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Australia take charge against West Indies

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2009 | 1:15 PM

Australia are in a commanding position after day one of the third and final Test against West Indies at the WACA, with hometown hero, Mike Hussey poised to become the first Aussies centurion for the series.

The Australians ended an entertaining day’s play on 339 for 3 with Hussey on 81 and Marcus North 23 not out.

Openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich put on 132, before Watson fell for 89 off the bowling of pacer Kemar Roach.

Katich fell one run short of his hundred. He was caught by Roach off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Skipper Ricky Ponting was forced to retire hurt on 23 after being struck on the arm by Roach.

Narsingh Deonarine, 1 for 52, ended with best figures for West Indies. Benn had 1 for 61 and Roach 1 for 67.

West Indies made three changes to the side that drew the second Test in Adelaide. Injury victims Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Adrian Barath and omitted Darren Sammy were replaced by debutant Gavin Tonge, Travis Dowlin and Deonarine.

Australia lead the series 1-0.