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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 April, 2003, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Aussies dominate in Trinidad
Second Test, Trinidad, day one (stumps): Australia 391-3 v West Indies
Ricky Ponting hits a boundary
Ponting survived a drop at slip when 42

Australia shrugged off two poor umpiring decisions to seize complete command on the first day of the second Test against West Indies at Port of Spain.

The tourists lost openers Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden to dubious lbw awards but centuries from Darren Lehmann and Ricky Ponting put the tourists in control.

The pair shared a record-breaking third wicket stand of 315 as Lehmann recorded his maiden Test century with a superb innings of 160.

Ponting remained unbeaten on 146 at the close after his second consecutive ton of the series, with Adam Gilchrist on 14 not out.

Already the hosts' chances of squaring the series look bleak, as they paid dearly for their decision to include only three specialist bowlers.

The West Indies tried seven bowlers in all, but Lehmann and Ponting had a field day against a lacklustre attack.

Lehmann struck hit 21 fours and a six off 229 balls before edging Vasbert Drakes to debutant wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh.

Ponting also enjoyed himself with 19 fours and a six to date, and every prospect of batting the West Indies out of the match by lunch on the second day.

Both batsmen survived let-offs as the home side made costly fielding mistakes.

Merv Dillon
Local boy Dillon celebrates the wicket of Langer
Lehmann was caught out of his ground following a mix-up shortly before lunch but was reprieved when Mervyn Dillon, moving in from mid-wicket, missed the target.

Ponting was on 42 when he got an inside edge to a Dillon delivery but Marlon Samuels dropped the catch at first slip.

The Australia vice-captain hit debutant all-rounder Dave Bernard for three successive fours to bring up his 50 and both players later brought up their centuries in the same Dillon over.

The tourists could feel hard done-by when both Langer and Hayden were given out lbw to deliveries that pitched outside the leg stump.

After an opening stand of 49, Dillon was the beneficiary, the wickets falling in successive overs with Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva apparently at fault.

Langer collected hit four boundaries in one over from Pedro Collins in his 25, and Hayden also looked in aggressive mood before he fell for 30.

But an umpiring decision also appeared to go against the hosts with Lehmann, on 65, edging Drakes to wicket-keeper Baugh.

West Indies were deprived of batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul - ruled out with a knee problem - before the start, replaced by the fit-again Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Baugh and Bernard were both handed their debuts - in the absence of the injured Ridley Jacobs and ill Jermaine Lawson.

But their first Test is already proving a harsh learning experience.

West Indies: Brian Lara (captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan (vice-captain), Wavell Hinds, Devon Smith, Daren Ganga, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh, Dave Bernard, Vasbert Drakes, Mervyn Dillon, Pedro Collins.

Australia: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting (vice-captain), Darren Lehmann, Steve Waugh (captain), Adam Gilchrist (wicket-keeper), Brad Hogg, Andy Bichel, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Stuart MacGill.

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BBC Sport's Colin Croft
"The second day could be another long one for the hosts"

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