Australia were in the driver’s seat at the end of the third day’s play of the third Test match against the West Indies at Dominica. Day four begins 1.00am AEST on Friday morning.
Eight wickets fell during the third day of the third Test match on a track that showed signs of slowing up a little.
West Indies extended their score from 8/120 on the second day to end on 218 before Australia ended day three at 6/200.
This gives Australia an overall lead of 310, which should be enough runs on a fourth-day track at Dominica.
Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris, who are at the crease, and the remaining three Australian batsmen to follow however, will look to extend the West Indian target up to 400 that should allow them to dictate terms in the fourth innings.
After Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s resistance in the first innings was ended some half hour before the lunch break, Australia lost an early wicket of Dave Warner to an outside edge to Kemar Roach.
Immediately after the break, Shane Shillingford grabbed his first of the innings and seventh of the game to send back Shane Watson, caught at short-leg. Australia were 2/25 at this stage and in trouble.
It was a third wicket stand between the two beleaguered batsmen on this tour, Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting that pulled the visitors out of trouble.
Both scored half-centuries with similar strike-rates and added 87 for the third wicket.
After Narsingh Deonarine had sent Cowan back, further resistance from Michael Clarke took Australia to 3/168.
Then Roach had Ponting yet again, off a bouncer, Shillingford added to his tally by dismissing Clarke and Deonarine trapped first-innings centurion Matthew Wade lbw to peg Australia back a little.
Still, with the lead having grown to 310 and with the Australian lower-order having shown signs of wagging almost every time they have been at the wicket, the visitors will be favourites at this stage.
We will bring you the coverage throughout this third Test match of the series between West Indies and Australia from Dominica and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds from 1.00am AEST.