Melbourne - Australia amassed a formidable 459-run lead over the West Indies and
were heading for a series victory with two days left in the second Test
in Melbourne on Monday.
After dismissing the outgunned tourists
for 271 and a 280-run first innings lead, skipper Steve Smith did not
enforce the follow-on, preferring to recharge his bowlers and bat a
By close on the third day, Smith had led the
Australians to 179 for three with his virtuoso unbeaten knock of 70 off
70 balls with the under-used Mitchell Marsh, elevated to fifth in the
order, chipping in with 18.
The Australians have been far superior
and seemed intent on constructing a huge overall lead and bowling out
the Windies for a fourth time in the one-sided series.
crushed the Windies by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test in
Hobart and have lost only 10 wickets for 1,313 runs in three incomplete
Smith had Sunday's third Test in Sydney and the extra
bowling workload in mind when he decided not to put the Windies back in
The Australians went about chasing quick runs and lost wickets along the way.
Both openers were gone by the 11th over as the Windies bowlers enjoyed their best spells of the series.
Jason Holder, sharing the new ball with Jerome Taylor, had
first-innings centurion Joe Burns caught by Kraigg Brathwaite at second
slip for four.
Debutant Carlos Brathwaite followed up with the prized wicket of David Warner.
attempted to steer a lifter behind the wicket only to be well caught by
Holder in the gully to miss out again with 17 following his 28 in the
First-innings centurion Usman Khawaja played some
improvised shotmaking for his breezy 56 off 61 balls before he was
caught behind attempting to paddle Holder behind the wicket.
But despite their dire position the Windies showed more resolve against the odds on the third day.
tourists' tail resisted for the first two sessions led by Darren Bravo
top-scoring with 81 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite adding 59.
James Pattinson finally ended the West Indian resistance in the last
over before tea, getting Bravo caught in the gully to finish with four
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon collected four for 66 and now has 179 career Test wickets.
was the Windies' highest innings score in a Test at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground since 1988 as they kept the dominant Australians in the
field for 100.3 overs.
Bravo was in sight of his second century of
the series after his 108 in Hobart, before he fell short slicing
Pattinson to Smith in the gully.
He faced 204 balls and hit eight fours in a disciplined innings that his team badly needed after tumbling to 83 for six.
currently averages 52.57 in overseas Tests, the highest among all West
Indies batsmen who have played in at least 20 away Tests.
Brathwaite's luck ran out when he spooned a high return catch back to
Lyon in the final over before lunch, ending a dogged 90-run stand with
Brathwaite was earlier given out twice only to be recalled both times for a front-foot no-ball by paceman Pattinson.
Brathwaite swung lustily on 13 and had his stumps scattered by Pattinson before an umpire's check detected a no-ball.
Barbados all-rounder was again recalled on 50 after he was caught at
fine leg only for replays to pick up another Pattinson no-ball.