In form ... off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Photo: AFP
STUMPS: Australia 6-200, lead by 310 (Hussey 17, Harris 4) The Windies fought back but it's Australia you want to be on to win this Test. The Australians built their innings on half-centuries from Cowan and Ponting but four wickets in the final session has left the door ajar for the Windies. But they'll have to bat mighty well in the fourth innings to square the series. Join me at midnight for all the action from day four. Have a great day!
63rd over: WICKET! Wade is out lbw though the video projection does not appear sound. Wade was hit on his front foot, yorked actually, and ball tracker had the delivery going on to hit leg stump. Could it tell the ball was not going to spin the other way? Wade goes for four. Aus 6-196, lead by 306. (Hussey 17, Harris 0)
56th over: WICKET! Clarke is out. He's tried to pull but it bounced more than he expected and he's caught at square leg. Shillingford has his second wicket of the innings and his seventh for the game. Clarke out for 25, Australia getting the staggers late in the day. Aus 5-171, lead by 281
55th over: HA! Windies have a huge lbw appeal against Hussey turned down but don't have a review left. That would have hit middle stump, according to ball tracker.
55th over: REFERRAL! The Windies burn their last referral. Hussey was hit on the pads by Roach from around the wicket but ball tracker showed the ball clearly missing leg stump. From that angle, it was always ambitious to hope that was out. Hussey still yet to score. Aus 4-171 (Clarke 25), lead by 281
53rd over: WICKET! Roach has done it again. He's got Ponting out for the second time this series. I'll check in a minute how many times he's dismissed Ponting in his career. It was a bizarre dismissal. Ponting ducked a bouncer but left his bat up like a periscope. The ball finds the back of his bat, loops up and an alert Chanderpaul runs forward from first slip to take the catch. Ponting was looking so comfortable as well. Aus 4-169 (Clarke 24)
50th over: OUCH! That's a full-blooded sweep from Clarke. It's hit Barath on the shoulder and richocheted onto his helmet. The trainers are out to give him a hand. He's having a luagh about it now but he'll have a nice bruise tomorrow morning. Next ball he's copped it on the shin. The shin guard stops his leg from breaking in two. Aus 3-152 (Ponting 50, Clarke 18)
49th over: Ponting's almost involved in another run out but he's brought up his half-century, off 118 balls in 160 minutes. He took off for a quick single, hesitated mid-pitch then ran for dear life. The throw from cover was close. A direct hit would have been another photo finish. It hasn't been his best innings but it's his first 50 for the tour. They all count for Ricky these days. Aus 3-151 (Ponting 50, Clarke 18)
49th over: Roach back into the attack for the first time since the 14th over. That spell with the new ball must have really taken it out of him. Ponting's well and truly set now.
46th over: The Windies still have several men in close and almost as many in the deep to protect the boundary. Clarke's showing plenty of attacking intent though he's had a few big shouts for lbw against him. Aus 3-138 (Ponting 44, Clarke 12)
42nd over: REFERRAL The Windies have a huge shout turned down and go to the video umpire. Shillingford's hit Clarke very high, above his pad, though he was well back. Ball tracker has it comfortably above the pegs.
41st over: WICKET! I've put the kiss of death on him. No sooner had I said he was cutting well, he's tried to cut one which was a touch too full for the shot and he's got a thick edge which was brilliantly taken by Sammy at first slip. That rocketed to him at a rate of knots. Cowan's not quite sure what's happened but he knows now. That's the third time he's reached 50 but failed to kick on. He'll look at that as a wasted opportunity. Aus 3-112 (Ponting 36)
39th over: Cowan's looking increasingly confident against the spinners, particularly off the back foot which suggests he's reading the length well. Lord Nelson time. Aus 2-111 (Cowan 54, Ponting 36)
37th over: That's 50 for Cowan, well played. He brings it up, off 107 balls, with a cut through point for four. That blow on his right arm must be starting affect him. The trainer's come out and given him a magic pill. Aus 2-104 (Cowan 52, Ponting 31)
36th over: Ponting and Cowan are doing their darndest to run each other out. This time it's Cowan who has the close shave. Ponting pulled to the deep, turned and called for the second. Cowan hesitated and when he took off he nearly ran into Ponting. The throw went to the keeper's end and by the time the ball was thrown to the other end Cowan had just scrambled home.
It'll be spin from both ends after the interval.
TEA: Aus 2-94 (Cowan 45, Ponting 28), lead by 204. A session which started well for the Windies ends up belonging to Australia. Cowan's lived dangerously at times but he's still there, as is Ponting. Shillingford has looked less dangerous as the session wore on though on this wicket there's enough that kick up for the batsmen not to get cocky. Roach returned to the field but looks inconvenienced by a sore left ankle though the Windies have said he left the earlier due to the heat. A lead of 300 will be plenty and if Australia do things right in the last session they'll have that on the board by stumps. Not that they'll be in a rush to declare, there's still another two days left in this game. Join me at 5am (AEST) for the final session.
32nd over: Deonarine on and almost makes an instant impact. He produced the false stroke from Ponting but Barath at short leg couldn't hold on. It flew at him and he did well to not to get his head knocked off. He put his hands up but they didn't stick. Ponting gets a single and moves from 27 to 28. Aus 2-94 (Cowan 45, Ponting 28)
31st over: Can I cut and paste the entry below? It's as if they're waiting for the Australians to make a mistake. Mind you these two are doing their best to run themselves out. There was a bit of a misunderstanding between the two. Cowan and Ponting both shaped to run, Cowan turned Ponting back and the veteran was dead and buried with a direct hit. It looked like Roach who missed from mid-on. These two have added 68 from 142 balls. Aus 2-93 (Cowan 45, Ponting 27)
27th over: This match is just meandering along for the Windies. They need to make something happen. There's still a few men in close for Shillingford but once they get past them there's a lot of easy singles out there for Ponting and Cowan. Aus 2-79 (Cowan 33, Ponting 25)
25th over: Cowan's living dangerously. He's top-edged a sweep shot but Roach at deep square can't cover the ground quickly enough and it just falls short. Aus 2-75 (Cowan 31, Ponting 23)
23rd over: Ponting jams the bat down in time against Shillingford. he was trying to cut against the off-spin but it turned sharply. LBW and bowled were both in play there. Aus 2-73 (Cowan 30, Ponting 22)
DRINKS: Aus 2-69 (Cowan 28, Ponting 20) These two are starting to look quite comfortable, though Australia's batsmen have made a habit this series of getting out once in.
16th over: With Roach off, it's Rampaul into the attack from the River End.
Bad news for the Windies. Roach limps off the field with a leg problem of some description. That's a big blow for the Windies because their spearhead was bowling some heat.
14th over: Ponting edges, it doesn't carry to Chanderpaul at first slip, beats the fielder and goes for four. The question here is why didn't Baugh dive to his right? Mind you, it did fairly fly off the bat. Cowan's living dangerously as well. He's trying to drive one that's not quite there for the shot, gets the inside edge perilously close to the stumps and gets four. Eight from Roach's over but it was a very good over by the quick. Aus 2-53 (Cowan 25, Ponting 11)
11th over: 12 from Shillingford's over. Not a great over at all. He dropped short, strayed on leg and over-pitched. Ponting and Cowan made him pay. Aus 2-38 (Cowan 18, Ponting 3)
9th over: Did Sammy give Ponting a bit of lip when he got to the crease because Ponting's given Sammy a nice old spray there. The Windes have their tails up.
9th over: WICKET! Shillingford's done it again. Watson's out. He's been caught at leg slip by Sammy. I don't think the pitch played much of a part in that. Was there an inside edge, glove or something sinister? Aus 2-25 (Cowan 8, Ponting 0)
7th over: One of these balls from Shillingford has Cowan's number on it. He's not going to last very long if he keeps poking at the off-breaks. One of them will find his outside edge soon. But Cowan will hang tough and wait for the Windies to make mistakes.
6th over: Roach to continue from the River End.
5th over: Shillingford into the attack already. He's posing Cowan some problems as well. He got one to bite and jump, found Cowan's leading edge but there was no one in close on the off-side. Aus 1-18 (Cowan 6, Watson 0)
Join me at 2.40am (AEST) for the second session.
LUNCH: Aus 1-18 (Cowan 6, Watson 0), lead by 128. That's a good session for the Windies though the Australians are still well in control of the game. The Windies added another 53 runs this morning to reach 218 thanks to a fighting 69 from Tiger Chanderpaul. Kudos also to Roach for hanging tough for over an hour for his nine. Warner's early dismissal, to Roach, will encourage the Windies. Warner was in a menacing mood. He was looking like he could take the game away from the Windies very quickly. Now Australia will have to grind to build their lead though they'd need to collapse dramatically to be any hope of losing the game. All eyes will be on Cowan in the afternoon, but he's made a solid start so far apart from that hare-brained piece of running in the over before lunch.
4th over: Whoa! What are you trying to do Ed? Watson's defended a full ball to mid-wicket, Cowan's taken off for a single, been wisely sent back by Watson and scrambles home. A direct hit would have been very close. That's the last thing Cowan would have needed - running himself off a no-ball.
4th over: WICKET! Roach strikes and it's Warner who goes, for 11. He couldn't resist a well-pitched up ball outside of off stump. He flashed a drive but wasn't at the pitch of it and edges to Chanderpaul at first slip. Roach is a beauty of a bowler. Aus 1-17
3rd over: Cop that Rampaul! Warner unleashes a beautiful cover drive. Cowan gets off the mark as well.
2nd over: Roach to attack from around the wicket to Warner. Warner takes a single and Cowan is on strike. Expect Roach to bowl full and aim for Cowan's stumps. He got him out twice lbw to almost identical balls in the second Test.
1st over: See ball, hit ball. Warner plays a beauty of a square cut to Rampaul for four. Aus 0-5 (Warner 5, Cowan 0)
Play to resume very shortly. The Australian openers will have a very testing 15-20 minutes before lunch. A huge afternoon coming up for Cowan.
88th over: WICKET! Starc produces a beauty. It was shaping away from Chanderpaul in the air, darted back off the seam and struck Chanderpaul flush on the pads. He calls for a referral, and why not when you're nine down, but that's no saviour. Chanderpaul goes for a fine 68, Roach stays unconquered on nine. That pair added 32 runs for the last wicket. It could prove vital, especially if Australia collapse in the second innings. WI 218 (Chanderpaul 68, Powell 40, Lyon 4-69)
87th over: Hilfenhaus is giving Roach a solid working over. Roach is playing and missing, getting hit on the pads, his body but he's still standing. Is he batting with the spirit of Elton John? "I'm still standing... looking like a true survivor". Ok enough of that. WI 9-214 (Chanderpaul 64, Roach 9 off 65 balls)
86th over: That was a big no-ball by Starc.
84th over: Good news for the Windies is they've seen off Hilfenhaus and now get a crack at Starc the young buck. Bad news is the second new ball has been taken. WI 9-210 (Chanderpaul 64, Roach 7)
82nd over: Hilfenhaus continues to hone in on Roach's ribs. Clarke's put in a leg gully to go with the silly point, bat pad and short mid-wicket but the Windies' No.11 turns it away from the leg gully. Frustrating for the Australians, good play by the Windies. WI 9-206 (Chanderpaul 60, Roach 7)
DRINKS: WI 9-201 - The home side have shown a lot more fight today.
80th over: No prize for guessing how Hilfenhaus is trying to get Roach out. He's got two men in close on on-side, a silly point, and bowling around the wicket. But Roach is up to the task. WI 9-201 (Chanderpaul 57, Roach 5)
79th over: Chanderpaul and Roach still fighting here. WI 9-197 (Chanderpaul 54, Roach 4)
78th over: Who said private school boys can't be tough? Cranbrook School's first Test cricketer wears a drive on the grill of his helmet, then casually waves his hand to say he's fine. He wore a nasty blow on his right arm yesterday as well.
75th over: Roach has ticker and it appears he is disciplined as well. He looks like he's happy to bat for time and let Chanderpaul score the runs. WI 9-194 (Chanderpaul 52, Roach 3)
74th over: That's another half-century for Chanderpaul. He must wish he could bat all the time against Australia in the Caribbean. This is his previous 10 Test innings against Australia at home: 104, 118, 11, 107*, 77*, 79*, 50, 103*, 12, 94.
71st over: WICKET! What's the colour of the sky Rampaul? That's a silly shot! He's tried to hit it over mid-wicket, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and the leading edge lobs to Warner, who doesn't put down puddings like that. Such a waste for the Windies. Rampaul goes for 31. WI 9-186 (Chanderpaul 48)
67th over: The Australians appeal for a catch behind against Rampaul from Harris but replays show it came off the batsman's shoulder. Good play by Australia not to call for a referral. Windies have made an encouraging start. WI 8-180 (Chanderpaul 42, Rampaul 31)
The Australians are wearing red poppy pins in recognition of Anzac Day. The Australian flag at the stadium is at half mast. As you saw on the telecast the team had their own minute's silence before the start of play. Both New Zealand officials Jeff Crowe and Tony Hill were invited to join the team huddle. Ed Cowan gave a speech talking about the Anzac values of mateship and loyalty, which we saw before.
Is there anyone watching the telecast who can share what Ed Cowan said to the team this morning during Australia's Anzac Day ceremony? Believe it or not, we have the commentary muted in the press box.
67th over: No surprise to see Nathan Lyon open up from the other end. Ravi Rampaul makes his intentions clear. Second ball he hits straight back down the ground for four. WI 8-170 (Chanderpaul 34, Rampaul 29)
66th over: Ryan Harris to open the bowling on day three.
It's another lovely day at Windsor Park. Nature's Island has given us another gorgeous day for Test cricket, which they should after the roller-coaster ride they put us through from the airport. It's about 15 minutes from first ball and the ground is remarkably quiet. Perhaps the catastrophe of day two has sapped the enthusiasm out of the locals. They're not out of it yet, though. They'll resume on 8-165 but if Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the tail can pinch another 70 runs or so and keep the lead under 100 then the pressure will be back on Australia's batsmen. It's also a big day for Ed Cowan. A big score will have him feeling more secure about his Test spot during the winter, another low one and he's fighting for his Test future. We'll find out more when play starts at midnight.
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