Windies claim Ponting scalp
There was little to choose between West Indies and Australia in the second session of their Test at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.
Resuming after lunch on 74 for two, the Baggy Greens plodded through a mundane afternoon spell to reach 132 for three at the tea interval, with Ricky Ponting having joined openers David Warner and Ed Cowan back in the pavilion.
Ponting's dismissal and captain Michael Clarke reaching 6,000 Test runs were the only real highlights of a pedestrian two-hour spell, which gave little indication of how the rest of the match will unfold.
Clarke walked off unbeaten on 21, with Shane Watson alongside him on 44 and, if the duo can build on their current partnership of 39, the advantage could be Australia's.
The Windies will be confident that another wicket could swing the momentum their way, though, but on a day when their luck has been out, that may not be easy to find.
In just the first over, they thought they had removed the free-hitting Warner when Fidel Edwards pinned him in front of his off-stump.
Umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger but, not noticing the leg-before, captain Darren Sammy thought Warner had been given caught behind and cancelled the appeal as keeper Carlton Baugh had not taken a clean catch.
As a result, Warner remained and moved on to 29 before he tried to chase spinner Shane Shillingford and only succeeded in finding the hands of Sammy, ironically placed to seal the wicket.
Cowan then went for 28, getting rapped on the ankles by one that kept low from Kemar Roach, with Ponting following after the lunch break when he was tucked up by Edwards, with Sammy again pouching after Baugh had initially dropped it.
That brought Clarke to the crease and, after working Shillingford to the leg-side boundary to reach his milestone, he and Watson steered Australia through to tea.