Cricket....and a dramatic second innings collapse by Australia on Sunday (5 March) gave the West?
Cricket....and a dramatic second innings collapse by Australia on Sunday (5 March) gave the West Indies victory in the first Test at Port of Spain, Trinidad by an innings and 106 runs. The Australians lost their last six wickets for only 15 runs, and were all out for 209 after scoring only 90 in the first innings. In their innings, the West Indies had made a massive 405, with Alvin Kallicharran hitting a sparkling 127. When Australia opened their second innings, they were faced with the daunting prospect of needing 315 to make the West Indies but again. They started well thanks to some fine batting by Graham Yallop and as they made their way steadily towards 200 with only three wickets down, there was little sign of the collapse that followed.
SYNOPSIS: Croft to yallop, and another four runs.
Croft again, and this time the batsmen settle for a single.
Croft to Australian captain Bobby Simpson, and another single....It was a valuable partnership for the Australians.
The rot then set in. Robert removed Yallop and Rixon, and Simpson fell to Parry for 14.
The end was in sight.....but Jeff Thomson took four off Parry.
Parry to Thomson again, and this time the Australian Paceman was bowled for four.
Robert then struck again, bowling Clark for a duck. 201 for eight.
Parry to Yardley, and four more runs, but time was running out. Victory for the West Indies in three days was inevitable.
Higgs then joined Yardley, and took two off Parry.
From being put in on the opening morning, the Australians had their backs to the wall. And injuries had not helped. Peter Toohey was unable to bat again because of a broken thumb, so when Roberts bowled Higgs it was all over.