West Indies 405 & 204 Australia 428 & 76-2: Warne's mix of brilliance and luck has West Indies on the brink

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It would complete another clean sweep for the Australians, but they have a reputation for baulking at winning totals as low as the 182 they needed and they spent an uncertain 28 overs to close yesterday, losing two wickets for 76.

Warne, Test cricket's leading wicket-taker, added five more on the day to his first from overnight as the West Indies, 23 behind on first innings, were dismissed for 204 just after tea. After play, he was summoned by match referee Mike Procter to answer a charge of dissent on the third day.

Warne's 6 for 80 was his first return of more than five wickets in Australia since his 6 for 34 against South Africa in Sydney in the 1997-98 series. But he was lucky to gain umpire Aleem Dar's agreement on two. Dwayne Smith was ruled leg before second ball, although replays showed he edged the ball into his pad. A fighting eighth-wicket partnership of 54 was ended when Denesh Ramdin was given out to a catch to wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist from a deflection off his gloves after sweeping the ball into the ground.

Third Test

(Adelaide; fourth day of five)

Australia v West Indies

West Indies won toss

West Indies - First Innings 405 (B C Lara 226)

Australia - First Innings 428 (M E K Hussey 133 not out)

West Indies - Second Innings (Overnight: 68-2)

W W Hinds st Gilchrist b Warne 15

D S Smith c Ponting b Lee 0

R R Sarwan lbw b Lee 62

D B Powell b Warne 2

B C Lara c Hayden b Warne 17

S Chanderpaul c Hodge b Warne 4

D J J Bravo b Lee 64

D R Smith lbw b Warne 0

D Ramdin c Gilchrist b Warne 28

F H Edwards c Warne b Lee 9

C D Collymore not out 1

Extras (lb-2) 2

Total (all out, 81 overs) 204

Fall: 1-2 2-60 3-72 4-96 5-96 6-106 7-106 8-160 9-203 10-204

Bowling: McGrath 18-8-25-0; Lee 17--5-46-4; Symonds 2-0-9-0; Warne 33-9-80-6; MacGill 11-2-42-0.

Australia Second Innings

J L Langer c Smith b Collymore 20

M L Hayden not out 38

R T Ponting c Sarwan b Collymore 3

B J Hodge not out 10

Extras (nb-4 w-1) 5

Total (for 2 wickets, 28 overs) 76

Fall: 1-51 2-55

To bat: M E K Hussey, A Symonds, A C Gilchrist, S K Warne, B Lee, S C G MacGill, G D McGrath.

Bowling: Edwards 5-1-23-0 (nb-3 w-1); Powell 6-0-15-0; Collymore 10-2-27-2 (nb-1); Sarwan 7-2-11-0.

Umpires: B F Bowden (Aus) and Aleem Dar (Pak)