Port-of-Spain - Australia went to lunch on 123 for
five as they struggled through a shortened first session on the fifth
and final day of the second Test against West Indies at Queen's Park
Oval on Thursday.
Only 50 runs were scored in the 25 overs bowled as Australia extended their lead to 177 runs while losing two wickets.
45-minute delay, caused by a wet outfield, virtually ruled out any
chance of a result other than a draw especially with just 30.4 overs
bowled on Wednesday.
Matthew Wade was 15 not out with Michael
Hussey on 11 after Ricky Ponting (41) and skipper Michael Clarke (15)
had been the batsmen dismissed.
The unlucky Fidel Edwards finally took his first wicket of the match in his 10th over of the second innings.
A short ball to Ponting had him playing one of his favourite hook shots but he failed to keep the ball down.
went straight to Kieran Powell on the square leg boundary and Ponting
was gone for 41 off 85 balls, an innings which featured three fours.
The highlight of the morning came in skipper Darren Sammy's second over.
had dropped a sitter at first slip earlier in the innings but now took
an excellent catch off his own bowling to remove his opposite number
The delivery seemed to stop a bit off the pitch and Clarke
was through the stroke a little early before Sammy thrust out his right
hand to take the chance.
That reduced Australia to 95 for five and the lead only 149.
Wade joined Hussey it looked as though the pair were trying to push the
scoring along but tight fields and a very slow outfield still meant
that runs were at a premium.
Having won the opening Test in
Barbados, Australia would be more satisfied with a draw as they would
retain the Frank Worrell Trophy and go into the final Test still one up
in the series.
Before play started, it was announced that
Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, who is playing
in the current match, would be returning home with back injuries.
has had back soreness since the first Test in Barbados and scans have
shown that he has early signs of a lower back bone stress injury.
has had acute lower back pain since day three of this Test but will bat
at number eleven in Australia's current innings if needed.
final Test starts in Dominica on Monday but Australia have two other
pace men in their squad - Ryan Harris, who played in the first Test and
left-armer Mitchell Starc who last played in the Perth Test against
India in January.