After dismissing the outgunned tourists for 271 and a 280-run first innings lead, skipper Steve Smith did not enforce the follow-on, preferring to recharge his bowlers and bat a second time.
By close on the third day, Smith had led the Australians to 179 for three with his virtuoso unbeaten knock of 70 off 70 balls with the under-used Mitchell Marsh, elevated to fifth in the order, chipping in with 18.

The Australians have been far superior and seemed intent on constructing a huge overall lead and bowling out the Windies for a fourth time in the one-sided series. Australia crushed the Windies by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test in Hobart and have lost only 10 wickets for 1,313 runs in three incomplete innings.
Smith had yesterday's third Test in Sydney and the extra bowling workload in mind when he decided not to put the Windies back in to bat. The Australians went about chasing quick runs and lost wickets along the way. Both openers were gone by the 11th over as the Windies bowlers enjoyed their best spells of the series.

Skipper Jason Holder, sharing the new ball with Jerome Taylor, had first-innings centurion Joe Burns caught by Kraigg Brathwaite at second slip for four.

First-innings centurion Usman Khawaja played some improvised shotmaking for his breezy 56 off 61 balls before he was caught behind attempting to paddle Holder behind the wicket. But despite their dire position the Windies showed more resolve against the odds on the third day.
The tourists' tail resisted for the first two sessions led by Darren Bravo top-scoring with 81 and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite adding 59.

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