Aus vs WI: Hussey, Pattinson keep Aussies in control

Australia vs West Indies

An 89 run partnership between Mike Hussey and James Pattinson ensured Australia remained in control at the end of the second day of the second Test against the West Indies at Queen's Park Oval.

Hussey (73) and Pattinson (32) helped push the tourists, who are 1-0 up in the three-match series, to 311 all out as the West Indies finished the day on 49 for three yesterday, still trailing by 262 runs.

Michael Hussey top-scored for Australia before falling to Narsingh Deonarine.

Rain arrived shortly before lunch, just after Hussey had brought up his fifty, and Australia added 59 runs for the loss of one wicket before lunch to take the score to 267 for six.

Unfortunately, the showers became heavier and another 100 minutes were lost which will mean early starts for the remainder of the Test.

After the extended break, the West Indian team appeared to be getting more and more frustrated. Hussey and Pattinson were batting with as much confidence as had been seen but still deliveries were regularly passing the edge.

With the score on 297 the breakthrough finally came. It surprised everyone when Hussey didn't move his feet to a Deonarine delivery and simply slapped it to short extra cover where Kraigg Brathwaite held the chance.

Like Deonarine's other victim, Michael Clarke, Hussey couldn't believe the shot he had played. He had batted for over four hours in another fine innings.

His seventh wicket partnership with Pattinson had been worth 89 runs but the fall of the wicket opened up the tail.

As so often seems to happen, when one falls the other batsmen goes too. Just five balls later, without further addition to the score, Pattinson got a top-edge to a ball from Shane Shillingford. Despite confusion between the fielders, Darren Bravo took the skied chance.

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