Nathan Lyon precipitated a late innings collapse. Photo: AFP
NATHAN LYON went from zero to hero in a hurry as he awoke from his Caribbean slumber to dramatically turn the second Test firmly back in Australia's favour.
A day which was slowly slipping away from Australia took a wicked twist in the final session when Lyon claimed five wickets in nine overs as the Windies threw away the strong hand delivered to them by Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Narsingh Deonarine.
The punch-drunk Windies lost a disastrous 5-19 in 12 overs, including four in a crushing 21 ball-burst from Lyon, which could end up costing them the match and any hope of regaining the Frank Worrell Trophy.
They staggered to stumps on 9-252, still trailing by 59 and needing wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to pay back the runs he gave away with his shoddy glovework if they are to limit the damage. Lyon finished the day with 5-68 from 29 overs, his second five-wicket haul in his short career.
The Windies would be in a far worse position had Australia not allowed Chanderpaul to make another stellar contribution. The Windies' middle-order linchpin capitalised on the life he was granted when on eight to make a typically resilient 94 from almost five hours at the crease.
In fairness to Australia, the chance missed by Matthew Wade and Michael Clarke, against Lyon, was extremely difficult.
So thick was the edge that it eluded Wade's gloves, deflected off his left pad, wrong-footing Clarke, who was moving to his right at first slip and unable to adjust to the late deviation.
Australia gradually lost their way from that point and apart from a photo finish run-out opportunity on Deonarine at the stroke of lunch failed to alarm the fifth-wicket pair.
The Australian attack, missing Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle, appeared innocuous at times after lunch against Deonarine and Chanderpaul's blend of watchful defence and excellent strokeplay.
The pair added 130 for the fifth wicket, during which the Australians lacked penetration with the ball and made uncharacteristic errors in the field.
James Pattinson was most culpable, conceding 16 in an over where he over-stepped twice. He later unleashed a wild full toss which landed on the return crease after it had passed the batsman. Pattinson's day ended early when he left the field during the last session complaining of back spasms after fielding and throwing the ball in the one motion.
Lyon produced the odd unplayable ball but lacked the consistency to provide a constant threat.
But he emerged from a 111-minute rain delay a new man. Suddenly, he rediscovered his loop and drop and extracted prodigious turn from the Queen's Park Oval pitch to destroy the Windies middle and lower order.
With the Windies only 81 behind, Lyon lured Deonarine down the pitch only to deceive him with flight and turn and leave him stranded as Wade whipped off the bails.
Five balls later he claimed the prized wicket of Chanderpaul, who was wrapped on the pad by one which straightened, leaving the veteran six runs short of a well-deserved century.
There was to be no wag of the tail from Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford and Kemar Roach, who all fell to Lyon without offering any resistance.