Lee's fiver, Jaques's put Australia on top

Brett Lee grabbed five cheap wickets as Australia built a virtually uncatchable 371-run lead against West Indies on day four of the 2nd Test.

updated: June 06, 2008 16:47 IST
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ST. JOHN'S, Antigua:

Fast bowler Brett Lee grabbed five cheap wickets and opener Phil Jaques hit 76 as Australia built a virtually uncatchable 371-run lead against West Indies on day four on Monday of the second Test.

West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his 19th Test century but Lee ripped through the home team's first innings to see it fold for 352 after resuming on 255 for four.

Australia, after sealing a first-innings lead of 127, rode Jaques' half century to close on 244 for six, an overall advantage of 371 with one day remaining at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Earlier, Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo defied Australia for the first hour and a half as they stretched their fifth-wicket stand to 132.

But Lee's belated introduction, and the first of a handful of contentious umpiring decisions, turned the course of the match. Lee earned figures of five for 59, his destructive spell earning him five wickets for 11 runs in six overs.

The 31-year-old's second over provided the key breakthrough when Bravo was ruled caught down the legside by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Bravo hit three sixes and two fours in 45 off 127 balls but was unlucky to be given out off the thigh pad by umpire Russell Tiffin of Zimbabwe.

Tiffin added two more contentious decisions as Australia charged back into a winning position, already 1-0 up in the three-Test series.

Denesh Ramdin fell to a first-ball duck, leg before to a sharp inducker which appeared to strike the batsman outside the line of off stump.

Next over, Darren Sammy was also unlucky to perish in similar fashion for a duck to make it 318 for seven.

In between, Chanderpaul arrived at his century with a slap over midwicket off Andrew Symonds' offspin.

Lee continued to wreck the home team's innings.

Jerome Taylor counterattacked in 20 off 26 balls with a six and two fours before a Lee slower ball castled him.

Daren Powell was plumb leg before two balls later without scoring as Lee claimed his ninth five-wicket haul in his 67th Test.

Mitchell Johnson wrapped up the innings when Fidel Edwards, yet to score, edged to Haddin just before lunch.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 107 at the other end after batting five and a half hours. The 33-year-old faced 236 balls and hit 12 boundaries.

"It's been a lot of hard work. It's never easy out there, especially playing against Australia," Chanderpaul said. "They are the No. 1 team in the world and they know what to do when the time comes."

The visitors built their advantage in the final two sessions of the day.

Jaques and Michael Hussey, promoted to open while first-innings centurion Simon Katich rested bruised ribs, laid a sound platform with an opening stand of 74.

Hussey eventually feathered an edge to Ramdin a quarter hour before the Aussies went to tea on 92 for one.

Jaques and captain Ricky Ponting upped the tempo in the final session, adding 89 for the second wicket in an hour and a quarter.

Once Jaques fell after hitting eight fours and a six, West Indies rebounded and emotions threatened to boil over between the teams.

Taylor removed Jaques to a Ramdin catch and, in his next over, he trapped Ponting plumb leg before for 38.

Andrew Symonds, who ended the day unbeaten on 43, was fortunate to survive an appeal when on 7 but umpire Mark Benson of England failed to detect the gloved legside catch.

Benson did give out Brad Haddin leg before soon afterward although the delivery from Edwards seemed to be missing leg stump.

Edwards added more spice to the conTest when he cracked Lee on the helmet just before the close.

The paceman ended the day with two for 28 as Benson gave out Lee caught behind on 4 to a nasty last-ball lifter which appeared to graze the forearm rather than any bat or glove.