Ponting steadies the ship

Updated: April 26, 2012

In what was almost certainly his final innings in the Caribbean, Ricky Ponting provided a crucial half-century as Australia built a lead of 310 runs by the close of the third day of the final test against West Indies.

The former Australia captain, who will be in his forties the next time his team tour the region, put on 87 for the third wicket with left-hander Ed Cowan.

The pair have not enjoyed a fruitful tour but with the 1-0 series lead on the line, they guided their team to a commanding position.

Australia 328 and 200 for 6 (Ponting 57, Cowan 55) lead West Indies 218 (Chanderpaul 68, Lyon 4-69) by 310 runs