Brathwaite duo rescue Windies but Aussies rule
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked an enterprising half-century, but West Indies' batting wobbled to give Australia the advantage on the opening day of the final Test here yesterday.
Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side finished the rain-hit day at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 207 for six, with the right-handed Brathwaite top-scoring with 85.
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, in his second Test, was unbeaten on a cameo run-a-ball 35 and was partnered by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin on 23.
Left-hander Darren Bravo also sparkled, albeit briefly, in scoring an attractive 33.
He and Kraigg Brathwaite put on 91 for the second wicket following the early loss of Shai Hope for nine, but the familiar middle-order collapse followed, with the Windies losing five wickets for 55 runs, to slump to 159 for six in the final session.
However, Carlos Brathwaite and Ramdin came together in a seventh-wicket stand currently worth 48, to stall Australia's progress and ensure West Indies were still afloat at the close.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been the most successful bowler with two for 68.
West Indies once again had a dodgy start, losing the right-handed Hope in the morning's fifth over, sparring at an outswinger from seamer Josh Hazlewood and nicking a catch behind.
Brathwaite and Bravo then countered with dominant stroke play as West Indies enjoyed one of their finest sessions of the series.
Emerging from a typical watch start, Brathwaite blossomed nicely to stroke 10 fours in an innings lasting 174 balls, while Bravo showed glimpses of his good form in a 95-ball innings, which contained six fours.
Bravo twice drove pacer James Pattinson for exquisite offside boundaries in the 11th over before aggressively pulling the same bowler through mid-on for another four in the right-armer's next over.