Smith leads Australia into a sound position.BRISBANE: On the third day of the second Test match against the West Indies in Brisbane on Saturday, Steve Smith wrapped up “a pretty good day” for Australia by leading the team to 60-2 at stumps. With eight wickets remaining, Australia needs to win by another 156 runs to complete a perfect sweep of the two-Test series.
Smith was on 33 at stumps, with Cameron Green, who was having trouble, on 9. However, heavy rain is predicted for the next two days, which could hinder Australia’s chances of winning. Shortly after the tea break, Australia had completed the second innings of the West Indian match for 193, but No. 11 Shamar Joseph was forced to leave the game hurt after being bounced by a Mitchell Starc bouncer on his toe.
Joseph didn’t break his toe, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to bowl on Sunday after having scans on Saturday night. Despite trailing six wickets going into the final session, the West Indies managed to lose the final four wickets, including Joseph, for a mere 10 runs.
The bowling attack performed remarkably well today, according to Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon. We take great satisfaction in our ability to maintain composure under pressure, even in extremely hot and muggy circumstances. Overall, it was a rather pleasant day.
Australia lost an early wicket in their 216-run chase for victory when Usman Khawaja was caught by Alzarri Joseph down the leg side. Having had a thin summer, Marnus Labuschagne failed for the second time in this match, pushing Justin Greaves to third slip, where Kevin Sinclair made a fine catch to send Australia down 4-2.