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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 May, 2003, 22:46 GMT 23:46 UK
Windies face follow-on

Third Test, Bridgetown, day three (close): West Indies 291-8 v Australia 605-9 dec

Jason Gillespie took three wickets for Australia
Jason Gillespie took three wickets for Australia

Australia took an even firmer grip on the third Test after reducing the West Indies to 291-8 at the close of play on the third day, still 114 runs away from preventing the follow on.

Carlton Baugh was dismissed with the first ball of the last over for 24, and with Vasbert Drakes left on four not out, only Tino Best and Jermaine Lawson remain for the Windies.

Pace bowler Jason Gillespie was the architect of the West Indies' demise on a pitch that seemed good for batting, grabbing 3-31 off 21 overs.

Fever-hit Brian Lara fell victim to a controversial lbw decision after coming in at number eight in his attempt to save his side after they lost four wickets for 40 runs either side of tea.

The 34-year-old Trinidadian, who was rumoured to have gone down with chickenpox, made a good start before being given out lbw to an Andy Bichel delivery.

Television replays suggested he got a thick edge on to the back pad.

Brian Lara
A fever-hit Lara was amazed to be dismissed lbw

The West Indies, having resumed on 89-0, edged slowly but surely towards their target until a disastrous period just before tea.

They were 205-2 when number three Daren Ganga threw away his wicket as he drove Darren Lehmann's waist-high full toss straight to mid-on, where Bichel took a comfortable catch.

Three balls later Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a key player in Lara's absence, was out first ball to Stuart MacGill with only one more run added.

The Guyanese batsmen, returning to the fold after missing the second Test through injury, hoisted his first delivery to mid-wicket, where Brett Lee took a running catch with the sun in his eyes.

Shortly after tea, West Indies lost another two quick wickets.

Vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was in for 175 minutes and faced 129 balls, went for 40 when Lee found the edge with an outswinger to leave the West Indies 245-5.

Debutant Omari Banks followed in the next over without a run having been added when he edged Gillespie to second slip and Ricky Ponting took a low catch to his left.

Banks, the first player from the tiny island of Anguilla to play Test cricket, made 24.


Australia: Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehmann, Steve Waugh (captain), Adam Gilchrist (wkt), Andrew Bichel, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Stuart MacGill, Glenn McGrath

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Daren Ganga, Brian Lara (capt), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Carlton Baugh (wkt), Vasbert Drakes, Jermaine Lawson, Tino Best, Omari Banks.

Umpires: David Shepherd (Eng), Srinivas Venkataraghaven (Ind)





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