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Aussies retain Frank Worrell Trophy

By Michael Crutcher 24/04/2003 04:59:58 AM Comments (0)

Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy after eventually taming West Indian captain Brian Lara to win the second Test in Trinidad.

Australia won by 118 runs before tea on the final day after the Windies suffered a post-lunch collapse to fall for 288 in their second innings.

The home team was chasing 407 for victory and it wasn't out of reach while Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan (34) pushed through a century partnership as the Windies reached 3-210 at lunch.

But the introduction of Queensland paceman Andrew Bichel changed the match as the Windies lost 5-25.

Bichel (3-21) claimed three quick wickets, removing Sarwan, Marlon Samuels (one) and David Bernard (four).

The Windies' hopes of survival ended when Stuart MacGill claimed Lara to a sharp catch by Matthew Hayden at slip.

Lara had batted for five hours, hitting 13 fours and one six in a performance which ensured a large crowd at Queen's Park Oval for the final day.

The hometown favourite had never scored a Test century in Port of Spain until he punched MacGill (2-53) to the long-on fence.

Merv Dillon and Vasbert Drakes offered late resistance before Australia ensured it would retain the Worrell Trophy it won back in the Caribbean in 1994-95.

Jason Gillespie (3-36) was rewarded for another impressive Test with the final wicket of Pedro Collins (five).

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