Windies, Aussies endure draw in wet Trinidad

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A sporting declaration from Australian captain Michael Clarke left the West Indies in pursuit of a 215-run target, only for more bad light and eventual rain to have the final say as the second Test in Trinidad ended in a draw.

A sporting declaration from Australian captain Michael Clarke left the West Indies in pursuit of a 215-run target, only for more bad light and eventual rain to have the final say as the second Test in Trinidad ended in a draw.

Three of the first four days brought inclement weather, and the fifth was no exception. Swirling winds and heavy clouds threatened throughout the morning session, with the inevitable overhead conditions proving too poor for further play 11 overs into the Windies' second innings.

Resuming on 73 for three overnight, and again at the mercy of a delayed start due to a wet outfield, the Australians were eager to gun toward a relatively formidable second-innings tally. Their ambition, though, was soon enough thwarted by the demise of Ricky Ponting (41) and Michael Clarke (15).

While the former captain holed out at deep square-leg on the pull shot, his successor was the victim of an outstanding catch from Darren Sammy off his own bowling.

Michael Hussey (24) and Matthew Wade, who have enjoyed a couple of solid stands this series, then tucked into a 50-run alliance that had the possibility of being bowled out take a backseat to an imminent declaration again.

Hussey's cameo ended when he was bowled by Kemar Roach and, three deliveries later, the fast bowler cherished 10 wickets in the match as Ben Hilfenhaus was also castled. Elated at the arrival of his maiden Test 10-for, Roach was later named Man of the Match for his prolific haul.

Nathan Lyon sported high hopes of fetching some big, quick runs, but was soon out on the slog-sweep to Shane Shillingford. The tail-ender's dismissal prompted Clarke to declare, which left the home pack a little more than 200 chase and at least 50 overs to do so, provided the light held.

It didn't, instead halting a potentially thrilling series of play at 14:10 local time (18:10 GMT). Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell, both falling prey to Hilfenhaus, did nothing for the contest. Sammy, promoting himself up the order, certainly sent a message and dutifully walked the talk.

Carting the seamer, whose early brace was almost rendered null and void, for a couple of fours and a mighty six down the ground, the swashbuckling Sammy's intent was clear.

At 53 for two at a rate of 4.81, the chase was certainly on. Mum Nature and her sodden mood, however, begged to differ. The bad light soon turned into more rain and, at 15:39 local time (19:39 GMT), the umpires drew the curtains on proceedings once and for all.

The third and final Test gets underway in Dominica on 23 April, when the tourists will look to add to their one-nil lead with a series-winning triumph, while the Windies will be hopeful of squaring it up.

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