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Clarke, Haddin guide Australia to a draw against Windies

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Last Updated: Tue, Dec 08, 2009 12:34 hrs
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Adelaide: An unbeaten half-century by Michael Clarke and his partnership with wicket keeper Brad Haddin guided Australia to a draw against the West Indies in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval.

After the superb batting display by skipper Chris Gayle, West Indies bowlers could not do enough to beat Australia as Clarke (61) and Haddin (21) shared an unbeaten 73-run stand to help hosts draw the Test.

Had the Aussies lost the match, the win for the Caribbeans would have been first in the last six years. Though the visitors dominated the match, they lost the Frank Worrell Trophy.



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West Indies pushed Ricky Ponting's side to the back foot but failed to press home their advantage as the hosts, chasing 330 to win, reached 212/5 at the end of day's play.

Bravo led the West Indies attack and scalped three wickets, including those of Michael Hussey and Marcus North.

Apart from Bravo, Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy shared one wicket each. Sulieman Benn, who took five wickets in the first innings, however, went wicket-less in the second innings.

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The final session began poorly for Australia as Hussey and North fell in quick succession. In the end, Clarke and Haddin held their nerves to steer the home team to a draw.






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