Australia will take an unbeatable 1-0 lead into the final cricket Test against West Indies after rain and bad light halted the host’s run chase on the final day of the second match.
Captain Michael Clarke declared Australia’s second innings at 160-8 to set West Indies a victory target of 215 in 61 overs in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The home team reached 53-2 in 11 overs before the match was abandoned as a draw before tea.
“The rains cost both teams,” Clarke said in a news conference. “It would have been a really good finish to a tough Test match.”
The result extended Australia’s grip on the Frank Worrell Trophy to two decades. West Indies last beat Australia in a Test series in 1992 and has won just one of the past 21 matches between the teams.
Man-of-the-match Kemar Roach recorded his second five-wicket haul to finish with 10-146, becoming the first West Indies bowler in seven years to take 10 wickets in an elite Test. He’s the first West Indian to claim 10 in a match against Australia since Curtly Ambrose in 1993.
Australia won last week’s opener in Barbados by three wickets. The third Test will be played at Windsor Park in Dominica, starting April 23.
The touring team will be without fast bowlers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson for the series finale. Cricket Australia said the pair will return to Australia because of back injuries and no replacement player will be sent to the West Indies. Ryan Harris, who was rested after a man-of-the-match performance in the first Test, and left-armer Mitchell Starc, are the other pacemen in Australia’s squad.
“It’s disappointing that we lose two very good bowlers, but I guess Mitchell Starc certainly comes into contention now,” Clarke added. “We have the option to play two spinners again and Ryan Harris is fresh and ready to go.”