Australia v West Indies, 4th ODI, Sydney

West Indies seek consolation win

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

February 7, 2013

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Match facts

George Bailey hits the ball towards deep midwicket, Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra, February 6, 2013
George Bailey is in doubt with a hamstring problem © Getty Images
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Big Picture

Australia's victory in Canberra on Wednesday has turned this fourth match in Sydney and the fifth game in Melbourne on Sunday into dead rubbers. The best West Indies can hope for is a couple of consolation victories to transform the scoreline into a more respectable looking 3-2. Australia want to keep up their momentum and complete a 5-0 clean-sweep, especially if that means runs and wickets for the squad members who are due to fly to India shortly for a four-Test series. Both teams left Canberra with injury concerns, West Indies sweating on the fitness of Chris Gayle, who picked up a side injury while fielding in the third ODI, and Australia unsure about George Bailey, who hurt his hamstring during Australia's win. The fact that the series is decided means neither side is likely to be inclined to take a risk, which should mean at least one change for each team.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Rarely has the term "in the spotlight" been used to describe Clint McKay. One of the lowest-profile members of Australia's squad, McKay was nonetheless the centre of attention for a short while on Monday night, when he was named Australia's One-Day International Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony in Melbourne. It was a well-deserved honour for a man who nearly always does his job, taking wickets and keeping the opposition batsmen in check with consistent bowling and subtle changes of pace. Since the start of 2012, only Lasith Malinga has taken more ODI wickets than McKay's 40 at an average of 23.00. No wonder he is the first picked member of Australia's one-day attack.

In Canberra, Kieron Pollard reminded everyone watching of just what an exciting player he can be when he took four catches, including a couple of stunners, especially his leaping, one-handed take on the boundary that got rid of Glenn Maxwell. Unfortunately for West Indies, he hasn't made the same kind of contributions with the batting during this series, with scores of 0, 1 and 9. West Indies need more from many players at the moment, none more so than Pollard.

Team news

Adam Voges has been added to Australia's squad as cover for Bailey and is likely to play his first one-day international in two years. Voges has impressive Ryobi Cup form behind him: in his past two innings he has made 77 not out and 112 for Western Australia. Xavier Doherty is also likely to be included at the SCG, possibly at the expense of Mitchell Johnson.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Phillip Hughes, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Gayle had scans on Thursday to assess his side injury and a West Indies team spokesman said the results showed there was no major damage. However, Gayle remained stiff and sore and his availability will depend on a fitness test on the day of the game. If he sits out it could mean a call-up for Johnson Charles, while Narsingh Deonarine is also in the squad and might be considered as a replacement for the out-of-form Ramnaresh Sarwan.

West Indies (possible) 1 Kieron Powell, 2 Chris Gayle / Johnson Charles, 3 Ramnaresh Sarwan / Narsingh Deonarine, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Devon Thomas (wk), 9 Darren Sammy 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach.

Pitch and conditions

The SCG should bring spin into the equation, although it was mainly swing that caused Australia's batsmen problems at the venue in their ODI against Sri Lanka last month. The forecast for Friday in Sydney is for a sunny day and a maximum temperature of 27C.

Stats and trivia

  • It is 20 years since West Indies have beaten Australia in a one-day international at the SCG
  • Of all Australian batsmen who have opened in at least 10 ODIs, Shane Watson has the highest average: 46.56. Matthew Hayden sits in second place on 44.30


"It's been a tough old summer for us. In terms of our one-day cricket we've been a little bit topsy-turvy and we've got some good momentum now so certainly we're not going to take the foot off the pedal."
Mickey Arthur

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Posted by Nerk on (February 8, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

We Australians have gone on and on about the rotation policy all summer. The selectors have gone out of their way to defend it. Now, with the series over bar the shouting, and with a perfect opportunity to rotate players, the selectors decide to stay with pretty much the same bowlers they have had all summer. Apparently its ok to rotate in form bowlers out of a test match, but not ok to give them a rest for a dead rubber ODI.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

I sincerely hope that all those Sarwan sympathizers will just shut up!!! Let us not dwell on the past.I recall so many persons using this forum assuring us all that once we brought back Gayle and Sarwan among others we would be the number one team once again. There remains one player Germaine Lawson who is yet to be brought back and I urge the selectors to bring him back to grant all the critics their wish even if to prove the point that these guys are a damn waste of time.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

WI should rest Sammy and allow Bravo to captain the 2 ODI's. Maybe a new voice, new thinking, a new style will shake things up a little bit. Besides, Barvo needs the exposure, to see what kind of captain he is, just in case something happens to Sammy. Sammy looks tired to me, both physically and mentally. He along with MS Dhoni are the only 2 captains to lead in all formats. Maybe a rest will do him some good. In the 2nd ODI when WI had Oz on the run at 6 for 86, Sammy struggled to come up with ideas to finish off OZ. He did nothing remotely creative to get a wicket as Aus kept building their innings. Nothing. His inability to summon any inspiration in that situation, was clearly an indication of a man who was "fried' mentally. To make matters worse, his manner of dismal (slugging when WI RRR was only 5 per over) was inexcusable, especially when Pollard just got out slugging for sixes!!.Certainly not what you would expect from the CAPTAIN!! But this is WI, Sammy plays on and on !!

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

I need sammy to rest a game. he plays all format with no time off. lets try bravo, a different mind set.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 7, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Really baffles me why Clint McKay aint considered for tests, while fragile speed-obsessed expensers like Pattinson and Cummins are! Hasn't the great McGrath taught the Aus. selectors anything?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 7, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

@jonesy2: "Hauritz, Bollinger, white and Beer.... world quality". Just ask Alistair Cook if he agrees with you that they're 'world quality'. I'm not sure he'd agree with you. Any guesses why?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 7, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

@jonesy2: "mckay stays in the side of course": How's Mckay getting on as the 'next Mcgrath' as you so elegantly stated a year ago? And what about Wade as the 'next Gilchrist'? The 'Wade' saga must have been a real drag mate.

Posted by 10yearstudent on (February 7, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

when wi get rampaul back and samuels, they will be a lot better. A lot more swing bowling in the start of the innings and better middle batting, than what sarwan is providing

Posted by wellrounded87 on (February 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

@nafzak Not true at all. Rugby union and Rugby league play their series through and i'm sure there are more sports that do it. Fans don't care too much about series' in cricket anyways international cricket games are rare opportunities to see your country represented live. In Brisbane i think we've had 3 International games this year. I would hate to have one of those 3 cancelled just because it's a "dead rubber". Every game is worth playing for and watching.

Posted by vladtepes on (February 7, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

i was glad the west indies finally did what they should have done years ago: drop gayle down the order, even if it took an injury to do it. hopefully, when he's healed, they won't make the mistake of moving him back into an opener's spot. also, except for injuries, why don't the west indies play 4 seamers anymore? when not injured they can choose from best, sammy, rampaul, holder, roach, and a bunch of others.

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

It's a dead rubber, so why play at all. Cricket is the only sport that still plays on when the series is already decided. If Aussies don't play as hard or rest their top players and Powell or Sammy goes out and scores a century, does this not give a false impression of improvement by WI? These dead rubbers should not count. Now, like I said before, playing T/20 before ODi series is just poor management by WICB. Gayle has been failing since his comback against B/desh and Sarwan has unfortunately lost his mojo. We all know that this was do or die for Sars as Cozier said in an article a few weeks ago. Both are favourites of mine and as much as it hurts, they must be allowed to go with some dignity. Too bad the WICB did not see fit to bring these men back over a year ago. I am also afraid that it may also be too late now to bring back Chanders into the ODI team. What a shame. WICB should stor rewarding failures like Sammy, Pollard and Gibson. Nuff said.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 16:32 GMT)

The West Indies are only playing for pride now, if you look back at their record in ODIs or Tests Down Under, it's not a pretty sight. The last time they had any real success in Oz was probably under Richie Richardson some twenty years ago. With this current team, they need at least three fulltime bowlers, instead of two (Roach and Narine) combined with part time allrounders. They might get away with that in T20s, with the bowlers only bowling 4 overs each, in ODIs that will get exposed on good batting pitches. Also the batting has failed with the experience of Gayle and Sarwan, as well as x-factor Pollard struggling for form. The rest of the batting line-up has to support Powell and the Bravos, if they're serious about giving Australia a competitive match for the remainder of this series.

Posted by simonviller on (February 7, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

WI gave up too many easy wickets when their were set to bat Australia out of the game . They have to play more of a thinking game to beat any team going forward . I worry about some of the batting of players like Sammy and Narine ! It's time that Sammy addresses his approach to batting ,or he will soon get seriously hurt by playing such silly shots ; as for Narine it seems like he is lacking in confidence against the pace and when that happens they will target him evry time . Watch some of good batsmen around and try to learn from them ,that may work for you guys .

Posted by DylanBrah on (February 7, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

Hopefully Gayle plays, it will be better for Australia.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 7, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Shaggy076-- oh yeah mckay stays in the side of course but bailey is out with his hammy anyway.

Posted by Chris_P on (February 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

The sooner the Indian tourists leave the better, let them get some quality practice in for their arduous tour. I feel for Chris Gayle, he is going through a huge form slump, he didn't produce anything in the BBL & he looks totally out of it to date. A devastating player on is day, but this slump has gone on for 3 months.

Posted by tappee74 on (February 7, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

I must say that Australia is a far more superior force than the WI.The management and coach of the WI have not in my opinion supported their team with the best of interest.Their course of time has shown much clash and differences which has injured the mind set of players.They to my mind have deliberately side lined their greatest batting talent Shivnarine Chanderpaul. From the Bangladesh tour to the present series,we can see the instability in our batting.Why ignore a player of Chanderpaul's caliber?

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (February 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@jonesy i would have like to see Khawaja here as well but i think the priority should be the tests and i would have also send Hughes and Watson early as well as we have sufficeint backups for them. I think they go on Saturday but they won't play the first warm up game which is a shame.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 7, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

WI is a power house. But still, they need a drafter to play ith the power house players. Pollard and Sammy can't play together. Both can play decent with a top order bat. There lies the difference. Leaving out Sarwan to play both Pollard and Russel together was a mistake. I predicted picking Sarwan itself was a mistake as he is not of the same league of the current team. I dont remember last big innings from Ronnie anymore. Deo might have done better than Ronnie in the team. Powell is a great positive for WI. Aussies knowing the power hitters in WI loaded team with pace batteries and no spinner to attack. Maxwell was used very well by Clarke to run through overs and when there was urge to go big. It might have backfired too had he gone for 20+ like Narine hit him last game. Yet, tactically well used by Clarke.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

definitely darren sammy nw doesnt qualify as player in the squad.his batting average 21 nd andre russel's is 31 nd narine average is 11,so as roach.probaly if narine nd roach are promoted then they might hv higher avg than the skipper.nd about his bowling,andre rusel is still hv more wicket than the skipper.windies nd to bring some imidiate changes in their squad,looks that gayle isnt suitable to batt outside carribean far as talking about johnson charles,this guy doesnt knw to play shot except swinging his batt.if u swing ur batt,then randomly,some of those may go for the boundary.the batting order should be for the nxt match is-powell,johnson (if gayle not available),DM bravo,DJ bravo,Russel,sarwan/deonarine,pollard,sammy,thomas,narine,roach.deonarine nd saarwan both may be played to strengthen the batting by as thomas may be out of the squad so either johnson or DM bravo may go for keeping.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (February 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Sarwan is mentally week. He is no longer up for international cricket. His fall-out with the coach was school boy stuff. He can't take criticism to improve and that is why he stagnated for years before falling into free fall. Bye bye.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 7, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Jonesy2 - Any reason for leaving out Bailey and Mckay as they arent going to India either. There is also Hilfenhaus, Pomersbach and M Hussey not mentioned.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Let Darren Bravo rest So could Sammy and let Dwayne Bravo captain this one. Bring in Deonarine, Charles and Holder. Let Gayle rest until he is fit and he is also out of touch like Sarwan. Sarwan needs all the exposure to get back to form. I recalled Lloyd was out of form and the only way he could have make the side was to play as a medium fast bowler and he found form. So was Fredericks. Everyone has a bad patch. Sammy can come back in on the fifth ODI. Nothing to lose now. At least by the end of this series WI can review Sarwan performance and make a decision on his selection in the future. Deonarine toured England and did not get an opportunity. He was sent home after that tour. Now is the time to bring him in.

Posted by PFEL on (February 7, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

jonesy2, they flew out so as to have more time to become accustomed to conditions, and as they were unlikely to be needed for the rest of the ODI series. It was a risk-benefit for the selectors as to which players should stay and which should leave (risk being players like Khawaja may be needed, benefit being time in India) and they handled it pretty much perfectly. A team of 2nd XI as you mentioned is ridiculous and would never happen, for obvious reasons.

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (February 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

The likes of mitch and rajesh have always called for sarwan and gayle unconditional inclusion. Gayle i kinda understand however. These have been playing since the days of brian lara and its only when they took (were given) a short leave that wi cricket gave the fans anything to cheer about. Incidentally thats exactly when gibson and sammy were at the helm. Sarwan and gayle are good players, but like anyone else, they should have to justify their positions in the team. EVEN SAMMY IS DOING BETTER THAN THEM LATELY.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

i second that xi SIRSOBERZ, Deonarine deserves a game and they need another genuine paceman so i would bring in Holder or Best.

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

but whats the deal with players flying to india? shouldnt all selected in the test squad be flying to india? like why has usman gone but hughes is still here? have pattinson and siddle already flown out? why them and not starc and MJ? why lyon and not doherty? they should all fly out early to get ready there is enough depth and world class quality to make a team up of non test selected players: finch, marsh, voges, ferguson, hussey, haddin, faulkner, o'keefe, coulter-nile, cutting, bollinger. and thats just one combination i didnt even mention hazlewood, richardson, burns, quiney, white, beer, chrisian, boyce, paine, hauritz etc

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 7, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

My 11 depending on fitness 1 Kieron Powell, 2 Devon Thomas (wk), 3 Gayle / Deonarine, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy 9 Holder10 Sunil Narine, 11 Best/Roach

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

I have to say Powell and Thomas opening last game was great even with Thomas in visible agony form his thumb they batted well rotated the strike with 1's and quick 2's something that doesn't happen when Gayle opens as he never runs hard or the other opener seems to worried about running him out on a quick single. Charles is also a keeper so if he plays it's unlikely Thomas will to as a bowler could be added like Best, if Thomas injury is ok his performance warrants him another shot at opening as Dwayne Smith isn't selected and no1 else really has any reason to therefore Best can be added instead of Charles.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Please someone take Mr.Gibson you love him so much we WI want to see the back of him and Sammy.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Sarwan should be given few more chances to see what he can SCG pitch is not favorable for quicks he could come handy with spin bowling also.

Posted by Cricfan123123 on (February 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Is it sure that bailey,gayle and sarwan won't play....please any one with confirm playing eleven help me out....

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

I really hope WI don't line up as suggested. They were a bowler short in Canberra, so Holder should come in for the injured Gayle and Deonarine for Sarwan as his spin will be handy at the SCG. Windies, don't make the same mistake twice.

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 7, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Given Khawaja has flown away to India today with the first batch of players i would say Vogues is the next best batsman and deserves his opportunity, he has been very good for us in shield and Ryobi this year.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

West Indies is losing because Gayle is notin his best form. But I still believe Gayle should be given chance for remaining 2 matches coz he is a champion player and will get his form back soon.

Posted by landl47 on (February 7, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

The Windies haven't looked anywhere near on their game in this series either with bat or ball. That's partly due to injury (no Samuels or Best), partly due to selection policy (Sarwan has done nothing and going into an ODI with only two front-line bowlers is crazy) but mostly due to the Australians outplaying them.

Hopefully they can put in a couple of better performances in the last two games- or at least, maybe Australia won't play quite as well!

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (February 7, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Bet WI will win this one now that the series is lost. lol. And Gayle won't play again until the T20 game. He has to keep himself sharp for the more important IPL, you know :)

Posted by   on (February 7, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

WI should definitely bench Sarwan for Deonarine...would have liked to see that change for game #3 but heh...guess WICB had to make sure Sarwan got the message. Hopefully after this we will not hear ppl asking for him in the team. Hopefully Sammy will let Deonarine bowl a few overs too....Johnson Charles has another chance to claim a spot as a future WI limited overs opener.

Posted by FighterKallis on (February 7, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Westindies is full of cricket legends but there is no one to step up as coach except this poor gibson .sad.

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