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Australia whitewash West Indies - Series Review

February 10th 2013 15:16
Australia vs West Indies – a series that always promises fireworks. Whether it be amazing spells of quick bowling, astonishing batting performances or fielding which beggars belief, this match-up is always something for the spectators and this one was no different.

West Indies 70 a/o (23.5 over's) lost to Australia 71-1 (9.5 overs) by 9 wickets with 244 balls remaining.
Australia began their annihilation of West Indies with a more than emphatic win at the WACA in Perth. The West Indies won the toss, chose to bat and were bowled out for 70. Viewers were treated to some supremely talented Australian bowlers, who tore apart the tourists batting line-up. Clint McKay took 3-10 and debutant James Faulkner impressed with his 2 wickets. But the star of the show, as he has been all summer was Mitchell Starc, the pace machine left-arm seamer took 5-20 in an amazing spell of quick, challenging bowling. As you’d expect Australia knocked off the runs with ease as Glenn Maxwell, promoted to open smashed 51 not out from 35 balls. A series kick-up-the-backside was needed for the West Indies if they were to have any chance of bouncing back. 1-0.

Mitchell Starc

Australia 266-7 (50 overs) beat West Indies 212 a/o (38.1 overs) by 54 runs.
George bailey chose his time to silence the doubters by scoring a superb 125 not out to lift his side out of a bit of a hole in the second ODI at Perth. Having won the toss, the West Indies started quickly, reducing the hosts to 56-4 and 98-6, before a century partnership between bailey and James Faulkner (38) moved Australia towards a competitive total. West Indian Captain Darren Sammy was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. But once again it was Starc who stole the show with the ball taking his second consecutive ODI 5 wicket haul. Kieran Powell (83) put up some resistance, but Starc was too good. With the help of 4 Glenn Maxwell wickets and a run-out the tourists were reduced to 212 all out. A poor end to a day which started well for the Caribbean islanders. 2-0.

George Bailey

Australia 329-7 (50 overs) beat West Indies 290 a/o (47.3 overs) by 39 runs.
The return of Shane Watson was the catalyst for Australia to guarantee their series victory. The injury prone batting superstar produced an incredible performance on his return to the team which he is vice-captain of. His 122 from 111 balls, along with Phil Hughes’ 86 and a quick fire 44 from George Bailey was the key as Australia posted a mammoth 329-7 on their first International appearance in the countries capital. The West Indies looked good during their reply, but never really had enough fire-power to test the Aussies as they ended up 39 runs short. The two Mitchell’s, Starc and Johnson as well as Glenn Maxwell shared 3 wickets between them, with consistent performer McKay taking 2 and future star Faulkner taking 4. The key wicket however was the run-out of Kieron Pollard, he was removed for 9 by some quality work from Mitchell Johnson. The only thing left in the tour for the West Indies now was pride. 3-0.

Shane Watson

West Indies 220 a/o (49.4 over's) lost to Australia 221-5 (44.5 over's) by 5 wickets.
Mitchell Johnson came alive at the SCG, running through the West Indian top-order after they decided to bat. With the score on 22-4 and 98-7 the tourists would’ve been forgiven for wondering what the point was, but for a stunning performance from Kieron Pollard. He hit 109 from 136 balls to act as the linchpin for his side’s innings. He watched wicket after wicket fall at the other end and just took his time, knocking runs here and there, punishing the bad ball and just ticking over. A bit boring I here you say, the crucial thing was, he was still in. Johnson and Ben Cutting both took 3 wickets but none of the home bowlers could remove Pollard who remained stubbornly not-out at the end of the innings. Once again though, the West Indian fight was not enough as Watson’s 76 and the runs chipped in by everybody else took Australia home with 31 balls remaining. 4-0.

Ben Cutting

Australia 274-5 (50 overs) beat West Indies 257 a/o (49.5 overs) by 17 runs.
As in the 2nd ODI Australia began poorly with Shane Watson bowled by Tino Best with the first ball of the match and Aaron Finch caught off the same bowler just 2 over's later. Phil Hughes and Shaun Marsh dug in for a while, but were both removed by Dwayne Bravo for 29 and 40 respectively. This paved the way for Adam Voges and Brad Haddin, both making their 1st appearances of the series, to take centre stage. Voges, who has been in top form since the Big Bash, really took to the tourists bowling scoring 112 not out from 106 balls for what was his maiden ODI century. Haddin supported Voges well with 43, as did James Faulkner who smacked 32 from 25 to push the Aussie total upwards. In reply, the West Indies once again had one man who fired and the rest who didn’t. Johnson Charles made 100 but he was not supported by his team mates as an excellent all-round bowling performance saw Australia over the line. McKay took another 3 as did Johnson while Cutting, Doherty and Faulkner all chipped in with 1 each to go with the run-out of Devon Thomas. This game summed up the One-Day series, a polished performance from Australia against a polished performance from one West Indian who isn’t very well supported. 5-0.

Adam Voges

This really was a superb performance over 5 matches from the Australian’s, they really had some huge plus points especially the form of both Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay. The return of Shane Watson was important and the future looks bright with James Faulkner and George Bailey. Phil Hughes really showed his worth, as did fringe players like Voges and Haddin. On the other hand, people like Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch really didn’t show themselves in the best light. Glenn Maxwell didn’t justify his $1 million IPL price tag and Matthew Wade didn’t do anything particularly special. Overall rating 8/10

The West Indies will leave this series knowing that their performances were consistently not good enough. Kemar Roach, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo really didn’t live up to their billing. Sunil Narine was very average as was Ramnaresh Sarwan on his return. On the plus side, Darren Sammy’s captaincy was good, and Kieran Powell showed that he really can become a good player. Johnson Charles’ century at the MCG was superb and will probably earn him a chance in the team. Kieron Pollard needs to become more consistent, but when he plays well, he is outstanding. Overall rating 2/10

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February 11th 2013 08:28
Looking ominous!

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