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Windies hold upper hand after day 3 of first Test against Australia

Barbados, Tue, 10 Apr 2012 ANI

Barbados, Apr 10(ANI): Australian captain Michael Clarke and veteran batsman Michael Hussey launched a rescue mission to help their team put up a score of 5-248 when bad light ended the third day's play of the first Test, but were still trailing the Windies' first inning total by 201 runs.

Australia's chances now hinge on Hussey and debutant Matthew Wade if it is to avoid a sizeable first-innings deficit on a wicket, which is offering some variable bounce.

At the close of the play, Hussey remained unbeaten on 47, while Wade had scored 19,The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Australia were earlier put on the back foot in the morning session when openers Ed Cowan and David Warner failed to capitalise on their strong starts and lost their wickets to Darren Sammy.

Clarke and Hussey, however, reaffirmed their status as the country's two best players of spin during the second session.

The visitors were dealt a massive blow in the final session when leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took Clarke's wicket.

Watson featured in one of the day's defining plays, which saw Ricky Ponting run out for four with both batsmen on the same half of the pitch.

The dismissal continued a worrying trend for Watson. Of the 21 runs outs Australia have had with Watson in the squad, he has been involved in eight but been the victim only twice. (ANI)

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