Australia 226-7 v West Indies: Symonds luck runs out to hand West Indies upper hand

The dismissal shortly after tea of Andrew Symonds threw the momentum of this intriguing third Test back to the West Indies who had started the day terrifically before Australia fought back in the afternoon session here in Barbados yesterday.

Australia had fallen to 111 for 5 just after lunch after trying to force the pace but Symonds and the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin shared an 87-run partnership. However, the dismissals of Haddin (32) and Symonds (52) left Australia struggling on 226 for 7 when the heavens opened during the final session bringing play to an early end.

Australia lost four wickets in the opening session with Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Bravo claiming two apiece. Phil Jaques was the first to go before the captain Ricky Ponting became Taylor's second victim when he was trapped lbw. Bravo then struck twice in the final over of the session, claiming the wickets of Michael Hussey and then Michael Clarke for a duck. Fidel Edwards struck after lunch to end Simon Katich's battling 36.

Symonds benefited from two slices of luck: he was dropped by Xavier Marshall at second slip and was given not out when a clear leg-side edge carried to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin but was undetected by umpire Mark Benson.

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