HOBART: Offspinner Nathan Lyon took three wickets after Australia teammate Adam Voges scored a double century to leave the West Indies in a precarious position trailing the hosts by 376 runs after the second day of the first test.
Darren Bravo’s 94 not out provided the main resistance as the West Indies finished the day at 207-6 after losing four early wickets.
Kemar Roach was 31 not out and will resume batting Saturday with Bravo in an attempt to salvage the Bellerive Oval test for the visitors.
If Bravo should complete his century, it would be his seventh, with six of them coming away from home.
The 36-year-old Voges was unbeaten on 269 when Australia declared at lunch with a formidable 583-4.
Voges and century-maker Shaun Marsh shared a world-record fourth-wicket partnership of 449, eclipsing the previous mark of 437 set by Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan in Karachi in 2008.
Marsh was out for 182 just before lunch, caught in the deep by Bravo off the bowling of left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican (3-158).
After the declaration, pace bowler Josh Hazlewood trapped opener Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for 2 before Lyon took 3-19, including Marlon Samuels on 9 with a diving two-handed catch.
In a final session interrupted twice by rain, Peter Siddle dismissed Jason Holder with a lucky lbw decision. The West Indian captain declined to have the ruling reviewed by video, which showed the ball was pitched too high to have hit the stumps.
From there, Bravo and Roach steadied the innings, combining for a 91-run unbeaten partnership to provide some respectability for the Caribbean side.
Voges and Marsh, who came together at lunch on the first day with Australia at 121-3, came close to setting Australia’s biggest ever test partnership 451 for the second wicket by Don Bradman and Bill Ponsford against England at The Oval in 1934.
Voges’ double century also set the highest score in a Hobart test, overtaking Ricky Ponting’s 209 against Pakistan in 2010.
Australians’ 438 runs on the first day was the biggest single day’s score conceded by the West Indies in their test history.
The West Indies received some positive news Friday scans cleared Shannon Gabriel of a left ankle fracture, but the fast bowler will take no further part in the Hobart test and possibly the tour.
Gabriel, who left the pitch during the final session Thursday, was seen walking with the aid of crutches at the ground on Friday.