Australia On Route To Third Test Victory

Australia is in a great position to claim the third Test and the series against the West Indies.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

With three days now complete from the third and final Test between the West Indies and Australia, the touring Aussie side has a strong hold on the match despite already having claimed the series.

Australia now leads by 310 runs and just need a tie from the match to claim the series after winning the first Test and drawing the second that was concluded early due to poor weather conditions.

Australia batted first and their first innings produced a total of 328 behind a huge outing from Test newcomer Matthew Wade who smashed 106 runs from 146 balls. David Warner also produced a half century.

The Aussies dismissed the West Indies for a first innings total of 218. Their best batsman was by far Shivnarine Chanderpaul who notched 68 but received little help outside of Kieran Powell (40) and Ravi Rampaul (31).

Nathan Lyon took four wickets at the cost of 69 runs while Mitchell Starc was the only other bowler with multiple scalps.

Heading into day four Australia are midway through their second innings, standing at 6-200. Opener Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting were both strong at the crease, with Cowan collecting 55 runs and Ponting 57. Michael Hussey (17)and Ryan Harris (4) will resume.

Ponting was quite unlucky when to be caught at slips by Chanderpaul from a ball by Kemar Roach. Chanderpaul launched a short-pitched bouncer that caused the former captain to duck, but he left his bat sticking out like a periscope. The ball hit the outside of the bat and flew straight to the fielder.

It was the fifth time Ponting had been dismissed by Roach in the series.