West Indies lost to Australia in the 1st Test

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

ricky_ponting.jpgWest Indies cricketers went down to their Australia counterparts by 95 runs at Sabina Park, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the first of three test matches to be played in the Caribbean over the next two months.

The Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, who won the toss and elected to bat on a solid wicket rattled up a first innings score of 431. The captain scored a magnificent 158 in his team total.

Bowling for the Windies, Fidel Edwards had figures 5-104 off 26 overs.

The hosts in their turn at the crease mustered 312, with the dependable middle order batsman, Shivnerine Chanderpaul, scoring 118 for his 18th test century, he was ably assisted by Runorko Morton with 67. Fast bowler Bret Lee was the pick of the tourist bagging 3 for 63.

With a lead of 119 the Aussies were skittled out for 167 in their second innings, as Andrew Symonds top-scored with 79. Dwayne Bravo topped the bowling figures for the Windies taking 4 wickets for 47.

West Indies, needing 287 to win in a day's play, could only manage to score 191, falling short by 95 runs.

Man of the match, Stuart Clark, did the damage by taking 5 for 20, to add to his first innings 3 for 59 for a match haul of 8 for 79.

Both teams now move on to Antigua where the second test is scheduled to start on Friday, 30th of May. Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor, who did not play in the first test because of injury, has been placed in the squad for the second match. Ramnaresh Sarwan had the honour of captaining the Windies in Gayle's absence.

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