Brathwaites keep Windies in it at the SCG


Day one of the third Test between the West Indies and Australia in Sydney was interrupted by rain more than once, but the Windies managed to get 207 runs on the board, though for the loss of six wickets.

Less than 10 overs were bowled in the afternoon session, with just 75 sent down all day, and they only got that many in because spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe bowled in tandem.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first, and opener Kraigg Brathwaite showed the most application as he was the senior partner in five stands, ending up with 85 runs to his name before falling to Lyon.

At the other end, as Brathwaite battled, Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, and Jermaine Blackwood all fell cheaply. Darren Bravo's 33 was a vital contribution, before he was sent packing by James Pattinson.

After the rain delays in the afternoon and evening, the other Brathwaite, Carlos (they're not related) emulated his namesake and added 35 not out before stumps, off 35 balls, while Denesh Ramdin was on 23.

The rest of the match is set to have rain, at least in short bursts, every day, and the Windies will hope this will aid them in avoiding a series whitewash.