Second Test, Trinidad, day two: Australia 576-4 dec. v West Indies 186-3 - close.
Vice-captain Ricky Ponting hit his maiden Test double-century as Australia continued their dominance over West Indies on day two in Trinidad.
Ponting made 206 and Adam Gilchrist 101 not out as Australia opted to declare before tea, declining the chance to record endless batting records.
A bizarre stumping finally saw the end of Ponting after he had struck 24 fours and one six, while Gilchrist smashed his runs off just 104 balls.
The West Indies, needing 377 to avoid the follow-on, were in trouble at 25-2 in reply before Darren Ganga and Brian Lara steadied the ship.
The pair put on 158 for the third wicket before Lara fell for 91 just before the close, to the disappointment of the Trinidad crowd.
Bowled round his legs by a full-length delivery from spinner Brad Hogg, the West Indies captain extended his record of never having scored a Test century on his own ground.
HIGHEST SCORES IN TRINIDAD
220 SM Gavaskar (Ind) 1970/71
207 ED Weekes (WI v Ind) 1952/53
206 ED Weekes (WI v Eng) 1953/54
206 RT Ponting (Aus) 2002/03
205* EH Hendren (Eng) 1929/30
201 NS Sidhu (Ind) 1996/97
Resuming on 391-3, the tourists began the day cautiously, and survived the opening session without losing a wicket.
But Ponting and Gilchrist really opened their shoulders either side of lunch to remove any chance of a home victory.
Brian Lara declined to take the new ball at the start of the day, but his bowlers found little to assist them when they did finally get it.
The West Indies, already trailing 1-0 in the series with just two Tests to follow, did their hopes of avoiding defeat no favours by losing both their openers early on.
Devon Smith was caught behind for a duck in Jason Gillespie's first over, before Brett Lee removed Wavell Hinds for 20.
But Ganga, who finished the day unbeaten on 69, and Lara - with 10 fours and three sixes in his 120-ball knock - gave the home side a fighting chance of avoiding the follow-on.
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.