Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth

West Indies' abject batting display

Stats highlights from Australia's comfortable nine-wicket win in Perth

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

February 1, 2013

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Mitchell Starc consistently troubled West Indies' batsmen, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013
Mitchell Starc's 5 for 20 is the second-best performance by an Australian bowler against West Indies © Getty Images
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Following West Indies' extraordinary collapse, Australia completed the chase under ten overs. Here are stats from an extremely lop-sided ODI in Perth.

  • The number of balls remaining after the win (244) is the second-highest for Australia in an ODI and their highest against a Test-playing team. Australia also surpassed Sri Lanka's record for the most deliveries remaining after a successful chase in an ODI against West Indies. The match lasted a total of 199 deliveries. This is the lowest number of deliveries in a completed match in Australia (matches with results). In matches played among top Test teams (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe), this match has the second-lowest number of deliveries after the Pakistan-West Indies game in Cape Town in 1993.
  • West Indies' total of 70 is their third-lowest ODI score and their lowest against Australia. Their lowest total overall is 54 against South Africa in 2004. The total is also West Indies' second-lowest batting first. There have been only two previous occasions (India in 1981 and South Africa in 1993) when teams have registered lower totals in an ODI in Australia.
  • The highest score in the West Indies innings was 16. This is only the second time for West Indies that none of the batsmen passed 16. The previous such occasions came in Cape Town (2004). It is also the 12th time overall and the first since the World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan in 2011 that a West Indies innings has had four or more ducks.
  • Mitchell Starc's 5 for 20 is the second-best bowling performance by an Australian bowler against West Indies after Glenn McGrath's 5 for 14 at Old Trafford in 1999. It is also the second-best bowling display in Perth after Ryan Harris' 5 for 19 against Pakistan in 2010. Starc's performance, however, is only eighth on the list of best bowling displays against West Indies.
  • For the first time, three left-arm fast bowlers bowled in an innings for Australia. India was the previous team to field three left-arm fast bowlers (against Sri Lanka in 2008).
  • Glenn Maxwell's strike rate of 145.71 is his second-best for a fifty-plus score and the sixth-best for an Australian batsman against West Indies (50-plus scores). Maxwell's strike rate is seventh on the list of top strike rates for fifty-plus scores in Perth. Surprisingly, Michael Holding is fourth and sixth on the list. The number of runs scored in boundaries by Maxwell (48) is the joint fifth-highest by an Australian batsman in the first ten overs of an innings (matches since 2000). Adam Gilchrist is on top with 60 runs against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2006.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by cracker2012 on (February 2, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Well look on the bright side, they can't get any worst.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 2, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

@Adolphus, agree that batting first was a terrible choice. Clarke made some very strange choices batting first in bowler-friendly conditions in the SL series. Clarke is a very shrewd captain. I think he actually wanted to expose the AUS batsmen to swing and seam, as preparation for the Ashes tour. Can't think of any other reason.

Posted by simonviller on (February 1, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Batting first or last wouldn't matter with the way the guys batted . I wish that Sammy would try a little harder to look like a batsman . I am a Sammy supporter ,but to see such an akward display of batting at this level is pathetic ;time to improve Sammy !!! The other thing with this team ; why do we persist with this Devon thomas guy as keeper ?

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 1, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Oh Windies oh Windies what is this?? I am totally disillusioned with this pathetic display. Just cannot even think of looking at a horrible scoreboard. Oh surely you can do better than this!!

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

1.WI team selection is poor. They can`t play Pollard, Dwayne Bravo & Sammy Together. None of the three are genuine allrounders thereby destabilizing the balance. Team for Next game - Gayle, Powell, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Deonarine, Charles (WK), Russel, Sammy, Narine, Holder & Roach. Charles a better batsman than Thomas & Deo offspinners more effective than Bravo/Pollard Bat & Bowl Combined. 2. Sammy if he wins the toss o WACA, must bowl first, Today was a monumental blunder of batting first.

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Am sorry, winning the toss on that wicket and batting first is nothing more than comical.e.g the captain batting!! over a decade of mediocrity and inconsistency. even thou aus not as strong, they no bangladesh team. the w i team is not good enough to experiment with new players, pick your best players per position.

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

!@mngc on (February 01 2013, 11:49 AM GMT) - YES! That would be good, I would also like to see stats kept on runs saved, fielding errors, run out success rates. Particularly for ODIs, would be good for Tests to track how MANY RUNS a dropped catch cost!!!!

Posted by MrKricket on (February 1, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Was Maxwell's 48 out of 51 runs in boundaries the highest percentage of boundaries in a 50?

Posted by mngc1 on (February 1, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Stats are widely used to select players and determine their performance over time. One area that is missing is the dropped catches. The keeper dropped a catch and that is not recorded. This makes the bowler look bad in that he did not take a wicket. I would like to see this captured in the near future. For the keeper it should be missed opportunities including stumpings and run outs if they were at fault.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 1, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

I wouldn't write off the Windies yet. In fact they have some very good players there.I still think AUS will have a battle on their hands most games. It might pay to recall that the WI were poor for most of the T20 world cup, and struggled to beat Ireland and NZ there, and were thrashed by AUS in the early rounds. They were VERY lucky to make the last 8, let alone the semis. Then they played two good games to win. So consistency is an issue for them.

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