Ponting and Cowan put Aussies in control
Half-centuries from Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting left Australia in
control at the end of the third day of the third and final Test against
the West Indies here at Windsor Park on Wednesday.
Australia finished the day on 200 for six in their second innings and
with a healthy lead of 310 runs in a match that they only need to draw
to take the series having won the opening Test. Cowan believes that
Australia should go on to wrap it up in style.
“I think we're in control, definitely. I think 300 already is a big
“Fifty on a wicket like that can be as good as a hundred.
Sure the runs don't show on the scorebook but over 300 to chase is a
helluva lot of runs.” West Indies had looked to have got back into the
match having added some important runs in the morning session before
being bowled out for 218 and then took two quick wickets with David
Warner going just before lunch and the dangerous Shane Watson just after
the resumption. The hosts total owed much as ever to a typically
stubborn innings of 68 by veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
West Indies had been 165 for eight overnight with Chanderpaul and
Ravi Rampaul having already put on 45 for the ninth wicket. They took
their partnership to 66 before Nathan Lyon broke through.
Rampaul came down the wicket but got a thick outside edge and the
ball flew up to Warner at point.
The visitors took the new ball after 83.1 overs and in the end it was
Chanderpaul that fell. Mitchell Starc was bringing the ball back in off
the seam and one finally got past the obstinate West Indian's bat and
trapped him lbw.