Rogers falls as Aussies chase 382

Australia reached 1-22 in reply to the WICB President’s XI first innings of 382 at lunch on day two of their Caribbean tour match.

Opener Chris Rogers was the man dismissed for the tourists in an eight-over spell before lunch after Australia had wrapped the hosts’ first innings on Thursday morning.

Rogers was caught by Carlos Brathwaite for two when the big West Indian Test hopeful snared a one-handed diving effort to his left off the bowling of Miguel Cummins (1-7).

At the break, captain Michael Clarke was not out on 12 with Shaun Marsh on eight.

Cummins, who had earlier shared a whirlwind 58-run last-wicket stand with Brathwaite to lift the hosts to 382, bowled a great four-over spell.

The Barbadian, in addition to Rogers’ wicket, beat Clarke’s bat on several occasions and lured Marsh to edge a chance to Brathwaite in gully but the big fielder couldn’t hold the ball.

Earlier, Australia claimed four quick wickets with the second new ball after the home team had resumed on 5-288.

Peter Siddle (2-64) and Mitchell Marsh (2-40) did the damage as the hosts slumped from 5-314 to 9-324.

Siddle first removed overnight pair Roston Chase (76) and Jason Mohammed (55) before Marsh took two wickets in as many balls in the final of his 14 overs for the innings.

But Brathwaite’s whirlwind 50 off just 42 balls, including five sixes, halted the tourists’ charge.

The 26-year-old belted two sixes each off Siddle and Nathan Lyon (2-87) as well as another maximum off Fawad Ahmed in a devastating knock.

Test hopeful Fawad ended with figures of 2-113 off his 28 overs while Lyon’s eventual capture of last man Cummins (6) ensured all five of Australia’s main bowlers ended with two wickets.

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