Simon Katich fashioned his third Test hundred and overshadowed the 10 000-run milestone of captain Ricky Ponting to lead a solid Australia batting performance on the first day of the second Test against West Indies on Friday. Katich was undefeated on 113 as Australia reached 259-3 in their first innings when bad light stopped play.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul received a precautionary brain scan after he was struck on the back of his head off Brett Lee's bowling to score his 18th Test hundred on the third day of the opening Test between West Indies and Australia on Saturday. The 33-year-old Chanderpaul was on 86 and trying to evade a sharply rising delivery from Lee, when he received the excruciating blow.
West Indies coach John Dyson hailed his side's bowling late on the third day of the opening Test which sank Australia to 17 for four in their second innings on Saturday at Sabina Park. But he urged the batsmen in the side to follow the example of long-standing left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul, whose 118 in the first innings led West Indies to 312, replying to the Aussies' first innings total of 431.
Stuart Clark cut down West Indies' top-order batting with his steady, accurate, if not menacing fast-medium bowling to tighten Australia's grip on the opening Test on Friday. Clark has so far collected three wickets for 18 runs from eight overs, as West Indies, replying to Australia's first innings total of 431, reached 115 for three.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting strode majestically to his 35th Test hundred to help his side recover from a shaky start in the opening Test against the West Indies on Thursday. Ponting used a West Indies attack hamstrung by the withdrawal of key strike bowler Jerome Taylor to serenely progress to 158.
Chaminda Vaas lost his nerves, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul kept his, and struck a four and a six off the last two balls to hand the West Indies a sensational one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Thursday. Chasing 236 for victory from their allocation of 50 overs, the West Indies entered the final over at Queen's Park Oval needing 13 runs to win.