Windies Open First Match Against Australia’s Bulls

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. Oct. 27, 2005: The West Indies cricket squad, opening their Australia tour with a first test match against the Queensland Bulls, were holding the hosts at 217 for 8 off 53 overs at press time last night on the opening day of play.

Ricardo Powell was the pick of the Windies bowlers, bagging 4 for 58 while Dwayne Bravo grabbed 2 for 62 off 14 over respectively.

The Windies were yet to take the crease at press time. Their full squad is: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brian Lara, Shiv Chanderpaul, captain; Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Dinanath Ramdin, Tino L. Best and Ricadro Powell.

Wavell Hinds suffered a fracture of the little finger on his left hand and was taken out of the match. He will also miss the first test and the 2nd warm up game.

The Windies, after playing this tour test faces the mighty Aussie side on Nov. 3-7 in Brisbane followed by two more tests on the 17 and 25, respectively. They will also play another tour test against Victoria and a match against the Prime Minister’s XI. –