KINGSTON - A promising 128-run partnership between Runako Morton and Shivnarine Chanderpaul pushed West Indies towards the follow-on mark but a loose shot from Morton just before lunch let Australia finish what had been a frustrating session for them on a high. For most of the day the visitors could not get the Sabina Park pitch to play the tricks it had done on the second day and at lunch West Indies were 197 for 4 with Chanderpaul on 59 and Dwayne Bravo yet to score. They still trailed by 234 but the confident nature of the fourth-wicket stand meant Australia's total looked less imposing than it had at the close of the second day. Not surprisingly, Chanderpaul was the calm compiler in the partnership, while Morton entertained the crowd with some lusty blows. But Morton, who is sometimes criticised for a lack of pateince, also showed impressive resolve against a short-pitched barrage from Brett Lee, who finally found his rhythm but still failed to break through. Lee peppered Morton with bouncers, including one that struck the batsman on the shoulder, and apart from an uncontrolled hook that flew off the top edge over the wicketkeeper's head, Morton was happy to evade and defend. When the fast men overpitched, Morton bludgeoned drives back past them, his footwork leaving something to be desired but his power enough to mask any technical shortcomings. He hammered 14 off a Stuart MacGill over, including a straight drive to bring up his half-century and a well controlled lofted stroke over long on for six. MacGill initially posed little threat despite getting significant turn but as the session wore on he found a more consistent line and length and Morton grew less and less comfortable. It was MacGill who finally got the breakthrough in the second-last over before lunch when Morton tried to go over mid on again, only to be snared by a diving Stuart Clark for 67. It was a promising sign for Ricky Ponting's men, who had been uncharacteristically sloppy in the field with several offenders letting balls through or failing to cleanly take returns. Chanderpaul was one of the beneficiaries and he continued to poke and prod, for most of the session provided a steadying influence on Morton. He was happy to kick the spinners away and guide the fast men through gaps between the slips and gully, and his assured manner gave Ponting a few headaches. But the success of MacGill so close to the interval handed Australia some much-needed momentum and West Indies still faced a tall task to rein in a heavy deficit. Earlier on the opening day, Stuart Clark cut down West Indies' top-order batting with his steady, accurate, if not menacing fast-medium bowling to tighten Australia's grip. Clark has so far collected three wickets for 18 runs from eight overs, as West Indies, replying to Australia's first innings total of 431, reached 115 for three when stumps were drawn on the second day at Sabina Park. Clark removed Devon Smith, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and Brenton Parchment in a tidy opening spell which left the home team wobbling on 68 for three. But Shivnarine Chanderpaul, not out on 25, joined Runako Morton, not out on 23, and they carried West Indies through to the close with little or no incident. Australia captain Ricky Ponting had turned to Clark, after the new-ball pair of Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson failed to make an early breakthrough, and West Indies started confidently to reach 47 without loss. Clark, bowling with typical metronomic consistency, bowled Smith for 32, when the left-handed opener inside-edged a well-pitched delivery on to his stumps, after he played forward defensively. He then had Sarwan caught behind for seven, when the West Indies captain essayed a reckless upper-cut at a short, wide, rising delivery. Clark added to the West Indies' woes, when he drew Parchment on to the front foot with a well-pitched out-swinger and had the West Indies opener caught behind for nine after batting for close to two hours. Australia had failed to make an early breakthrough before tea. Lee and Johnson extracted pace and bounce, but little sideways movement from the Sabina Park pitch, and the two West Indies openers navigated safely through the 40 minutes before tea. Whenever the Australian bowlers strayed however, they were punished. Smith may have settled the butterflies with a searing cut through backward point for four off Johnson, although Parchment survived a stern examination from Lee. But the Australians were fortunate to mount such a significant total, after Andrew Symonds battered the West Indies bowling in the latter stages of their innings to finish unbeaten on 70. Fidel Edwards was the most successful West Indies bowler with five wickets for 104 runs from 26.5 overs, and Darren Sammy supported with two for 78 off 29 overs. Symonds reached his 50 in the fortuitous circumstances, when he swung Sammy to long-on and West Indies captain Sarwan muffed a chance inside the line, and the ball spilled over the boundary rope for six. Symonds was also fortunate that umpire Russell Tiffin did not adjudge him lbw to Edwards with the first ball after lunch, as television replays suggested. He remained and farmed the bowling with the tail to extend Australia's innings deep into the afternoon period, after West Indies snared the scalps of Lee and Clark cheaply after lunch. Lee was adjudged lbw to Edwards for four, when he sought to take evasive action from a shortish delivery and was trapped in front when the ball did not bounce as much as he anticipated. Clark frustrated West Indies for almost half-hour before he was caught at mid-off for three, when he mistimed a drive at a slower delivery from Daren Powell and Dwayne Bravo flew through the air to hold a priceless catch. Stuart MacGill came to the wicket and he spent half-hour at the crease to continue to frustrate West Indies and added 32 for the last wicket with Symonds before he was bowled with a well-pitched yorker from Edwards for two to formalise the West Indies fast bowler's sixth haul of five wickets or more in Tests. Before lunch, three wickets, two to Sammy, and purposeful bowling from West Indies slowed Australia down. At the interval, Australia had reached 372 for seven, after they continued from their bedtime of 301 for four, looking to mount a formidable first innings total. But the West Indies' bowlers, making full use of the variable bounce of the pitch, shattered the visitors' plans with accurate bowling. The pressure mounted and Brad Hodge cracked, when he tried to guide a delivery from Edwards to third man and was caught behind for 67 in the first half-hour of the morning to leave Australia 326 for five. Australia were so hemmed-in by the miserly bowling from West Indies that they could only add 24 runs in close to an hour in between the time that Hodge and Johnson were dismissed. Johnson spent another 1-1/4 hours at the crease frustrating West Indies before Sammy made the breakthrough, when he was caught at mid-on for 22 driving at a slower delivery. With lunch approaching, Brad Haddin, playing his first innings as Australia's 400th Test player, tried to loose the bonds placed on the Aussies and paid a hefty price. The Australia wicketkeeper/batsman was caught behind for 11. Australia have won 12 of the last 13 Tests they have contested against West Indies. They hold the Frank Worrell Trophy - symbol of Test supremacy against West Indies - and they have not lost a Test series in the Caribbean since 1991. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA 1st Innings (overnight 301 for four) P. Jaques lbw b Edwards     9 S. Katich c Sammy b Edwards     12 R. Ponting c Parchment b Bravo     158 M. Hussey c Bravo b Jaggernauth     56 B. Hodge c wkpr Ramdin b Edwards     67 M. Johnson c Powell b Sammy     22 A. Symonds not out     70 B. Haddin c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy     11 B. Lee lbw b Edwards     4 S. Clark c Bravo b Powell     3 S. MacGill b Edwards     2 EXTRAS (b2, lb13, nb2)     17 TOTAL (all out)     431 Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Katich), 2-37 (Jaques), 3-174 (Hussey), 4-293 (Ponting), 5-326 (Hodge), 6-350 (Johnson), 7-368 (Haddin), 8-383 (Lee), 9-399 (Clark). BOWLING: Powell     29-4-99-1 Edwards     26.5-4-104-5 Sammy     29-7-78-2 (nb1) Bravo     22-6-61-1 (nb1) Jaggernauth     20-0-74-1. Overs:     126.5 WEST INDIES 1st Innings: DS Smith cb Clark     32 BA Parchment c Haddin b Clark     9 RR Sarwan c Haddin b Clark     7 RS Morton c Clark b MacGill     67 S Chanderpaul not out     59 DJ Bravo not out     0 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 9, nb 13)     23 TOTAL (4 wickets; 64 overs)     197     (3.07 runs per over) To bat: D Ramdin, DJG Sammy, DBL Powell, FH Edwards, AS Jaggernauth Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Smith, 14.6 ov), 2-62 (Sarwan, 18.2 ov), 3-68 (Parchment, 20.3 ov), 4-196 (Morton, 62.3 ov) BOWLING B Lee     17-5-40-0 (8nb) MG Johnson     15-2-52-0 (4nb) SR Clark     14-2-38-3 SCG MacGill     13-2-49-1 A Symonds     5-3-8-0 Position: West Indies trail by 316 runs with all first innings wickets standing. Umpires: Aleem Dar, R. Tiffin, TV Replays: N. Malcolm, Reserve: C. Mack. Match referee: R. Mahanama