Australia built a 127-run lead over the West Indies on day four of the second cricket Test in Trinidad before play was abandoned because of torrential rain.
The touring team reached 73-3 in 30 overs in its second innings before the umpires called play off at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Ricky Ponting was 32 not out with captain Michael Clarke on 3.
Only 30.4 overs were possible on day four, lowering the prospects of either team forcing a victory with one day remaining. Australia leads the best-of-three series 1-0 after winning the opening Test by three wickets. The final match in Dominica starts April 23.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, who took 5-105 in Australia’s first-innings 311, added the scalps of David Warner, Shane Watson and Ed Cowan after the home team was dismissed for 257 in the first over of the day.