West Indies 214 (Chanderpaul 47, Phillip 43, Lyon 3-57) trail Australia 511 for 7 dec (Head 175, Labuschagne 163, Thomas 2-53) by 297 runs
The last thing West Indies’ injury-riddled tour needed was self-inflicted wounds but that’s exactly what they delivered with two calamitous run-outs bookending a horror first session on day three as the visitors crumbled to be all out for 214 on the stroke of dinner. Australia opted not to enforce the follow-on, just as they did in Perth despite the 297-run lead.
West Indies’ day started with Chanderpaul run out in the opening over of the day without adding to his overnight score of 47. He defended a ball close into the off side and took for a quick single but Anderson Phillip did not respond leaving Chanderpaul scrambling to return to safety. Mitchell Starc, having delivered from around the wicket, raced across to his right and opened his body superbly to fire with his left hand and hit the middle of middle from close range with Chanderpaul’s full-length dive not enough to save him.
Jason Holder was out two overs later edging a full ball from Starc that tailed away and Alex Carey took an excellent catch low to his right.
Phillip and Joshua Da Silva then mounted a positive rearguard putting together a brisk 60-run stand in 13 overs. The strokeplay was aggressive despite the running between the wickets remaining questionable. Playing in just his second Test match, Phillip had only reached double figures in 10 of his previous 30 first-class innings with a highest score of 36 not out.
But he played with skill and determination that belied that record. Having shown sound defence on the second night he unfurled a surprising array of shots on day three. Australia’s bowlers continued to attack his stumps and he was prepared to drive through the line and showed no fears of going aerial both down the ground and over the offside. Da Silva looked secure and rotated the strike well and was only threatened by Phillip’s lackadaisical running.
Da Silva could have been run out at the striker’s end after Phillip made a very late call to take a single to mid off but the throw from Michael Neser was wide of the stumps.
Phillip could also have run himself out as he cruised for a third having played an excellent lofted drive over mid-on. Neser’s throw again was wide to Labuschagne who was manning the stumps non-striker’s end. Labuschagne gathered the throw cleanly but missed the stumps initially as he lunged to break the bails. Had he connected the first time Phillip would have been short having made no attempt to stretch his arm out as he slid his bat to make his ground. It would have been no surprise given he was penalised for running one short earlier in the partnership.
Da Silva was pinned lbw by Nathan Lyon playing deep in his crease to a ball that spun back sharply. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena initially shook his head but Australia’s review overturned the call as it was hitting the top of middle.
Phillip finally ran himself out when Roston Chase ignored a needless call for a single after a misfield at cover. The ball ricocheted to Labuschagne at mid-off. Phillip came halfway down before turning back after Chase called no. Labuschagne’s throw at the striker’s end missed but Carey had time to collect and underarm onto the stumps as he was still running up from his keeping position.
Alzarri Joseph fell in a carbon copy of Da Silva’s decision with Lyon getting Dharmasena to raise his finger the second time.
Chase and Marquino Mindley frustrated the Australians with a last-wicket stand 43. Mindley fought admirably given he was batting with a hamstring injury flicking Starc for six over backward square. Carey, David Warner and Labuschagne all missed chances behind the wicket off sharp edges with Cameron Green denied twice.
Alex Malcolm is an Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo