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Katich knock puts Australia on top against West Indies

First Test, Brisbane, day one (close):
Australia 322-5 v West Indies
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Simon Katich pulls a short ball at the Gabba
Katich hit 13 boundaries and a six in his 135-ball innings

Simon Katich fell eight runs short of a deserved century as Australia made confident progress on day one of the first Test against the West Indies.

The tourists made the perfect start when fast bowler Jerome Taylor removed Shane Watson for a duck in Brisbane.

But opener Katich (92) added 126 for the second wicket with captain Ricky Ponting (55), while Mike Hussey's 66 ensured Australia finished on 322-5.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo (2-66) was the pick of the West Indies bowlers.

After winning the toss and electing to bat on a glorious wicket at the Gabba, Australia began in the worst possible fashion when Taylor trapped Watson lbw for a duck in the third over when the opener shouldered arms to a delivery which nipped back off the track.

But Katich and Ponting settled the home crowd's early nerves, although the Australia captain was the subject of the first use of the International Cricket Council's Decision Review System on Australian soil when he was given not out following a confident lbw appeal by Ravi Rampaul on 30.

West Indies jet-lagged captain Chris Gayle - who arrived in Brisbane from Jamaica on Tuesday following a visit his ill mother - asked for the decision to referred to third umpire Mark Benson, who upheld Ian Gould's decision.


The Australian duo took advantage of some short bowling to reach lunch at 116-1, but Ponting fell early on in the second session when he became fast bowler Kemar Roach's first Test wicket edging a catch to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

New-man Hussey began tentatively but soon found his stride as the West Indians suffered lapses in concentration in the field

Sulieman Benn dropped Katich at cover on 81 but the left-hander fell soon after when Ramdin snagged a fine one-handed diving catch off Dwayne Bravo.

Hussey reached his half century but was back in the pavilion when he chipped a catch back to left-arm spinner Benn, but Michael Clarke and Marcus North continued to push Australia towards 300.

A brilliant catch at first slip by Gayle accounted for Clarke (41) but North remains unbeaten on 42 alongside wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

I'm trying to play as well as I can and contribute in this Test match and not really trying to look too far ahead

Mike Hussey

Hussey said he was trying not to let questions over his future affect his batting.

The 34-year-old's place in the side has been questioned by some sections of the Australian media.

But he said: "It was obviously good to get to 60-odd, but probably all of us are a little bit disappointed we couldn't go on, and one of us get a big hundred.

"The selectors haven't really spoken to me at all, (all they have said is) just that they're right behind me, they're backing me and they've proven that by selecting me for this Test.

"That's all I'm looking for at this stage. I'm trying to play as well as I can and contribute in this Test match and not really trying to look too far ahead."

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see also
Gayle returns as Windies skipper
02 Nov 09 |  West Indies
West Indies in Australia 2009-10
08 Dec 09 |  Future tour dates

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