MELBOURNE – Stylish left-hander Darren Bravo missed out on a second hundred in successive Tests, while the enterprising Carlos Brathwaite struck a half-century on debut, as they combined to produce West Indies’ finest day of an otherwise ill-fated tour of Australia yesterday.
However, the odds remained stacked heavily in the Aussies’ favour after they ended day three of the Boxing Day Test firmly in command with an overall lead of 459 runs.
Given little chance of staving off defeat on the pivotal third day after resuming at 91 for six, West Indies rallied through a blend of steely resolve and good fortune, extending their first innings to 271 before they were bowled out five minutes before tea.
Bravo once again spearheaded the resistance, top-scoring with a patient 81 from 204 balls with eight fours, while Brathwaite made 59 off 126 deliveries with two fours and a six.
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