Cricket...and Australia appear doomed to suffer crushing defeat by the West Indies in the First?
Cricket...and Australia appear doomed to suffer crushing defeat by the West Indies in the First Test at Port of Spain, Trinidad. Having been uprooted for a feeble 90 on the opening day (3 March), Australia chased leather in savage heat throughout the second day as West Indies ran their first innings to 391 for nine.
SYNOPSIS: The opening day and Australian batsman Gary Cosier strikes Andy Roberts to the boundary. Cosier's 46 was his side's only worthwhile score.
Fast bowler Joel Garner advances the Australian rot as this fine delivery plucks out Peter Toohey's middle stump. Toohey had made a fighting 20.
The end of Cosier, and virtually the end of the Australian resistance. Gordon Greenidge takes a simple catch close in off the bowling of Colin Croft. Cosier had earlier been struck a glancing blow on the head.
In the West Indies innings, newcomer Desmond haynes from Barbados showed his nerves are fine...he hooks Jeff Thomson for six. By stumps, the West Indies had scored 79 for no wicket.
On the second day, West Indies devoured the Australian bowling like starving wolves. Haynes hits spinner Jim Higgs for four. Then Haynes retreats too for a cut and snicks Higgs to wicketkeeper Steve Rixon. He had scored a splendid 61.
For Alvin Kallicharran, Christmas arrives very early. Here he strokes easily to the offside to bring up his century. Kallicharran and his captain, Clive Lloyd, had a stirring century partnership for the fourth wicket. The match had turned into a slaughter.
Finally, Kallicharran departs, bowled for 127 by Australian spinner Yardley. He had belted Australia's sub-standard bowling all over Queen's Park Oval in one of this most satisfying Test innings.
Yardley did get one morsel of comfort, bowling Parry for a duck. But it had been a grisly day for Australia.