Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth

Starc splinters West Indies

Daniel Brettig

February 1, 2013

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Australia 1 for 71 (Maxwell 51*) beat West Indies 70 (Starc 5-20, McKay 3-10) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mitchell Starc in follow-through, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013
Mitchell Starc swung the ball venomously late © Getty Images
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Twenty years ago, almost to the day, Allan Border won the toss and batted before Curtly Ambrose obliterated Australia at the WACA ground in a spell of 7 for 1. Whirring the ball down with speed and fiendish late swing, Mitchell Starc paid homage by splintering the West Indies in a burst of 4 for 1 to set up a facile nine-wicket victory, achieved with all of 244 balls to spare.

This time it was the touring captain Darren Sammy who paid a heavy price for choosing to bat first on a lively surface. Australia's pitiful 74 against Sri Lanka at the Gabba is no longer the lowest score of the limited-overs summer, it's now the West Indies total of 70 that was only reached after some late-order resistance following an earlier free-fall to 5 for 19. It was the most meagre total in all ODIs between the two countries, extras (17) providing the top score.

Ever the tactical opportunist, Australia captain Michael Clarke promoted Glenn Maxwell to open, and his supercharged half-century ensured the target was gobbled up inside 10 overs. Maxwell crashed 18 from Kemar Roach's first over, and may find himself opening again after such a star-turn. In all, only 33.1 overs were required to complete the match.

Starc finished with 5 for 20, and was given splendid support by Clint McKay and James Faulkner. The two new balls ensured there was movement through the air and off the pitch for the entirety of the West Indies innings, as a succession of batsmen were either bowled or offered catching practice to a well-stocked slips cordon.

Sammy's choice to bat first took his opposite number Clarke by surprise, after Australia had stacked their team with pace bowlers and planned to bowl if successful at the toss. The pitch carried a tinge of grass that suggested it would be at its fastest and most lively.

Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell were soon pushing hopefully at deliveries that seamed and swung away from them at pace, though it was not until the fifth over that a wicket fell. Gayle's recent ODI scores have been underwhelming, but it took a fine ball from McKay to seam across him and take the shoulder of the bat for a catch in the slips cordon.

At the other end Starc was swerving the ball late and with tremendous control, and the ball after Powell drove him to the cover fence began a sequence of destruction that would plainly show that there are few bowlers more dangerous than the fast left-armer moving the ball through the air.

Powell pushed tentatively at a ball slightly shorter than the one he had struck to the fence and offered a catch to Clarke at slip. Ramnaresh Sarwan, in his first international since 2011, was late and crooked on a ball that hooped back into him to spread-eagle the stumps.

Noting the swing on offer, Clarke brought Phillip Hughes in to short leg, and Dwayne Bravo obliged by squeezing a catch to the man just posted. Kieron Pollard's first ball was millimetres away from finding him lbw, and his second arrived too soon for a hesitant push that served only to deflect the ball onto leg stump. Starc had taken 4 for 1 in seven balls.

At 5 for 19, the script for the innings had been largely written, and the remainder could only add nuisance runs as the ball continued to zip about. Faulkner claimed a pair of wickets on debut with a disciplined line, while McKay followed up his earlier incision by dismissing Sammy, who offered only token resistance.

West Indies' plight was best epitomised by Sunil Narine, who groped haplessly at the first five balls of a McKay over before edging the final one into Matthew Wade's gloves. Starc was brought back by Clarke to claim the final wicket, another inswinger plucking out Jason Holder's leg stump.

Maxwell's promotion showed Australia were keen on a quick finish, and his domineering approach worked brilliantly in a scenario where instinct and freedom were rewarded over thoughtful consideration. Some of his shots were bizarre, but most were well struck, leaving Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja very much in his wake. Sammy will think twice before batting first again.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
West Indies 120 6 0 26-5 - - - 0/6
Australia 36 11 2 71-1 (9.2) - - - 0/2

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Posted by Meety on (February 2, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

@Agnihothra on (February 02 2013, 08:27 AM GMT) - I remember those matches, but the pitch had almost nothing physically to do with Starc's figures. The Pitch MAY of had the WIndies spooked, as they don't have that type of pitches at home. Starc got his wickets primarily thru swing.

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 2, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, your Eng team has NEVER even won an ODI of any significance, NEVER! Congrats on playing India back to No 1 ODI ranking chump!! WI, Aust, SL are countries that actually win tournaments whereas Eng must be relying on hosting rights to even qualify for the Champions Trophy.

Posted by yoadie on (February 2, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Last night, the West Indies won the toss, elected to bat on the lightning-fast wicket in Perth, Australia in their first ODI against the Australians, and were all-out for 70 (see attached report). If I am not mistaken, wasn't the current West Indies tour manager Mr. Ritchie Richardson on that team way back then, when Curtley Ambrose took something like 7 for 1, at the same ground in a Test against Australia? If so, what a managerial failure. But I also recall the West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, winning the toss on a batsman-friendly pitch at Brisbane some years back as well. Between himself and the then West Indies tour manager Mr. Roger Harper, according to them, they detected some moisture in the wicket and decided to put Australia in, and exploit that moisture. Last reports, Australia were still batting in Brisbane. Talk about a failure of leadership in West Indies cricket!

Posted by Energetic. on (February 2, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

lool!!! where's the crowd? large gaps of seats you're not playing weak teams r anything.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 2, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

It's great to see the lower-ranked teams have a good match every so often. Well played Australia, but sterner challenges like Nambia must surely await.

Posted by Agnihothra on (February 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

i remember two extremely low scoring ODIS at the WACA, both involving INDIA. in 1985-86 India was out played by NZ and were bowled out for 113. NZ huffed and puffed to that score after losing 7 wkts.

Another ODI was the famous INDIA - WI tied match (125 all out both teams) in 91-92 when Azhar bowled out his quickies by 40th over and SRT delivered final wicket off the last ball of the 41st over.

Now was this 2012-13 WACA pitch as juicy as the above ODI pitches?

Posted by mateyman on (February 2, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

You should really give up the conspiracy theories True Lankan

Posted by WTEH on (February 2, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

Well so much for the legacy that Sammy wants to form. Hope can save a whitewash.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

The best Australian bowling this season. Well done Mr. Starc. Bowled perfectly in the conditions ..... but Sammy should never have batted first. I hope that he wins the toss and bats second next time.

landl47 ..... WOW!!! Clarke's captaincy??? He just did what he was supposed to do instead of what he has been doing for the past 2-months. It was a nice change to see him supporting the bowlers. How many Captains would have set a different field with Starc swinging the ball the way he was. You must have thought that MJ's captaincy was friggin' unbelievably sensational when Australia was 9/40 in Brisbane and you would think that the Captain of my son's cricket team is a prodigy because he set the exact same field last year on a sticky wicket in swinging conditions.

As for Maxwell .... it was just ugly batting (see PFEL).

Posted by Shaun_wick on (February 2, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

It's good. Aussie team can beat easily WI team and forget the bad ODI and T20 memories with Sri Lankan team. Here is the time them to wake up. But WI is not the world leading ODI team...!

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 2, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

As for Starc i know Dennis Lilllee has done some work with him over the last few days but it all started with some advice Akram gaved him. Akram's time helping starc with his action has been the best thing he has ever done for his career , lots of late inswing. Overall well done to the Australian fast bowlers and kudos to the bowling coaches, Ali de Winter and Dennis Lillee. They all bowled with pace, menace, control and as a team, never letting up on the pressure.

Posted by shawnsundar on (February 1, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

The problem for the West Indies is that we just don't produce anymore pace and swing wickets, most only support spin bowling nowadays. Obviously our batsmen will find it difficult to bat on these conditions. Having said that, this was definitely a wicket where who won the toss needed to bowl first.

Posted by applethief on (February 1, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

The only thing I find surprising about Starc is why he doesn't get 5 wicket hauls more often. Seriously impressive bowler, the only thing left for him to do is sort out his tendancy to get close to the line when bowling - being denied a few wickets because of no-balls might do it. I'm a big fan of Junaid, but even he doesn't have as much going for him as Starc does.

Posted by Rabbito on (February 1, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

Very good performance by the boys!!...brilliant, starc is making a name for himself, throughout the cricketing world pretty quickly!! i can't think of a bowler who has bowled like that for a long time, maybe MJ's spell v Eng. @ perth. And those questioning his consistency, i think you'll find he'll become as consistent as you can get in a year or two, he's already come a long, long way in that department. And the fact that his seam positions better, a higher arm, and less of a slinging action than MJ, suggests that he'll maintain it a lot better. He is going to be one great bowler!! in regards to maxwell, i'm still not sure what to make of him either, i think he needs a couple more years in shield. and there was an interesting article by Dean Jones about him in the Syd. Morning Herald today (sat), about him being more of a bowler than a batsman, and how he hasn't seen anyone get the 'fizz' on spinning ball like he does, since warne and murali, and how much potential he has in that area

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (February 1, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

I won't read toomuch into these rare aberrations. Almost every team including Australia have had such dismal shows. Well played Aussies. Keep it up. Good luck Windies.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 1, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

re:Maxwell's innings. That was one of the ugliest innings I have ever witnessed at this level. I cannot imagine ever seeing the likes of it again in the near future.

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 1, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

Australia just dominating again and showing why they are the best in the world!

Posted by docbob on (February 1, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

A great win to start the series, for sure. Just remember the pendulum can swing very quickly, as we have seen several times already this summer. Is it too late to hope for some consistent performances?

Posted by 777aditya on (February 1, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

@ all - please do not jump the gun. This kind of one-off failures have been typical of WI teams of late. They are mercurial, and the mercury will rise and Australia shall feel the heat in the next matches for sure!

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 1, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

I had a cursory look at the headline and scoreboard and thought it was a T20

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 1, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

@Surajdon9, oh please stop hating Windies. They are certainly better than what showed today. We Lankans also got thrashed in tests just like how NZ suffered in the tests in SA and that is a part of the game. I am sure Windies will fight too.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 1, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

@jonesy2 on (February 01 2013, 10:00 AM GMT): A welcome return to form by you. Mind you, you did forget to put in the bit about McKay being one of the top 5 bowlers of all time or are you saving up those sort of gems for later?

In fairness, a good win by Australia. Couldn't have been much more convincing.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 1, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Well bowled Starchy, hope you improve from here on and wish u good luck for more sucess in tests as well as other formats. I personally will like to see with home team Mumbai Indians may be soon in year or two.

Posted by disco_bob on (February 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

@land147, good point about Clarke, "I'd pay to watch him think", classic.

@sawifan, this has been one of my favourite threads for a while.

Posted by tappee74 on (February 1, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Again in consecutive series they have faltered.Like unarmed soilders they were humiliated like a bunch of school boys playing cricket for the first time.Far away across the seas is a man whose skills have been from youth to age.Passive and cool,he waggles not his tongue,but speak through the blade of his bat.Shivnarine Chanderpaul,a prized trophy who has helped in the winning of the last two test matches in Bangladesh,but has been an out cast from ODI.How many times have we not see him at an end holding WI batting from crumbling. I remember Ralph Waldo who said "Is not what you look at ,but is what you see."I guess beside the rest of the world, the WI selectors did not recognized his legendary class.

Posted by godfreyse on (February 1, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Boys a bit rusty, will come good as the series progresses. Happens all the time. Still have some doubts about Sars though. Let's keep our fingers cross.

Posted by aclarity on (February 1, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Not a Yorker was bowled last night by the WI bowlers. I think Roach and Holder missed the plot with Maxwell. What is the point of playing Narine if Thomas is the keeper. This is cricket not boxing. Sarwan failed miserably in the regional competition so he is picked and promoted to #3 and running from pace. Thomas failed in Bangladesh so he is given another chance against a better opposition and Charles failed in the regional competition, his record towards the end of the world T20 was poor and he is on the tour. The WI is an absurd version of the Peter Principle.

Posted by cracker2012 on (February 1, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Now this is the WI we know. ReCall Shiv Chanderpaul!!!

Posted by Minderbinder on (February 1, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@ Sanjana_p That same pitch didn't seem too lively when Maxwell was scoring 51 from from 35 balls on it. I think you'll find the flat track bullies tag is more of reflection of India's dire performances away from the sub-continent.

Posted by hris on (February 1, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

@Sanjana_p -- Obviously you didn't watch the match. By lively they mean that the pitch had bounce. But consistent bounce, nothing uneven or two paced. Consistent pace and bounce. Most good batmen love that. There wasn't much seam movement. And it was the swing that did the damage. That doesn't have much to do with the pitch.

Posted by Sanjana_p on (February 1, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Right, nobody speaks about the sub standard pitch but just a 'lively pitch'. If it was a bating pitch i can hear all sorts of cries like flat pitch performance, below par etc. Now all we see is starc this starc that, talk about double standards from the article and the fans! How about just a below par bowler performance on flat track(read sarcasm) on a sub standard pitch (read the same!). From here on at least have some sense and appreciate all performances! 75 runs! And I dont see anyone calling WI flat track bullies here! or calling aussies the same when they were all out for 75 against sl! If sl had lost or made similar scores, we all know what u wud hv called them! So like i said, from here on, appreciate flat,oval,bowling pitch efforts please!

Posted by sawifan on (February 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

Great effort by the Aussies, but i think the Windies will bounce back. What is far more entertaining though, it how that the lovable English troll Front-Foot-Lunge, is now himself being trolled by Front-Foot_Lunge. The amusing part, is its working! Directly replying to him and all. Great to see! The real world is more enjoyable, but i dont know how you'd know, given the content of your posts. Either way, good entertainment for all of us level-heading, non-hyperbole spouting fans. Keep it up! Oh yeah, and well bowled Starc ;)

Posted by landl47 on (February 1, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

NOBODY has mentioned one guy who had a terrific match, even though he didn't bat or bowl- Michael Clarke. His field placings (caught at short leg in an ODI- when was the last time you saw that?), bowling changes and his own slip fielding were excellent. Once the bowlers had got WI down, he made sure they were kept down. Then sending Maxwell in with instructions to swing for the fences was brilliant. That was one of the ugliest displays of slogging I've can remember, but with the pace and bounce of the pitch and the fielders in the circle it was extremely effective. Clarke's one of the best captains I've ever seen- I'd pay just to watch him think.

I've been saying for a long time now that I rate Starc very highly and this was his best yet. Rhythm, pace, control, swing, bounce- wonderful. McKay continues to be an unsung hero; he's a very good ODI bowler. Young Faulkner looked good, too.

Great job, Australia. WI were unlucky to meet a team and a captain in such fantastic form.

Posted by Tokai69 on (February 1, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

WI is very inconsistent in ODI and Test. Recent ODI series loss to BAN supports that!

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 1, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@Shaggy076 hopefully you are right and Khawaja does well in the India series. As for Hyclass my query is why are we talking about khawaja when he didn't get to play a big part in the game. Folks like yourself and Meety are objective and only talk about Khawaja when there is a geniune point to make whereas Hyclass is obsessed with making the same critisms on Khawaja over and over again like Groundhog day even in articles where he is not even mentioned.

Posted by TrueLankan on (February 1, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

The pitch seemed to bounce too much. Strange how the Aussies didn't complain that there was an unfair advantage towards them.

Posted by Asraf12 on (February 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

What a Match - Very Good Performance for Aussie. WI on the other hand, words cannot describe. Their is know one in the WI Team to bat through the 50 Overs. And you know what; the Captain, Coach or Management will not seek to ReCall Shiv Chanderpaul. The best One Day Batsman in the WI Presently. Their excuses; "we building a Team for 2015" and "Shiv is not a One Day Player". I Challenge the WI to prove it and put him up against any one of their present One Day Players.

How can you build a team with No One to share their experience and assist in Winning Games and Series, so as to build capacity, hopes and the drive to do better. "Motivation".

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

A few days ago, when Cricinfo reported the probable Oz team to tour India, I posted that Starc is going to be the main weapon of destuction against India.

All the current top Indian batsmen (including those who are touted to be the stars of future India), are vulnerable to swing. Starc has swing with speed - a double barrel gun! India, go camp at Dharmsala, take half a dozen swing bowlers, and practice aginst them, everyday morning for a week or so, to improve your skills against swing. You need that against any swing bowler. Against Starc, it is a minimum requirement for survival.

I, being an Indian, am willing to eat my words, if the indian players prove me wrong. But, fat chance, though.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

@Front-Foot_lunge, You must have missed the last thousand Ashes. Check out the last one on DVD to fill in the voids in your cricketing knowledge: Australian fans like yourself DISSAPPEARED from the your grounds within an hour of play starting every match of the series! English fans, the famous Barmy Army that no one denies are the best in the world, filled every Aussie cricket stadium with their voices. The real world's much more enjoyable, have a go some day :)

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 1, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

We've had the 'Christmas Minnow Big Bash', the New Year one, and now we have the 'February Minnow Big Flop'. It is good to see the lower ranked teams having a go every now and then.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 1, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

@ Front-Foot_lunge: "of fellow English fans".

But you're an Australian fan. Please explain why you've been so absent in the last few months when Australia are the laughing stock of the cricket world, and as soon as one T20 win comes up, you're back posting. Please explain too why you put so much effort into masquearding as an England fan when everybody here refers to you as the Australian fan you are. You claerly have a lot of time on your hands son.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Meety couldn't agree with you more, Khawaja's focus should be test cricket. The issue here is hyclass and his continuous barrage of critisms on Khawaja even when he doesn't fail, he was undefeated at 8 today and we had a great win then why go and pick on him again. That's all the issue is.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Starc is the best up and coming Aussie bowler going. Level headed yet aggresive, fast and able to swing the ball with control. Pattinson, Cummins and Johnson need to be worried. This guy may outdo the lot

Posted by alcapoon on (February 1, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

South African batsmen must be feeling like facing the lively and fast Indian attack when facing Younis Khan.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 1, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

@Shaggy076 i take your point mate on Khawaja being more suited to test cricket. Even if he gets a 100 next game i would be in favor of sending him early to India to prepare. The issue with Hyclass was that he started critising Khawaja(as he does every article) even though the youngster got 8 not out, why would you take a swipe at one player over and over again. Surely one has better things to do then that.

Posted by estraker on (February 1, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

I will always maintain that the swinging ball will give most batsmen especially the W.I batsmen lots of problems. Until we get a coach who could show our bowlers how to swing the ball we will never progress.Does our coach know how to swing the ball......We need to get rid of him.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 1, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

The whole approach is muddled, WI batting without Marlon is shaky. Gayle's swing and miss is good at one dayers, they need to find some good batsmen. Sarwan will again get upset when he is dropped but a very sporadic performer...Holder looks like a good find

Posted by KingOwl on (February 1, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Hmmm, what a contrast having watched the previous series - shows just how good the Sri Lankans are in their limited over cricket.

Posted by Rooboy on (February 1, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@whofriggincares - interesting approach ... providing facts to support your argument. You probably just blew rednwhites' mind. Go easy on her, the chip on the shoulder is burden enough without assaulting her with reality

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

"Well bowled oz but s far s batting of windies is concerned it looked like they were playing the game as it is a T 20 match no body looked patient enough to look thw first new bowl and try to apply himself in the end a very poor batting display by windies!"....

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 1, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

I wouldnt be judging West Indies on one performance as Australia has been putting in these performances themselves occasionally. I fully expected that the West Indies was really going to struggle in both games in Perth due to the difference in pitch nature from any other cricket ground in the world, however they will produce a couple of good performances at some stage. I very much doubt it willl be 5-0.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

Hyclass - i can see where your coming from every article comments suggestions gets hijacked by the Khawaja supporter (s). He is yet to achieve much and these guys are making me dislike the guy however, that is not Khawaja's fault. I dont believe he should be playing one-day cricket however, I am happy for him to be given an opportunity at test cricket. Lets sick back and see if he takes it.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 1, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

I am still amazed by the hubris of fellow English fans. After an amazing performance they simply can not congratulate Australia on their performance. It's no wonder, we have a rep as the worst fans in the world, that and the Barmy army cement our place in the cellar of fans. This Australian team is a work in progress but boy, they are impressive! Even at their lowest ebb, England can only just beat Australia. And this is when our stocks have been at the highest for nearly 25 years. All through most of the 80's 90's and 00's we performed no better than Bangladesh do now. You can almost smell the fear in the English press over here now, fear combined with our over-blown sense of entitlement. We know our purple patch is rapidly coming to an end, you'd think as we slide down the rankings we could support great cricket regardless of where it comes from. For some english fans, that truly is a bridge too far.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 1, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

RedandWhite Army - Not sure wherer you came up with 15 years, I think you will find in that period in test matches in England - Australia has won more than England. So I guess we are all in a position to make predictions. Were not as good as we used to be - but guess what England have fallen dramatically in the last few years as well. Im not predicting victory but reckon we have a great chance of winning. We have around 8 quicks all bowling well and we only need 3 of the 8 to be standing anyone test.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

Oh, and i think Starc is probably taller than the 196cm it says on his cricinfo bio. That figure has been there for three years, and probably dates from when he was 19 or so. I suspect he's probably around 198cm, from what I can make out. He looked almost the same height as Holder when they were side by side, and Holder is 200cm.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

One thing I might add. The WI batsmen did look all at sea against swing - and that has nothing to do with the surface of the wicket. In other words, that might happen again. It would have been interesting if Star had gotten a chance to bowl first to SL on those green wickets in the SL series - but SL bowled first every tome - which was very frustrating, at least for me.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Yep, I doubt we'll see such an abject display again from the WI. They have too many class players. This series isn't over yet. In recent years AUS has had a bad habit of having huge wins - or dominant draws - in the first games of series, then falling away.

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

@Matthew_Rogers on (February 01 2013, 10:17 AM GMT) - LOL! You won't waste your time, but you bleet the same crud about Ussie (cut 7 paste job?) & bang on for a paragraph. It's mindless dribble! Just have the intestinal fortitude to use one handle when debating.

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

@Allan_Stephens on (February 01 2013, 10:41 AM GMT) - the issue is blind worship of a young bloke who has a lot still to prove. The crud being said about Khawaja is annoying when he is yet to prove himself from the opportunities he has had. I am looking fwd to him playing to his potential, but stuffing around in Perth is not where he should be, he should be prepping for the Shield game against WA.

Posted by DanTas on (February 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Went to watch this game. Shame I was an hour late in getting there!! Maxwell's batting still leaves me in the dark about his ability. He only played a couple of proper cricket shots, including a nice cut towards the end. The rest was just heave-ho, six or out stuff. Hardly enough to assess whether he has a technique suited for Test cricket. Entertaining though. Wonder what today's debacle will mean for gate takings on Sunday.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Just imagine how scary Australia will be when Pattinson, Starc, Cummins and M. Marsh are all healthy and in their prime. Getting shivers up my spine just thinking about it. Boy are we in for an exciting decade+.

Posted by Moppa on (February 1, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

@Jayzuz, don't get me wrong, I'm a Starc fan, I just think he has a lot of work to do (particularly mental). On my points: "Very inconsistent" - 1/104 in the 1st innings in Hobart, and then 1/46 to tea on day 5, then rattles off 4/17 in the final session to win it. In his last ODI he took 0/48 in a total of 215 all out, now he takes 5/21. "Frequently expensive" - Test career econ rate is 3.57, whilst in his last three games it is 3.86 (for 18 wickets admittedly). His ODI econ rate is a not exactly miserly 4.8. "Often too short" - I'm finding it harder to compile evidence for this but certainly based on early spells against SA at Perth (2nd inns) and SL at Sydney (1st inns). When he does pitch it up, he probably gives away too many half-volleys so maybe "struggles with length" is fairer. "WACA specialist" - this was more aimed at Johnson, but I am concerned that Starc hasn't found much conventional swing other than at Perth this summer (though he did in T20WC and in the UAE before that)

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 1, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Dean good one mate, yes Hyclass may well be Anthony Mundine in disguise. Khawaja got 8 not out, why are we talking about that. Lets focus on Starc who won the match for us. And guys make no mistake about it, West Indies have the makings of a very good one-day side and they will come back strong on Sunday. When Gayle fires, his team usually wins - as was shown when his poor run of form coincided with Sydney Thunder's losing streak in the BBL. Narine is dangerous and often holds the ball between his third and fourth finger baffling even the most knowledgeable batsmen. Pollard is a fine cricketer and hits the ball harder and further than most international batsmen could only dream of, these guys will come hard at us and we must be ready for it.

Posted by mark2011 on (February 1, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

excellent bowlling from Starc, but if the matches going to be over like this by 70 runs, it will not be a good sign for the future of the ODI criket. crowd pay and come to see a One day match , and if the whole match ended in 34 overs its neither worth coming to watch matches nor playing ODIs... so this new trend of swing bowlling shud not continue this manner to dismay the ODI criket. need even conditions for both bat & ball..

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 1, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

@rednwhitearmy, you really do have trouble with figures dont you. It was 11 and a half years since our last win in england not 15. 2001 in england was one of my favourites 4-1 our way and then backed it up at home with another 4-1 thrashing. Great memories. Add to that the fact we have won 4 out of the last 6 series in England and 5 from 6 in Australia. Thats 9 of the last 12 if you are having trouble adding it up.Another favourite memory of mine is the 5-0 whitewash at home after McGrath stepping on a ball gave you the very lucky 2-1 win in england. Cant wait for the Lords test ,you guys have one win at your home of cricket since 1934. I wonder if that is the longest drought of any home team at there showpiece ground in any sport in the world? .75 years is a long time between drinks. And did you know that The Oval is the only ground in either country where you have won more tests than us? Interesting fact I thought.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 1, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

@Hyclass we absoultely tore the Windies apart today, Starc got 5 wickets. Maxwell 50 not out, Khawaja 8 not out, why are you picking on guys when we absolutely teared through them. I have never seen you say anything positive about any player. And do you notice that you are the only one talking about Khawaja even though he got 8 not out, how about you move on and focus your energy on something else. And you can't bully people away by accusing them of changing their identities. Learn to accept their opinions and move on, life is too short to be so negative all the time.

Posted by Rukky on (February 1, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

I think all team should start to learn swing ball if they want to win The ICC World Cup 2015. Really it gonna hard for the batsman who can't play seam and swing bowling. Especially I am really thinking what will happen to that World Cup, if somebody has to play likes of Aus,Eng,SA and Pak, even SL... Really...just time has come to review the mistakes of the batsman who can't handle Swing very well.

Posted by anver777 on (February 1, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Excellent bowling effort by hardworking Starc........ he's got a great future ahead in all formats & improving in every match he plays....

Posted by HowdyRowdy on (February 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Another ODI that quickly turned into a tediously one-sided no contest. Channel Nine will not be happy. It will be interesting to see whether the less than rusted on supporters follow the rest of the series, or decide that the build up to the footy season gets their attention.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

The award for the most negative writer on this website must go to hyclass. I won't even waste my time on him. Khawaja, Hughes, Warner and Starc are the future of our team, get used to it. As for Khawaja his fielding has yielded two run outs in his last two matches, is batting was faultless until a mis-cued lofted drive got him caught out on 69. His batting this season has been very consistent, 438 @ 40 in the Shield, 257 @ 51.4 in the Ryobi Cup, 206 @ 41.2, 56 against SL in the Chairman's XI match and 140 on a batting minefield against Tas. If you're a West Indies fan you may as well forget today ever happened; As for our boys it's probably the same scenario as a match like this does little to prove where our team is at. Sammy seems like a nice guy and he did top-score for his team today (extras, aside). But I'm not sure how he can give a post-match interview and not say he erred by batting first...what was he thinking? The windies need to adjust by Sunday.

Posted by pie314 on (February 1, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Good win by the Australian cricket team though still a long way to go from being the best.

@RednWhiteArmy... I thought being english you would know how to spell and write your own language. "Sence" is spelt "sense". "Your not" is also meant to be "you're not". "i" should be capitalised.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 1, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

the most crushing and dominatant win of all time surely? this bunch of superstars are going to achieve great things lead by the great michael clarke. they just need to want to win every time instead of only wanting to win after a loss. england are going to be on the end of this sort of thing for the next year or so right after india are. cant see england being able to get much more than 50-100 runs each innings against the likes of bird, pattinson, starc and siddle in the upcoming ashes series.

Posted by stormy16 on (February 1, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Starc has the makings of being the ultimate nightmare aka Akram - left armer, height, pace, movement both ways. He still very young but has all the ingredients and (touch wood) hasnt broken down.A good left armer is always a problem and expect more from Starc and he is more than capable with the bat. Not sure they the Windies batted on a juicy wicket but not many would have made much against good bowling in a juicy wicket first up.

Posted by mar2000 on (February 1, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Saewan was the worst choice for this tour . He will continue to fail and be very poor in the field . The WI should have taken the field first but i tnink we read the pitch wrong . Looking at our batting ,its only the 2 youngsters that is in form . Pollard ,Russell , Sammy , Thomas are all 20/20 players .

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

West Indies players only makes an effort to peform when the reward is BIG BUCKS other than that they are a bunch of SHIT HUNG'S .

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Hyclass its ok, how about you just deal with the fact that Khawaja and Hughes are future superstars and life will get better mate. Inevarity is impressed with his batting and also his fielding and if he can give him credit for his hard work then perhaps you should do that too. You remind me of Anthony Mundine, always complaining. Its ok champ, we won, be happy. And I hear Di Venuto is the new batting coach. Good appointment. Diva not only knows his stuff but he's a top bloke with it, should be a good fit. And like i said before you give someone enough chances statistically they're bound to take one. Maxwell has one good game, now it's back slaps all round at the selection table. Then just on the brink if getting booted make another 50 and get another 5 games. And i know Sammy wasn't impressive today but he appears to be a good captain, bringing much-needed stability to the role. His numbers in ODIs aren't that of a world-beater but he is better then what we saw today.

Posted by bearface on (February 1, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@VivGilchrist I wasnt praising SL simply comparing what happened and stating that the windies could learn from SL's performance and there are weaknesses In the Aussie team that can be exploited. Did you read the rest of my comment regarding Starc,Pattinson and Maxwell why would i say that if i only wanted to bag the Aussies I think they are a good side and have a healthy respect for their players.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

Narine and Sammy only looked Good until they now meet a real good team. The West Indies Selectors continue to pick the wrong Players . Sarwan did nothing on return to domestic cricket in the WI but found himself on the tour. Yes Selectors continue to take WI Cricket down by Having the Wrong Captain and the continued recycling of failures . Australia will win 5-0

Posted by hycIass on (February 1, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

@Hyclass Detractors like yourself can point to a missed chance; is it not also notable that he recovered from that and finished not out? You are a very cranky person from the sounds of things, we won mate, how about you give our younger batsman time to shine rather then groan all the time about how everyone doesn't deserve to play. By the way i agree with you on the spin selections for the India tour but i predict big series from Khawaja, Warner and Hughes. Starc is a freak - good bowler and batter - he should force his way into the ashes side! Siddle, Paterson, Starc & Cummins the attack, dont worry about a spinner. And don't bother with free tickets for the next game, start arranging refunds for those that have showed up

Posted by bemUSed2 on (February 1, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

As a newish cricket fan based in the US i was really looking forward to watching the WI play Australia as they are the two teams i have studied the most to see how teams dominate the sport... while both teams are a long way from their best, the West Indies were really found wanting today... but that is the nature of ODIs The teams are so desperate to entertain and score a million runs that when the top order fails the whole team can easily follow... Australia again showed they are among the best when they play well but still need to find consistency... personally I don't find the commentators biased, they always seem to talk up the team not doing well to try and convince the viewers it is still worth watching, but i agree that ian healy and james brayshaw should not be allowed to commentate any sport ever again

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 1, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

@hyclass lets back our team mate, Hughes and Khawaja are our future champions, Khawaja got 8 not out today in a 70 chase and Hughes continues to prove his critics wrong. Lets stop the negative commentating mate. Khawaja is in the India squad and i am looking forward to seeing him and Hughes dominate so just accept it mate and move on. From a batting perspective inthe ODIs what an ordinary summer of cricket it has been.Thankfully we had South Africa to keep interesting.Just keeps playing into the hands of the AFL.

Posted by ham1990 on (February 1, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@VivGilchrist you're right, there was nothing wrong with the pitch. What I saw was a typical 'old school' clinical Aussie display. It was refreshing to watch Starc tear through the Windies' batting on a lively WACA pitch with a brilliant exhibition of swing bowling at that pace. To top it off, Maxwell made the total look like a cake walk on that fast bouncy wicket. Credit where credit is due, the Aussies were nothing short of brutal today.

Posted by hyclass on (February 1, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

As my blogs prior to the announcement of Argus indicate,my order of business is integrity & quality of process & results first-all else second @Allan_Stephens-another hyphenated anglicised name to add to your @Fleming_Dean & at least 12 others? Posing your own questions & then responding to your own posts is charming but boring-its not really blogging is it? Must they all be about Khawaja? His 1st class ave has dropped 11 runs in two years.He made 0 & 8 from 39 balls last Shield match v NSW & ran himself out for 3 in the first ODI. He was dropped by the keeper 4th ball on zero from a spinner- not very auspicious for an Indian Test candidate. An even reasonable keeper would have taken it. The only reason Finch and Maxwell appeared in your blog was to allow you to mention Khawaja 'knocking off the runs'. Hughes has been at the top of my list since his debut Shield season. O'Keefe should have gone ahead of Doherty.Rogers should have been in.Watson wont display any more stamina than usual.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

@moppa "he also remains very inconsistent, frequently expensive, often too short and now is emerging as a bit of a WACA specialist"". What on earth are you talking about? Starc has performed extremely well again and again in numerous grounds around the world, esp. in short formats. In fact I have seen him run through so many sides it is almost predictable, and he has been doing it for two years - and he's just tuned 23! I think you are confusing one Mitch with another.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Not surprised, they even lost to minnows Bangladesh in a 5 match series.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@whofriggincares Congratulations on one day, finding a sence of humour. Being a fan of australia, i would have thought you needed one.

BTW scared of "Patto, Sidds , Birdy, Mitch"?. I guess thats your attempt at humour. You havent won a test series in England for nearly 15 years & got whitewashed in a ODI series last year. Your not in a position to be making any predictions, are you?

Posted by hyclass on (February 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Well done @Meety...a pleasure always to see intelligent perspective and humour exhibited...@Fleming_Dean or whichever of the at least dozen hyphenated profiles you use, it's more probable that you have Khawaja posters instead of paint in your house, but the information's still there. Feel free to investigate. Khawaja was dropped behind on 0 from a spinner. There might be one or two of those in INDIA- Over 4-ball 6. This was in a real List A game on a real pitch-not a festival feather bed match against a team stepping off the plane in which Khawaja was outplayed by Dean-a no-name club player. Fascinating to see that Invers was persona non-grata to you when he suggested Khawaja couldnt field or run which Khawaja recently underscored by running himself out in the ODI and dropping a catch in the festival match. Of course, Invers also thinks Doherty is a better choice than O'Keefe and Maxwell can bowl to the Indians. Khawaja is 10th in Shield ave, 12th in BBL ave & 10th in List A ave.

Posted by trumpoz on (February 1, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Maxwell has the potential to be a fantastic test player. You cannot play shots like that without a great eye, they were phenomimal. If Maxwell can control himself in the manner Warner has started to learn to do then I think he has the eye and technique to be very successful. That lofted cover drive where he stayed still and played a proper cricket shot was stunning. If he cannot learn to control himself he will only ever be a slogger with a good eye. Nothing more IMO.

Here's hoping that Sunday's game is more of a contest.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

@Greek Master, so your complaining about the pitch? How bad could it be if Australia were 1/71 in not even 10 overs? Australia bowled well. Why do people find it hard to credit the Aussies? Even the featured comment is playing down Aus, and praising SL! Last I checked SL didn't play. I guess it's fashionable to bag out Australia.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 1, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Starc destroys their batting lineup, Maxwell, Finch and Khawaja chase it down easily, well done guys, now lets get them on Sunday. @FlemingDean some guys will always want the worse for certain players, you can't do anything about that. We smashed them today yet some folks are still negative and will try to look for negatives where they can.

Posted by VinodGupte on (February 1, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

granted it was WACA, but starc and pattinson can make India's life difficult when they tour. harbhajan singh, take notice.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 1, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

@ kanhairuns, I'd say Australia finished pretty strong today...

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (February 1, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Sarwan's return to international cricket has been a poor one. It was pitched right up to the bat and around the off-stump.Dwayne Bravo's stay at the crease is even a shorter one than Sarwan. This was a difficult track alright but Mitchell Starc made it look like it was the WACA from the late 1980s. Basically he did to West Indies what the likes of Curtly and Courtney had done to Australia those days.

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (February 1, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@The_Greek_Master, the wicket was not unplayable the bowling, by Starc, was. Given Australia's history against the WI at the WACA scheduling two out of five matches there should be seen as an advantage to WI. The most entertaining team in world cricket? Surely, yours is a case of sour grapes.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 1, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

@surajdon- assuming you are a Sri Lankan like myself,why are you talking history?this match is an ODI and has NOTHING to do with our loss in the world T20.. Don't act like the many trolls on here and discredit our country... @kanhairuns- please don't think we are all like the above... Back to the match:didn't see it so only commenting based on reports but looks like a superb spell of bowling from Starc...well played Aus and bad luckW.I...strange decision to bat first...

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 1, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Wow, this was shorter than a T20, maybe they shud have played one to cater to the audience who would have hardly started. I bet a few hundred came in too late. Haven't seen this match but it looks MS got some vicious movement/bounce to destroy WI.

Btw, Finch's dismissal shows yet another flaw in a DRS component. I wonder what the pro-DRS ppl will say to it - another excuse may be.

@SamRoy: Glad you talked about it. I don't know who the other guy is but Healy/Taylor make one of the most pro-Aus talkers on mic. It is true no one can be completely unbiased but these two don't even make an effort to overcome that tendency and in fact shamelessly allow it to come out and alter their line of thought (if it was neutral ever). I remember when Clarke was made captain after Ricky (or maybe Ricky was hurt and Clarke filled in) and Aus were playing a T20 or ODI, I was aghast to see just how these 2 kept saying Brilliant Captaincy/Tactics by Clarke when it was mundane actually. Hyping up I guess.

Posted by KhanMitch on (February 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Great win boys and well done Starc. @PFEL i think Maxwell's batting is suited to the shorter format but he won't survive in tests with his techniqu. @Albert Dominique commentators are biased towards Maxwell but i guess he is a bit like Afridi will succeed 1 out of 10 times and we will love it when he does. Brashaw needs to be removed from the commentating, BigMaxywalker and Rooboy are correct on this. And i like Finch but what was he making a fuss about he clearly knicked that ball and the snicko showed it.@Hyclass lets get behind our young players, Khawaja got a 70 in the PMs game and yes that was a good pitch but Inevarity said he is very impressed with his batting and that's why he is in the Indian tour. His best scores this year have come on green tracks in Gabba and Hobart but i guess you will always want our young guys to fail. Do you wake up every morning hoping Khawaja will fail.

Posted by Big-Dog on (February 1, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

How disappointing for all cricket fans. As much as i like to see Aust win, i was at least looking forward to a contest. Great effort by Starc on a helpfull wicket. McKay bowled well & Faulkner once again proved that he is a better choice than Henriques. Kahwaja failed to live up to the hype & was lucky not to get a duck but he will have another chance, no doubt.

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

@hyclass on (February 01 2013, 07:19 AM GMT) - it was the best 8 ever!

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 1, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

@roobooy Brashaw's commentating is terrible, anytime Maxwell touches the ball he gets super excited. Great win by the boys, Starc looked a million bucks today and the other bowlers backed him up really well. Looking forward to Sunday

Posted by johntycodes on (February 1, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

See australia you can take a chance and smash at the start of an innings just like gilchrist did. Instead of just blocking and waiting to get an edge take the bowling on. Hopefully a few blokes have taken not that this is how ODI cricket should be approached.

Posted by The_Greek_Master on (February 1, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

West indies given one warm up match on a batsman friendly canberra pitch.... No where near enough preparation for two odi at the most extreme bouncing pitch on earth... The wacca. I understand that the cricket calendar is congested nowadays, but cricket Australia has obviously scheduled the series to give their team a 2 nil lead going into the third odi at Canberra. Why else would they play not one, but two matches of a five match series at the wacca. Yes they have won the game because of it, game over at 5.15pm aest, just in time for people returning from work to watch the game. All those viewer have been lost. All those tv advertising dollars lost. But the first odi won. Great victory. What's the point of getting the most entertaining team in world cricket to tour, and then scheduling them on unplayable pitches. If Kerry Packer were alive this would never happen.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (February 1, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

After one warm up game on a batting wicket in Canberra it seems very odd to bat first at the WACA of all places. Presumably the pitch will have calmed by Sunday & we will get a proper game. Live in London & I can always tell when Australia have done well as the scores are not felt worthy of the BBC sports bulletins ... funnily enough Aust being out for 74 was considered more newsworthy.

Posted by hyclass on (February 1, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

If I was Khawaja, I'd go and buy a lottery ticket. Dropped fourth ball by keeper Thomas off Narine on 0. Maybe his luck's changing. Will be interesting to see where the series goes from here. With its sharp pace and bounce being the complete opposite of the Canberra feather bed for the PM's XI, Perth is and always was an interesting playground for visiting sides to get first up. Fortunately, one game does not a summer make.Well done Australia. The job still needed to be done.

Posted by PFEL on (February 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Maxwell honestly looked terrible. He played some amazing shots and i was loving it but he really needs a decent coach in his ear. Why on earth he is moving around the crease EVERY BALL to the quicks i have no idea . . . he'd hit the ball a lot more and make more runs if he just stayed still at the crease. And what did Henriques do wrong?

Posted by Chris_P on (February 1, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

A match to forget for the Windies/ They'll be back, but it isn't a good way to kick off a series.

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (February 1, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

When the conditions are right, and they were, the WACA has always been a good place for lefties to bowl. Nonetheless, Starc's bowling was exceptional. His line, length and pace were awesome. The swing was late. His rhythm looked good. To all the people bashing the modern cricketer, remember, sides in the past have been bowled out cheaply. I would hazard to guess that the spell bowled by Starc could have troubled any batting line up, past or present, with similar result - or better.

Posted by kanhairuns on (February 1, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@Surajdon9: Why the hate mate??!! So many of you here are hating on the WI because of this poor showing. Didn't Aussie got bowled out my SL for a similar score a few weeks ago? How about NZ getting the same treatment in SA? It can happen to any team at any time when the bowling is as good as it was tonight. Hats off to Starc and the rest of the Aussie bowlers. But it is just one game, we still have 4 more to go and we will see who comes out on top at the end!! It not how you start but how you finish!! Want goes around comes around mate!!

Posted by Sanga2014 on (February 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Against Aus Kulasekara - 5 wickets Malinga- 3 wickets Against WI Starc - 5 wickets Mckay - 3 wickets

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 1, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

ooh WI what you have done?You have given hope to these worse Aus Bowlers. Still not in mood to play cricket?Dont worry destroy them in the second.Else plz quit.

Posted by shelts7 on (February 1, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

Well Starc just took a great fivefa so we better drop him for Sundays game so he doesn't hurt himself. Rotation system is a joke ,if it's not broke don't fix it. Warnie for PM!!

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy thoughtful and insightful as usual, why does someone who has no idea about cricket post so often. Ohhhhhh it was meant to be funny.JOCULARITY. Anyway he is smart enough to be scared of bowling like he has seen today. Starc 23 and improving all the time. With Patto, Sidds , Birdy, Mitch what a great attack for english conditions. Cant wait. Oh and Maxy gave us a glimpse of what he is capable of. Yeah I know no pressure on him blah blah blah. Cant wait to hear@ FFL find something negative that makes sense about this game. Have a feeling both of these prolific negative posters will be hiding later this year.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Guys don't bag Sammy now. The guy lead the Windies to the t20 world cup not too long ago! The team as a whole played quite poorly so don't just blame the captain alone. I feel they need Chris Gayle in form as soon as possible otherwise this could become a long tour for the Windies (even if they get bowled out so early every time)

Posted by Klgn on (February 1, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

It can be better for Australia to invite and play cricket with teams like Zimbabwe or Scotland rather than playing with low quality cricket of West Indies!!!

Posted by ARJa on (February 1, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Well that was pathetic from the west indies. What else to say. 5-0 Australia.

Posted by dan1234 on (February 1, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

Well there goes my plans to finish work early and watch cricket for the afternoon :(

Posted by Sanga2014 on (February 1, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

WI was very lucky to win T20 world cup He..... He....

Posted by jacobs_the_man on (February 1, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Just got home to see this score.Being a NZ supporter i know how the windies feel.Aussie aren't that good,shame on you west indies.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (February 1, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

This just shows the state of batting in world cricket today. As soon as the rule or condition slightly favors the bowlers, batsmen become clueless. This is the result of years of flat pitches, 600 plays 600...the result of the proliferation of T20...the result of overpaid, overhyped, lazy T20s mercenaries!

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Maxwell bats like Steve Smith after a dozen Red Bulls. Great bowling by Starc and co. who was the fool who wrote in the comments here that Starc wasn't in Australia's best group of short format bowlers a couple of games back? This guy is seriously good. Notice he's upped his speed to the mid to high 140s now. Someone has told him to bend his back more.

Posted by Rooboy on (February 1, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Ouch! Maxwell top scorer for the match after five balls. There go my plans for a night of cricket watching. @Big_Maxy_Walker - doesn't matter whether it's Maxwell or anyone else batting, Brayshaw is 'unlistenable', a truly terrible commentator.

Posted by British_North_America on (February 1, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

And people criticize Bangladesh and Australia did not invite them in last 10 years.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Ha ha ha Shameful Overrated T20 Bullies Get the treatment.Come on Aussies make it 5-0 come on.What a bowling by Starc and McKay...Ha ha ha ha What a shame on T20 Bullies Gayle, Bravo ,Pollard etc...

Posted by Klgn on (February 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

StarC great Spell, what a bowler he is!! Giving more than 100% On the other hand, big team which under performed should get penalties. People stop watching cricket because of one sided/non-excited cricket. Odi-rules have been changed still we can see this poor show of cricket!! Same o Same West Indies!!!

Posted by disco_bob on (February 1, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Khawaja can only score 8, so I guess he'll be rotated out for the rest of the tour?

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Maxwell comes in a swipes at every ball and the commentators make him sound like the next Garfield Sobers. Take it down a notch guys.

Posted by Klgn on (February 1, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Do you think Darren Sammy is a Test Player?? I don't think so. He is playing Test!! as a Captain!!! Better to appoint Chris Gayle or Pollard as a captain!!!

Posted by disco_bob on (February 1, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Halfway there in 3 overs! Crikey, that's gotta hurt.

Posted by Klgn on (February 1, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

West Indies always inconstant from last decade!! No matter what's the reason. Also why Sammy is appointed as a captain for a such a long time!! What the legends of west indies doing? I think they dont care now, as they are not the part of the team!! We can put WI, Pak, NZ in a same level of category!!!

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (February 1, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

aww no brayshaw commentating with maxwell batting, i dont know if i can take it

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (February 1, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Its a great chance for AUS bowlers and batsmen to improve their averages.

Posted by crh8971 on (February 1, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

@Mitty2 - yep, Duke ball, English conditions and a batting line up heavy with right handers. If Starc can replicate that line and length consistently in England he will get a bag of wickets. Johnson bowled well without luck as well.

Posted by x-sl-boy on (February 1, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Aussies were no better than WI couple of weeks before...

Posted by rayinto on (February 1, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Where is Chanders when you need him?

Posted by Master_Mihil on (February 1, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Bowlers..bowlers.. aussies never run out of bowlers..and Starc is just 23..legend in the making..

Posted by SamNY2013 on (February 1, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Hey thats like our clubs score from last season.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 1, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

Mitchell starc. Keep him out of India and unleash him against England.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

Bad choice, Sammy putting the boys into bat first.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 1, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

WI 27/5 atm. I reckon get 10 or 15 more runs & declare.

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