Aus in control of Hobart Test

Australia have taken control of the second cricket test against the West Indies.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Australia have taken control of the second cricket test against the West Indies on Friday. This was thanks to Michael Hussey who hit his first century in only his second test while opening partner Matthew Hayden notched his fourth in four matches. At stumps on the rain-affected second day, Australia was 256 for one, a 107-run lead over the visitors who were bowled out for 149 Thursday. Solid partnership Hussey is unbeaten on 116 and captain Ricky Ponting on 17. Hayden was the only wicket to fall on Friday, out for 110 on a fine catch by Dwayne Bravo at mid-wicket off Corey Collymore's bowling. Hayden's 24th test century helped him pull level with Sir Donald Bradman as the only Australians to have hit four centuries in four consecutive tests. The first session was rained out Friday and only about an hour's play was possible in the second. Hayden and Hussey put on 231 runs, the ninth-highest stand by an Australian opening pair. Hussey, who smashed 18 fours, is filling in for regular opener Justin Langer who has missed the first two tests with a cracked rib. But the 94-test veteran Langer is expected to be fit for the third test beginning November 25 at Adelaide, leaving Hussey to perhaps move down the order or miss out on selection. "I would be more than happy to bat where ever the selectors want me to,'' Hussey said. Hussey had scores of 1 and 29 from his test debut in Brisbane, but soon took advantage of very ordinary West Indian bowling. He brought up his half-century with a thumping pull shot through mid-wicket off Daren Powell. "I felt a lot more comfortable, a lot more relaxed,'' Hussey said on Friday. "I think my emotions have definitely settled down a fair bit as well so I felt really calm, really relaxed.'' Long wait Hussey was dropped by Brian Lara on 91 off a no-ball before putting himself in danger of being run out on 92. He survived and brought up his century with a deft leg glance off Fidel Edwards for four. No Australian has waited longer to win his first test cap than Hussey - 176 first-class matches. He pulled off his helmet and yelled "Yes'' and pointed to his teammates in the stands after getting his hundred. Hayden brought up his century soon after by pushing a quick single off Edwards. He moved to equal ninth with Greg Chappell and Viv Richards on the all-time list of test century makers. "We were just out there to really grind them down and put Australia in a really strong position,'' Hayden said. Hayden was on the brink of being dropped until his 138 at The Oval in the final Ashes test. His total moves him to 868 runs since January 1 and with three home tests until the end of the calendar year, he could surpass 1,000 runs for the fifth year in a row. Australia won the first test by 379 runs at Brisbane.(AP)