McGrath rocks Windies to put Aussies on top
McGrath claimed four wickets as the tourists sunk to 182 for six at stumps in reply to Australia's imposing first innings 435.Updated: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST
Glenn McGrath tore through the West Indies batsmen to put Australia in command on the second day of the opening cricket Testat the Gabba on Friday.
McGrath and master leg-spinner Shane Warne led a relentless attack to bowl their team into a dominant position, as the West Indians ran out of steam after an encouraging opening day.
McGrath claimed four wickets and Warne took another as the tourists sunk to 182 for six at stumps in reply to Australia's imposing first innings 435.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was on 12 with Daren Powell on four.
Opening batsman Devon Smith was on course for a defiant century late in the day, only to make an error of judgment four hours into his stint at the crease, offering no shot and getting bowled by McGrath for 88.
With him went the tourists' last hope of getting past the 235 follow-on target.
It was a dark day for the Windies, as Brett Lee grabbed Brian Lara's key wicket for 30 in a contentious decision made by South African umpire Ian Howell in the 40th over.
The 'Prince' looked to have finally regained his batting touch in a 101-minute vigil, but he was deceived by a slower ball from wide of the crease and was given out.
Television replays indicated that the ball may have missed leg-stump, and the decision was a massive blow to the tourists' chances of whittling away the gap with Australia.
First Published: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST