Rains save Australia's day

In the third test match between Australia and West Indies in the Australia tour to West Indies, rains played a crucial part to save the Australian team from an opening day demolition by the Windies.

There was continuous rain for 45 minutes after the tea break. 1-1/4 hours later the Australian team was sent into bat. Andrew Symonds has so far hit the top score of 52, but several of the Australian batsmen got starts without carrying on - Simon Katich made 36, Brad Haddin got 32, and Phil Jaques gathered 31. Dwayne Bravo has collected three wickets for 48 runs from 12.4 overs and Jerome Taylor took two for 44 from nine overs.

Symonds guided a delivery from Jerome Taylor to point for a single to reach his landmark, but the dreadlocked Australia batsman was fortunate to have survived until tea, after he was dropped early in his innings, and then gained the benefit of the doubt from umpire Mark Benson.

Symonds was eventually dismissed, when he was caught at cover driving a delivery from Bravo straight into the lap of fielder Sewnarine Chattergoon.

Before lunch, Australia stumbled to 98 for four, after the delivery of the first ball of the day was delayed by close to 15 minutes while the ground’s authority tried to fix a malfunction of the automated sightscreen.

At the end of day Australia managed 226 runs by loosing 7 wickets in 56 overs.

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