Port-of-Spain - 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
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.
have been a winner and loser which is what people come to see. You want
to see a result over a five day period. It was a hard fight out there,
there's no doubt about it."
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.
"We were trying to get the runs. The guys were positive in the dressing room," West Indies captain Darren Sammy said.
"Sixty overs was enough. We thought we could get the runs. Our plan was
to see how far we could get by tea and then reassess after that."
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.
"There's always a risk of losing in trying to win," said Clarke.
"Unfortunately the rain's cost both teams, I think it would have been a really good finish to a tough Test match."
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 at Test level.
The 23-year-old 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 West Indian 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 and increased the run-rate with some powerful
"The guys believe now that we can not only compete but
we can win matches against top opposition," Sammy said. "We go into
every game thinking we can win."
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 and told to return home for
treatment while West Indies called up Assad Fudadin into their squad for
leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
"My goal hasn't changed, we're looking to win every test match we play," Clarke said.
"Rain played a big part throughout this Test match which is
unfortunate...we go to Dominica and try and do everything we can to win
that Test match."