Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra

Australia seal series after Watson century

The Report by Daniel Brettig

February 6, 2013

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Australia 7 for 329 (Watson 122, Hughes 86) beat West Indies 290 (Darren Bravo 86, Dwayne Bravo 51, Faulkner 4-48) by 39 runs
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Shane Watson is congratulated by Phillip Hughes, Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra, February 6, 2012
Shane Watson and Phillip Hughes prospered, though in contrasting styles © Getty Images
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A Shane Watson century, an Australian victory. In the minds of the coach Mickey Arthur and the captain Michael Clarke, such a scenario should occur far more often, and Watson could scarcely have made a better start to life as a non-bowling batsman with a fluent innings to set the platform for a total that proved beyond West Indies in the third ODI at a resplendent Manuka Oval.

The 39-run victory sealed the series for the hosts, but they were as satisfied by the fact that minus the distraction of allround duties Watson was able to sail to three figures on an amiable pitch. His free-scoring was followed up by a contrasting innings from Phillip Hughes, scratchy early but sublime later, while George Bailey clattered 44 from a mere 22 balls before leaving the field with a tight hamstring in the evening.

Kieron Pollard had leapt outrageously to catch Glenn Maxwell, and the visiting batsmen were set a similarly high mark to win. Their pursuit threatened to amount to something when Darren and Dwayne Bravo joined forces in an attractive stand, but Mitchell Starc broke their union just when Clarke's brow was beginning to furrow, having brought himself on to bowl after leaving out the specialist spin of Xavier Doherty.

Chris Gayle batted down the order due to a side strain suffered in the field, and was to be the first of four victims for James Faulkner, who reprised his strong showing against the tourists on this ground for the Prime Minister's XI to round up the remainder of the innings.

Smart stats

  • Australia's score of 329 is their third-highest ODI total against West Indies, and their seventh 300-plus score against them. Australia have won each of these seven matches.
  • The match aggregate of 619 is the second-highest in ODIs between these two teams.
  • Shane Watson's 122 is his second ODI century against West Indies, his seventh in ODIs, and his sixth as opener. In 73 innings as opener, Watson has averaged 48.26 at a strike rate of 92.74.
  • Australia's top three batsmen added 246 runs, which is their highest in an ODI against West Indies.
  • Darren Bravo's 86 equals his highest ODI score - he had also scored 86 against India in Kingston in 2011. It's his eighth half-century in 45 ODI innings, but his sixth in a defeat.
  • West Indies' total of 290 is their second-best against Australia in Australia, and their fourth-best against any side in that country.
  • West Indies haven't won a single international match against Australia in Australia since 2000, losing 27 out of 30 international matches (15 defeats in ODIs, ten in Tests and two in Twenty20 internationals). One Test was drawn, and two ODIs were rained out.

Seeking a record chase for their region, Devon Thomas and Kieran Powell were conservative to begin with but played some handsome strokes to reach 50 inside nine overs, Starc not gaining much swing and becoming a far more hittable bowler as a result. However Thomas' stay was ended when he miscued Clint McKay.

Powell threatened a more lasting stay before he too failed to find the middle of the bat, top edging a sweep at Glenn Maxwell that was held in agile fashion by Matthew Wade, running around from behind the stumps. The Bravo brothers were soon looking comfortable however, and Clarke looked short of options on a slow surface as Maxwell's overs dried up and the visitors engineered a realistic Twenty20 scenario.

Starc's strike was critical, coaxing Dwayne Bravo to play down the wrong line the ball after a wide, and following a drinks break Faulkner disturbed the stumps of Gayle and Darren Bravo with deliveries moving first from the off, then from the leg. Faulkner's send-off for Gayle drew a word from the umpires, and there was to be little need for histrionics as the innings petered out.

Manuka's turf had provided Watson with a chance to play himself into form at the top of the Australian batting order ahead of the Test tour of India, and he was soon in firm touch, punching down the ground and through cover with comfort and also cutting profitably. While the pitch and the opposition were not of the kinds to be faced on the subcontinent, Watson's clarity suggested he may not be seeking a return to the international bowling crease any time soon.

Aaron Finch was similarly crisp, flicking neatly to the midwicket fence more than once, and the runs arrived at pace without either batsman taking many risks. Having made a halting start to his ODI career, Finch looked capable of a major score, but soon after Watson passed 50 he gave his innings away with a dainty dab from Sammy into the gloves of Thomas standing up to the stumps.

The wicket brought a downturn in the run-rate - despite a duo of Darren Sammy no-balls, the first of which was called rather harshly by the umpire Asad Rauf - as Hughes battled to settle in. A little circumspect as he neared his century, Watson reached it confidently then accelerated, swinging lustily for a pair of sixes before he was pouched at deep backward square leg.

Hughes' innings grew steadily in fluency and speed, mirroring Bailey's Perth effort in terms of the skill of building a score from a shaky base. Clarke fell cheaply, but it was a surprise when Hughes edged Sunil Narine behind short of a century, the catch completed by Thomas via thigh as well as glove after the wicketkeeper had earlier been struck a painful blow on the thumb.

Bailey's late hitting ensured the total would go comfortably past 300, and ultimately the West Indies would leave Manuka with only Pollard's catch to console them.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 135 35 4 59/0 49/1 (30-34) 89/5 2/3
West Indies 147 30 3 55/1 39/2 (36-40) 56/5 (47.3) 1/6

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 7, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Ah, he (Watson) aint bowling now you see. A pretend "Jack-of-all-trades" but in reality "only-fit-enough-to-be-master-of-one-at-the-most-at-any-given-time" will be found out sooner rather than later. Good knock Watto.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 7, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

pappu_bhai ; Australia has not lost any of the last 3 series, two in Australia and one in Sri Lanka against sri Lanka. Australia are 2-0. So how does Sri Lanka have the advantage?

Posted by valleypf on (February 7, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Pappu_bhai Since 2003 Australia has played 42 ODI's against India. They have won 25 and lost 12 of them. You were saying?????

Posted by Marko12 on (February 7, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Thisara Pathiraja - Sri Lanka won two T20 games, drew the ODI series and were beaten 3-0 in the test series. In any case, I was much happier playing the West Indies, I have a lot of respect for Darren Sammy as a captain - he doesn't seem to whine everytime something doesn't go his way, he just gets on with the job and he has some great top/middle order batsmen and strike bowlers at his disposal, if they're given the time to develop.

Posted by oneupnowuv on (February 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

4 players bravo,russel,pollard and sammy of similar abilities but no clear cut match winning talent is a bit of luxury in an odi team.somebody has to raise their game or be dropped.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 7, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Pad Marlay@ You are right.Even you can lead this WI team.

Posted by PadMarley on (February 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

There is one thing about current WI team. They are absolutely awesome in being or trying to be cool. All dancing... acting cool... bla bla bla. Doing perfectly better than their legends in 80s and 90s. However the pathetic reality is that when it comes to being at least marginally close to the great legends in their performance... they are no where near! T20 world cup was not a victory, it was a mistake by the Sri Lankans!! Even Bangladeshis proved that it was a mistake..WI better put more attention on consistent performances!!

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

It is time for the WI to permanently dump Sarwan; he has nothing left and is totally incapable of resuscitating his career. It is time for him to give way to a younger, more deserving batsman.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 7, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

I have always told Australia is better oneday team than England who is good for nothing in Onedays.But in test its reverse.But Aus cant win against certain teams like Pak,SL etc.Not even fight.They get feared agianst spin.Smilarly in the case of SL.They get demolished by India everytime.SAF is a good team but can lose to any team on any day.India is also good but against Aus and SAF we struggle.Pak has the talent but they will not use it due to internal fights.For me the next WC will be unlike the 2011 WC where India was clear favourites.In the next WC we will have a tie among AUS,SL,IND.Here is the game-->AUS Have advantage over India,India over SL and SL over AUS.But the luck factor for these teams will be decided by PAK and SAF who can win against all these teams at any time.But for Pak they are lazy and SAF they dont have the "LUCK" Factor.Lets wait whether other teams can join these teams in the top by un earthing new stars in the next couple of years.

Posted by dunger.bob on (February 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

Another quality game from these two sides. WI/Oz games are nearly always entertaining and this was no exception. WI have the makings of a decent and dangerous batting side, particularly Powell and the Bravo boys. I reckon they just need to get a bit more out their bowlers and they can be very competitive in most conditions. I don't mean runs from the bowlers, though that's always a bonus, I'm talking about wickets. Holder looks a likely lad to me for that ... there are 3 Aussies who have impressed me mightily this summer. Bailey: for his mature, thoughtful and highly effective batting. Starc: for the steep learning curve he seem's to be on. It seems that he keeps getting better with every game he plays. Faulkner: Sensational use of the slower ball and other variations. He can bat too. Most impressed so far with him, with or without the expletives.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

Sri Lanka beat then so easily, I feel very sad about WI

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

@ Mitty2 A better indicator of Watson's form is his average since the 2010/11 Tour by England .... only 26.4. Let's see haw he fairs in India before we worry about The Ashes Tour.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (February 7, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

While it was a good innings from Watson, it's important to put it in context - the pitch was batsmen friendly and the West Indies only played two specialist bowlers.

Posted by NP73 on (February 7, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

'Phillip Hughes, scratchy early but sublime later' ?? Really?? Sublime! Was Ii watching the same event?

I think Hughes is a considerable talent, but to classify the end of his innings as 'sublime' is close to the greatest overstatement I can recall in decades of reading cricket articles.

At their best, players like Lara, Tendulkar, Gilchrist and others of that ilk might genuinely attract the tag' 'sublime'. When their performance left you with the feeling you had seen something extraordinary.

Hughes, after scatching around quite inadequately for the first half of his innings, and looking three classes below Watson on the same wicket; started to hit a few in the middle at the end, and displayed some of the special eye-hand talent he has. To describe this a sublime leaves me gobsmacked.

Does anyone else see it this way, or am I in a different space?

Posted by MeijiMura on (February 7, 2013, 0:23 GMT)

What a disaster this is for Cricket Australia. Not just one dead rubber, but two and at the venues that attract the biggest crowds and the highest revenues. The SCG and MCG, the latter in particular, will be lucky to be a quarter full for the last two ODIs. As for the West Indies I agree with creekeetman. Why was Sarwan picked for the ODIs? He is not a one-day cricketer and after keeping him out of the side for so long the only format he should have been recalled for, if at all, should have been Test Cricket. As for Chris Gayle, he is one more appalling series away from the end of his international career in all forms of the game. He was woeful against Bangladesh, and he has been woeful again in this series. As for Darren Bravo saying the West Indians should be proud after losing yet again I have this to say: 'Beware the lollipop of mediocrity. One lick and you'll suck forever'. The West Indies don't deserve to be touring. Australia shouldn't get carried away. Real competition awaits.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 6, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

He should play like this in this year Ashes also & i hope he will . . but jimmy knows he couldn't play in swing . . he should worked for a back-foot square-leg mid-wicket glance.......

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 6, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

my advice for starc is he should watch mohammad Aamir bowling videos from 2010 pakistan tour to England . . cauz @ this tour Aamir made a life difficult for England top order so these clips is help full for Starc . . & I hope james pat & pat Cummins will get swing in english conditions also..

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (February 6, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

For all those people willing to write off Watto's test bowling you only need to look at the test against SA in which Australia were bowled out for 47. In SA's first inning, the introduction of Watto precipitated a SA collapse in which they lost their last 9 wickets for 47. There are certain wickets where his bowling is unplayable. It is different to the other pace bowlers and adds to the depth of the attack. I, for one, wish he could both bowl and bat, even if only 5 or 6 overs. I can imagine his bowling doing quite well during ths years Brisbane ODI debacle.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (February 6, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

Lewis i like your suggestions and would also have Watto opening and Khawaja at 4. Mitty i can also see merit in your team but may lean towards the one suggested by c2vzn. Hughes and watto were all class and it was also great to see Taylor and Healey mention how Khawaja's confidence has been butchered in the ODIs by the selectos, dropped after his debut game and then gets a not out and low Score in a bowler friendly Perth track, only good thing is that he goes to India tmrw, but boy he would love to bat on the track yesterday. And it has to be said again that was a very impressive innings by Watson. He's such a good player when he stands straight and drives through the ball. Although has also milked plenty behind point as well. Just makes it all the more mystifying why he can't do this consistently in test cricket but perhaps as opener he will.

Posted by MrKricket on (February 6, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

Pity about Bailey's injury. Would like to see more of him in this series. Commentators were going on about bringing in Maxwell ahead of him in the game but the Big Show was a no-show and Bailey showed them how to bat in that situation. I thought he was a flash in the pan when they brought him in as T20 captain but now I think he is maturing and he may well prove us all wrong.

Posted by ozziespirit on (February 6, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Great innings by watto today, he's looking good and strong. warner and watson to open in the Ashes, we need to ditch cowan.

Posted by No_1_again on (February 6, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Herath-UK on (February 6, 2013, 17:29 GMT) You must be talking about the 3-0 thrash in tests.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 6, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

@front-foot-lunge I'm sorry but the only fair comparison would be between cool and Warner or cook and Clarke (captains), as Warner and him are both the most talented openers in their respective team, it's like me comparing Clarke and bell, as bell is not your best player an has never scored well against in form or good bowling attacks, whereas Clarke has done both.

A fair comparison would be between Compton and cowan and frankly, Compton's four tests have been individually, mediocre, averging 34 with a miserly strike rate against a miserly attack. but have attributed to good opening stands with cook, much like Cowan with Warner, albeit our pair has a higher opening stand average.

Oh and your comment on Watson is hilarious, he averaged almost 50 in the last ashes series, much like your comments on us australians having nightmares facing the only-bowls-well-against-"minnows" in Stuart broad and the supposed "biggest turner of the ball" in swann. Both averaged 80 and 40 respectively.

Posted by ilyas on (February 6, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

WI have not realised that the 50 over game has changed with two new balls and two bouncers an over. THis means sides with proper bowlers who try to get wickets are more likely to be successful than sides with part time bowlers. WI did not learn their lesson in BD that if you cannot put pressure on sides through getting wickets you will lose consistently in the 50 over game. They need to play Holder alongside Roach. Who to drop? Take your choice - Pollard who scores 1 good innings in 20, cant bowl and is just a fielder. Sarwan who is in dire form and also has a serious weakness against short bowling. To bring him back is unbelieveable as he was past it a couple of years ago. Gayle who if he was anyone else would have been dropped. Its no point him sccoring runs now the series is over. So bring in holder and any of the other batsmen and leave out Sarwan and Gayle if injured or Pollard or both. Personally I would never pick Pollard for anything but T20.

Posted by nafzak on (February 6, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Let me say what I have been saying since the last ODI WC. Gibson coaches his players to play ODis as if it's T/20. Pollard has never been a cricketer (per Mr. Holding) and can only score against mediocre bowlers. Now, sadly we are witnessing the last days of 2 of my favourite players, Gayle and Sarwan. They should both retire. That said, the Wi prepared for teh last ODI WC by playing T/20 and here again they played T/20 before this series. Poor preparation once again. Lastly, T/20 is messing with many players, especially batsmen. They pick up bad habits with poor shot selection and many do batting in T/20 and it carries over in ODIs and Test matches. WI should focus training on Tests and then ODI will fall into place. see previous comment at

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Great batting from Mr Watson, ably supported by Hughes and Bailey. 330 is literally an impossible chase, But let's not kid ourselves about the competition ..... West Indies just lost a series against Bangladesh. WI gave it a brave effort.

Questions must be raised about Gayle's form. Yes he can still bat but that's an average of 10.4 in the last 11 games.

Again questions must also be raised about the quality of Australian sportsmanship. I thought that Faulkner's bowling had been sensational .... then he did what he did. But this isn't the first time we have witnessed this type of arrogant, disgusting, belligerent, unnecessary behaviour from the Australia Cricket Team, and it appears to be condoned by both CA and our Cricket Captain as the perpetrators continue to be selected.

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 6, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Aussies should be in a better frame of mind now after the beating they got from Sri Lanka.WI look a depleted side with no fight. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by creekeetman on (February 6, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

what exactly is sarwans role? as for the keeper........

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Now, Faulkner, in the ever growing list of Oz fast bowlers! How many pace/swing bowlers Oz has to pick & choose from! Both Oz & Pak "pace bowling factories" seem to be competing with each other, as to which of them can bring out more 'output' and how fast! Fantastic!

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 6, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Oh West Indies, what did you do today?? Seriously your batting is better than what we saw today. It is pathetic that you all built partnerships in both the 2nd and 3rd ODIs but failed to sustain. Now iti is too late. From a disappointed fan of Sammy!

Posted by David_Bofinger on (February 6, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

It's amazing to me that Mitchell Starc can't be found a batting position higher than 10. Perhaps Australia should try to dominate the world by sheer force of all-rounders. Mitchell Johnson could help.

It would be a terrible shame if Shane Watson had to give up bowling.

Posted by sidzy on (February 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Many notable points- 1 Watson needs to open in india ahead of cowan. 2 Bailey needs to bat at 3 in T20 & send him to india. 3 Clarke is short of runs in last 5 matches & seems to be the 1st captian to quickly adapt to 4 men outside circle playing conditions.

Posted by Reuelsean on (February 6, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Dropping Holder was a big mistake, Russell should have come in for Sarwarn who has been struggling since the Caribbean regional T20. Darren and Dwayne batted beautifully, but Darren threw his hand away playing that horrible shot, he denied himself a hundred on his birthday. Pollard unfortunately got ran out today just when he was looking like he might get a score, but his catch to get rid of Maxwell was brilliant, hats off to polly. Powell played well, he has continued to impress me as i am sure he has others as well. Andre Russell tried his best with a Brisk 43 but in the end we needed a big knock from Gayle or Pollard as well. Really disappointed in the way the last two matches have gone, but thats life with WI cricket.

Posted by DanBurns on (February 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

I agree with VivGilchrist...Otis has done a good job however he treats One day games like T20. 10 batters and hope Narine picks up a lot of wickets. The Difference between the sides is simple....Australia has 4 specialists bowlers WI has 2. Ironic given that Otis is bowler. When will he learn that wickets win matches.

Posted by c3vzn on (February 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Khawaja 5. Clarke 6. Wade 7. Faulkner 8. Starc 9. Siddle 10. Pattinson/Bird 11. Lyon

There is your Aussie Test XI.

Posted by DanTas on (February 6, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

So Watson is now to give up bowling! The only other genuine allrounder of Test quality at the moment is Faulkner. Sure, it's fine to have bowlers who can bat a bit and batsmen who can bowl the occasional over. But this Faulkner is the real deal. Serious talent in both departments. Remains to be seen whether Maxwell develops.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (February 6, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

potatis he averages 30 so he does get out quite early, and if he does stay out there awhile he puts all sorts of pressure on his batting partner. with watson there at least theres someone who can hold his end up. by the way cowan is 30 or nearly there, any development that was gonna happen already has, thats as good as cowan gets

Posted by Heat11 on (February 6, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

what happened to Chris Gayle...he is continuosly failed from Bangla tour..

Posted by Potatis on (February 6, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

@Mitty2 Well said re Cowan. Those who don't select Cowan in their sides have short memories. Before he was picked Aus was losing opening batsmen very early in the innings most games. Although Cowan has got out early a couple of times to excellent deliveries and a horrible run out, he most often occupies the crease for a good length of time and does his job as an opener. I feel he needs to improve, and produce bigger scores more often. He should be persevered with. Hopefully the hundred against SA was a confidence building one and he can go on to become a great batsman.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 6, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

A powerful Watto is bad news for India, but gr8 news for Royals :)

Posted by MirajAhmmod on (February 6, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Good cricket, though it's 3-0 now, and it's somehow expected as this WI have been defeated recently in Bangladesh (3-2) -- alas! BD is not playing in Australia for a long since.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 6, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Watson surely the man of the match with 122 off 111 coming off a long lay off. He should be the test opener and i like the team put forward by Stephen with Watto as opener and Khawaja as 4. Hope the selectors get this right for the India tour. It was a brave effort by the Windies with the Bravo Bros. and Powell turning in great digs. Canberra has spoken they want international cricket. Well done to the nation's capital. Manuka has seen 1262 runs scored for the loss of 31 wickets off 197 overs in the last week, great stuff.

Posted by ODOM1 on (February 6, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Still proud of you W.I chasing such a total is not easy but i cant forgive you for not completing the overs, it could of been much closer or a win. Again it was merely a one man show for Australia. I suggest one change for W.I Johnson Charles for Sarwan. Stick with Gayle, it is a long dry patch but he will come good.

Posted by Baundele on (February 6, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Watson was a bowler in his early days; injury made him a batting all-rounder; and now the prolonged injury has turned him into a batsman. A big fan of the guy! West Indies are as pathetic as ever. They batted exceptionally well through the Bravo brothers; but successfully collapsed when it mattered.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@ boooowled, If I remember correct Watson put his hand up after Hayden retiered, now first couple of game he fail and every one said no he cant do this, I see History repeating it self only this time Watson looks Relaxed focused , and today showed his class Driving, cutting and flicking of his pads weather spin or fast bowling. Guess what when he plays for Australia he steps up in class, how many Man of Match has he won now???

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@ Mitty2, Please keep Cowan in, he really is the best man for the job.....Meanwhile, his opposite number, the world's best opener Mr Cook, is gearing up for another run-fest. Carry on.

Posted by Jay32 on (February 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Congrats Australia for winning the series! Great come back by Watson, a very well paced century.Hughes played his part along with Watson with a wonderfully crafted innings of 86. George Bailey once again provided finishing touches to propel the score to 329. All the Aussie bowlers chipped in with crucial wickets that saw Australia win the series 3-0 .Glen Maxwell bowled tight in a high scoring chase and is improving all the time with both bat and ball. James Faukner was the best Aussie bowler on the park today.Now that the series is decided, NSP should allow Ben Cutting to play the last two games in place of Johnson who also bowled well today.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 6, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Well Played Watto, it will be privilege to enjoy your game in India for next 3-4 months tests+IPL. I think CA should send Bailey to play in middle order instead of Henriques for India tests. Bailey looks like M. Huss and will really help Australia to stabilse there innings. My Playing XI for Tests vs India Watson, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Bailey, Wadey, Starcy, Siddle, Bird and Lyon(Or any good spinner)

Posted by Chris_P on (February 6, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

I hope we don't see too many pitches like this too often. @Boooowled, mate, I reckon almost every player out there would want Warner in their team rather than facing him, when on song, he takes games by the scruff of the neck. You don't average 46 in tests without possessing some talent.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Big Maxy Walker i like your side but i still dont think that with an average of 28 in shield this year Bailey has done enough, he needs to get shield runs before he gets a go in the test team. My lineup would be sligtly different to you in: warner, watson, hughes, clarke, khawaja, Ferguson, wade, starc, siddle, bird, lyon, i think Ferguson has done more then Bailey in shield this year and Khawaja is the man we need at 4 or 5 for the Indian series as he is a very good talent in the longer format. It was good to see Taylor mention in commentating today that Khawaja has been treated unfairly in the ODI selections but hopefully he does well in the test series in India. And seeing the first ODI game in canberra today made me think that Kerry Packer in death get's bigger, he is mentioned again by the commentators, his vision was larger life, this was it. Day Night cricket. Tonight has a real old school feel, when ODI cricket was fun.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Oh Windies, you stacked your batting at the expense of your bowling and here's the result. There was no reason to drop the young man Holder. Russell should have come in for a batsman. At least two proper opening bowlers in the next game please. Well done Watto, great hitting Bailey, and Pollards fielding was top class. Great entertainment continues from these to teams. Gotta Love Aus v WI games.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 6, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

@everyone, Cowan is someone that needs to be persevered with. He's a perfect foil for Warner and imo a partnership of Watson and Warner would be too attacking. We need atleast one traditionalist opener. The Warner + Cowan is also reiterated with the both of them amassing the most amount of runs in 2012 as on opening partnership.

To me, Cowan is a really intelligent cricketer and has captaincy/leadership potential, just look at how well he performed as captain of the australia a tour of England last year I think in the tests people undermine his performance, he's been unlucky on many occasions and he played steyn, the unequivocally stated best pacemen in the world, incredibly well. His century at the gabba was brilliant, playing to his strenghths and countering the bowlers lengths with his use of the crease. Unfortunately, he didn't back it up, but made some other half centuries

Anyway, we don't have the middle order depth to drop him Best 6: Warner Cowan Hughes khawaja Clark watson

Posted by VEXXZ on (February 6, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

The West Indies will continue to lose with SARWAN in the final eleven . He should be replace from game one . Sammy should bat ahead of POLLARD but keep Gayle at the top because Thomas will not cut it in Australia at the top of the batting line up . Why not send SAMMY to open if you are going to move GAYLE .

Posted by cyborg on (February 6, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

moral victory to the west indies ,Shane Watson played a one off innings for me , it was good to see Darren bravo and Powell GETTING IN THE RUNS , its been a good series despite the losses , thanks

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 6, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

formalities completed. but a good fight back from windies. watto fired and confirmed his place for the indian tour.sarwan in not a slogging material,why do you bat him lower down the order windies? he is an innings builder

Posted by mar2000 on (February 6, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

WI will drop HOLDER but continue to play SARWAN who will not make a run at this level . The bowlers are all over the place hence, the Aussies keep putting HUGH totals on the board . Only two of our batsmen are in form ,Powell and Young Bravo who cannot do it alone . Gayle have gone off the boiler for quite sometime but he might come good now that the series has been lost .

Posted by SamRoy on (February 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

The starting lines Dan, are a bit baffling. Yes Watson has been guilty of not-converting 80+ scores into hundreds in test matches but in limited overs cricket he has been Australia's probably best ever player. I mean he has won so many matches with the bat and quite a few with the ball as well. Anyone who averages more than 40 with the bat with a strike rate of 90 (Clarke's strike rate is 78 and Ponting's 80 and Bevan's was 73) and goes at less than 5 an over and takes a wicket every game is a heck of a limited overs cricketer.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 6, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

Impressive by Australia. Worrying signs for England fans like me. The short form players are all hitting their straps and should augur well for those who are in the longer format of the game in India and later over here. Just a side note, If England lose a solitary match against the kiwis then we will drop below Aus in rankings. This may not mean much in the short term, but overall it shows that in both test and ODI's as Australia's stocks rise, ours have consistently fallen after a dreadful 12 months where we were one loss away from being the worst performing team in the history of English cricket.

Posted by dan1234 on (February 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

@Boooowled Warner failed to make a test century against SL but still passed 50 four out of five innings, so you can't say he does 'virtually nothing' between 100s. Check your facts. Cowan and Warner have played roughly the same number innings, but has scored only 1 century to Warner's 3 and averages over 10 runs less. Cowen is the big dissapointment here.

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 6, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

@Boooowled, Warner's scores of 57, 68, 62, and 85 consecutively against Sri Lanka mean nothing to you?

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 6, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Well it was an enjoyable game, I thought. All the way through. We have had so many bowler-friendly wickets this season, that this made a nice change. Hope Faulkner gets a reprimand for the Gayle send-off. Then again, Jayawardene and Perera got away with their obscenities just a few games back, when they didn't like Maxwell complaining about their 3 minute team meeting before the last ball of that 2nd T20. Oh sorry, forgot. They were provoked!

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (February 6, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

@Boonowled. I disagree cowan is a plodder whos only averaging 32 after more than 10 tests, hes had his chance and was found wanting. Plus hes plays spin terribly. id bring watson in to open for india, as warner and he make a good left right combination. To me the middle order needs some stability and someone i think a little older, bailey should come in i think at 5 or 6.

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@Boooowled on (February 6, 2013, 8:42 GMT) - there is enuff evidence for your opinion on Watto (although his Test average as an opener is around 43), the comment about Warner, (if talking Tests) is out of line. 2 of Warners tons have been amongst the best I have seen in terms of context, & the small matter of averaging 46 also would suggest he is reasonable!!!!!

Posted by __PK on (February 6, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

We all know, Boooowled, Watson would need to get 100 in ten consecutive innings on greentops to convince you. And even then it he wouldn't, because that's how bias works.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 6, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

FFL - I remember the series Watson did ok he averaged 48 opening the bat that series.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

That tactical drinks break by the Aussies has just won them the game . . .

Posted by Boooowled on (February 6, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

@Michael_Sheridon. On the basis of an ODI century? Watson's got a long way to convince me he's even up to Test standing anywhere in the line up, let alone open. He should never have been made opener. He should always have come in at 6. As far as I'm concerned, at this time, if he can't play as an allrounder, he can't be in the team. His Test batting average is, well, average. Very average in this day and age where on most occasions the advantage lies with the batsman.

I'm also not convinced at all about Warner, and frankly can't understand the fuss about him. His inconsistency makes him totally unsuitable for opening. And suggestions he might've been captain if Clarke couldn't play? Absurd. Give me a Cowen any day, who might only make 50 or 60, and take half the day to get there. Warner might make a great century every once 10 or 15 innings, but given he does virtually nothing for the other dozen or so, that's not a Test opener.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

Something tells me Watson the batsman is way more dangerous tha Watson the bowler/allrounder period!

Posted by ajayrcs on (February 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

For India series only and only one man is good enough for australia, he scored century today and its not Watson. Yeah, Its PONTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If don't believe me check here;id=6;type=opposition

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 6, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Overall, a decent score, but 320 is gettable on that track. However it is hard to maintain intensity for 50 overs. The Clarke LBW decision was correct. The straight-on camera showed it hit him outside the line, by a fraction. They have to draw the line somewhere, quite literally. It only looked like it hit him in front from the first camera replay, coming from over mid off. That was an optical illusion. The right decision was made, and in my opinion it was a great example of DRS and how it can be used to make hair-line decisions. The evidence was all there and clear to see. Unfortunately many people will ignore the evidence and prefer to rage that they were ripped off. That is human nature, I'm afraid.

Posted by Samdanh on (February 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Surprised to see Aus not playing Doherty. This does not seem to be a fast men pitch rather it looks a slow bowlers' pitch. Aus pace would be just right on this pitch for WI to chase well and win. Will be surprised if they do not win

Posted by valleypf on (February 6, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

SIRSOBERZ Haven't seen much cricket have you? Perhaps you won't feel the same way when you SOBERZ up!

Posted by Chris_P on (February 6, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

@Meety. What a road this track is. And Punter is scoring runs in the shield in a manner that Watto should be. He won't be finding these type of tracks in India, that's for sure. These are the games where (even though I am a batsman) I actually feel sorry for bowlers.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 6, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

I think Watson has proven that he should be the opener in both ODIs and test cricket. Lets get him to open in India as he is better then Cowan. This would be my lineup in India - Watto, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade, Moses

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 6, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@siroberz the Clarke replay only looked out from the camera replay taken from wide of mid off. The straight shot showed he was hit fractionally outside the line. Correct decision, although the usual whining will ensue.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

There's only 1 BIG SHOW KEIRON ADRIAN POLLARD ! I think that might be the greatest catch of all time incredible ! WOW

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

i have been one of baileys biggest knockers, but i think maybe hes the one to add to the test team middle order for a bit of maturity and solidity that that team needs. a test team of warner, watson, hughes, clarke, khawaja, bailey, wade, starc, siddle, bird, lyon would do well i think, a good mix of experience(clarke, siddle, watson, bailey) and they younger guys

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@VivGilchrist That was strange also looks like Clarkey got away with that review without hawkeye looked very much inline I'm happy he's not out though as it means less balls for Bailey Maxwell and co haha

Posted by pauliangenius on (February 6, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Wi are doomed take my word

Posted by Meety on (February 6, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT) - I applaud the early use of the Powerplay, but you are 100% correct in that Watto should be past 100 before that is done. The net effect was pretty good (49 runs), but could it of been better?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

Australia, why call an early powerplay if your not going to use all of it? I write this at 1/174 after 32 overs with Hughes 31 off 50 on a 350+ pitch. Great innings by Watto, but why call a powerplay in your 90's when your tentative, when you can call it after you 100 and go for broke? I only write this as WI have the hitting power to get 350 in 40 overs on this pitch.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

To all Watto doubters, Century!!!! good on ya!!!!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

Another shocker by Rauf callin no ball and 3 hit for Hugehs's first ball ! 1 question I have is why when they check all the wickets now for front foot no ball why when bowler gets called no ball when it's clearly legal do they not overrule that ? just some food for thought everything seems stacked against the bowler these days and it wouldn't even take anytime as it's shown on the big screen for everyone instantly.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

This pitch is so flat. This is a 350 pitch. Hopefully it suits the WI because clearly handling swing isn't the forte.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Another no show for best and deonarine!!!1 this is a is they strike bowler on the team and the only one who can trouble the oz's. 2 deonarine is a better bat and bowler than pollard for sure. until the balance is right i dont see wi winning a game

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 6, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

I hope this backfires on WI. Rather than make a tough call and drop one of there out of form batsmen, they drop Holder for another all-rounder to give them more batting depth. WI have only gone in with 2 specialist bowlers rather than back in there batsmen. I feel sorry for Holder. WI will bat well down to 10 which may come in handy if Aus set a big score as they should against a bits and pieces attack. This tactic may work today but will fail more often than not. Australia need to make the most of it because the Windies will come at them hard in the run chase.

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