RAIN and bad light have brought a deflating end to the second Test at Queen’s Park Oval today, just at the point where Australia and the West Indies both fancied their chances of victory.
The Test was set up for an enthralling finish when the weather, which has interrupted all five days of the match, intervened for the last time.
Australian captain Michael Clarke appeared to plead with the umpires to allow play to continue with spinners operating from both ends as the light faded dramatically at 2.10pm local time, with the West Indies on 53 in their second innings. At that point they still needed 162 runs for victory, Australia another eight wickets.
Clarke’s declaration at 8-160 had been nothing if not daring, setting the West Indies the tempting target of 215 from 61 overs to win the Test and level the series. Now Australia will head to Dominica for the Third and final Test starting Monday 1-0 up, the Frank Worrell Trophy already retained.