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Windies battle to save Test

Georgetown, April 12 (Reuters): Opener Devon Smith hit a half century on Test debut as West Indies, facing a huge task to haul themselves back into the first Test against Australia, made a steady start to their second innings Saturday.

The West Indies were 245 for two at tea. Brian Lara was batting on 81 with Darren Ganga on 65.

The 21-year-old left hander from Grenada hit 13 fours as his 62 off 88 balls helped the West Indies, 252 runs behind after the first innings, reach 122 for two at lunch on the third day.

Smith finally fell shortly before the interval when he edged a Jason Gillespie delivery to wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist.

At lunch, West Indies captain Brian Lara was batting on six while Daren Ganga, who is playing his 18th Test match but his first in the Caribbean, was unbeaten on 31.

Smith gave a quick taste of what was to come when he drove Gillespie past cover point for four and then hit the next delivery into extra cover boundary.

Brett Lee, in a wasteful spell which included three no balls in a single over, got similar treatment shortly afterwards. Smith drove the pace bowler straight down the ground for four and pulled a short delivery over wide mid-on for another boundary in the same over.

Smith and Wavell Hinds put on 52 for the first wicket before Hinds was out leg before for seven in the third ball of leg spinner Stuart MacGill’s first over.

It was another controversial decision by umpire Asoka da Silva of Sri Lanka as replays suggested the ball was missing the leg stump.

Smith carried on to reach his 50 with successive fours off MacGill, the second a full toss which he smashed to the long-off boundary.

Steve injured

Australia captain Steve Waugh suffered a cut in his hand as he tried unsuccessfully to stop the shot. He went off and needed six stitches to the injury. Ricky Ponting took over as captain.

On Friday, Justin Langer and the in-form Ricky Ponting hit centuries while Adam Gilchrist smashed 77 to leave the West Indies facing a long battle to avoid defeat.

Langer (146) and Ponting (117) put on 248 for the second wicket as Australia piled up 489 on the second day for a lead of 252. The West Indies survived five overs of spin in fading light to reach 16 without loss.

Gilchrist and Andy Bichel added to the home team's frustration with an 85-run stand for the seventh wicket. Fast bowler Vasbert Drakes prevented the Australians from doing more damage as he took five wickets in an innings for the first time in a Test match, with both Ponting and Langer among his victims.

Langer and Ponting ripped apart the West Indian attack early in the day and completed their centuries before lunch. Langer completed his 14th Test century with a quick single after facing 159 balls.

Ponting, rapidly establishing himself as one of the best No. 3 in the world, completed his 15th Test hundred in the last over before lunch with a lofted on-drive for four as Australia added 133 in the first session.

Jacobs out of 2nd Test

West Indies wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs will miss the second Test due to a leg injury, team officials said here.

A veteran of 48 Tests, Jacobs was ordered to rest what he described as a groin injury which he got while attempting a sweep against Stuart MacGill during his unbeaten 54 Thursday.

The second Test starts at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad Saturday. Jacobs’ likely replacement will be Carlton Baugh.

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