Cricket...and in Trinidad in the West Indies, the first Test between the Australian touring team?
Cricket...and in Trinidad in the West Indies, the first Test between the Australian touring team and the West Indies opened on Friday (3 March). The West Indies showed their strength and dismissed the Australians for 90 before going on to make a rapid 79 without loss before close of play. The Australians had a happier time two days before on Wednesday (1 March), when they were guests at a dinner in Port on Spain to celebrate 50 years of West Indian Test Cricket; to honour Sir Garfield Sobers for his achievements in Test cricket and to mark their visit.
SYNOPSIS: The dinner took place at the Port of Spain Holiday Inn, and among the guests the President of Trinidad, Mr. Ellis Clerks. West Indian cricketer Clyde Walcott proposed a toast to Sir Garfield Sobers, one of the greatest West Indian cricketers of all time, and then made a presentation.
Australian Captain Bobby Simpson had words of optimism on the forthcoming Test.
Australia were put in to bat after captain Bobby Simpson lost the toss. Graham Wood and Craig Serjeant opened the Australian batting.
They found the going difficult as overcast skies aided the fiery West Indian bowlers.
Play had been delayed for nearly two hours by rain and only one over was possible before lunch. In that over Australia took six runs off Roberts. It was after the meal break that the rout was to take place, with Australia crumbling for a dismal 90 all out. Here Roberts bowls to Wood.
After dinner, the bowling of Roberts, Colin Croft and Joel Garner was soon to finish off Australia. The West Indies then went on to notch up a total of 79 without loss in an hour.