Aussies 2-91 in 2nd Test v Windies

Australia have overcome an early West Indies onslaught to reach 2-91 at lunch on day one of the second Test in Jamaica.

Windies captain Denesh Ramdin won the toss then saw Australia slump to 2-16 in pace-friendly conditions before an unbeaten 75-run stand by Michael Clarke and Steven Smith put the tourists in control at the break.

Clarke reached lunch not out on 35, given a life when he was caught and bowled by Kemar Roach only for replays to show Roach had overstepped.

The Australia captain was on just three when Roach (0-40) lured him into a leading edge and he went on to make the hosts pay.

Clarke hit three fours and two sixes after his reprieve as he and Smith (38no) took the sting out of the Windies’ attack.

His dismissal would have left Australia in deep trouble after David Warner (0) and Shaun Marsh (11) had fallen during a brilliant opening spell by local favourite Jerome Taylor (2-0).

The Jamaican took just three balls to strike when Warner could only fend a rising delivery to Shai Hope in the slips.

Marsh was trapped LBW shortly afterwards as Taylor completed a five-over spell with five maidens and figures of 2-0.

Windies skipper Ramdin then oddly withdrew Taylor from the attack until the penultimate over before lunch, when the big quick bowled his sixth straight maiden.

The Windies, thrashed by nine wickets within three days in last week’s first Test, have made three changes to their lineup.

Veteran batsman Marlon Samuels and paceman Shanne Gabriel are both ill while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who took six wickets in the first Test, has a bruised finger.

In their place opener Rajendra Chandrika has been named to make his Test debut while Roach and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (0-30) were also included.

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