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Friday, May 23, 2008

Ponting's class demonstrated yet again as Australia take first day honours

Australia 4/301 (R Ponting 158, M Hussey 56, B Hodge 53 no) v West Indies; First Test Day 1 at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

As the score indicates Australia had a good, perhaps very good, and maybe (note maybe) even matchwinning day. Yet without Ricky Ponting's masterclass 158/224b (17x4, 1x6) things may have been different.

The pitch played a few tricks, the West Indies attack performed competently and the fielding, apart from occasional lethargic moments, was very good, yet Ponting rose above all this and put Australia on top. If he'd not been brilliantly caught late in the day by Brenton Parchment off Dwayne Bravo (who earlier had taken an excellent slip catch off Amit Jaggernaugth to dismiss Michael Hussey) the sky, or at least at 500 plus total, would have been the limit for Australia. This may still not be beyond them and the Windies batting looks very thin on paper.

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