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Australia v West Indies: second Check, day three – dwell Specific Occasions

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West Indies 132-4 (Greaves 5, Hodge 22) An opportunity off Lyon’s first ball of the over – the ball hit the bat, then pad and ballooned up within the air, however Head couldn’t get to it in time. There’s one other Marnus AttractionTM (however from Steve Smith) later within the over, however it doesn’t come to something in fact.

West Indies 131-4 (Greaves 4, Hodge 22) Right here comes Hazlewood once more, bowling at Hodge. There’s a minor attraction for LBW in the course of the over, however not a lot curiosity from anybody. Hodge responds with one other stunning straight drive – there are such a lot of runs being scored down the bottom immediately. Hazlewood fights again with the brief ball, however Hodge is unbothered by it and simply geese it.

West Indies 127-4 (Greaves 4, Hodge 18) Lyon simply retains going and on the second ball of the over, it pays off and he dismisses Athanaze. His first ball to Greaves can be superb, with some nice flip that fools the brand new batter. On the ultimate ball of the over, Greaves sees his alternative and leans into the ball to ship a pleasant cowl drive to the boundary for 4.

WICKET! Athanaze c Smith b Lyon 35 (West Indies 123-4)

Lastly Australia get the breakthrough they needed, lastly Smith holds a catch and everyone seems to be delighted. Lyon catches the surface fringe of Athanaze’s bat and Smith swoops on it.

West Indies 123-3 (Athanaze 35, Hodge 18) The pitch will get just a little little bit of therapy, the groundskeepers bringing out these metallic dealies they use to bang the pitch down and cease the footmarks getting too slippery. Hazlewood comes again on to bowl and instantly finds a superb line to Athanaze. He’s so good at simply hitting the identical spot relentlessly and irritating a batter into making a mistake. WinViz has the sport at 50-50 now – it truly is anybody’s sport from right here. This session is essential.

West Indies 122-3 (Athanaze 34, Hodge 18) Inexperienced heads off the bottom for his scheduled break from fielding. The previous boys within the commentary field are seething over this – again of their day, folks simply received warmth stroke and dehydration like correct cricketers. Lyon continues and it’s one other strong over for him, simply the one from it.

West Indies 121-3 (Athanaze 33, Hodge 18) Inexperienced resumes and retains on bowling that good line and size. One other harmful little scurry for a second run from the West Indies – in the event that they’d paused just a bit they may have been gone, however it’s good dedication from the pair to maintain pushing the run fee alongside. Then there’s one other a type of superb drives down the bottom and Hodge picks up a boundary.

West Indies 115-3 (Athanaze 33, Hodge 12) A misfield from Marsh and a poor chase offers Hodge three runs and Lyon may be very sad about it. That could be a second we speak about later on this sport. Lyon is bowling properly, getting the ball to skid on uncomfortably for the batters. One other wicket is definitely not distant for him.

West Indies 111-3 (Athanaze 30, Hodge 11) One other Inexperienced over and he begins with a peach of a ball that beats the bat and simply misses the within edge. Hodge appears a bit nervy after that and it’s a giant depart on the subsequent ball to maintain him protected. Nearly a run out alternative when Hodge tries to get off strike and would definitely have resulted in one in all them being run out, however Athanaze sends him again.

Kenrick Riley has despatched an e-mail along with his ideas on the Smith drop:

Pricey Megan

I believe the ball Smith dropped wouldn’t have made it to Uzzie anyway — who was standing properly again. So he was proper to go for it. On every other day, Smith would have pouched it. Perhaps fretting over opening has clouded his focus? Not that it issues a lot. He may come out subsequent knock and make 200no!

Kenrick Riley

Love the positivity Kenrick, I hope he comes good as properly – I’d like to see him discover success as an opener.

West Indies 109-3 (Athanaze 30, Hodge 9) A stumping try from the primary ball of the over, however Athanaze is safely in his crease and there’s no attraction. However Lyon has received him swiping exterior off and it appears thrilling.

West Indies 107-3 (Athanaze 29, Hodge 8) And we’re again! It’s nonetheless 32 levels out on the sector and 69% humidity (good). The ‘appears like’ temp has dropped barely to 37.1 levels, which nonetheless doesn’t sound all that nice. Inexperienced will get us began and Athanaze takes a single straightaway. Inexperienced continues along with his good bowling immediately, hitting a terrific line and size and never providing a lot to the batters. It’s simply the one run from the over.

Talking of Sinclair’s celebration, I particularly loved Dan Liebke’s tweet yesterday in regards to the reminiscences it introduced again for these of us who spent the early 2000s on the hill at Kogarah Oval.

Phantom sirens. Backflip celebrations. It’s like I’m watching St George-Illawarra within the NRL within the 12 months 2000 #AUSvWI

— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) January 26, 2024

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