West Indies in Australia ODI Series - 1st ODI

Australia v West Indies

Australia won by 9 wickets (with 244 balls remaining)

So it's Kieran Powell and Chris Gayle to start the proceedings. Powell scored 90-odd in the tour game a couple of days back. Gayle on strike. Two slips for him. McKay to start over the wicket.

John: "Daniel, Finch has taken one wicket in his entire List A career. Based on that you think he's a 5th bowler option? I bet the WI hope he is."


Toss: Darren Sammy has won the toss and has decided to bat. James Faulkner is making his debut today, he has been handed his ODI cap by the legend, Dennis Lillee. For West Indies, 21-year-old Jason Holder gets his first cap while Andre Russell has been left out. Kemar Roach is in too.

BJ: "I'm hoping we see the Chris Gayle that was decimating all during his last couple matches of the Caribbean T20 comp, and not the Gayle who struggled throughout the Bangladesh tour and all but the final match of the BBL. I know which one is more entertaining." We all are waiting to see him BJ, we all are. 122 and 85 he got in those two innings..

Patch: "Looking forward to watching Faulkner bowl at the death, especially with the WIndies strong lower order hitting out. Big challenge and a good indicator of his potential."

victor darrell: "The most critical part of this match for the WI is the team selection. This is an ongoing problem for us. Gibson has to get it right to give the boys a chance!! XI should be Gayle, Powell, Charles (wk), Darren Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Sammy, Holder, Narine, Roach and Best....Go Windies!!! Take this series 4-1 !!!"

"Liking the 5th bowler options in Clarke, Finch and Maxwell," says Daniel. "Dont think the Windies will settle into any groove with Faulkner, Johnson and Starc on a quick WACA surface."


The men from Caribbean have won 10 of their 17 ODIs here at the WACA and have only lost one - that's right - only one to Australia. That loss came when West Indies were still in the peak of their powers almost 30 years ago. Can this bunch of tourists build on their record? Welcome to our coverage of the first ODI between Australia and West Indies. Australia have appeared more fallible in shorter forms and West Indies - the World T20 champs - is a team on the rise. It promises to be a keenly contested series. I am specially looking forward to Ramnaresh Sarwan's comeback. He scored a fifty in the tour match too.

0.1

McKay to Gayle, no run, short of length angling across the left-hander, Gayle moves his bat out of the way

0.2

McKay to Gayle, 1 wide, short of length, but he loses direction and it goes wide outside off

Gareth: "Windies are sporting five all rounders. It's a modern game!" They had a few in yesterday's Women's game too, as per their captain.

0.2

McKay to Gayle, 1 leg bye, back of length, swings into Gayle from around leg stump, he gets hit on the thigh pad as he tries to glance, batsmen exchange ends as the ball rolls towards leg gully

0.3

McKay to Powell, no run, full and swinging in to Powell, he goes for a flick but misses the ball completely, gets hit on the pads. The ball pitched middle and leg but swung a long way and that saves Powell

0.4

McKay to Powell, no run, length ball across the left-hander, left alone

0.5

McKay to Powell, 1 wide, this one swings away from the batsman, but this goes wide outside off and the umpire stretches his arms again

simon: "John, let's not forget that at one stage Murali also had only taken 1 wicket in his List A career."

0.5

McKay to Powell, no run, this one is closer to the line of off and it beats Powell's forward prod

0.6

McKay to Powell, no run, and another one past the edge as Powell goes fishing for one outside off, his feet not anywhere near the pitch of the delivery

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
KOA Powell    0* (4b)      CJ McKay    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    0* (2b)     

Starc coming over the wicket.

ss: "surely ramdin is better than thomas? i can understand him being in the bangla ODIs but not vs Aus! if ramdin is good enough for the t20s he must be good enough for ODIs"

1.1

Starc to Gayle, no run, starts of with a perfect outswinger, Gayle stays in the crease and plays inside the line

1.2

Starc to Gayle, no run, 136 ks, and another outswinger. Starts outside off and swings further away. Gayle keeps his bat away from the line of the ball

1.3

Starc to Gayle, no run, this one is a touch wider outside off, swings away, no problems in letting that one go

GK: "@Simon. Yes, and just like Murali, Finch tends to just close his eyes and slog for the hills..."

1.4

Starc to Gayle, no run, and brings this closer to off and takes it away from there. Gayle stays within the crease and plays down the wrong line. He is not getting beaten by those one, it is just that he hangs his bat

1.5

Starc to Gayle, no run, fuller length, wide outside off, swings away and this time Gayle keeps his bat tucked in

1.6

Starc to Gayle, no run, fuller length outside off, bounces a lot after pitching and Wade takes it over his head

Good start for the left-armer

End of over 2 (maiden) West Indies 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
CH Gayle    0* (8b)      MA Starc    1-1-0-0
KOA Powell    0* (4b)      CJ McKay    1-0-2-0

2.1

McKay to Powell, no run, back of length on off stump, Powell stays on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler

SthAussie: "@John, I think it's more referring to his Big Bash bowling form, he kept the runs down fairly well, a 5th bowler isn't generally there to take wickets mate, just tie up an end & Finch was doing that during the BB"

2.2

McKay to Powell, no run, on a length, round about middle stump line and takes off from there, the batsman gets hit on the back leg, around thigh-pad

2.3

McKay to Powell, no run, fuller length outside off, Powell stays in the crease and crunches it to the off side, but straight to mid-off

2.4

McKay to Powell, no run, angles across the left-hander, it is bowled on a fuller length and Powell leaves it comfortably

2.5

McKay to Powell, no run, 135 ks, on a length a touch outside off, leaves the left-hander with the angle, left alone easily.

daniel: "John I didnt say Finch was the 5th bowler i said Finch, Clarke and Maxwell are the 5th bowler options. Would not play either Finch, Clarke or Maxwell as a 5th bowler but the 3 together will get through a productive 10 overs. Maybe the lack of respect for Finches and Maxwells number of wickets will bring a rash shot from the Windies in a 1 or 2 over spell??"

2.6

McKay to Powell, 1 run, he shuffles across and punches the length ball on middle and leg to the right of the square-leg fielder. It doesn't go too far and was in the air for a fair bit

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 4/0 (RR: 1.33)
KOA Powell    1* (10b)      CJ McKay    2-0-3-0
CH Gayle    0* (8b)      MA Starc    1-1-0-0

3.1

Starc to Powell, no run, back of a length just outside off, Powell goes back and defends the swinging delivery towards point

3.2

Starc to Powell, no run, shuffles across to play the short of length delivery on middle stump towards leg side, gets a leading edge back down the pitch. Lucky that it went straight down on the pitch

3.3

Starc to Powell, 2 runs, and keeps shuffling across, but the line on this ball is a bit straight and it allows Powell to whip it through midwicket

3.4

Starc to Powell, no run, lovely delivery! starts of just outside off and swings away. Beats Powell who was waiting on his back foot

3.5

Starc to Powell, FOUR, he gets a gift and drives it firmly through the covers. Starch experimented by pushing it all the way to the batsman

3.6

Starc to Powell, no run, another one on similar length, very full, but it is pitched on middle and leg and hits the batsman on the pads as he shuffles across, the angle on that delivery saves Powell.

End of over 4 (6 runs) West Indies 10/0 (RR: 2.50)
KOA Powell    7* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-1-6-0
CH Gayle    0* (8b)      CJ McKay    2-0-3-0

Dwayne Schultz: "I'm starting to worry that with the sheer number of players making their debuts for Australia in the last few years we're going to run out of retired greats to hand out their caps. I feel sorry for the poor bloke making his debut in 5 years time who has to receive the cap from Brad Williams or Matthew Nicholson."

4.1

McKay to Gayle, no run, 135 ks, short of length delivery on off and middle, defended down the pitch off the back foot

4.2

McKay to Gayle, no run, he stays on the back foot and defends the back of length delivery towards the off side

Tim: "Personally I hope Maxwell bowls a lot of overs here. Even in the power play. West Indies have a lot of left handers and none of them are great players of off spin bowling."

4.3

McKay to Gayle, FOUR, short ball outside off, Gayle is a bit late on that as he plays a whip/pull through midwicket and look at the power on that, it beats the fielder to the rope

4.4

McKay to Gayle, no run, fuller length on off stump, angles across Gayle and beats the outside edge. Wade takes it head high

4.5

McKay to Gayle, OUT, caught at second slip! short of length on off stump, leaves the batsman and bounces a touch extra too, it takes the shoulder of the bat on it's way to the slip cordon and Finch dives across and catches it in front of the first slip fielder, it carried at a nice height this one, a super catch to send the big man back

CH Gayle c Finch b McKay 4 (23m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

Sarwan is the new man...Three slips for him

4.6

McKay to Sarwan, no run, gets a leg-cutter first up, it is well outside off and so it's left alone

End of over 5 (4 runs) West Indies 14/1 (RR: 2.80)
RR Sarwan    0* (1b)      CJ McKay    3-0-7-1
KOA Powell    7* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-1-6-0

Dennis Yang: "Devashish, how are you staying awake? I was following the India vs West Indies women's match yesterday and I recollect you commentated for that one. And now this match. Pulling an all-nighter? If so, please stay awake so I can continue to follow the cricket. Stock up on the coffee." 24 hour personnel for 24 hour cricket..

5.1

Starc to Powell, FOUR, full and swinging and Powell beautifully leans on that one and creams it through cover for his second boundary through that region

5.2

Starc to Powell, OUT, caught at first slip! So that is what Starc has been setting Powell up for. It is another swinging delivery on off stump, but the length is pulled back just a bit, only just, and it takes the outside edge and goes straight to Michael Clarke for the easiest of slip catches. Two Down

KOA Powell c Clarke b Starc 11 (27m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Lara Bravo comes in to face some away swingers

5.3

Starc to DM Bravo, 1 run, 139 ks, very full and swinging away, Bravo gets squared up and ends up edging it towards point

5.4

Starc to Sarwan, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, swings in to Sarwan who pushes it to cover point off the front foot

5.5

Starc to Sarwan, OUT, hits middle and leg!!! Well well well, it is made me jump off my seat. It is full and swinging and fast and what not... Sarwan plays all over it and it goes through the gate and disarrays the nice lattice that the stumps are laid in.

RR Sarwan b Starc 0 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Someone said something about WI weak against the spinners, but the swinging ball is causing all the problems here

Bravo 2 comes in.

Dexter: "@Dennis Yang: I have been following and commenting 24*7 too, it's just my comments are not being published! :(" .. there you go.. since I am happy after that delivery

5.6

Starc to DJ Bravo, no run, length ball touch outside off, comes in a touch, but Dwayne covers the line of the stumps and lets it go

End of over 6 (5 runs) West Indies 19/3 (RR: 3.16)
DJ Bravo    0* (1b)      MA Starc    3-1-11-2
DM Bravo    1* (1b)      CJ McKay    3-0-7-1

6.1

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, fuller length delivery on off, Darren doesn't come fully forward, but defends it to leg side

Randy: "Just came on to check the score, let's see now........ hey we're in the usual situation. Nice to see some things remain the same in this hectic world."

6.2

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, and this one carries on with the angle! Darren was playing for the swing and it goes past the outside edge

6.3

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, back of length angling across the left-hander, Darren pulls his bat in at the last moment

Charbel: "Problems against spin in Bangladesh, problems against swing in Australia. Windies all over the place!"

6.4

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, on the middle and leg line, seams a touch away after pitching and Darren ends up defending back to the bowler

6.5

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, short of length outside off, a confident leave from Darren this time

6.6

McKay to DM Bravo, no run, short-ish delivery on off stump, not too quick, Darren hops and defends it down the pitch

End of over 7 (maiden) West Indies 19/3 (RR: 2.71)
DM Bravo    1* (7b)      CJ McKay    4-1-7-1
DJ Bravo    0* (1b)      MA Starc    3-1-11-2

7.1

Starc to DJ Bravo, OUT, is that caught! is that lbw! Whatever it is, it is another wicket! It is bat-pad to short leg. Starc keeps it there, full, fast and swinging on the middle stump, Dwayne, unlike Sarwan, takes a stride out to the ball, but it takes the inside edge, hits the pads and goes straight to short-leg fielder

DJ Bravo c Hughes b Starc 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Big Polly is in earlier than he would have liked.

7.2

Starc to Pollard, no run, oh my god!!! another one full, fast and swinging, hits the pads at a ferocious pace and Polly's bat is nowhere near the ball, it pitches in line of leg stump and hits him in line. Decision reviewed. It looked good to me, but the DRS thingy saves Polly, as it was clipping the leg stump with the outer half

7.3

Starc to Pollard, OUT, take this one then!! Full inswinging delivery outside off, Polly doesn't get too far forward and chops the ball back to the stumps. That's out twice in two balls in my book.

KA Pollard b Starc 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

FIVE down already!! Time to look for lowest scores..

7.4

Starc to Thomas, no run, full yorker outside off, how did that miss the off stump. Everyone has their hands on their heads..

7.5

Starc to Thomas, no run, full yorker again and somehow Thomas digs it out. Survives to live another day.

7.6

Starc to Thomas, no run, this one is a touch shorter in length, but it keeps coming back in and hits the batsman on the thigh

This is deadly stuff from Starc

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) West Indies 19/5 (RR: 2.37)
DC Thomas    0* (3b)      MA Starc    4-2-11-4
DM Bravo    1* (7b)      CJ McKay    4-1-7-1

8.1

McKay to DM Bravo, 1 run, edged and goes through the vacant third slip! length ball, leaves Bravo, who plays at it without much of a forward stride

8.2

McKay to Thomas, no run, leaves the ball on length outside off, but I tell you, that just went over the off stump. Good leave, some would say, at the WACA

8.3

McKay to Thomas, no run, fuller length on off stump, punched to mid-on

pinkogoldwhag: "The Windies are playing like cheese! Looks like the 'wind' is out of them."

Errol Erskine: "WI are batting as if this is a mine-field and to think that they won the toss"

8.4

McKay to Thomas, no run, short of length with width outside off, cut with power, but straight to point

Adam: "I finish work in 2.5 hours, when I get home, I will have nothing to watch!" SA and Pak bowlers start later in the day.

8.5

McKay to Thomas, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

8.6

McKay to Thomas, 2 runs, fuller length outside off, Thomas goes for a drive but ends up slicing it past the left of a diving point fielder

End of over 9 (3 runs) West Indies 22/5 (RR: 2.44)
DC Thomas    2* (8b)      CJ McKay    5-1-10-1
DM Bravo    2* (8b)      MA Starc    4-2-11-4

9.1

Starc to DM Bravo, FOUR, fuller length delivery wide outside off, swinging away and Darren caresses it through cover for a boundary

Sam Johnson: "Does Windies watch tapes of games at WACA. You have to bat outside the crease to reduce the impact of bounce and speed. Watch tapes of Richie Richardson batting!!"

9.2

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on off stump, moves away from the bat, left alone by the batsman

Matt: "I'm sorry, on this form Starc has got to be one of the hardest tasks to face in the world. 145+ km/h and vicious late swing? Sheesh. Good luck."

9.3

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, tests him with a bouncer outside off stump, Darren was going forward and had to sway away at the last moment

Wookie: "Well if Australia is true to form this summer, Windies should recover to 8/240 no problems."

9.4

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, 142 ks, full and swinging outside off, a touch too full, Bravo defends it back to the bowler

9.5

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, keeps it nice and full outside off, the batsman drives with an open face, towards cover point

9.6

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, another short delivery, this time Bravo sees it early and ducks under it

End of over 10 (4 runs) West Indies 26/5 (RR: 2.60)
DM Bravo    6* (14b 1x4)      MA Starc    5-2-15-4
DC Thomas    2* (8b)      CJ McKay    5-1-10-1

Here comes the new man - James Faulkner. Two slips for him

Dave Simpson: "Not sure why Sammy would make the decision to bat first on a WACA pitch. But then again, all the batsmen look out of touch and clueless."

10.1

Faulkner to Thomas, 1 run, 127 ks, nice gentle delivery on a length compared to what has been spewed till now, it is tucked towards square leg for a single

10.2

Faulkner to DM Bravo, no run, gets some bounce outside off, defended off the backfoot, a bit awkwardly

10.3

Faulkner to DM Bravo, 1 run, not much swing for JF, it is on a length angling in to the left-hander, he comes forward and pushes it to wide mid-on

10.4

Faulkner to Thomas, no run, goes across the right hander and beats the outside edge as Thomas doesn't really stretch out to the pitch of the ball

10.5

Faulkner to Thomas, OUT, caught at first slip! Success, triumph and fun for JF. A good start to his career and Thomas gives his wicket as a gift. It was short of length on off stump, angling across, and Thomas pokes at it, the edge flies comfortably to Clarke

DC Thomas c Clarke b Faulkner 3 (15m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

The captain has arrived. Time to take some control here.. It might be too late though

10.6

Faulkner to Sammy, 1 wide, gets a wide delivery outside off

10.6

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, fuller length on the middle stump line, moves a touch away too, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 29/6 (RR: 2.63)
DJG Sammy    0* (1b)      JP Faulkner    1-0-3-1
DM Bravo    7* (16b 1x4)      MA Starc    5-2-15-4

Bradley Burns: "This match is over....bring back C. Ambrose v D. Jones.....now that was a contest!"

11.1

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, length ball on off stump, swings away, Bravo gets squared up a bit as he defends it to the off side

11.2

Starc to DM Bravo, no run, and more of the same again, defended towards off side

11.3

Starc to DM Bravo, 2 runs, full on the pads and that is flicked fine down to fine leg, where JF makes a full-length dive to cut off the boundary

11.4

Starc to DM Bravo, 4 byes, short of length wide outside off, and that climbs from there and goes over the keeper's head..

11.5

Starc to DM Bravo, 1 run, back of length on the pads, Bravo hops and tucks it towards backward square leg

Three slips now.

BJ: "For Starc's sake, I hope he doesn't grab a fifth wicket. Last time he took a 5-for he was told to hit the showers and not to turn up for Boxing Day!"

11.6

Starc to Sammy, no run, full and swinging outside off, just didn't come back as much as it did earlier, but it was enough to draw an inside edge to square leg

End of over 12 (7 runs) West Indies 36/6 (RR: 3.00)
DJG Sammy    0* (2b)      MA Starc    6-2-18-4
DM Bravo    10* (21b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-3-1

David Sexton: "What a disappointment. This kind of start does the 50-over game no favours. Expect poor crowds for the remainder of the series."

12.1

Faulkner to DM Bravo, 1 wide, down the leg side and it's called a wide

12.1

Faulkner to DM Bravo, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the off stump, punched back straight down, mid-on and mid-off converge to stop that

Mark: "As an Aussie, I am really hoping that WI can recover here and at least post a half decent total so we can see a decent match. I hate seeing batting collapses, regardless of which team it is.... except maybe England in an ashes series."

12.2

Faulkner to Sammy, 1 run, length delivery on middle and leg line, not much swing for JF, pushed towards midwicket

cricketsimpleton: "i somehow feel 160 -180 will be very competitive with the fringe nature of this new aussie batting line up. I think one feary spell from kemar will wreak havoc in that flimsy batting order."

12.3

Faulkner to DM Bravo, no run, loose shot by Lara as he flays his bat at a wide delivery and gets beaten

12.4

Faulkner to DM Bravo, no run, short of length outside off stump, defended towards the off side

12.5

Faulkner to DM Bravo, OUT, caught my Mr. Clarke at you know where! As simple as you like. Length delivery on off stump, moves a touch away after pitching and Bravo plays that from the back foot when probably he should have been forward, the ball takes a proper edge and goes straight to first slip

DM Bravo c Clarke b Faulkner 11 (41m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

Lawrie F: "Channel 9 will have to trundle out the old tapes tonight cause their won't be any cricket on. I'm tipping one of their old faithfuls that they play 4 times a year like Kindergarden Cop, True Lies or Groundhog Day."

Kumaran: "Not long ago Aussies were 9/40 and eventually all out for 74 then almost won the match against SL."

12.6

Faulkner to Holder, no run, the tall debutant plays a positive defensive shot off a length ball

End of over 13 (3 runs) West Indies 39/7 (RR: 3.00)
JO Holder    0* (1b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-6-2
DJG Sammy    1* (3b)      MA Starc    6-2-18-4

Another left-armer comes in. It's Mitchell the Johnson

13.1

Johnson to Sammy, no run, he tries the same formula as Starc, bowls full outside off, but it doesn't swing much and is defended back to the bowler

13.2

Johnson to Sammy, 2 runs, another fuller one outside off, Sammy pushes it in the gap at cover for a couple

Deano: "If Khawaja's given his standard 1 game he'll have to open to get any decent time in the middle at this rate"

13.3

Johnson to Sammy, no run, this one was much straighter and Sammy played at that from the crease, lucky that he got an inside edge on to his pads

13.4

Johnson to Sammy, 1 run, short of length on middle and leg, glanced down to fine-leg off the back foot

West Indies lowest innings total 54 against South Africa, Jan 2004

Dave Simpson: "Had a glance at the WI scorecard, and almost shouted B-I-N-G-O! Instead I found myself say O No! O No!"

13.5

Johnson to Holder, no run, edged and falls short of the second-slip fielder. Holder does well as he takes his bottom hand off as he plays that short of length delivery off the back foot

13.6

Johnson to Holder, no run, he is back to his favourite length, which is a bit short of good length, it goes across the right hander who leaves it alone

End of over 14 (3 runs) West Indies 42/7 (RR: 3.00)
JO Holder    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0
DJG Sammy    4* (7b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-6-2

14.1

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, slightly slower length delivery on off, defended off the back foot

14.2

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, keeps it around the off stump and Sammy defends off the back foot towards the leg side

87, WI's lowest against Aus, december 1992 at Sydney

14.3

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, full yorker outside off, misses everything, Sammy was late to bring his bat down

14.4

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, now he plays outside the line of the ball, it goes between the bat and pad to the keeper

14.5

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, short of length and a touch wide outside off, left alone

Daniel Alexander: "@ Kumaran - Do WI have the quality in their bowling? which SL did"

14.6

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, keeps it tight outside off, Sammy stays in the crease and lifts his bat out of the way

End of over 15 (maiden) West Indies 42/7 (RR: 2.80)
DJG Sammy    4* (13b)      JP Faulkner    3-1-6-2
JO Holder    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0

Jamie: "Did Clarke put Johnson in to spray a few wides and let WI back in to the game? Channel 9 will be thanking him..."

15.1

Johnson to Holder, no run, length delivery on off, not much movement for him, defended by the batsman back to the bowler

15.2

Johnson to Holder, 1 run, oh my my!! That was a fast full inswinging yorker, and he just gets his bat down in time to get an inside edge to the leg side

John Teague: "To be honest, I'm not so sure Australia would have done much better if they had batted first. Is it just me or does every low-scoring match these days involve Australia?"

15.3

Johnson to Sammy, no run, length ball on middle and leg, 145 ks, hits the pads but on this pitch, generally those ones sail over the stumps, no appeal

15.4

Johnson to Sammy, 1 wide, swings it down the leg side, called a wide

15.4

Johnson to Sammy, no run, no no! The pitch saves the batsman. It was bowled on a length, pitched on the middle line, swung in and what does Sammy do? he leaves it. The ball hits the pads and everyone goes for a loud appeal. Good leave in hindsight

15.5

Johnson to Sammy, no run, short of length, bounces a touch extra and hits the thigh pad

Johnathan: "I don't mind #1 n 2 being caught by surprise here, but 3,4 n 5 should have had some sorta game plan to start consolidating, this is ridiculous!!"

15.6

Johnson to Sammy, 1 leg bye, short of length on the pads, hits the thigh pad and rolls towards backward square leg

End of over 16 (3 runs) West Indies 45/7 (RR: 2.81)
DJG Sammy    4* (17b)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0
JO Holder    1* (5b)      JP Faulkner    3-1-6-2

Kew: "I'd be promoting that 'Extras' guy - he's looking to be the highest scorer today."

16.1

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, a big swing and a miss, Sammy sees width and throws his bat at it, playing away from the body, lucky not to edge that one

16.2

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, takes it away from the right-hander, from short of length, left alone

Michael: "@John Teague - Its just you. Australia was not involved in the recent Test series between South Africa and New Zealand..."

16.3

Faulkner to Sammy, 1 run, nice flick fine on the leg side off a length ball on the pads, just a single

16.4

Faulkner to Holder, no run, quick short ball around leg stump, Holder goes for a pull and misses, the keeper goes up for a caught behind appeal, but it didn't touch anything

16.5

Faulkner to Holder, 1 run, fuller on off, Holder comes forward and pushes it to wide mid-off for a quick single

16.6

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, not out given! It flicked something on the way to the keeper. It was short of length delivery on off stump, got up a bit and flicked the elbow or something on the way to the keeper.

Good decision, as it had flicked the top of thigh pad on it's way to the keeper

End of over 17 (2 runs) West Indies 47/7 (RR: 2.76)
DJG Sammy    5* (21b)      JP Faulkner    4-1-8-2
JO Holder    2* (7b)      MG Johnson    2-0-5-0

17.1

Johnson to Holder, 1 run, attempts a yorker, but it's a low fullt-toss, driven to wide mid-off

17.2

Johnson to Sammy, no run, short of length delivery on the middle stump, tucked away towards midwicket off the back foot

17.3

Johnson to Sammy, no run, full and wide, the batsman has a poke at that one, but doesn't make a connection

Craigy: "@Kew Particularly if Clarke keeps bowling Johnson, the extras will easily be the highest score"

17.4

Johnson to Sammy, no run, length ball on the middle, Sammy makes room but the ball swings back into him and hits the thigh pad

17.5

Johnson to Sammy, no run, full and swinging, but it's going down the leg side, it hits the inside edge, then the pad, but comes back on the crease. That short-leg guys is waiting there

17.6

Johnson to Sammy, 1 leg bye, length ball on middle and leg, swings back in, Sammy plays that to fine leg off the back foot

End of over 18 (2 runs) West Indies 49/7 (RR: 2.72)
DJG Sammy    5* (26b)      MG Johnson    3-0-6-0
JO Holder    3* (8b)      JP Faulkner    4-1-8-2

Stephen: "@Michael and John Teague: Also don't recall Australia being present during the Pakistan vs England test series in UAE"

18.1

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, short of length delivery, angled across, left alone by the batsman

Graham Burton: "Jamie showing that no-one can forgive the old Johnson. Bowls one wide, goes for 6 of 3 overs creating chances and he is still not happy."

18.2

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, lures the batsman with one that is pushed up fuller, the angles takes it past the outside edge of the bat

18.3

Faulkner to Sammy, 2 runs, short of length on off stump, and Sammy plays a short-arm jab on one leg to send it over mid-on for a couple. 50 up

18.4

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, length ball going across the batsman, easily left alone

18.5

Faulkner to Sammy, FOUR, driven in the air, but it is in the gap at cover and Sammy gets more from this over. It was a length ball outside off and there was a big gap at cover to aim at

18.6

Faulkner to Sammy, no run, full yorker outside off, beats the bat and Wade takes it shoulder high

End of over 19 (6 runs) West Indies 55/7 (RR: 2.89)
DJG Sammy    11* (32b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    5-1-14-2
JO Holder    3* (8b)      MG Johnson    3-0-6-0

Andrew: "Man, Johnson is getting a lot of stick, despite bowling really well. Haters gonna hate, I guess. He could get six wickets in an over, and people would still gripe."

19.1

Johnson to Holder, no run, fuller delivery wide outside off, safely left alone by the batsman

Ben: "All this talk about Johnson giving runs away through extras, if u guys look, he has only bowled 1 wide in 3 overs"

19.2

Johnson to Holder, 1 run, length ball on off, pushed to cover and the batsmen set off after some hesitation, could have been close has the fielder hit the stumps at the non-striker's end

19.3

Johnson to Sammy, 4 byes, short delivery on off, Sammy gets into a tangle as he tries to pull it, the ball still goes over the bat and up over the keeper's head

19.4

Johnson to Sammy, no run, fuller ball outside off, the batsman tries to go through cover with his drive, but ends up playing it back to the bowler as it hits the inside half of the bat

19.5

Johnson to Sammy, FOUR, charges out, makes some room and smashes it hard with a hammer of a shot through mid-off, all along the ground

Anish: "I think we should give a lot of credit to Sammy and Holder. This is the longest partnership so far. They managed to last for more than 30 balls. Well done!"

19.6

Johnson to Sammy, 1 run, keeps strike as he drops this one softly on the off side and calls for a quicks single

Mark: "@Graham Burton - Even the "old"Johnson was never really a liability in ODI's, was only in test matches when he couldn't get the ball to swing. In ODI's, even when he couldn't get the ball to swing, his pace and angle across the right handers made for lots of trouble. I don't recall him being particularly worse than anyone else for wides."

End of over 20 (10 runs) West Indies 65/7 (RR: 3.25)
DJG Sammy    16* (36b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-12-0
JO Holder    4* (10b)      JP Faulkner    5-1-14-2

McKay comes back for another crack

20.1

McKay to Sammy, OUT, caught at midwicket! Here comes the wicket. Short of length on off and middle, Sammy tries to flick it to the leg side , but the ball gets big on him and it takes a leading edge. It could have been McKay's catch, but he slips in his follow through, but there is ample time for the fielder at midwicket to jog in and swallow that one

DJG Sammy c Bailey b McKay 16 (43m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 43.24

The end is nigh...

This is what Deano said a ball ago: "Man how good will Starc be when they get rid of the spurs Arthur reckons he has. On another note, Sammy gets a bit of stick for being captain but an average player (a la Bailey), but he's showing his worth well and truly here, good stuff. A gritty 60-odd is what this game needs."

20.2

McKay to Narine, no run, full down the leg side, hits the pads on its way to the keeper

20.3

McKay to Narine, no run, length delivery angled across the left-handed Narine, he tucks his bat in and keeps it away from the ball

20.4

McKay to Narine, no run, short of length delivery on the middle, defended off the back foot

Graham: "Mark, I was supporting Johnson and having a crack at the comment from Jamie. He has been great this season, yet still people just want to have a crack before he has bowled a ball."

20.5

McKay to Narine, no run, length ball on off stump, defended towards the leg side off the front foot

20.6

McKay to Narine, no run, short of length delivery angles across and goes past the outside edge

End of over 21 (wicket maiden) West Indies 65/8 (RR: 3.09)
SP Narine    0* (5b)      CJ McKay    6-2-10-2
JO Holder    4* (10b)      MG Johnson    4-0-12-0

21.1

Johnson to Holder, no run, length ball a touch outside off, carries on with the angle, left alone by the batsman

Geez, this Holder guy looks the most solid of all batsmen today. All 6'7'' of him.

21.2

Johnson to Holder, 1 wide, full and wide outside off, very wide, called a wide, rightly so

21.2

Johnson to Holder, no run, what solid defence there! Positive stride to a length ball, meets the ball under his eye and defends it to off

21.3

Johnson to Holder, no run, and straight on the back foot spotting the shorter length, defended towards point

21.4

Johnson to Holder, 2 runs, nicely tucked away to deep backward square off one which is short of length and on the body

21.5

Johnson to Holder, no run, short of length on the body, defended towards the leg side

21.6

Johnson to Holder, no run, full and swining in on middle and leg stump line, Holder gets his bat down in time and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 22 (3 runs) West Indies 68/8 (RR: 3.09)
JO Holder    6* (16b)      MG Johnson    5-0-15-0
SP Narine    0* (5b)      CJ McKay    6-2-10-2

22.1

McKay to Narine, no run, another one goes past Narine's edge as he pushes at an angled delivery inside the line of the ball

22.2

McKay to Narine, no run, more lessons on how to survive an edge from Narine

Dave: "Are the Windies batting Australia out of this game?"

22.3

McKay to Narine, no run, make it three in a row.

22.4

McKay to Narine, no run, and more, no. 4

bill: "Jason Holder - any relation to Vanburn Holder, from days gone by?" No relation to anyone.

22.5

McKay to Narine, no run, and again. No 5

22.6

McKay to Narine, OUT, No. 6 is not Narine's lucky number surely. After five attempts to get out, he succeeds off the sixth delivery and edges it through to the keeper.

SP Narine c †Wade b McKay 0 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

If I was Narine, I would have quietly thanked McKay for putting me out of my misery..

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) West Indies 68/9 (RR: 2.95)
     CJ McKay    7-3-10-3
JO Holder    6* (16b)      MG Johnson    5-0-15-0

Back on popular demand, here comes the destroyer...

Les Goh: "Jason Holder is "no relation to anyone"? The man is divine! He is The Chosen One!" The chosen one on strike

Lawrie: "Looking at Holders stats. Only played 16 First Class games but his bowling stats look impressive. Hopefully at 6'7" he will be the next Curtley."

23.1

Starc to Holder, 1 run, he makes room by moving outside leg, and flat bats the short of length delivery to mid-on

No. 11 to face up Starc

23.2

Starc to Roach, no run, full and fast yorker on the middle stump, Roach bottom edges it on to his boot, just in time

23.3

Starc to Roach, 1 run, stays on the back foot and steers the length delivery outside off to third-man

23.4

Starc to Holder, no run, another quick yorker on off stump and Holder shows how it's played, he blocks it out with some timing to cover

23.5

Starc to Holder, OUT, No. 5 for Mister Starc! Length ball on middle and leg, swings in. Mr. Holder had moved outside leg stump to send this over the bowler's head, but he misses and loses the leg-stump.

JO Holder b Starc 7 (49m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

Australia's bowlers complete a quick mauling and as I said before, Jason Holder, the bowler, appeared to be the most comfortable of all the batsmen. Not a good sign as this is just a start of a long tour. But watching Starc this morning has been an absolute delight. He has swung the ball at such ferocious pace, I wouldn't mind another 20-over innings if I had to see such quality bowling again. West Indies fall to their lowest total against Australia.. Back in a few moments.

BJ: "And with that fifth wicket, Starc has confirmed himself rotated out of the team..."

Alan: "That Extras - what a batsman~!

wOl: "I'm not always in for Johnson bashing, but with no wickets and an economy rate of 3 and over, he's Australia's worst bowler here today. If we're going to bash somebody (and we are Australian, after all), it's going to be him...until the batsmen come out or Warnie tweets something."

Series Results
Australia v West Indies at Melbourne - Feb 10, 2013
Australia won by 17 runs
Australia v West Indies at Sydney - Feb 8, 2013
Australia won by 5 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
Australia v West Indies at Canberra - Feb 6, 2013
Australia won by 39 runs
Australia v West Indies at Perth - Feb 3, 2013
Australia won by 54 runs
Australia v West Indies at Perth - Feb 1, 2013
Australia won by 9 wickets (with 244 balls remaining)
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Jason Holder took the only Australian wicket to fall, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013

Jason Holder took the only Australian wicket to fall

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Jason Holder appeals, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013

Jason Holder appeals

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