ROSEAU, Dominica: Australia captain Michael Clarke dismissed West Indies stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul with the last ball of the day to put his team in sight of victory in the third and final Test on Thursday.Clarke trapped Chanderpaul lbw after the 37-year-old, who had earlier become just the 10th player to make 10,000 Test runs, looked like surviving until Friday’s final day.
But his dismissal left the home side teetering on 173 for five at stumps, chasing 370 to win and level the series.It was Clarke’s third wicket of the innings but, initially, umpire Tony Hill had turned down the appeal.
Clarke only had one review left and risked it in the hope of seeing the back of the West Indies anchorman who had faced 122 balls for his 69 – his 58th Test half-century.Chanderpaul, playing in his 140th Test, had reached the 10,000-run landmark when he went to 14, taking his career Test average above 50 in the process.
“It felt really good to reach this milestone. I have been batting well and spending a lot of time at the crease and to reach 10,000 Test runs is something special for me,” said Chanderpaul.“It was one of the goals I set myself and I believe I have reaped the reward for the hard work I put in over the years.”
Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo had looked comfortable earlier in the session as they built up a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket, taking their side from a precarious 45 for three to 155 for four. Bravo had made a patient 45 off 148 balls when he played a loose back foot drive to a Shane Watson delivery and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade dived to his left to take a neat catch.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur described Chanderpaul as “outstanding”. “Shiv’s been quite brilliant. He’s certainly thwarted our bowlers. He’s shown why he’s got 10,000 runs in Test cricket,” said Arthur.