Cricket: Walsh salvo leaves Australia reeling

Australia 490 & 146 West Indies 329
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AUSTRALIA WERE bowled out for 146 after lunch in their second innings on the fourth day to leave the West Indies needing 308 to win the third Test here yesterday. The tourists had slumped to 81 for 6 at lunch after a disastrous opening session.

Ricky Ponting had been unbeaten on 11 at lunch with Ian Healy on three as the Australians fought to re-establish their grip after losing four wickets for just 63 runs during the morning. However, Ponting became another of Courtney Walsh's five victims and it was left to Shane Warne to top score for Australia, making 32 before Walsh trapped him lbw.

The visitors resumed their innings at 18 for 2, but the West Indies quickly made inroads into the tourists' batting line-up. The opener Michael Slater was the first man to go when he was run out for 26 by a superb throw from Sherwin Campbell.

Slater went recklessly for a second run and Campbell scored a direct hit on the stumps from point with Slater just centimetres from safety. The nightwatchman Jason Gillespie soon followed, for 14, when Curtly Ambrose pitched a ball outside the off stump that turned and removed both the off and middle stumps.

When Mark Waugh was lbw plumb in front to Walsh for three the Australians had slipped to 48 for 5. Worse was to follow for the tourists as the captain Steve Waugh, who made 199 in the first innings, was out for 11 when he chopped a useful delivery from Pedro Collins onto his stumps.

That made it 73 for 6 before Ponting and Healy edged Australia to lunch. The four-match series is all square at 1-1. Australia won the opening Test in Trinidad by 312 runs but the West Indies levelled it in Jamaica in the second Test with a 10-wicket triumph.

The West Indies are hoping to get a clearer idea today of when their injured batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be fit to return to their team. Chanderpaul was sent to a New York hospital at the weekend for further tests on the right shoulder he damaged near the end of the tour of South Africa earlier this year.

The West Indies' Cricket Board chief executive officer Steve Camacho said the decision to send the Guyana left-hander to New York was "a precautionary measure".

Fourth day; Australia won toss

AUSTRALIA - First innings 490 (S R Waugh 199, R T Ponting 104).

WEST INDIES - First Innings 329 (S L Campbell 105, R D Jacobs 68; G D McGrath 4-128).

AUSTRALIA - Second Innings

M T G Elliott c Jacobs b Walsh 0

M J Slater run out (Campbell) 26

J L Langer lbw b Ambrose 1

J N Gillespie b Ambrose 14

M E Waugh lbw b Walsh 3

*S R Waugh b Collins 11

R T Ponting c Griffith b Walsh 22

I A Healy c Jacobs b Collins 3

S K Warne lbw b Walsh 32

S C G MacGill c Campbell b Walsh 1

G D McGrath not out 8

Extras (lb5 w1 nb19) 25

Total (50.1 overs) 146

Fall: 0-1, 2-12, 3-35, 4-46, 5-48, 6-73, 7-81, 8-134, 9-137.

Bowling: Walsh 17.1-3-39-5; Ambrose 20-2-60-2; Collins 9-0-31-2; Perry 4-0-11-0.