Rain has final say at Port-of-Spain
Having disrupted much of the second Test at Port-of-Spain, rain returned to deny the prospect of an exciting finish as West Indies sought to chase 215 in 61 overs.
Needing only to draw to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy, after winning the first of three Tests at Bridgetown, Australia surprisingly declared their second innings on 160 for eight early in the afternoon session.
By then Kemar Roach had completed his second five-wicket haul of the match, 5-41, for combined figures of 10-146.
Ben Hilfenhaus cheaply removed the Windies’ opening batsmen, but captain Darren Sammy promoted himself to three and struck 30 not out from 26 balls to show his intentions.
However, bad light and then rain intervened shortly before the scheduled tea break and the game ended with West Indies 53 for two from 11 overs.
Australia - who confirmed before play began that fast bowlers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle are to fly home early with back injuries - resumed this morning on 73 for three with Ricky Ponting on 32 and Michael Clarke three.
There was little urgency in the early stages and it was more than nine overs before Ponting glanced the day's first boundary off Fidel Edwards. Two balls later he was out for 41, mistiming a hook to Kieran Powell at deep square-leg.
Clarke fell little more than two overs later, for 15, when Sammy grabbed a sharp return catch.
With only 50 runs coming from 25 overs in the morning session, the match was meandering to a draw - but Mike Hussey suggested otherwise by launching the first ball after lunch for six over long-off and, two deliveries later, slog-sweeping Narsingh Deonarine for four.
Hussey fell for 24 when he chopped on against Roach - who later in the over reached the first 10-wicket match haul by a Windies bowler since 2005, and their first against Australia since Curtly Ambrose achieved the feat at Adelaide in 1993.
The landmark came when Hilfenhaus, promoted to number eight due to Pattinson's injury, had no answer to a fast inswinger and lost his off stump.
Nathan Lyon's dismissal, top-edging Shane Shillingford to Sammy at backward short-leg, brought about the declaration with Matthew Wade remaining 31 not out.
Spinner Michael Beer was handed the new ball for Australia, as in the first innings, but it was Hilfenhaus who trapped Powell lbw, a decision upheld on review.
He quickly added the scalp of Adrian Barath, who edged to Clarke at slip, and new man Darren Bravo was relieved to see his first ball drop safely behind point after taking the shoulder of the bat.
The target was exactly the same as that famously chased by England in just under three hours after Garry Sobers’ adventurous declaration on this ground in 1968, when captain Colin Cowdrey set the tone with a rapid 71 from number three.
Sammy came in with designs on a similar role and hit back-to-back fours off Shane Watson.
He repeated the feat off Hilfenhaus and added a six from the next ball, a slight miscue just clearing substitute fielder Peter Forrest at long-off.
But the stoppage was not long in coming and persistent rain meant the teams were forced to settle for a draw. They meet again in Dominica from Monday.