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy after the second Test against West Indies ended in a draw on Thursday. Any hopes of a decisive result on the fifth day were ruined by a storm that forced an early end to proceedings at Queen’s Park Oval.

The Australians,who won last week’s first Test in Barbados in a final day thriller,set West Indies a target of 215 runs from 61 overs to win after declaring their second innings closed at 160 for eight after lunch. West Indies lost both openers cheaply but recovered to reach 53-2 when play was halted by bad light,then rain.

“I think if there was no rain you would have seen a result which was great for the game. I think either the West Indies or Australia would have won,” Australia captain Michael Clarke said.

All five days of the match were interrupted by foul weather and the signs were ominous on Thursday morning when the start was delayed by 45 minutes because of damp patches in the outfield from Wednesday’s downpour.

But both teams tried to salvage something from the last day although the weather forecast was not good.

The Australians made a cautious start,adding just 50 runs from the first 25 overs before lunch after losing the wickets of Ricky Ponting for 41 and Clarke for 15. They raised the tempo after the resumption with Mike Hussey belting the first delivery for six and for a brief period,the runs started to flow and the wickets tumbled.

Kemar Roach,named man of the match,dismissed Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus in the same over to finish with 5-41 and complete his first 10-wicket haul to became the first West Indian in seven years to take 10 wickets in a Test and the first since Curtly Ambrose in 1993 to do so against Australia.

Hilfenhaus briefly gave the Australians a glimmer of hope when he dismissed both openers,Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell,in his first two overs,before Sammy (30 not out) and Darren Bravo (eight not out) steadied the ship with some powerful hitting.

Injury trouble

The third Test starts in Dominica on Monday with both teams forced to make changes. Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson had already been ruled out because of back pain while West Indies called up Assad Fudadin for leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

Brief scores: Australia 311 & 160/8 declared (R Ponting 41,M Wade 31 n.o,K Roach 5/41) vs West Indies 257 & 53/2 ( D Sammy 30 n.o,B Hilfenhaus 2/22)

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