Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Perth February 3, 2013

Bailey and Starc set up Australia win


Australia 7 for 266 (Bailey 125*, Sammy 3-48) beat West Indies 212 (Powell 83, Starc 5-32, Maxwell 4-63) by 54 runs
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On Friday, West Indies batted first and were bowled out at the WACA for 70. Two days later, Australia were sent in at the same ground and were 6 for 98. Another short day's play loomed. But George Bailey's maiden international century changed all of that and drove Australia to a scarcely believable 7 for 266 - after the match he said he had considered anything more than 200 a bonus - and Mitchell Starc's second consecutive five-wicket haul confirmed Australia's 54-run victory.

The Perth fans who returned after seeing only 33.1 overs in the first match were certainly rewarded for their dedication. Not only did they see Bailey's remarkable unbeaten 125, they were also treated to some dazzling fielding from West Indies and some powerful striking in their unsuccessful chase. Kieran Powell and Dwayne Bravo struck two sixes each as they kept West Indies in the contest, but just as entertaining were the four sixes Sunil Narine took off the first four balls of a Glenn Maxwell over late in the game.

Maxwell had his revenge later in the over when Narine was stumped for 24 off six balls. If he hadn't already found out during the day, Maxwell would also have been greeted when he left the field by the news that he had sold for a $1 million price tag in the IPL auction that unfolded while the Australians were playing. It was quite a way to cap off a match in which he took 4 for 63, his first wickets at ODI level. Among them were Bravo, caught behind for 45, and the dangerous Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy cheaply.

When the final wicket fell, Jason Holder run out in the 39th over, West Indies had reached 212, still well short of their goal. The damage had mostly been done at the top of the order by Starc, who found plenty of swing in his first spell and pitched the ball full and straight. Chris Gayle (4) was the first to fall, missing a ball that slanted in towards the off stump, and continued his poor run of form.

In the same over, Starc's first of the innings, Ramnaresh Sarwan was also trapped lbw to a delivery that pitched in line and swung back in to the right-hander. Sarwan did not manage to get his bat anywhere near the ball and his second-ball duck meant he would leave Perth yet to get off the mark in the series, having also scored a duck in the first ODI on Friday. Darren Bravo (14) was Starc's third lbw and his dismissal left West Indies wobbling at 3 for 33.

But Dwayne Bravo and Powell led the recovery with a 126-run partnership that put West Indies firmly back in the contest. Powell was especially impressive, striking ten fours and a pair of sixes before he was lbw to Starc for 83, the victim of a successful Australian review. It was one of two reviews that went against West Indies in the chase, and by far the less controversial of the two. How the third umpire Asad Rauf came to overturn Nigel Llong's not-out decision against Devon Thomas was a mystery.

Starc dug the ball in short and Thomas, facing his first ball of the innings, thrust his hands up to fend and the ball fizzed through to Matthew Wade. Despite replays showing no Hot Spot mark, no definite vision of the ball hitting the gloves, and no clear sound as the ball went past, the decision was overturned and Thomas was gone for a golden duck. It was a baffling moment and one that took a little of the gloss of what was otherwise an excellent performance from the Australians.

It wasn't looking so good earlier in the day at 6 for 98. At the halfway point of the innings, Bailey was already the last recognised batsman and Australia needed something special from him to deliver them a competitive total, but even so his unbeaten 125 from 110 balls was greater than anything they could have hoped for at that stage.

The top-order collapse came largely through poor shot selection and brilliant West Indian fielding as the competition for catch of the day intensified seemingly with each wicket. The Australian recovery then arrived via a 100-run seventh-wicket partnership between Bailey and his fellow Launcestonian James Faulkner, who made 39, and then an unbeaten 68-run eighth-wicket stand between Bailey and Mitchell Johnson, who finished on 16.

Much of the damage came in the final five overs as the Australians added 64 runs, including 25 during a disastrous 50th over for West Indies bowled by Dwayne Bravo. In the 49th over, Bailey brought up his hundred by slogging a Kemar Roach full toss for six over midwicket and he followed with three more sixes from Bravo, over long-on and cover, as the bowler was unable to find the yorker length required.

It was a perfect example of how to build an innings in difficult circumstances as Bailey began slowly and worked his way into a rhythm, constructing the partnerships Australia needed to get themselves back in the game. His half-century had come from 69 balls and by the end of his innings, he had accumulated so many runs that, since his debut in March last year, only Ian Bell had scored more ODI runs than Bailey's 720.

Initially, he had outstanding support from Faulkner, who was playing his first innings at international level. He scored a valuable 39 from 67 balls, occupying time and ticking the scoreboard over after the top order was unable to do the job. Faulkner had come to the crease after Maxwell was bowled for a golden duck by Sammy, following quickly from the loss of Matthew Wade for 16.

Australia's problems began when the opener Usman Khawaja, on 3, flicked Roach off his pads and was brilliantly caught by Powell, who hurled himself to his right from forward square leg and managed to make the ball stick. Khawaja's opening partner Aaron Finch (11) fell to an even better take when his searing cut off Holder was snapped up at cover point by Darren Bravo, who plucked the ball one-handed above his head.

Phillip Hughes (21) pulled Sammy to Darren Bravo at midwicket and Michael Clarke was bowled by a Dwayne Bravo yorker for 16, but then came the best catch of the lot. Wade went for a cut off Narine and his edge fizzed high and fast and Sammy displayed quite remarkable reflexes to thrust his hand above his head and grab the ball, which looked destined for the boundary.

But that turned out to be the high point of the day for West Indies. For Bailey, Starc and the rest of the Australians, a much happier few hours were about to unfold.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    It seems. Like Sarwan is the worst batsman that ever play for the WI. Sarwan was captaining WI in SA when he got injured. Gale took over from him an won the next test match. Gale became captain after that what happen with WI team under Gale.Sarwan never had a long enough change to show his leader ship skill for the WI. Since Sarwan was includ in the WI the Caribbean ppl talking up.But I must say Sarwan an Chandrapaul r the most consistence batsman in the WI team. So as a Guyanese I am proud of these two guys.

  • Andrew on February 5, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    @Jo Lanford - LOL! Where am I wrong? I specifically said your 33 innings spread included his 150. "...Over a similar period Hughes had an average of 25.3 and they dropped him!!!" If YOU knew anything about Oz cricket history, you would of realised that Clarke had a batting average in the high 40s prior to his slump, post slump he was still around 46, he was still one of the 3 best performing Oz batsmen to the date in Test cricket. Hughes's career to date ave had dropped below 30 - there is obviously no comparison - Clarke had credits, Hughes none. That is pretty simple & obvious to anyone with a normal handle on selection process. The slectors backed Clarke to come good - guess what? - He DID! Pretty obvious you are the one having the pointless rant!

  • Graham on February 4, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    simonvillier : Do you realise Hawekye is predictive path of the ball not a definitive path. How can you give something out that may hit the edge of the stumps. The umpires are only instructed to give players out if they are sure the ball is going to hit the stumps. How can you be sure from Haweye glancing the stumps that the ball was indeed hitting the stumps?

  • David on February 4, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    @simonviller, I am not sure if you have got it yet. When Hawkeye suggests that the ball may be partially hitting the stumps it can be wrong. The Bailey not out decision is a case in point. Any reasonable judge, the onfield umpire included, would have seen enough swing and seam to carry the ball past leg stump. Somehow hawkeye predicted that a small proportion of the ball may have hit leg stump. Would you give someone out based on that. With hawkeye, the ball hitting the stumps does not mean that the ball would definiteley hit the stumps. It is a tool to assist decisions..

  • charlie on February 4, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I think that the DRS system needs to be revamped to be more definitive . In the case of LBW decisions , the ball hitting the stumps should just be that and nothing more . This thing about what portion of the ball contacting what part of the wicket should not matter in my opinion . You are either obstructing the wicket ,or your'e not . I think This would help to eliminate any errors ,or negative intentions ,if they are such .

  • Robin on February 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Despite the disappointment of losing again, at least the boyz were alot more competitive this time round. The form of our two most senior batsmen Gayle and Sarwan is a worry, but the continuing progress of Kieran Powell is encouraging for the future and watching Dwayne Bravo striking the ball so well was also pleasing. Pollard and Sammy are still in T20 mode, looking to hit a six at least once-an-over, when they could've batted the innings, by rotating the strike and waiting for the loose-ball. As others have mentioned the DRS on Devon Thomas was a farce, on what evidence they can overturn that, is beyond me. Is there any point in having it, if you're going to get hometown decisions like that in your favour?...For Oz, the future of having Starc, Pattinson and Cummins is exciting, but it will be tough for their batters to replace Ponting and Hussey. Has George Bailey or Glen Maxwell played a test match yet?

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 .... when did I say drop him?? Every team that I have posted has Clarke in it at No5. I am simply showing at the start of this thread that Clarke got out playing the same shot to the same ball 3-times in a row.

    MJ Clarke's recent exceptional Australian batting form is exactly that ..... exceptional and recent and only in Australia. Many international cricket players would have been dropped for the form he showed prior to Jan 2012. Yes his batting average from Jan 2012-Jan 2013 is 98.5 but in the middle was a Tour of WI where he averaged 31.3 .... the same as he did for most of 2010-11.

    I hope that he does fire in India and I really do hope that he does a lot better than his last tour there, because without Mr. Cricket we could all be hoping for a lot of runs from the bowlers ...... AGAIN!!!

  • Graham on February 4, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Joseph Langford - Having checked the stats so thoroughly you would be aware he is averaging 100 in the last year. Are you saying we should drop him now, whilst he is in that sort of form? Its true players get away with talent without performance, Mcgrath was picked for Australia with less than 20 first class wickets, as was Warne, Gillespie really only had one shield season. There are many examples and its obvious that a bloke that can average 100 in a calendar year is a serious talent and was worth persevering through that lean patch. Greg Chappell scored 7 ducks in a row whilst captain, so there are more examples of persevering with players other than Clarke. You say England will be ready for him, due to his weakness - during looking at the stats did you notice he averaged well above 50 in the last Ashes series in England? Why couldnt England work him out then.

  • Patrick on February 4, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    What exactly is your point @Joseph Langford, yes batsmen score above and below their average, it's true of the good, great and not so great, are you pressing for Std Dev as a batting stat?

  • kieran on February 4, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, for all your bleating Clarke has career averages of 52 & 44 for tests and ODIs respectively (69 & 47 as captain). I'm with Meety, very glad you're not a selector. You know the old saying about form & class...