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11-Apr-2012 02:17:00 GMT
West Indies v Australia, 1st Test, Bridgetown, 4th day

Harris and Bowlers Turn 1st Test to Australia

Bridgetown: Some fine batting by Ryan Harris and an electrifying spell of bowling from Ben Hilfenhaus looked to have turned the first Test with the West Indies in Australia's favour on an engrossing fourth day on Tuesday.

West Indies finished the day on 71 for five in its' second innings, leading by just 114 runs after Australia's tail wagged and Hilfenhaus knocked over their top order.

Earlier captain Michael Clarke declared Australia's first innings at 406 for nine with his side still trailing by 43 runs.

It was an aggressive move allowing his bowlers to attack the West Indian batsmen either side of tea and Hilfenhaus took advantage in the 25 minutes leading up to the break removing the top three.

Harris - who had earlier hit an unbeaten 68 - added the important scalp of Shivnarine Chanderpaul shortly after tea.

It was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes as the Australians had at one point been 199 runs behind with only three first innings wickets remaining.

It looked as though the West Indies would have a commanding first innings lead when, just as they had on the third day, they broke through early on.

In the fourth over Mike Hussey drove at a ball from Kemar Roach that found the edge and Carlton Baugh dived across in front of first slip to claim the key wicket.

Peter Siddle started to duck the second ball that he received from Fidel Edwards but it didn't climb as high as he'd anticipated. As he adjusted the ball looped off the bat where Kirk Edwards took another fine catch in the gully.

Australia had lost two wickets for two runs.

Harris played positively from the start of his innings as he and Matthew Wade added 35 runs for the eighth wicket.

The Australian 'keeper fell for 28 in his first Test innings when he took a wild drive at a wide Fidel Edwards ball that Darren Bravo took easily at second slip.

Harris and Hilfenhaus played gutsy innings as they gradually reduced the deficit with Harris passing his top score in Test cricket, made in his last innings against India in Adelaide.

The ninth wicket partnership of 44 was finally broken when Hilfenhaus, on 24, played an extravagant shot across the line and Roach's delivery took out the middle stump.

The West Indies still had a 120 run lead when last man Nathan Lyon came to the crease but the last pair frustrated the home team and played so well that Lyon hit his highest first class score of 40.

They had added unbeaten 76 runs when Clarke decided to declare.

Brief scores
West Indies
449 for 9 dec and 71 for 5 (Hilfenhaus 3-17)
Australia 406 for 9 dec (Clarke 73, Harris 68*, Roach 3-72)
Status West Indies lead by 114 runs

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