AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
ROSEAU: 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 200-6 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.
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.
Cowan (55) and Ponting (57) settled and started to build a useful partnership with the former bringing up his third Test half century with a cut through point. Ponting took a risky single to bring up his fifty, also his first half-century of the series.
Shillingford slowed Australia's progress when he had Michael Clarke caught by Darren Bravo and first innings centurion Matthew Wade fell for just four this time round trapped lbw by Deonarine.