Homeboy Shillingford sparkles for West Indies
Shane Shillingford celebrated becoming the first Dominican to play
Test cricket in his home country in style on Monday as the West Indies
off-spinner took four Australian wickets on the opening day of the third
and final Test at Windsor Park.
Australia finished the day on 212 for seven, in some trouble after
winning the toss.
They only need a draw to take the series having won the first Test in
It was an unforgettable day for 29-year-old Shillingford as, getting
bounce out of the pitch, he bowled an uninterrupted spell of twenty-four
overs and finished with 4-77.
He claimed the scalps of David Warner (50), Ricky Ponting (23),
Michael Clarke (24) and Mike Hussey (10). “These guys are guys who once
they get in score a lot of runs. Getting these guys out is a real honour
for me,” said Shillingford.
“I normally get a good amount of bounce but on the second or third
day. On the first day, especially with the spin I got, it was a little
surprising but (when) I started getting that I started feeling well.”
Shillingford could barely believe how the day had gone for him.
“I started off walking the guys onto the field. The skipper told me
to keep my cool, play my normal game and from there I started feeling
better and all the excitement came.
“I've never got a five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Coming up against
Australia, I have a chance to get one so it's definitely something I
want do, especially playing at home.”
The morning session yielded just the one wicket thanks to Ravi
On his return to the side after a bout of dengue fever and
subsequently a shoulder injury, Rampaul's second delivery came back into
Ed Cowan who didn't play a shot and the ball struck him on the pad
trapping him lbw. Warner and Watson prevented any more wickets falling
before lunch but were hindered by an outfield which slowed the ball down
- only sixteen boundaries were hit during the day. AFP
S C O R E C A R D
Australia 1st innings
E. Cowan lbw b Rampaul 01
D. Warner c Powell b Shillingford 50
S. Watson c Deonarine b Sammy 41
R. Ponting c Sammy b Shillingford 23
M. Clarke c Barath b Shillingford 24
M. Hussey c Sammy b Shillingford 10
M. Wade not out . 22
R. Harris c Baugh b Roach 04
M. Starc not out 24
Extras (b4, lb6, w1, nb2) 13
Total (7 wickets for; 90 overs) 212
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cowan), 2-84 (Watson), 3-105 (Warner), 4-142 (Ponting), 5-157 (Clarke), 6-164 (Hussey), 7-169 (Harris)
Bowling: Roach 16-5-43-1 (2nb), Rampaul 18-5-44-1 (1w), Sammy 19-7-32-1, Shillingford 34-8-77-4, Deonarine 3-0-6-0