Rain dampens Day 1
Bad weather restricted the first day of the New Year’s Test at the SCG to just 75 overs, in which the embattled West Indies scrapped their way to 6/207 by stumps. A 91-run partnership by Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo got the tourists off to a promising start, but Bravo’s departure for 33 sparked a familiar collapse. From 1/104, the Windies slumped to 5/158 before a spirited end to the day by Denesh Ramdin and Carlos Brathwaite – who will continue their unbeaten 48-run stand on Day 2 – carried them past the 200-mark on the final over of the day’s play.
Brathwaites shine again
Positives from West Indies’ Australian tour have been hard to come by, but the performances of opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the introduction of off-spinning all-rounder brother Carlos have provided cause for future optimism. After making 94 in the first Test in Hobart, Kraigg hit a vital 85 off 174 balls to keep the Windies’ head above water on Day 1. Carlos then backed up his 59 on debut at the MCG by walloping an unbeaten 35 off as many balls – including four fours and two sixes in a withering late burst.
Kraigg Brathwaite started 2016 on a solid note with 85 on 1st day of 3rd Test. Listen here as he shares his thoughts https://t.co/FSWcES6Mwm
— westindies (@westindies) January 3, 2016
Run out sums up Samuels’ woes
Marlon Samuels’ diabolical run out at a crucial stage for just 4 left his series average at a pathetic 7.00, and was symptomatic of a player that appears to not care about his cricket. West Indies desperately need their most experienced campaigners to stand up, but Samuels has been easily the most disappointing performer in a badly outclassed team. Named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year in 2013, it has been an alarming fall from grace for Samuels, who has posted just four 50-plus scores in the last two years.
Meandering Marlon letting Windies down: SHANE Warne was talking about Marlon Samuels’ disastrous run-out – but he… https://t.co/vON5IvEki1
— Sydney News (@realtimesydney) January 3, 2016
Lyon brings up home ton
Nathan Lyon continues to underline his importance to the Australian team, taking two outstanding wickets on Day 1 at the SCG – bringing up his 100th Test scalp on home soil in the process. The 28-year-old now has 184 Test wickets overall in 52 appearances, steaming towards becoming the 16th Australia to reach the 200-mark. After that milestone falls, Lyon can set his sights on becoming Australia’s second-most prolific spinner of all time after Shane Warne; the great Richie Benaud took 248 wickets in 63 Tests.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 3, 2016