West Indies crash to 379-run defeat
Australia 435 (Ponting 149, Collymore 4-72) and 2 for 283 dec (Ponting 104*. Hayden 118) beat West Indies 210 (Smith 88, Warne 5-48, McGrath 4-72) and 129(Lee 5-30 , Bracken 4-48) by 379 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary
How they were out
Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne stayed in the shadows as Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken produced an exhilarating display of sheer pace and controlled swing that routed West Indies on the fourth day at the Gabba. Set 509 to win after Ricky Ponting had declared on the overnight total of 2 for 283, West Indies were bundled out for 129, losing their last seven wickets in the space of nine overs for just 30 runs. Lee finished with 5 for 30, his first five-wicket haul in four years, and Bracken had career-best figures of 4 for 48 as the Australians wrapped things up before the clouds burst.
Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Brian Lara all got starts, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unfortunate to be given out padding up, but not one individual played with the conviction that suggested a two-day salvage operation was even within the realms of possibility. Lara squirted a catch to gully, Sarwan surprised by a fearsome bouncer from Lee, and the rest were blown aside about as easily as straws in the wind. Even by West Indians standards - this was a 30th defeat in their last 37 overseas Tests - this was a terrible performance.
Lee was clocked as fast as 153.7 kmph, and his ferocity was perfectly complemented by Bracken's swing bowling in cloudy conditions. The only dark spot in a near-perfect picture for the Australians was the shoulder injury Shane Watson sustained while diving to stop an on-drive. That aside, all the wounds were sustained by a West Indian side outmanoeuvered and outthought from the moment Ricky Ponting dug Australia out of a first-innings hole.
Despite losing Devon Smith, top-scorer in the first innings with 88, early on, West Indies' pursuit of a 509-run chimera had been given impetus by Chris Gayle's cameo. Glenn McGrath was off-driven with immense power for two sixes in an over that also included a fluffed caught-and-bowled chance and some pleasantries that Gayle laughed off.
The breakthrough came from an unlikely source, Watson, who had only one other Test wicket to his name. Brought on as first change, he was ecstatic when he induced an outside edge that Warne at first slip took in a fashion resembling an overhead Australian rules mark.
Lara couldn't make anything of a reprieve granted when he had made just 5 - Katich dropped a chance high to his right at midwicket off Bracken - and his departure to the sort of catch that Australia dropped routinely in a woeful Ashes campaign said much about the restoration of Matthew Hayden's confidence after three consecutive Test centuries.
Marlon Samuels, who viewed the carnage from his vantage point at the non-striker's end, struck two gorgeous boundaries off Bracken in a late late show of defiance, but it had all the lasting impact of a gob of spit in the rain. And unless West Indies perk up dramatically before Hobart, they will surely be swept away by this unrelenting Australian deluge.
West Indies 2nd innings
Devon Smith c Warne b Lee 3 (1 for 11)
Edged to first slip
Chris Gayle c Warne b Watson 33 (2 for 51)
Outside edge pouched high in Aussie-rules fashion
Brian Lara c Hayden b Bracken 14 (3 for 85)
Flayed one low to the right of gully
Shivnarine Chanderpaul lbw Bracken 7 (4 for 99)
Offered no shot to one that shaped back and struck him just above the pad. Would have gone over the stumps
Ramnaresh Sarwan c Gilchrist b Lee 31 (5 for 99)
Tangled up by a brutish bouncer, gloved behind
Denesh Ramdin c Gilchrist b Lee 6 (6 for 105)
Beaten by subtle away movement, edged behind
Daren Powell lbw Bracken 0 (7 for 106)
Struck on the right toe by a swinging yorker, plumb in front
Fidel Edwards b Bracken 0 (8 for 106)
Clueless about an inswinging yorker that rattled leg stump
Corey Collymore lbw Lee 4 (9 for 114)
Beaten for pace and rapped in front of middle stump
Jermaine Lawson b Lee 1 (129 all out)
Fast and straight delivery clips off stump
Dileep Premachandran is features editor of Cricinfo