100 overs: West Indies 288-8 (Sinclair 31, Roach 7)
Another chance goes begging as Roach nicks the last ball of the over just short of slip. Lyon is again tossing the ball up, luring Roach and Sinclair into their shots but the pair pick up a couple of singles early in the over.
99 overs: West Indies 286-8 (Sinclair 30, Roach 6)
CHANCE GOES DOWN! First a misfield from Marnus Labuschagne, now Cameron Green drops an absolute sitter in the gully.
A double change as Pat Cummins strides out his mark and bowls to Sinclair, the West Indies batter nudging the third ball of the over straight to Green. Australia’s most trusted fielder only has to lean a little to his left as the ball flies directly into his two hands – and bounces straight out. Green tumbles to his knees looking as shocked as anyone as to what just transpired.
98 overs: West Indies 286-8 (Sinclair 30, Roach 6)
Nathan Lyon is into the attack and starts with a maiden to Roach. The off-spinner gives the ball plenty of air but Roach is content to keep a watchful eye for now.
97 overs: West Indies 286-8 (Sinclair 30, Roach 6)
Sinclair gets motoring with positive strokes throughout the over as Starc looks to pitch the ball up. The first delivery is sent behind point for two runs, while the fifth nestles outside off and Sinclair can’t help but slash away – fortunately getting a thick outside edge that sails over Green at gully and down to the rope. A rare misfield from Labuschagne at mid-off allows Sinclair to pick up another two runs to make it 10 from the over. Starc looks far from impressed.
96 overs: West Indies 276-8 (Sinclair 21, Roach 5)
The first maiden of the day as Hazlewood bowls to Roach. Starc has tipped a bottle of water over his head while resting near the boundary, while the humidity hovers around 85%. The West Indies players in the sheds will appreciate staying out of the field for as long as possible today.
95 overs: West Indies 276-8 (Sinclair 21, Roach 5)
Starc hovers around 140 km/h throughout the over but the West Indies pair are showing plenty of confidence as they defend anything directed straight at them. Sinclair turns over the strike with a stroke to cover, as Roach drives a half-volley away to end the over.
94 overs: West Indies 274-8 (Sinclair 20, Roach 4)
Hazlewood starts with a bouncer to Sinclair then gets some movement away from the bat. Sinclair finds a single out to deep point, leaving Roach to face one delivery that lures him into a drive that somehow avoids making any contact with the ball. That’s a better over from Hazlewood.
93 overs: West Indies 273-8 (Sinclair 19, Roach 4)
Sinclair is picking up singles with ease here, this time knocking the first delivery from Starc to cover. The left-armer responds by being the first bowler to beat the bat as Roach plays at a full delivery he might have left. The West Indies pacer learns from that one and watches anymore wide balls fly past.
92 overs: West Indies 272-8 (Sinclair 18, Roach 4)
Sinclair is already looking comfortable and punches another single behind point. Hazlewood then strays down the leg-side and Roach nips it off his hip for the first boundary of the day. The Australia pacer finishes with a bouncer as Roach ducks under it with ease and puts it in the memory bank for later in the Test.
91 overs: West Indies 267-8 (Sinclair 17, Roach 0)
Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers on day one and has the cherry in his hand for the first full over of day two. The left-armer sends a pair of balls wide until making Sinclair play off the last delivery. He nudges a single away behind point.
90 overs: West Indies 266-8 (Sinclair 16, Roach 0)
Josh Hazlewood gets us under way on day two at the Gabba with two balls remaining from his final over the day before. Both pass by Roach without threatening.
As well as a penchant for giving straight answers to curly questions, Cummins also happens to be very good at cricket.
The 30-year-old was overnight awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy 2023 as the ICC’s men’s cricketer of the year, and named captain of the Test team of the year.
Usman Khawaja was included in that team while being crowned the ICC men’s Test player of the year for amassing 1210 runs in 13 Tests. Australia teammates Travis Head, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc were also named in the ICC’s Test XI of 2023.
As the players prepare for play to start at 2pm local time (3pm AEDT), catch up on more from the opening day of the second Test:
After 23,602 fans attended day one of the second Test, a sizeable crowd is building at the Gabba with day two taking place on a national public holiday for Australia Day.
Cricket Australia have chosen not to brand the second Test against West Indies as “the Australia Day match”, and Pat Cummins is one of many who have called for a change to the date of the national day:
The esteemed Gideon Haigh offered his take on Cummins’ comments and where they fit among the tradition of Australia cricket captains speaking freely:
Hello and welcome to day two of the second Test between Australia and West Indies. Martin Pegan here to guide you through the first half of what looms as a cracking day, while Jim Wallace will later steer you to stumps.
We have a contest on our hands thanks to West Indies pair Josh Da Silva (79) and Kavem Hodge (71), who came together with their side reeling at 64-5. A patient 149-run, 311-ball partnership rebuilt the innings and allowed the visitors to finished day one with a respectable total of 266-8.
Mitchell Starc (4-68) did much of the damage to the West Indies’ top order while becoming just the fifth Australian bowler to reach 350 Test wickets. The left-arm quick will be eyeing off the remaining lower order to clinch a 15th five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
While Australia will of course want to wrap up the West Indies’ innings as quickly as possible, it will be interesting to see how they approach the chase following the whirlwind debut from Shamar Joseph and with Tropical Cyclone Kirrily having crossed the coast in north Queensland.