Australia v West Indies, 5th ODI, Melbourne February 10, 2013

Voges ton sets up Australia clean-sweep

  shares 121

Australia 5 for 274 (Voges 112*) beat West Indies 257 (Charles 100, Johnson 3-50, McKay 3-52) by 17 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Johnson Charles was seven years old last time West Indies beat Australia in an ODI in Australia. For much of the second half of this game, it appeared that Charles was going to ride his luck and steer West Indies to victory but not even his maiden century could end 16 years of Australian dominance at home. Under the captaincy of Shane Watson and without several of their best players, Australia completed a 5-0 clean-sweep thanks largely to Adam Voges and his first international hundred.

Voges scored an unbeaten 112 that rescued Australia from a shaky start after they were sent in by Darren Sammy and they were able to post 5 for 274, a very competitive total given the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, David Warner and George Bailey, as well as Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell, who have already flown to India for the Test series. In reply, West Indies had their ups and downs but with Charles and Kieron Pollard at the crease they remained firmly in the contest.

Even after Charles' fortune ran out, Pollard and Devon Thomas managed a couple of thumping sixes and brought the equation to a very gettable 48 off six overs, but somehow they just couldn't quite find the intensity to bridge the gap. Thomas was run out for 19, Pollard drove a catch down the throat of long-on for 45 and their hopes fizzled out. By the end 24 were needed off the final over bowled by McKay and West Indies lost their final two wickets.

It meant that Australia extended their record to 17 consecutive victories over West Indies in Australia. Last time West Indies won an ODI against Australia in Australia was in January 1997, when a team led by Courtney Walsh beat Mark Taylor's men in Perth. They began their chase hoping to end that drought but the loss of Kieran Powell, caught at slip off Mitchell Johnson in the second over, was not ideal.

Charles and Darren Bravo put together a 106-run second-wicket stand before Bravo sent a Xavier Doherty ball in the air to mid-off, and Dwayne Bravo followed for 13 when he was bowled by Johnson. That brought Charles and Pollard together.

Charles played some impressive strokes on his way to a century, including a six crunched over long-on against Ben Cutting and a four slashed behind point off the next ball. Those shots came in the same over that Charles survived a caught-behind appeal on 55 when an attempted pull bounced off his arm; Australia's review of the not-out call resulted in a difficult Hot Spot call and in the end the third umpire Nigel Llong felt unsure if the ball had grazed the edge of the bat before hitting Charles.

That over was a microcosm of the way Charles played in this innings: risk and reward. He was dropped twice, at slip by Aaron Finch off McKay on 7, and on 77 at deep cover by the substitute fielder Ryan Carters off James Faulkner. Another perilously close call came next ball on 79 when Charles was given lbw and asked for a review. The ball clearly came off the bat onto the back pad, but it may also have brushed the front pad before the bat. Again, Charles was given the benefit of the doubt.

He made the most of his opportunities, finding the boundary eight times including a dab past the wicketkeeper off McKay to bring up his century from his 120th delivery. Remarkably, it was his first hundred in any form of elite cricket, including first-class, List A and Twenty20. Perhaps the moment got to him, for he was out next ball when he lazily tried to swivel McKay around the corner and lobbed a catch to short fine leg.

The Australians had done well to ensure such a healthy target after Tino Best rattled them with two wickets in the first three overs of the game. That included Watson, who played on to a bouncer first ball of the game. Later, the Australians were wobbling at 4 for 82 but a century partnership between Voges and Brad Haddin launched the recovery before Faulkner joined Voges for some quick late runs. Voges finished unbeaten on 112 and Faulkner on 31 and during their partnership the wheels really fell off for West Indies, who leaked 100 runs in the final ten overs.

Singles and twos were far too easy and Voges was also finding the boundary, including with a crunching six over long-on against Best in the 50th over. Voges had brought up his ton from his 97th delivery with a hastily-run two and he celebrated like a man who thought the moment would never come. That would be understandable, for Voges made his one-day international debut nearly six years ago and since then has been almost permanently on the fringes of the national side, playing 17 ODIs but never more than three in a row.

Like Charles would later, he made the opposition pay for giving him a life on 7 when he was put down at slip by Sammy off the spin of Sunil Narine. His half-century came from 64 balls and he had good support from Haddin during a 111-run fifth-wicket stand that prevented West Indies capitalising on their impressive start. Eventually Haddin was caught at deep midwicket top-edging a swivelled pull off Kemar Roach but by then Australia were well set.

Australia had been in early trouble due to a couple of fine catches which accounted for Phillip Hughes and Shaun Marsh. If only West Indies' sharp catching had extended to Sammy holding Voges on 7, a 16-year drought might have been broken.

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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • kentjones on February 11, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    It is quite intriguing the number of times WI has been in fairly good positions in their recent games only to end up at the losing end the majority of time. I tried putting my finger on it, you can blame the batters or bowlers, who all seem to be inconsistent, except Narine in the bowling. The answer seems to be a sublime one:there seems to be the lack of a genuine leader on the cricket field. One who can take the lead in setting the pace for the team. One would think that this is the job of captain Sammy, but he does not have the skill as a captain or the talent as either batter or bowler to inspire his team when the chips are down. Only the elder Bravo seems to have what it takes, as he has shown application with the bat and can be good with the ball as well, also he has the aptitude as a team man. Sammy has done his job and needs to give way to someone who can carry this side into the upper levels. leave Sammy in charge of the T20 and make Dwayne B captain of the ODI &test.

  • pealivi on February 11, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Thought WI would have learnt from past mistakes. A strong start with Best and then allowing AUS' middle order to rally and post 277/5. This seems to be the pattern in the field. I can think of countless occasions when they have frittered good starts. Are these consistent tactical errors on Sammy's part? Seems he is not one to gamble on the spin of Deonarine , Sarwan or Gayle. I believe he has to take chances with some of his part time bowlers to offset threatening partnerships. He probably has to know when to put pressure and when to relax. Additionally, I thought Sammy should have promoted himself ahead of Deonarine when quick runs were needed. Food for thought........!!

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Besides bad bowling,WI Batsmen are throwing wickets at Inapprppriate times.Gayle is a super player and he will definitely find form and needs to be in the team.Apart from Gayle,Samuels and Pollard they had to find the right batsmen for the correct Slots.Again in batting they are putting Bravo in the first five which is a huge mistake because he will throw wicket at times eventhough he is a good hitter.I doubt his brother Darren Bravo deserves these many oppurtunities since he is either not scoring or very slow at situations when team requires more.In these series the biggest of the errors they committed is that they did'nt picked at leat two of their frontline fast bowlers together,ie they should have picked at least two from Best,roach and Holder in every match.Aussies exploited these very much.Hope WI will corrct their mistakes and perform much better.They can do that becz they are having some talent ie the most important thing eventhough their Strategies and Tactics are very wrong..

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Bravo is not the man for West Indies to bowl in final overs against Quality sides like Aussies.If frontline bowlers are not bowling in the final overs then they will always conceding too many in end.

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    How long WI are going to continue with the terrible Team Selection?If they had selected the correct team then they should have won atlest two matches,Main problem is thier bowling.Already thier frontline bowlers are not good enough.To make the matter worse they are bowling 30 overs by part time bowlers. Rusell, Bravo,Sammy and Pollard are not frontline bowlers.Maximum 20 overs only WI can afford with Rusell,Bravo,Sammy,Pollard even if they all are playing(With out russell it si only 10 overs maximum becz Russell is having some pace atleast).Pollard deserves to be in the team with his batting and feilding.Russell also right becz he is somewhat a bowler and good hitter.But Sammy, the Captain can't be in the team for his bowling alone.If he plays,then he had to batwell and up the order.They might win one T20 WC underhim,but in ODI's it is not psssible to conceal some weak players under some match winners.

  • Meety on February 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Kenbene on (February 11, 2013, 0:46 GMT) - I think the problem is, that most of the WIndies team is use to only being on the field for 20 overs! I was at the MCG on Sunday & the WIndies really dropped off in intensity as the match wore on. I have been a fan of Sammy, but he seemed one of the worst culprits, I'll stand corrected if he has an injury, but he looked like an old man in the field. The WIndies fieldsmen in the main dawdled after the ball & let the ball boys throw the ball back to them, this basically never happenned when Oz fielded. Even tossing the ball back to the bowler often involved the ball dropped or bounced over to the bowler or the bowler having to pick the ball up. When Oz fielded, from the time the ball was dead, to the time it reached the bowler, 4 or 5 players had touched the ball & it never touched the ground. Dunno if they just aren't use to playing past the 20th over, but they really seem to compete till then & diminish.

  • Meety on February 11, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    @funkybluesman on (February 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT) - I agree. The ICC need to train the upires up on the protocol of being 3rd Umpire. Unless the direction has changed recently, the 3rd Umpire's role was to ADVISE the on-field umpire as to whether they have seen anything that should change the decision. I was happy enuff for Charles to have been given not out for the caught behind (I thought he knicked it), benefit of some doubt. I did not think there was enuff evidence to overturn the LBW appeal, yes there was an edge, but from what I could see, it looked clearly like the front pad was flicked 1st. As the decision was given out originally, I felt that should of stayed. On a slightly different matter - I thought Faulkner was run out (didn't matter much either way), & that Thomas's should NOT of been given run out (I konw run outs are not strictly speaking UDRS) - it seems technology use has deteriorated over the last couple of years?

  • Meety on February 11, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (February 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT) - it's funny the ols "if Samuels had played" line, given that Samuels career average against Oz in ODIs is 17! @AhmedEsat on (February 10, 2013, 3:44 GMT) - if you want to see who has NOT had a fair go in the Oz team - look up Voges career ODI stats, is 17 games have been over about SIX YEARS! Look up Ferguson (a 40+ ODI average), these guys have far BETTER claims to an ODI spot than Khawaja. ATM - Khawaja is playing for a top 3 spot, this is where most of his experience is in List A's. That means he is up against Watto, Warner & Hughes directly, & the #4 spot is Clarke's. No" prejudice" by anyone other than yourself! @Mitty2 - your negative comments about Henriques is poor. You cannot say that Henriques stats are misleading & then build up Faulkner's. Have a look at ALL the Tassie bowling stats - they are ALL incredible - does that suggest ANYTHING to you? It should, that said - I am happy how Faulkner has grabbed his ODI chance!

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Its not about blaming Sammy as a captain, but as a member of the squad . He contributes with nothing, absolutely nothing, and it damages the balance of the team.Like Micheal holding said" Sammy is an average player and would have never been a part of WI team, if it was not for the politics. I am very big fan WI and it hurts me to see this sorry state of WI cricket.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    DanielShah : West Indies could have won all 5 games if they had Ambrose, Holding and Viv Richards. Not sure what your point is they didnt have him and you never know what would have happened if he played. But the way West Indies destructed from winning positions I still think it would have been 5-0 with Samuels playing. You also should know Clarke and Wade missed a game, Bailey, Starc Watson missed 2 games, Warner, Pattinson & Hilfenhaus also missed all 5 games.

  • kentjones on February 11, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    It is quite intriguing the number of times WI has been in fairly good positions in their recent games only to end up at the losing end the majority of time. I tried putting my finger on it, you can blame the batters or bowlers, who all seem to be inconsistent, except Narine in the bowling. The answer seems to be a sublime one:there seems to be the lack of a genuine leader on the cricket field. One who can take the lead in setting the pace for the team. One would think that this is the job of captain Sammy, but he does not have the skill as a captain or the talent as either batter or bowler to inspire his team when the chips are down. Only the elder Bravo seems to have what it takes, as he has shown application with the bat and can be good with the ball as well, also he has the aptitude as a team man. Sammy has done his job and needs to give way to someone who can carry this side into the upper levels. leave Sammy in charge of the T20 and make Dwayne B captain of the ODI &test.

  • pealivi on February 11, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Thought WI would have learnt from past mistakes. A strong start with Best and then allowing AUS' middle order to rally and post 277/5. This seems to be the pattern in the field. I can think of countless occasions when they have frittered good starts. Are these consistent tactical errors on Sammy's part? Seems he is not one to gamble on the spin of Deonarine , Sarwan or Gayle. I believe he has to take chances with some of his part time bowlers to offset threatening partnerships. He probably has to know when to put pressure and when to relax. Additionally, I thought Sammy should have promoted himself ahead of Deonarine when quick runs were needed. Food for thought........!!

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Besides bad bowling,WI Batsmen are throwing wickets at Inapprppriate times.Gayle is a super player and he will definitely find form and needs to be in the team.Apart from Gayle,Samuels and Pollard they had to find the right batsmen for the correct Slots.Again in batting they are putting Bravo in the first five which is a huge mistake because he will throw wicket at times eventhough he is a good hitter.I doubt his brother Darren Bravo deserves these many oppurtunities since he is either not scoring or very slow at situations when team requires more.In these series the biggest of the errors they committed is that they did'nt picked at leat two of their frontline fast bowlers together,ie they should have picked at least two from Best,roach and Holder in every match.Aussies exploited these very much.Hope WI will corrct their mistakes and perform much better.They can do that becz they are having some talent ie the most important thing eventhough their Strategies and Tactics are very wrong..

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Bravo is not the man for West Indies to bowl in final overs against Quality sides like Aussies.If frontline bowlers are not bowling in the final overs then they will always conceding too many in end.

  • micklem on February 12, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    How long WI are going to continue with the terrible Team Selection?If they had selected the correct team then they should have won atlest two matches,Main problem is thier bowling.Already thier frontline bowlers are not good enough.To make the matter worse they are bowling 30 overs by part time bowlers. Rusell, Bravo,Sammy and Pollard are not frontline bowlers.Maximum 20 overs only WI can afford with Rusell,Bravo,Sammy,Pollard even if they all are playing(With out russell it si only 10 overs maximum becz Russell is having some pace atleast).Pollard deserves to be in the team with his batting and feilding.Russell also right becz he is somewhat a bowler and good hitter.But Sammy, the Captain can't be in the team for his bowling alone.If he plays,then he had to batwell and up the order.They might win one T20 WC underhim,but in ODI's it is not psssible to conceal some weak players under some match winners.

  • Meety on February 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @Kenbene on (February 11, 2013, 0:46 GMT) - I think the problem is, that most of the WIndies team is use to only being on the field for 20 overs! I was at the MCG on Sunday & the WIndies really dropped off in intensity as the match wore on. I have been a fan of Sammy, but he seemed one of the worst culprits, I'll stand corrected if he has an injury, but he looked like an old man in the field. The WIndies fieldsmen in the main dawdled after the ball & let the ball boys throw the ball back to them, this basically never happenned when Oz fielded. Even tossing the ball back to the bowler often involved the ball dropped or bounced over to the bowler or the bowler having to pick the ball up. When Oz fielded, from the time the ball was dead, to the time it reached the bowler, 4 or 5 players had touched the ball & it never touched the ground. Dunno if they just aren't use to playing past the 20th over, but they really seem to compete till then & diminish.

  • Meety on February 11, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    @funkybluesman on (February 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT) - I agree. The ICC need to train the upires up on the protocol of being 3rd Umpire. Unless the direction has changed recently, the 3rd Umpire's role was to ADVISE the on-field umpire as to whether they have seen anything that should change the decision. I was happy enuff for Charles to have been given not out for the caught behind (I thought he knicked it), benefit of some doubt. I did not think there was enuff evidence to overturn the LBW appeal, yes there was an edge, but from what I could see, it looked clearly like the front pad was flicked 1st. As the decision was given out originally, I felt that should of stayed. On a slightly different matter - I thought Faulkner was run out (didn't matter much either way), & that Thomas's should NOT of been given run out (I konw run outs are not strictly speaking UDRS) - it seems technology use has deteriorated over the last couple of years?

  • Meety on February 11, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    @Shaggy076 on (February 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT) - it's funny the ols "if Samuels had played" line, given that Samuels career average against Oz in ODIs is 17! @AhmedEsat on (February 10, 2013, 3:44 GMT) - if you want to see who has NOT had a fair go in the Oz team - look up Voges career ODI stats, is 17 games have been over about SIX YEARS! Look up Ferguson (a 40+ ODI average), these guys have far BETTER claims to an ODI spot than Khawaja. ATM - Khawaja is playing for a top 3 spot, this is where most of his experience is in List A's. That means he is up against Watto, Warner & Hughes directly, & the #4 spot is Clarke's. No" prejudice" by anyone other than yourself! @Mitty2 - your negative comments about Henriques is poor. You cannot say that Henriques stats are misleading & then build up Faulkner's. Have a look at ALL the Tassie bowling stats - they are ALL incredible - does that suggest ANYTHING to you? It should, that said - I am happy how Faulkner has grabbed his ODI chance!

  • on February 11, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Its not about blaming Sammy as a captain, but as a member of the squad . He contributes with nothing, absolutely nothing, and it damages the balance of the team.Like Micheal holding said" Sammy is an average player and would have never been a part of WI team, if it was not for the politics. I am very big fan WI and it hurts me to see this sorry state of WI cricket.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    DanielShah : West Indies could have won all 5 games if they had Ambrose, Holding and Viv Richards. Not sure what your point is they didnt have him and you never know what would have happened if he played. But the way West Indies destructed from winning positions I still think it would have been 5-0 with Samuels playing. You also should know Clarke and Wade missed a game, Bailey, Starc Watson missed 2 games, Warner, Pattinson & Hilfenhaus also missed all 5 games.

  • on February 11, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Windies could have won at least two of the matches in this series if they had marlon samuels still with them. I am surprised not that noone has noticed this.

  • VivGilchrist on February 11, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Too many people blame Sammy. One person suggests DJ Bravo as captain. I swear people in the Carribean confuse him with Kallis because to a non-West Indian he is a very average over-rated player. Bravo is a no7, that's it. 7th best bat and 5th best bowler. Oh, maybe before we blame Sammy we ask what was going through Deonarines head. He should have been there supporting Pollard to victory not throwing his wicket away....

  • on February 11, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @ popcorn ..... don't scream too loud ..... Finch is the captain of the Australian Team playing the Lions. JI simply has no idea!!!

  • Rhygwyn on February 11, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    No need to blame Sammy or any individual WI player. People need accept that the WIs will never again be a major player in any sport. When the British left the administration in the hands of the locals in the 1980s the underlying base that created the strong WI teams of the 70s and 80s began to decay and has obviously now completely disappeared. In fact I think even a few old WI players have remarked on this and how it can be seen in the junior level coaching. An uncomfortable truth for many? Probably, and probably also the reason why the zealous PC moderators on this forum won't let this comment post.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    The class just showing through and WI really were no match for the Aussies.The real good part is how most of the young faces blooded into the ODIs Faulkner, Cutting n even Voges have made use of and delivered..... good signs for the bench strength.

  • on February 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Yet another Aussie batsman who will disappear soon just like Tim Paine, Cameron White, Brad Hodge and Shaun Marsh. I cannot understand the Australian selection panel.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Popcorn - What are you about the Argus review was to reward good domestic performances and there has been no better than Finch at domestic one-day level. Sure he hasnt taken his chance at the moment but if he goes back and continues to score domestic runs he will earn another shot.

  • popcorn on February 11, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Enough of Aaron Finch. If he is given a chance again in the ODI Side, I will scream my head off. i will say that the Argus Review Process that the Selectors are expected to follow is a farce.

  • on February 11, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    "Lot of my friends are saying lot of things but I analyze this series differently . If you leave the first ODI apart you have seen fight from Windies almost in every game.On most occasions they were looking favorite but suddenly lost the plot at the crunch time and lost the game.Now that you reckon as Inexperience.Now the basic question is how they will recover from problem?And the simple answer is Shiv Chanderpaul let this guy to come and let the others to play around him.Then you will certainly see a makeover in this team otherwise they can do goods in T-20's but they can't last long in ODIS and Test matches!".................

  • James_Murphy on February 11, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Well done to Voges, great recovery after being dumped by Aus prior. Looks like Langer has done a great job for WA resurrecting a few careers of the old boys who realise that they must knuckle down and perform now to realise their potential (Voges, Marsh), and some of the new brigade have impressed as well (Agar, NCN and Whiteman). Next coach of Australia in 2 years? Although i'd rate Arthur a 8 out of 10 at the moment and doing a good job. Congrats Adam.

  • shortsillypoint on February 11, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Kentjones - the leadership problem is an old one. Clive Lloyd was able to guide a group of very talented players from all round the region to become a highly competitive unit but normally they are too laid back and inconsistent to achieve against determined and hard working teams like Australia.

    Easy money in the 20/20 games around the world suits their style so there is little motivation to rouse or strain themselves further. In 20/20 natural talent is all you need. Of course this is not just a WI cricket concern either.

  • adkum on February 11, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    It is time Sammy go. He did his part to weld the team together but he just can't bat or bowl and cannot justify his place. His captaincy is nothing exceptional to keep him there at the cost of the entire team. His cronies got him there and now it is time to let him go. It is a shame that the clueless WICB has retained Gibson as coach. The gains that have been made would fritter away. It is just flattery to deceive. After T20 victory Sammy was the best thing since slice bread. What happen now. He just does not have it to take WI to the next level. Find a new captain with ability to bat or bowl. Not one who can do neither.

  • Simoc on February 11, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    The games seemed to follow a familiar pattern. W.I gets competitive, gets in with a chance to win, then falls over. Probably a mindset that would be reversed at home in season. The ability is obviously there.

  • Sandt on February 11, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Once again WI proves that they are dependent on Gayle. This series he doesnt done well and they lost it 5-0. And recently Samuels also have been their main player after Gayle.His absense also is showing here. A good Captain should be inspire his team and come up with responsbility when the team is not doing well. Sadly Sammy doesnt have that in him, when team is doing well he is captaining the team well. It is same like Dhoni.

  • on February 11, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    If Australia would field their best 11 players then maybe they will get more than a scattering of crowd in the MCG. Don't expect the fans to turn out for an Australian 2nd 11 and a very mediocre WI side.

  • Mitcher on February 11, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Geez, a few Sri Lankan fans getting carried away with moderate success. The past three ODI series between the teams has resulted in an Aussie win (in Sri Lanka), an Aussie win (CB series) and a draw. Sure Sri Lanka did dominate a meaningless 2 match lottery called T20. But I'd say constant thrashings at home and away in tests for decades trumps that. So, where is the justification for this hollow boasting by some Lankan fans. You're hardly going to improve if you're happy with mediocrity.

  • Shaggy076 on February 11, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Jmchinney - Thats not a flaw with DRS. Its a mistake by the officiating 3rd umpire.

  • subbass on February 11, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Really wish they would pack in 5 match ODI series and just go with the 3 games, that way at worst we only get 1 dead rubber and you would more often get these kind of series going to the decider.

  • jmcilhinney on February 11, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    @WESTINDIESANALYST on (February 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT), bowlers don't suddenly speed up on different pitches. Speed guns measure from the hand, not off the pitch. Best may have been a handful and hit the bat harder off the pitch but that doesn't mean faster from the hand. He would bowl the same speed that he always does unless he put in more effort, in which case he'd likely lose some control.

  • jmcilhinney on February 11, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    This series hasn't been the best advertisement for DRS. The anti-DRS contingent will claim that this justifies the position of the BCCI on DRS even though it doesn't. The BCCI have claimed that the DRS technology is unreliable and that they could be tampered with but there's no evidence of either here. It's just the same old story of the third umpire making decisions that seem to contradict the rules of DRS. I didn't see it but, from what I understand, a WI batsman was given not out in game 4 but was then given out when Australia reviewed based solely on sound that noone without access to the stump mic could here. In this game, Charles remained not out on review even though there was clearly the sound of an edge as well as fairly clear HotSpot evidence. He also should have remained out LBW because there didn't seem to be any clear evidence that the ball hit the bat first. It was probably pad first but you couldn;t really tell so the on-field umpire's decision should have stood.

  • KajuWaththaEksath on February 11, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    @Rooboy, one thing you haven't mention is SL draw the ODI series in Australian soil and SL also white washed T20 series by 2-0 in Australia. Haaa...Haa.....haaaaaaaaaaa... :D :D :D

  • OneEyedAussie on February 11, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    The West Indies were playing in t20 mode this series - trying to hit a lot of boundaries/generating a lot of dot balls. Of course, that's fine in t20 when you can afford to lose a wicket every 12 balls and still complete the allotted overs. The addition of the two new balls also probably didn't help WI. The WI solution of playing more allrounders (presumably to reinforce their batting against regular wickets falling) had a detrimental effect on their ability to take wickets, and ultimately control Australia's scoring.

  • on February 10, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    @ pat_one_back .... yes my generation had been blessed.

    In the series against India, Swan claimed 20 wickets at an average of less than 25 with an economy of approximately 2.6. In one innings alone he bowled over 50 overs. This is because he actually uses variation of spin, variation of speed, will loop the ball and then dart one in at the batsman.

    Doherty has two balls, a standard delivery and a bad ball. This is why his domestic average is close to 50. In T20's and ODI's he just bowls and hopes that the batsman mistimes a shot when he is attempting to hit a boundary .... which is a simple matter of probability in these games.

    If you get the chance to look at the last few overs of Day 5 in the 2nd Test against SA. Lyon conceded that he could not possibly take a wicket and, under the captaincy of Clarke, rushed through his overs so that Siddle could get as many overs as possible. If this is the best spinner we have .... then we have a long, long way to go.

  • Sunil_Batra on February 10, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Watson is a class act, but even he was bought back to reality yesterday by Best. His previous international innings was 83 in a partnership of 190+ with Clarke with a buggered calf so it was not that great stylistically. He has had a brief period where his test batting has been impacted on by Katich's sudden dumping and then a string of injuries from bowling well above what he had done before the Sri Lanka tour in 2011. There is no question he should open and he has been mucked around by selectors trying to keep Cowan in as an opener. Consequently, he has been moved around the batting order to fit in with the team and recent comments by Clarke, Inverarity and Howard would have destabilized anyone's confidence. The difference he made immediately in that match in Canberra and Sydney was obvious - scoring at a good clip with confident stroke play no doubt helped Finch settle down a bit and get a respectable score. My batting lineup for India is Watto, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja,Wade

  • gbh250 on February 10, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Once again, we're left in confusion what the standard is with DRS reviews. Don't get me wrong: overall, the system is a big improvement, virtually eliminating howlers, and the two controversial decisions last night were line ball.

    But we're told that the standard is that the on-field umpire's decision stands unless there is clear evidence that it's wrong. A VERY robust interpretation of that would explain why the not out on the caught behind was upheld, because the evidence was strong but maybe not conclusive. But there is just no way that the overturning of the LBW applied the same standard: you just couldn't tell from the replays whether the ball hit the front pad before, at the same time or fractionally after it hit the bat.

    The only way that decision made sense is if the third umpire was reviewing the decision with no bias towards upholding ... in that case, sure: there was doubt.

    But it leaves us all scratching our head: are the third umpires all going rogue?

  • typos on February 10, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Apart from the DRS error on the Charles' caught behind, I thought a shocker was Paul Reiffel (usually a good ump) giving Voges not out because he thought it was a bye. When challenged, he retracted the bye and still gave not out for lbw, even though the ball would hit the top. The problem with his thinking in the first place was there was no pad! Since it hit the pad, his question should then be would it hit the stumps? Clearly it would. This for me was an example of a 'shocker' that the DRS was brought in to remedy, not the lbw calls that hit a minute piece so it stands. Maybe someone can clarify this for me.

  • Lmaotsetung on February 10, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    So.....all you WI fans crying about bringing back all the old timers and being negative about Gibson...well...well...well. Let's see, Gayle is back...CHECK!....Sarwan is back....CHECK!....the IPL stars are back...CHECK! Pretty much a full WI squad and you got beat 5-0!!! Oh wait! Must be Chanderpaul...yeah he would have made a differnce...OH NVM...must be Darren Sammy's fault. That's right, sack Sammy and all will be alright with WI cricket.

  • on February 10, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    I think some questions need to be asked about the role of the third umpire after Nigel Llong's performance last night. Consistency has been what's needed in that role, and it's been lacking this series but last night he wasn't even consistent within his own calls. Hot spot was conclusive enough to overturn an LBW decision, but NOT to overturn a caught behind call? There need to be clear guidelines over the criteria upon which these decisions are reached - at the moment it seems like the umpires are making it up as they go along and giving benefit of the doubt to whoever.

  • funkybluesman on February 10, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Australia now go to India, who refuse to use DRS. Their objection seems to be based on the technology, but all the issues we've seem have been on the use of it not the technology itself.

    A few games ago we see a not-out overturned despite no real evidence (I think it probably did brush the glove, but that it shouldn't have been given out because there wasn't the evidence there to show it) and then here we have clear evidence of an edge, including a definite mark on hotspot, and it's given not-out.

    I think I agree with someone I once heard say that we should have specially trained third umpires rather than just using standard umpires as third umpires. They clearly don't know how to analyse and use the technology correctly.

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    I fear that West Indies cricket is never going to rebuild in anything more than 20 over cricket. Currently there is local domestic cricket going on in West Indies - yet another 10 players have ventured to earn cash in the BPL. Approximately 15 of West Indies better cricketers continually chase the T20 circuit, thus weakening the domestic league and also these players just concentrating on one form. Countries like Australia, England, South Africa, India, Pakistan have enough money to keep there players playing local domestic cricket. However the other countries that cant offer decent contracts to play for there country are going to struggle to keep there players focused to play for there countries.

  • Chris_P on February 10, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @Mitty2. Take your point on Faulker, but Henriques, this season is averaging over 60 with the bat (391) runs) & 20 (14 wickets) with the ball in fc, Faulkner 28.16 (169 runs) & 21 wickets @ 21.04. Faulkner is a bowling allrounder, that is, a solid #8 where as Henriques is more of a Watson type player, a batting allrounder. If selection is based on form, Henriques should have been one of the first considered AND Doolan (who really got the rough end of the selection pineapple). Faulkner, unfortunately for him, is around where there are so many quality quicks about. His effort against Gayle was in poor form (IMHO) but that aside he looks the part & deserves all opportunities.

  • Chris_P on February 10, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    @Herath-UK. Mate, have a think about your posts. You mention a full gate in Hobart. That is like 15,000. The MCG last night had 20% capacity which equates to 20,000. Anyway, why would televisions stations worry about gates? And fyi, I was at the SCG the night it was called off & let me confirm, again, I got absolutely drenched by the constant rain. Seems like the only people who thought it wasn't raining were the ones NOT THERE! Let's not forget, the game was called off by both the umpires & match referees, neutrals appointed by the ICC, nothing to do with CA or channel 9. The Sri Lankan bastmen sprinted off the ground when it was called off to avoid getting wet & it didn't improve from there! Let's move on from this topic please. And yes, you're right, the Aussie cricket public appreciated the competition of the Lankans whereas the Windies have been very disappointing. The timing of the series was also poor, a triangular would have been better.

  • VivGilchrist on February 10, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    @BravoBravo, What are you talking about? When were Australia last beaten by Bangladesh? Are you talking 1 game or a series? Last time I remember Aus losing an ODI to BD was a very very long time ago. Same with India actually. Mate, you can't just imagine things and write them as fact.

  • __PK on February 10, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    BravoBravo - "Now they are being whitewashed by AUS?" Didn't you read the article? They've been whitewashed by AUS in every ODI series in Australia since the Taylor era. That means neither Waugh nor Ponting (two captains with long terms) lost to WI at home. And Cpt.Meanster is just trolling - you can't call the either the reigning ODI Champion's Trophy holder nor the reigning T20 World Cup champs minnows - save that for a nation without a significant recent trophy in either short-form of the game.

  • dalboy12 on February 10, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    i watched a fair bit of this series as it was live here in NZ. Sad to see WI get thrashed as this is 'not' an unbeatable Aussie team, but then again they are playing at home and it was the higher bounce that seemed to trouble a lot of the WI batters. I agree with some other comments actually that this WI team seems more like a t20 team than ODI team. They are like the Black Caps where they lack depth, so the moment a few top players lose form or are injured they really struggle. Just a few questions - what has happened to Jermone Taylor ??? He seemed like a great pace bowler and could even bat a bit.

  • pat_one_back on February 10, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @Mitty, take your point with respect to Faulkner, Moises made a couple of big shield scores early this summer but Faulkner appears solid with the bat and the better bowler. No doubt he'll get more opportunities soon mate.

    @Joseph Lungford, seems your wife is familiar with the work of Warnie & MacGill, worth explaining that finger spinners like Doherty can be effective, Graham Swan for example has next to no variation and has long been adequate at Test level though rarely ever getting a ball to leave it's line.

    Found this ODI series really entertaining, WI really have bags of talent, without Gayle, if they could lift their focus and play the best 11

  • Rooboy on February 10, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I think it shows how much SL fans have been hurt by continual losses to Aus when you read comments such as those from binojusjp and kajuwaththaeksath. @bino - Aus played a trilateral series with two subcontinent teams last summer, and won the tournament. India especially weren't even competitive bar a couple of games v SL. @kaju - the fact the you think losing a test series 3-0 and only managing to draw the ODI series, even while Aus experimented by putting out back up teams, is putting 'big hurts' on Aus highlights the delusional attitude I am referring to

  • on February 10, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Yes .... the 5-0 result was exactly what could have been expected after WI lost to Bangladesh 3-2. But I wouldn't be laughing too loud Australia, last year we lost 4-0 to England.

    But I do not think the problem is the WI players, as much as the selectors and coaching staff. If Best was Australian the coaching staff would have moulded him into a superstar and why the middle/lower order kept throwing their wickets away .... ???

    Forget about the first game ... 2nd ODI ... Australia were 6/98 (23.4) .... WI were 3/159 (27.5) 3rd ODI ... West Indies posted 290 chasing Aust 329 4th ODI ... West Indies posted 220 after being 6/55 5th Test ... Australia were 4/82 (24.1) .... WI were 3/182 (36.4)

    A lot of positives for WI, but I don't think that you will get there with your current selectors or coaching staff.

    Good luck against Zimbabwe!!!

  • on February 10, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    WI have shown in this series that they have missed Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle in good form. The series has shown Gayles vunrability to left arm seam bowling in the longer formats. Darren Bravo has indicated to us of his frustrating inconsistency as when he gets in and looks set for a big score he gets out. If Darren Bravo wants to try to emulate Lara more than stance and back lift he needs to covert the 50's to 100's. Pollard for the final match should be placed at number 4 which will give him more responsibility and time to play himself in as in the 3rd ODI he showed promise by making a century. Andre Russell should not be picked as opening bowler as in the 50 over and test format his bowling is not consistent enough. The Windies need to get Rampul and either Best or Roach to open the bowling and put the Australian openers under pressure as so far the australian team have been able to play Narine's 10 overs with no risk as they know the runs are going to flow from the other bowler

  • yoadie on February 10, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    We now await, with bated breath, to hear which `positives' were taken away from this latest `white wash.'

  • BravoBravo on February 10, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    I am shocked by meek surrender by WI. Is this team ever going to achieve its glorious past? Now they are being whitewashed by AUS, surprisingly they have been defeated in past by mediocre teams like IND and BD. And we (WI) want #5 Spot on ICC ranking, therefore we have to shuffle ranking with IND, NZ, or BD. I will put Chris Gayle and BB McCullum in the same category: they play one inning of subsatnce on yearly basis , combined in all formats of game. AUS has been well deserved to white wash the current WI team. Congrats to AUS. I am hesitant to say but AUS remains the best team in cricket. AUS, SA, ENG, PAK should be categorized as Category 1 team, rest of the team put in category #2. To be fair, visiting teams winning matches must be rewarded higher points as compared to the host teams' wins.

  • abi111 on February 10, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    oh my god ..what a terrible record..west indies team dont have a balanced team...too many allrounders no specialist batsmen...this team only fits for 20-20

  • OzWally on February 10, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    To put this last game in perspective, Australia was without Warner, Clarke, Bailey, Wade, Starc, Maxwell (on a par w/ Faulkner though), Pattinson & Cummins. Add in another couple of players and if they played each other I'm not sure which Australia team would win. The depth can only help push everyone to greater heights looking towards WC 2015.

  • zeeask on February 10, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Oh my God!! its so sad to c that kind of performance from WI , i think they should elimnate some big names like chris gayle and give them some rest

  • binojusjp on February 10, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Finally Aussie found a team they can beat regularly..Congrats Aussie guys..Play cricket with them..& not with subcontinent teams..Specially in shorter formats..

  • KajuWaththaEksath on February 10, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Finally Australia smiling again after the big hurts made by Sri Lankan team to them. Get ready for the hot indian curries next and prepare to cry lot.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 10, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Yeah yeah... two MINNOWS going at each other with the worst team out of them losing 5-0. Why am I not surprised ? This series was the equivalent of a knife slitting my throat. A total disgrace for a bilateral series. This is why I feel the ODI game should be regulated with sense. Too many meaningless games being played nowadays and that includes TEST cricket. The ICC needs to seriously review a league structure with relegation standards.

  • on February 10, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Enough with the whitewash. just checking this years schedule WI playing only two tests match and maybe they don't deserve more ICC!!!!!!!! ENGLAND&AUSTRALIA are playing about 15 test matches 10 back to back mean while the number 1 team SOUTH AFRICA can't even get a 5 match series WHY is that!!! ICC stop living in the pass, the ashes ain't what it crapped up to be and stop trying to kill test cricket.....

  • WTEH on February 10, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Oh yes, As Sammy predicted, he has rewritten the history books!!! This keeps some wondering, the ODI and Test status should be evaluated for every country may be in every 5 years or so. Kind of sad how the record books keep changed by these mediocre teams.

  • on February 10, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    The white washing that the Aussies gave this WI team was a foregone conclusion. Wins against minnows - Bangladesh et al, is noway to measure the progress of team's resiliency, mental fortitude and skills necessary to play against formidable opponents. Zimbawe will be touring soon, WI will win and the accolades will pour in - progress have been made, they have turned the corners, etc. Everyone agrees that something is really wrong with the think tank of this team, not been able to find the right batting combination, complimented by a penetrative bowling attack to take a fight to strong opposition. Why did Roach - who spear heads WI attack- play in a meaningless match ? All the Aussies front line players were off to India! The only way this team will go, is up, but not with Sammy at the helm. Sammy is lacking the skills needed at the top level to make astute decisions and execute stragetic plans. He is not a student of the game. He is a territorial captain, not international. Time togo

  • on February 10, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Yes we lost 5-0.However our cricket is on the upswing.If only certain people in pivotal positions do not allow insular and power grabbing concerns to dictate the pace.This holds true for both the men and women teams. If only...! Clearly Sarwan is not mentally ready for a comeback, Gayle is in woeful international form and bowling lacks the killer instinct.Conversely, the contributions from some of the lesser lights have been encouraging and there are some young ones chomping at the bit back in the Caribbean.Also, there is a resurgence of a belief in the team spirit and the fielding has been commendable. Time will undoubtedly tell. Stay focused Windies!

  • Sinhaya on February 10, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Oh no what happened West Indies??? Well played Australia and got to give them credit. I am at a loss to see what is happening to all the big named Windies hitters. SERIOUSLY??

  • Shuraim on February 10, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Finally Marsh got a chance again and made an important contribution if he continues in that way maybe ashed isn't far away. I would even like to place him on no.4 against india while clarke at no.5. Anyways can't wiait to read Meety here;)

  • SL_Fan_1985 on February 10, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    welldone.. Aussies.... Finally you found consolation with WI, Thats how srilanka is differ....SL cause you lots of problems during ODIs and T20... Even dismiss Aussies for 74 and always games kept alive..but windies for away...

  • creekeetman on February 10, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    @Baundele... more like australia found ways to win... give credit where its due... ifs are useless... 5-0 is the correct outcome based on the cricket played.

  • kanakatru on February 10, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    That was Voges' second man of the match performance in his last three One Day Internationals, surely he is a lock for India.

  • gregjones on February 10, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Pathetic performance by the T20 champions. This proves that T20 cricket is nothing but a fluke/lottery. Proof is that all the T20 world cups have been won by different teams. West Indies could not even win 1 ODI against this not so strong Aussie side which proves that West Indies cricket is where it was 5 or10 years ago and that is in the Garbage dump.

  • Baundele on February 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    West Indies could even win the series 4-1. Except the first match, they were always within the striking distance; but as always, they found a way to lose.

  • on February 10, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Once SL is out of the country Aussies are looking all too powerful isn't it? Shame we couldn't watch how Shane Watson handle the moving boal.... I thought Windies were going to win it. But oh! they don't..how predictable..

  • gsingh7 on February 10, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    same old wi , losing and losing big again , i thought they had improved with wc win but they still useless in tests and odi cricket , beaten by india first and now aus.

  • Luke_M on February 10, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I hope Nigel Llong is never again appointed as a TV umpire. What an embarrassment, souring an otherwise great match.

  • on February 10, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Well, well, well. All there is for WI to do is study the positives. Bowling wise they seem to take their foot off the gas when they had Aus in trouble. They really missed Rampaul (who has that winning mentality). Batting missed Samuels. While no-one questions Sarwan's technical knowledge, his mindset may never recover form enforced absence. Pollard continues, but needs to be more consistent. Would have played Russell (one fit) and allowed him to express himself(cause we lose 5-0 anyway) as he is still one for the future (as an all-rounder). Thomas batting showing signs of improving. Team needs to start playing more games without Gayle, as I believe his heart is now only in the shortest form. All in all, we did not have our strongest team either, but we do not yet have as much in the dugout as Aus do. Gibson, my mark for the team is 4.5. Time to give Gabriel & Johnson their overdue introduction to ODI.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on February 10, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Since when has Kemar Roach been a change bowler? Since when has Tino Best been a no.11?

    I for one am glad that this utterly pointless series has ended. Waste of time, The domestic season has started, and would have been better had the squad all been back in the region and available for selection. There are indeed many promising young players in the current round of games, and one doe snot need to stipulate how important it is that these youngsters are faced with the best that West Indies cricket has to offer, on a regular basis. Only then, will they take the required steps to improve and move on to the next level.

  • Herath-UK on February 10, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I'm sure, Aussie public is crying out 'bring in Sri Lanka' to get some excitement; sad WI could not stand up to the test.It was mentioned here that Channel nine was keen to get the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka cancelled to get a full gate for the 5th ODI in Hobbart.So this WI tour should have been a disaster to them from commercial point of view. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • The.Pragmatist on February 10, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    I don't about you guys but this ranking system is driving me bananas. The only ranking that has any credibility is the test rankings, and that's because there isn't a World cup for test countries. The one-day and T20 rankings don't mean anything. All that matters is who won the respective world cups. What's the point being ranked highly for how many years only to go out in the group stages of the only tournament that matters. Just ask SA or England. India and West Indies are currently the champions and that is it. No one will remember who beat who in another meaningless one-day or T20 series. So lets all get a grip on reality and check the silverware because that's all there is. Ranking boasting trolls take note.

  • Flemo_Gilly on February 10, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    What did you guys think about Charles luck tonight. The first one was out, the lbw was not out.The ball hit both the bat's inside edge and the outside of the front pad in the fraction of a second between two replay frames. Simultaneous contact is not lbw. I have no doubt that the17 players to India are in a face-off for tour positions to England, & that the tests in India would be used as trials for Ashes.Maxwell & Smith I suspect, are competing for one spot to England as backup spinning all-rounder. An extra paceman will take the other position. Doherty as second specialist spinner will be dropped and SOK will take his place or it will be taken by a second keeper.The batting could see one or two changes depending on how those going to India perform with my tip that Khawaja will prosper along with Warner as both are fantastic batsman. Key for Khawaja is to give him the full series and not 1-2 games only as he is a classy batsman who needs a full series.

  • VEXXZ on February 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I just cannot understand the thinking of the WI dressing room .Best and Roach in the squad and Sammy open the bowling .No matter what kind of bowling figures he ends up with , it should have been BEST and ROACH sharing the NEW BALL . Russell is now in the roll of the "jack in the box" , in and out . WI stuck with POLLARD and in the end he came off even tho the pressure was off and his hundred made no difference . Here , we on the path to win the last ODI and fell apart as usual . Just cant handle the PRESSURE.

  • Paul_Rampley on February 10, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    I am a fan of Finch in the domestic circuit but I think that's it for Finch in the ODI team, his a T20 player let's leave it at that.Better batsmen than him have had far less failures and chances in Australian colours such as the man who has just come in….Voges. And guys Khawaja is in India which is why he is not playing here and sure he will be a future ODI player based on his Ryobi performances. Last season Inevarity cited Khawaja's fielding, nonchalant work ethic which if improved would warrant reconsideration of a return to the Australian side and it was very positive to see him work on these areas under boof and we have seen that his fielding is sharp this year and Arthur praised his work ethic a few weeks back so looking good for the highly talented left hander to do well in a tough India series. And it was interesting to note that Hughes and Marsh were both Australia's villains at the end of 2011, now they are both back and justifiably so, good signs for our future prospects.

  • RandyOZ on February 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Another dominant performance by Australia and yet more evidence why Finch should be no where near this team.

  • simonviller on February 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    WI just can't get it right !! Out- batted / out-bowled/ out-fielded/ out-thought . How irresponsible of Deonarine and narine . Why is Narine batting before Best and Roach ? The guy is afraid of the quick bowling ,it's plain to see ,while Best's batting skills are wasted at eleven . For WI it's about finding way to lose rather than finding a way to win, it would seem .

  • Mary_786 on February 10, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    For me 5 matches too many in this series of Australia A v West Indies matches. Remember that the West Indies only rank above sides like Bangladesh in Tests and Odi matches so 5 nil was not a surprising result. As for the India series Clarke will be our best batsman if he can keep himeslf fit and same goes for Warner. Khawaja is touted as Australia's next in line and deservingly so and he showed why for the Prime Minister's XI game a week back.Already this season he is the Sheffield Shield's third leading run-scorer(and has missed 2 games). In his 60 first-class matches to date, the stylish left hander has amassed 4045 runs, mostly in the toughest domestic competition in the world, Australia's Sheffield Shield. His average of 44 is all the more remarkable when you consider how highly-geared conditions have been towards fast-bowling and the recent and controversial emergence of 'result pitches'. Adam Vogues impressed me tonight and i think he could be valuable ODI player for us.

  • Edwards_Anderson on February 10, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Great win by the boys and now i am looking forward to India. I expect the likes of Hughes and Khawaja to star for us in the series and boys Khawaja wasn't dropped, he was send to India so he can prepare for the test series which should be his priority. I would rather see him establish in the test team first and then look at ODIs. Both him and Hughes for me will be our future batting stars and India is the place for both of them to establish themselves.

  • SANTHOSHM100 on February 10, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    WI loss due to Dbravo's slow batting

  • VEXXZ on February 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    What is the action that can be taken against the 3rd umpires . They sit in their arm chair and make a mockery of the system time and time again with their BAD decisions . A game can be won or lost from their mistake . What about taking away their match fee .

  • Andross on February 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    So, in this game, we have had two reviews that are given not out, when they were plainly out, and then the run out, where he had a much better case to say 'there wasn't enough evidence' they actually do give out? So much for consistency. Anyway, well played Charles, he used his luck to his best advantage, and to be fair, Australia blew 4 other (2 relatively simple) opportunities to get him out. Both teams played well, but Australia were just able to hold their wickets better in the end. I suppose there will be no DRS for India due to the BCCI, but I hope they've bloody well got it sorted for the Ashes later in the year. This kind of sloppiness in it's use is just not good enough for the oldest, most prestigious clash in cricket.

  • Surajdon9 on February 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    The Windies looked on target for victory thanks to a second wicket partnership of 106 between Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo. And with Kieron Pollard and Charles going along at a good rate they were slight favourites heading into the final 15 overs. And so Australia complete a clean sweep of matches in this series, a 5-0 result and a win here at the MCG, defending their total of 274 runs to dismiss the West Indies for 257 and win by 17 runs.

  • mar2000 on February 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    The decisions of theseThird Umpires need to be investigated after making such disgraceful decissions for all to see .They are making the review system look bad when in truth and in fact it is not .

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    I gather that everyone is ignoring Shane Warne's manifesto, including why it is bad to rotate players out, and all of the rest, in the wake of a fairly successful summer.

  • on February 10, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    These seem to be going Australia lately. Against SA, Smith had 2 decision overturned in his favour, after being given out caught behind thanks to no hot spot. Yet Warner was mercilessly dismissed under the exact same circumstances at the waca. Im not suggesting a conspiracy of any kind, just that Australia has been a little unlucky with the DRS recently. I do think (as a supporter of DRS) that umpires need to get this right a little more often than they are doing. Its a new aspect to umpiring sure, but there have been some DRS howlers recently and thats exactly what its meant to deter.

  • on February 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    "Windies can't do anything until or unless they recover from this prob of smashing hard on every delivery without rotating the strike!".......

  • Andross on February 10, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    You've got to be kidding me? Hard to be sure? That caught behind was out! I have been a huge fan of DRS, but after this summer I'm almost ashamed of that fact! In this and the previous series against SL there have been horrible decisions made by the 3rd umpire on both sides, particularly with contradicting the on field umpires without any real reason! And there have been 2 shockers this game! THIS HAS GOT TO BE FIXED! The 3rd umpire needs to be told that he's there to REVIEW a decision, not MAKE a decision, the benefit of the doubt lies with the Umpire, not the batsman, or the bowler or anyone else!

  • MrAdishaan on February 10, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Charles gone past his previous highest score of 84 in combined First class, list A & t20.

  • terryzarsov on February 10, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Nigel Long can't even get it right with the aid of hotspot and a dozen replays. Not once, but twice. Pathetic!

  • Mitty2 on February 10, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    On the note of the actual match: I can honestly say wholeheartedly, with complete conviction; that Jonathan charles is playing the luckiest innings I've seen in recent years. Luckier than the majority of matt prior's and Kevin pieterson's innings.

  • VivGilchrist on February 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Have you ever seen a luckier innings than J.Charles? Two dropped catches, a caught behind and an LBW... When things are going your way....

  • Mitty2 on February 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @whofriggincares Faulkner is a fulfilled and complete player in FC cricket, with a phenomal bowling average of 22.8, and a more than decent batting average of 27. as you stated his fielding is better than the stereotypical pacer. A true all rounder. Faulkner's flaw: he's tasmanian and has fulfilled his talent and potential.

    Henriques on the other hand, plays for NSW. Only has three runs more in his batting average (30) and has a deceptive bowling average of 27 considering as he's 10km/h slower than faulkner. His stats aren't even comparable to faulkner's. But.. Henriques has a supposed 'potential' that has NOT been reflected in his stats and has not been fulfilled in performances. This and that he plays for Nsw is why he's selected. The australian selectors would much prefer to pick players on potential instead of consistent performance (see steve smith).

  • PFEL on February 10, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    wow, now Charles given not out again on review when it seemed to hit pad first . . . can't help but think this seems a bit suspicious

  • whofriggincares on February 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    How did the third umpire come up with not out on the Charles review? You could clearly see the hotspot, hear the edge and even see the ball deviate slightly upwards after leaving the bat. DRS is the right way to go but it must be used properly,there has been a number of errors this summer disadvantaging all teams. Oh as I speak J Faulkner has taken a beauty of a catch, this guy is a very good all round cricketer. I will never understand why he didnt go to India instead of henriques.

  • PFEL on February 10, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Lol just saw Charles get caught behind given not out, even on review . . . very hard to understand. He obviously hit it, yet third upmire made the complete wrong decision. That's the 2nd time this has happened this season, the other being McKay given out on review when it was obvious that he DIDN'T hit it. I am a big fan of review system, but all it needs is to be put in the hands of at least semi-competent individuals. The 3rd umpires in some of these games have been disgraceful.

  • cccrider on February 10, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    How could anyone defend Finch at this level? He has had many chances and failed palpably. Seriously, he is not up to it, it is embarrassing.

  • Mitty2 on February 10, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @pat one back agree with you mate. But no matter what facts you provide, and no matter how strong our performances are and no matter how pathetic the pom's performances have been (see SA, Pakistan and SL series) the pommy trolls will continue to slander Australia, even if it's purely out of national induced ignorance and bias

    The facts remain, that no matter how far from perfect performances from an individual (see Nathan Lyon's performance on non turning pitches and seperately, Matthew wade's faulty keeping, albeit he has two test centuries already) Australia has been the best performed test team since the ashes along with SA, with only three test losses and two respectively. England isn't even in the same category with seven test losses (lol).

    The pom's can only harp on about these individuals as compensation for their sometimes pathetic collective performances, they may have some decent saffers to keep them hope, but frankly, Eng's results gives no justification to bag other teams

  • Webba84 on February 10, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @WESTINDIESANALYST Khawaja hasn't been dropped, he is in India preparing for the test series there.

  • pat_one_back on February 10, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Another sturdy middle order recovery for Aust, it's becoming a trademark of the renewed squad, following on from Clarke & Husseys near invincible test form. No wonder the Barmy trolls want Clarke up the order where there is now an abundance of world class talent competing in Warner, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Cowan & Marsh, all bar two with 1 or more century against Dale Steyn lead attacks! Seeing the spirit of Bailey & Voges as middle order woodsmen has been a silver lining to this rotation confusion. While many English celebrate giddily over a high score in a backyard game over in NZ, Aust cricket is making impressive strides.

  • FazleAbed on February 10, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    This is great for cricket australia.Voges score 100, Marsh score a good 40, haddin good batting practise before India tour. Top class i should say. Now they have Huges, warner, Watson in top. Baily, Clarke, Voges, in middle, All rounder like Faulkner, Maxwell, Moses and Ben Cutting. Pace man Strac, Mckey, Jhonson, Cummins, Pattinson. Wicket keeper wade. Very good staff for 2015.

  • on February 10, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    It really must be a thing of beauty when all goes your way. Even the commentary against the West Indies is just plain negative. Something we have to learn when we host teams in our country. However its appears that we are very gentle and sportsmanlike. There is no doubt that Australia has a good team, with plenty of depth and as the West Indies "recovers and rebuilds", it has been a while, but it will happen. So so enjoy it for now...Clearly we cant seem to select more than one "inform" batsman in a squad. That too will be fixed at some point, so enjoy it now.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 10, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @hyclass Khawaja has a List A average in the 40's Finch is in the 20's if you want to talk averages . . .

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 10, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Shaggy076 I'm not talkin about looks the way you are i'm talking about it from who I could see make a solid impact for oz in future tests and Odi's out of the 2. Finch is a slasher/slogger he'd do well in top level under international and his best bet would probably be perusing an international T20 renegade career like Nannes playin around the world as he doesn't look to have the mental focus or discipline for top level.

  • hyclass on February 10, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Khawaja was 10th in Shield averages, 12th in BBL averages and 10th in List A averages this season. In 2013, he averages 39 in the Shield, made 0 and 8 from 39 balls in his last Shield game vs NSW and managed scores of 3, 8* and 3 in his ODI's. He ran himself out by not grounding his bat in the first and was dropped 4th ball on 0 in the second-a sitter by the keeper off the spinner, allowing him to be not out. His ODI average is 7 and his Test average is 29 from 6 Tests at the glacial S/R of 39. He averaged 29 in Shield last year and his 1st Class average has dropped 11 runs in 2 years. Those are the facts regarding Khawaja. The idea that he has been poorly treated is the fantasy of a handful of fanatical supporters who regard Khawaja as being immune to the selection processes and standards applied to everyone else.

  • on February 10, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    WI sure know how to mess up a good position.

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    WestIndiesAnalyst - If it went on looks Chanderpaul would never have played a test, currently Australia would have Shaun Marsh and Callum Fergusson in the test team. Warner would never have played a test, Hughes wouldnt play any form of cricket. It needs to be based on performance. As for Khawaja getting dropped after a run out not entirely true, he was given an opportunity to fill in whille Clarke and Warner was rested - He only had one opportunity to cement his spot. Yes Finch hasnt looked up to it but his domestic performance determined that he would get a decent shot at it.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 10, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    -Khawaja looks much better batsman to me than Finch for Tests and ODi's also wasn't he run out earlier in this series before he was dropped only 1 shot ?

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    AhmedEsat - you say facts are facts Finch Ryobi cup this year av 100 s/r 100 - Khawaja av 51 - s/r - 80. Khawaja is nowhere near FInch's domination. He has been good but the two stats dont compare. Your right Facts are facts. Khawaja has been good at one-day cricket only for a short while now where players like Ferguson, Bailey, Voges, D Hussey have been churning out runs for several years. Khawaja was luckily given 3 games and averaged 7.

  • AhmedEsat on February 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Shaggy076-Khawaja has proven himself in all 3 forms of the game and has performed equally or better than Finch in one day cricket.I disagree with your assertion. Facts are facts!

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    AHmedEsat - 1) Finch has dominated domestic c=one-day cricket unlike Khawaja thus earning more chances 2) Khawaja has been given 3 chances in a game that he is clearly not in the best 10 bats Australia wide - so the selectors have certainly given him a shot 3) He was only left out of the side to travel early to India to give him the best shot at taking Hussey's test postion. The selectors are loooking after him.

  • on February 10, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    wade and finch should not play in india. haddin and marsh is ok

  • AhmedEsat on February 10, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Finch fails again-the number of chances he has been given makes a mockery of our selectors lack of consistency-I don't think any Australian can argue against the blatant prejudice the selectors have dished out to Usman Khawaja. Seems like the adage, "A fair go," only applies to some Australians.

  • Simoc on February 10, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    It looks rather like Aaron Finch doesn't cut it at international level. Has ability but it's about runs under pressure. It's a pity we won't see Coulter-Nile but there was no reason to include him and in fact none of the Oz batsmen have bowling form I know of. Not a good sign in an ODI.

  • Chucker1818 on February 10, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    OMG!! 5 chances for Finch...

    Finch out!!! Klinger in!!!!

  • VivGilchrist on February 10, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Good move by WI to have both Best and Roach. Well, actually its a logical move which emphasises the stupidity of playing only one opening bowler in previous games. I ask you though, will Charles score more runs than what Russel would have? I honestly think WI should view Russel as a batting all-rounder rather than a bowling all-rounder.

    Can WI show some nerve and beat this Aussie team in a dead rubber without Warner, Clarke, Bailey, and Starc?

    Bye bye Finch.... unfortunately just looks like a domestic bully. Maybe his poor FC record is a true reflection of where he's at?

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Biggest crime is BEST not being picked at the WACA he would have been touching late 150's/160 kph there, he's bowling as fast as I've seen anyone got them jumping ! both openers gone already and Hughes rapped on d gloves . . . Y is Roach not opening with him though ?

  • on February 10, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Inevitable white wash!!! West Indies continue to make the same mistake . Drop Sammy and bring in Holder. I hope the selectors have learnt their lesson. we should play 5 specialist batters 1 all- arounder 4 specialist bowlers and the Wk.

  • on February 10, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Inevitable white wash!!! West Indies continue to make the same mistake . Drop Sammy and bring in Holder. I hope the selectors have learnt their lesson. we should play 5 specialist batters 1 all- arounder 4 specialist bowlers and the Wk.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 10, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Biggest crime is BEST not being picked at the WACA he would have been touching late 150's/160 kph there, he's bowling as fast as I've seen anyone got them jumping ! both openers gone already and Hughes rapped on d gloves . . . Y is Roach not opening with him though ?

  • VivGilchrist on February 10, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Good move by WI to have both Best and Roach. Well, actually its a logical move which emphasises the stupidity of playing only one opening bowler in previous games. I ask you though, will Charles score more runs than what Russel would have? I honestly think WI should view Russel as a batting all-rounder rather than a bowling all-rounder.

    Can WI show some nerve and beat this Aussie team in a dead rubber without Warner, Clarke, Bailey, and Starc?

    Bye bye Finch.... unfortunately just looks like a domestic bully. Maybe his poor FC record is a true reflection of where he's at?

  • Chucker1818 on February 10, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    OMG!! 5 chances for Finch...

    Finch out!!! Klinger in!!!!

  • Simoc on February 10, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    It looks rather like Aaron Finch doesn't cut it at international level. Has ability but it's about runs under pressure. It's a pity we won't see Coulter-Nile but there was no reason to include him and in fact none of the Oz batsmen have bowling form I know of. Not a good sign in an ODI.

  • AhmedEsat on February 10, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Finch fails again-the number of chances he has been given makes a mockery of our selectors lack of consistency-I don't think any Australian can argue against the blatant prejudice the selectors have dished out to Usman Khawaja. Seems like the adage, "A fair go," only applies to some Australians.

  • on February 10, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    wade and finch should not play in india. haddin and marsh is ok

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    AHmedEsat - 1) Finch has dominated domestic c=one-day cricket unlike Khawaja thus earning more chances 2) Khawaja has been given 3 chances in a game that he is clearly not in the best 10 bats Australia wide - so the selectors have certainly given him a shot 3) He was only left out of the side to travel early to India to give him the best shot at taking Hussey's test postion. The selectors are loooking after him.

  • AhmedEsat on February 10, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Shaggy076-Khawaja has proven himself in all 3 forms of the game and has performed equally or better than Finch in one day cricket.I disagree with your assertion. Facts are facts!

  • Shaggy076 on February 10, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    AhmedEsat - you say facts are facts Finch Ryobi cup this year av 100 s/r 100 - Khawaja av 51 - s/r - 80. Khawaja is nowhere near FInch's domination. He has been good but the two stats dont compare. Your right Facts are facts. Khawaja has been good at one-day cricket only for a short while now where players like Ferguson, Bailey, Voges, D Hussey have been churning out runs for several years. Khawaja was luckily given 3 games and averaged 7.