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Rain Ruins Australia-Windies Second Test

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Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted he was disappointed to see the Second Test against the West Indies end in a draw after rain plagued the match.

After several rain-affected days, Clarke declared at 8-160 at lunch on day five, setting the Windies a target of 215 from 61 overs. However, neither side ever got close to a win as the rain came in, with that combining with bad light to half play with the hosts at 2-53.

“I think if there was no rain you would have seen a result which was great for the game. I think either the West Indies or Australia would have won,” Clarke said.

“There would have been a winner and loser which is what people come to see. You want to see a result over a five day period. It was a hard fight out there, there’s no doubt about it.”

As for his late declaration on day five, Clarke added: “There’s always a risk of losing in trying to win. Unfortunately the rain’s cost both teams, I think it would have been a really good finish to a tough test match.”

Windies pace bowler Kemar Roach was the star of the game with a 10-wicket haul with his impressive spells on a pitch not normally conducive to his kind of bowling. Home captain Darren Sammy said that was a big positive for his side who now believe they can compete.

“The guys believe now that we can not only compete but we can win matches against top opposition,” he said. “We go into every game thinking we can win.”

As for the run chase, he added: “60 overs was enough. We thought we could get the runs. Our plan was to see how far we could get by tea and then reassess after that.”