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Punter fails as Windies bounce back

A REJUVENATED West Indies outfit yesterday declared they were ready to pull off one of the greatest turna-rounds in Test history this weekend after a stunning batting collapse left Australia facing Perth calamity for the second successive year.Ricky Ponting’s late attempt to prevent catastrophe failed when it took his nemesis Kemar Roach just three balls to dismiss the injured captain, who had come in late at No.9 to stem the meltdown.Australia were reeling at 8-137 at stumps but believe they will be able to defend their eventual lead, which presently stands at 345 runs.A spellbinding bowling display by the Windies invoked memories of last year’s loss to South Africa at the same ground when a second-innings lead of 410 was not enough.All-rounder Dwayne Bravo said Australia were now in the hot seat.”We have the batters in our line-up to actually chase down 360-plus runs, with a day-and-a-half to go, at this point in time we will back ourselves,” he said. ”A lot has been said coming to Perth; it’s going to be bouncy, we wouldn’t stand a chance here down at the WACA. After the way we played in Adelaide [to draw the second Test] – that really helped our confidence.”We know the Australians are under a lot of pressure to perform well, some of the players in the team are also under pressure, so that’s good for us. We have nothing to lose.”Ponting (2) could do little as paceman Roach fired two short balls into his body before he deflected the third to Travis Dowlin at short leg.Nathan Hauritz (11 not out) and Clint McKay (1no) occupied the crease at stumps on a helter-skelter day that saw 16 wickets fall.While not nearly as strong in their batting as the Proteas, Windies captain Chris Gayle has shown already in this series he is an unstoppable force with momentum and could spark one of the most remarkable comebacks after losing inside three days in the opening Test at Brisbane.Ponting had resisted batting in an attempt to rest the elbow injured by Roach in the first innings but was forced to pad up as wickets fell in a steady stream. Roach clearly had his measure and Ponting hurled his bat into the dressing room in fury afterwards.The Windies bowlers rolled through the Australian card to set up an enthralling finale to the series, with Shane Watson making the highest score of 30.Sulieman Benn had his revenge by dismissing rival Brad Haddin while Bravo was superb with three wickets.Meanwhile, a secret boxing training regime helped Doug Bollinger produce a knockout spell earlier in the day that has thrown the race for Australian fast bowling spots wide open, with selectors facing an extremely difficult choice ahead of the Boxing Day Test when Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus should be available for selection.Bollinger demolished the Windies with his first five-for in a Test match, collecting 5-70 in what he described as ”the ultimate” as the visitors crashed for 312. Bollinger was shattered after missing Australia’s Ashes squad and decided to work on his fitness, turning to boxing training in the belief he could cement a spot in the national side through consistently long spells without dipping in pace.Offered the chance to play county cricket, Bollinger instead chose to remain in Sydney and embark on a new 10-week fitness regime under trainer Christian Marchegiani – who also trains Haddin – at Thump gym in Five Dock, losing weight and gaining stamina for sustained fast spells.The hard work was evident yesterday as Bollinger fired in whizzing deliveries that repeatedly missed the edge, bowling 20 overs with no loss of sting.Prior to this series, Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Johnson had been identified as the three clear pace standouts in the country, but Bollinger’s latest effort should put him level with the top three.”That’s the last thing I need to think about,” Bollinger said. ”If I start thinking too much about selections and having to take wickets every time I play, I’ll just go insane.”Hopefully I just keep doing well and putting my name forward. I’ve been out of the team, and when you get back in the team it’s the best buzz in the world.”[Playing in the Boxing Day Test] would just be the ultimate, with 90,000 people there and the whole aspect of the Test is just amazing, it would mean a lot to me.”But Bollinger’s delight was cut short as his teammates went to the crease and kept returning in quick time, and he is aware that the stage will be set for him to lead Australia to victory.”We shouldn’t be eight down to be completely honest, but that’s the game, that’s cricket,” he said. ”We’ve just got to turn up positive â?¦ we’ve just got to come out and be aggressive and try to get as many as we can for the team.”
Nanjing Night Net