West Indies v Australia, 1st ODI, Kingstown March 16, 2012

Doherty helps Australia to 64-run win

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Australia 204 for 8 (Bailey 48, Bravo 3-58) beat West Indies 140 (Sammy 35, Samuels 35, Doherty 4-49) by 64 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Xavier Doherty enjoyed his first taste of cricket in the West Indies, playing a key role in Australia's 64-run victory in the first ODI in St Vincent. After the debutant George Bailey top scored in Australia's 204 for 8, a total that was difficult to assess at the halfway point on a sluggish pitch, West Indies capitulated to be all out for 140, and their failure was all the more disappointing for the self-inflicted nature of several of the dismissals.

Batting was clearly not easy on a surface with such little pace, but too few of the West Indian batsmen showed the discipline required to stick around and chip away at the target. Darren Sammy displayed some late fight and compiled a 36-run partnership for the last wicket with Kemar Roach, but until that point they had lost their previous six wickets for seven runs.

Prior to that collapse, the chase appeared to be going well as Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels built a confident 64-run stand and went after the spin of Doherty and David Hussey. The Australians hadn't managed to clear the rope at all during their innings but after Bravo pulled a Hussey long-hop for six, Samuels cleared the boundary three times in Doherty's first over.

Those sixes, all down the ground and struck with power, left Doherty scratching his head, but once Daniel Christian broke the partnership by sneaking a ball between bat and pad to bowl Bravo for 32, Doherty began his fightback. He claimed Samuels for 35, the result of both good bowling and a poor shot selection, as the batsman tried to force a ball through leg and instead edged to slip.

Carlton Baugh was lbw for a duck in the same over, attempting a slog sweep, and Andre Russell was stumped for 1, beaten by Doherty's turn and his own impatience. Kieron Pollard was one of the last remaining hopes for West Indies but he too failed to adapt to the slow pitch and chipped Christian to mid-on for 4 from 11 balls.

Doherty finished with 4 for 49 after he had Sunil Narine caught in the deep for a duck. Sammy didn't give up and struck three fours and three sixes, and showed that if someone had stuck around with him West Indies might have remained in the match. He was the last man out, caught at cover off Clint McKay for 35 from 20 balls, and it ended a limp batting display from the hosts.

The innings started encouragingly enough as the debutant opener Johnson Charles swivelled Brett Lee powerfully through midwicket for four in the first over and raced to 13 from 11 balls. But it started to go downhill when slashed at a wide delivery from McKay and was caught at third man.

Kieran Powell followed for 8 when he pulled Lee to Bailey at midwicket and West Indies were 23 for 2. That soon became 33 for 3 when Darren Bravo pushed to the leg side and took off for a quick single only to be beaten by Lee's direct hit at the bowler's end. Bravo made 4 from 15 balls and West Indies were in trouble. Australia's 204 for 8 was starting to look much better.

It was the fourth time in the past five years Australia had batted through an entire 50-over innings for so few runs, but on all four occasions they have won the game. They had Bailey to thank for getting them up to a defendable score, as the Australians also battled against the slow bowling of Samuels (2 for 29) and Narine (1 for 24).

Bailey's 48 had come from 67 balls and he struck five boundaries before he was caught at deep cover when he skied Roach in the second-last over of the innings. But by ticking the score over as he had, and by taking few risks, he ensured Australia batted out their overs after they slumped to be 99 for 4 in the 27th over.

Shane Watson had won the toss and chosen to bat and while he scored at nearly a run a ball in his 21 at the top of the order, the runs slowed when the ball lost its hardness. Watson was lbw to a Dwayne Bravo delivery that nipped back in and he injudiciously used up Australia's review, the replays showing he was plumb.

David Warner and Peter Forrest added 60 for the second wicket but it was slow going, especially for Forrest, who seemed unable to adjust to the conditions. Forrest had 26 from 64 balls when he was stumped off Samuels, advancing down the pitch and trying to force the run rate up, and it was the first of two wickets in the over as Warner followed four balls later.

Warner had made 40 from 55 deliveries and fell when he punched a catch to cover, where Pollard took a terrific diving one-handed catch. Samuels had got the rewards, but much of the credit also had to go to Narine, who had tied the batsmen down and to that stage had bowled five overs for 12 runs.

Runs came when the bowlers dropped short but when they were fuller, or when changes of pace were employed, the Australians found scoring difficult. Michael Hussey didn't score a boundary in his 32, but like many of the batsmen throughout the day, he fell when he tried to go over the top.

In the end Australia's batsmen showed more discipline than the West Indians, and that was the difference. It's a problem the hosts will need to rectify quickly, ahead of the second ODI on the same ground on Sunday.

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

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  • VivGilchrist on March 18, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Let's get it into perpective here, 204 on THAT pitch was an ok score. It's a slow pitch that was hard to score on. 204 was probably more like 260. WI need to draft in one more BATsman and another new ball bowler to accompany Roach. Santokie would bowl brilliantly on such a pitch. Chanders would bat well on this pitch also. Powell and Charles are not the answer at the top either. Also a little respect toward the Aussies - they are ranked no1 in this form of the game for a reason.

  • Sano27 on March 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    where the hell is callum ferguson??....peter forrest is surely a test material...!

  • macadamnut on March 18, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @ Aston Westcarth - You should start by pressing the key marked Caps Lock.

  • cricketdebator on March 17, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    My friend Ryan Ramdin, I am one who still favours playing the youngsters, because they represent the future. You must remember also that we have been losing just as badly over the years with Gayle,Sarwan and Chanderpaul. Even more, the result of this match is nothing new to West Indies cricket. In the 1983 World Cup Final against India, West Indies fell for 140 while chasing 183 for victory, with a batting line-up including Greenidge, Haynes, Richards and Lloyd. Do you remember? So please don't condemn the youngsters, since this is merely an extension of the history of WI losing matches where they should comfortably win.

  • on March 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    So, now it is J.Charles. If those who got out between 0 and 10 had scored 13, would we have won? And most of those were not playing their first WI ODI

  • jonesy2 on March 17, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    wow landl47 hahaha there is no chance to beat the the worlds greatest. have aus ever not been the best in the world? love for you to let me know. cheers.

  • yocasi on March 17, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Unacceptable loss by Windies.We need some half decent openers, not Charles & Powell.No point in going back to Sarwan & Shiv.Even when they were present with Gayle,Windies usually got hammered so we need to look forward & get beyond the anti-Sammy,anti-small island myopia.Might be worth a shot Sammy moving up to open in the ODIs.I notice very few hate mail to Sammy because he bowled well and hit a few runs.If we support rather than lambast him,his confidence will return & his performance will improve.Get off the dude's back for this series.Then again,allyu want him to fail so u cld continue to cuss him ,the coach & WICB

  • on March 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Its all Sammy's fault! First of all he should have won the toss. Then its J Charles fault! Everyone else got good deliveries whilst he played a complete shocker. As one writer once said: are the majority of the writers here born yesterday"? I guess they haven't realised that WI hasn't won an ODI match against Aust. in 6 years! The last ODI match that the WI won against Aus. was in the 2006 champions trophy(check the archives). Since then(Ch. trophy) CG, SC and RS have all been banished to the fringes, right? If the batting doesn't click, then blame 1, 2 or 3 players that you dislike. Remember they(WI) were 97 for 3 but they just folded. Its the first game of a series and I will support the TEAM. If changes are necessary in the rest of the games, then they will surely come. Personally I would like the see 1 of the senior men in the team but sometimes these things are blown up. For surely if they were soo good then the WI's ODI record against Aus should NOT be soo poor.

  • lyl67 on March 17, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    God help West Indies Indies. Gayle, Sarwan, Nash, Des Smith and another wk to replace Ramdin while he regains fitness, please do not forget Chiv he is still good for forty runs which might of been good enough to win yesterday.

    Manager Selectors and Coach make peace with Chis, if necessary apologises from all concerned otherwise you will be the death of W.I. cricket

    So making excuses and act now

  • TheLight on March 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    So Barath is not considered for selection, but is currently playing a first class game (TT Vs Guyana)..................He should be disciplined if he is playing without consent from the WICB........or the WICB should be fired for playing the 2 openers in the match against Aus and not considering him...................Also, Dwayne Smith is in good form and is an excellent batsman and fielder and a decent bowler................why was he not considered in from of Charles and Powell?...............really puzzling decisions from the WICB once again

  • VivGilchrist on March 18, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Let's get it into perpective here, 204 on THAT pitch was an ok score. It's a slow pitch that was hard to score on. 204 was probably more like 260. WI need to draft in one more BATsman and another new ball bowler to accompany Roach. Santokie would bowl brilliantly on such a pitch. Chanders would bat well on this pitch also. Powell and Charles are not the answer at the top either. Also a little respect toward the Aussies - they are ranked no1 in this form of the game for a reason.

  • Sano27 on March 18, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    where the hell is callum ferguson??....peter forrest is surely a test material...!

  • macadamnut on March 18, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @ Aston Westcarth - You should start by pressing the key marked Caps Lock.

  • cricketdebator on March 17, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    My friend Ryan Ramdin, I am one who still favours playing the youngsters, because they represent the future. You must remember also that we have been losing just as badly over the years with Gayle,Sarwan and Chanderpaul. Even more, the result of this match is nothing new to West Indies cricket. In the 1983 World Cup Final against India, West Indies fell for 140 while chasing 183 for victory, with a batting line-up including Greenidge, Haynes, Richards and Lloyd. Do you remember? So please don't condemn the youngsters, since this is merely an extension of the history of WI losing matches where they should comfortably win.

  • on March 17, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    So, now it is J.Charles. If those who got out between 0 and 10 had scored 13, would we have won? And most of those were not playing their first WI ODI

  • jonesy2 on March 17, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    wow landl47 hahaha there is no chance to beat the the worlds greatest. have aus ever not been the best in the world? love for you to let me know. cheers.

  • yocasi on March 17, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Unacceptable loss by Windies.We need some half decent openers, not Charles & Powell.No point in going back to Sarwan & Shiv.Even when they were present with Gayle,Windies usually got hammered so we need to look forward & get beyond the anti-Sammy,anti-small island myopia.Might be worth a shot Sammy moving up to open in the ODIs.I notice very few hate mail to Sammy because he bowled well and hit a few runs.If we support rather than lambast him,his confidence will return & his performance will improve.Get off the dude's back for this series.Then again,allyu want him to fail so u cld continue to cuss him ,the coach & WICB

  • on March 17, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Its all Sammy's fault! First of all he should have won the toss. Then its J Charles fault! Everyone else got good deliveries whilst he played a complete shocker. As one writer once said: are the majority of the writers here born yesterday"? I guess they haven't realised that WI hasn't won an ODI match against Aust. in 6 years! The last ODI match that the WI won against Aus. was in the 2006 champions trophy(check the archives). Since then(Ch. trophy) CG, SC and RS have all been banished to the fringes, right? If the batting doesn't click, then blame 1, 2 or 3 players that you dislike. Remember they(WI) were 97 for 3 but they just folded. Its the first game of a series and I will support the TEAM. If changes are necessary in the rest of the games, then they will surely come. Personally I would like the see 1 of the senior men in the team but sometimes these things are blown up. For surely if they were soo good then the WI's ODI record against Aus should NOT be soo poor.

  • lyl67 on March 17, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    God help West Indies Indies. Gayle, Sarwan, Nash, Des Smith and another wk to replace Ramdin while he regains fitness, please do not forget Chiv he is still good for forty runs which might of been good enough to win yesterday.

    Manager Selectors and Coach make peace with Chis, if necessary apologises from all concerned otherwise you will be the death of W.I. cricket

    So making excuses and act now

  • TheLight on March 17, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    So Barath is not considered for selection, but is currently playing a first class game (TT Vs Guyana)..................He should be disciplined if he is playing without consent from the WICB........or the WICB should be fired for playing the 2 openers in the match against Aus and not considering him...................Also, Dwayne Smith is in good form and is an excellent batsman and fielder and a decent bowler................why was he not considered in from of Charles and Powell?...............really puzzling decisions from the WICB once again

  • jonesytoo on March 17, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    This must be embarrassing for Australia, struggling to make it past 200 against a popgun attack. Lucky for them when it was their turn to bowl they were up against batsmen who'd struggle to make it into a county 2nd XI or else it could've been really embarrassing. Quality teams like England and South Africa would've won this match by about 200 runs. Good to see them planning for the future too by giving a debut to a 30 year old.

  • on March 17, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    well done otis gibson.if you were in England or even India you would be sacked.

  • on March 17, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    As i first feared the batting was way too light in the Windies squad. As others have stated on here we need Shiv and Kirk Edwards to bring some stability in the team. I could even understand if it was a T20, but i can't see this chosen line-up being able to bat out 50 overs. As predicted our bowlers held their own, but the opening batsmen are not experienced enough, maybe play one of them in tandem but not both. Samuels and Dwayne Bravo got starts, but couldn't go on and despite Sammy's resistance, there was no one there to stay with him. Also our inability to play a nagging spinner (Doherty) was exposed yet again. On a positive note, i liked the look of Narine, his variation should elavate him to test cricket very soon. Let's hope the batting can show more discipline in the next game.

  • on March 17, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Where are all the people who favour the "youngsters" being picked. The people who want Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul out of West Indies cricket? I can't see you. Yeah that's right, you all realise that you were all wrong. Hilaire out, Gibson out, Hunte out, Sammy out.

  • todobless on March 17, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    my line-up would have been IF all players are FIT 1)gayle, 2)simmons 3)Darren 4)Samuels/Chanders, 5)Dwayne, 6)Russel/Pollard, 7)Ramdin, 8)Sammy, 9)Sunil, 10)Rampaul, 11)Roach/Bishoo-UNSTOPPABLE, But with injuries/problems/current form from 4-day.....etc 1)Chanders, 2)Deonarine 3)Darren 4)Samuels, 5)Dwayne, 6)Ramdin, 7)Pollard, 8)Russel 9)Sammy, 10)Sunil, 11)Roach/Best/Bishoo......in that order

  • on March 17, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    A game they should have won but, once again, they squandered. The fans in the West Indies must be the most loyal in the world. But, considering the shenanigans of a few board members, with Gibson the linchpin, the fans can wield power and force them to come to their senses. They should call for a mass boycott of the games and force the square pegs in round holes out so the politicking can be wiped out, sanity restored, and the glorious game brought out from the abyss that beginning to seem eternal.

  • cflook on March 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    J Charles playing for the Windies gives me hope of making the team soon. Looks like they looking to fete match sides for batsmen now! WHERE ARE OUR BATSMEN?!!?

  • on March 17, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE 2 START, IT JUST HURT 2 SEE WEST INDIES GETTING FROM BAD 2 WORSE, WHY? THE BATTING, VERY POOR, JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON, WE HAVE GAYLE, SHIV, EDWARDS, DEON...THESE GUYS R MUCH BETTER PLAYERS, WHY R THEY NOT PLAYING, THE WICB AND THE COACH NEEDS 2 GO, THEY R KILLING OUR CRICKET, THE SOONER THE BETTER, GOD HELP US..

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 17, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    For a while i thought the Windies could beat Aus, but then again they are Windies- a completely out of synch team.for every good moment in their cricket there are at least five bad moments to balance it out. If something totally idiotic can be done in a situation then one of the Windies team will do it. Where are the real players, like Gayle Sarwan Chanderpaul ?the powers that be have ordained to make this team rubbish!!The young ones they play instead may succeed but if they do not then how does it help them in the long run to develope confidence. This Aussie side really ain't any great shakes and yet they are allowed to feel like world beaters because of the opposition. and really how can anyone say the Doherty is a passable bowler let a lone the best...he is sub rubbish!!!It's only a year since he had the english commentators in hysterics.

  • on March 17, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    without gale,chanderpaul,sarwan,inform dwayne smith,edwards the batsman,ramadin windies will newer win, in this match sunil narine was unplayable, he shud be a permanent spiner. selectors awake yourself....u require a new coach n gayle as captain......the whole world is mocking....even afghanistan will beat u

  • cricketdebator on March 17, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    the West Indies team is clearly unbalance. There are too many so-called alrounders. The team needs 6 good specialist batmen (one of whom can bowl 10 overs), a wicket keeper who can bat, and 4 specialist bowlers. until they get that type of combination, I'm afraid the team will continue losing in this way. And for those of you who are calling for the inclusion of Chaderpaul, you must be joking. He has been around for a long time, during which time the team has been losing anyway. So what's your point?

  • bestteamwins on March 17, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    The question has been asked....how did J Charles make the WI team with an average of below 20 in 17 games over a few seasons? The WI lost because the WICB and their selectors picked just TWO batsmen with some experience, a young opener and another who CANNOT be called a batsman based on his numbers. The scores is a reflection of this selection...got Aus cheaply due to overload of bowlers but not equipped to chase that score due to too few BATSMEN.

  • on March 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Deja vu! Well just correct the mistake. Let's draft in SHIV. Charles was a mistake the entire Caribbean knew that except the selectors. We r playing Australia not Bangladesh. WI played as we all expected them to play. Excellent bowling & fielding & poor batting. A reflection of the regional tournament. SO, open the batting with Shiv & let's c how it goes. Good luck guys. By the way what's up with SPORTMAX?

  • on March 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    J Charles....who the hell is he.... Seems like anyone can make the WI squad now. WI lost by 64 runs this is where Chanderpaul's 40 and 50 runs comes in handy.

  • on March 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Otis Gibson and Sammy must go, this is the worst I seen the West Indies. your best bat's man Shiv is playing 4 day match and Sammy playing one day internationa.l WICB live in a cuckoo nest.

  • acrawford78 on March 17, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Keep Baugh! He is a quality keeper!

  • acrawford78 on March 17, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Kirk Edwards has scored international test match hundreds. So has Chanderpaul, Nash. Johnson Charles has never scored a first class hundred!! What hope has he got playing against aussie. Anyone can hit a few fours..

  • Meety on March 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @ dunger.bob - I disagree, on this occassion, the WIndies had us 6/160 odd with 7 overs to go, Christian marshalled the troops home with a good batting effort. It is by the by that @ 6/160 we already had enough to win, against a stronger batting line up - it could of been the difference. ATM - Christian is coming along nicely as a bowling option in ODIs & so between him Watto & Hussey, we should be able to cover 20 overs. @Busie1979 - whilst there is some validity in what you say, the reality is Oz won & comfortable defended a total on a tough pitch. IMO, you are taking Forrests score out of context. Don't get me wrong I probably wouldn't have him in my ODI XI, however, bear in mind we only JUST batted out the full 50 overs. So in this instance, I am not worried about S/R. I would be more concerned on better batting strips

  • rawcrickettalent on March 17, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @Jonesy2 ....u r wrong...SAEED AJMAL is the best in the world right now...

  • Biggus on March 17, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Well, I guess we'll take the win and be happy, but not a particularly impressive game by either side. I've never seen the Windies so weak and that's a shame. When they do badly it seems to bring all the petty inter-island rivalries to the surface and some of the comments I find really stunning. It seems that just as Pakistan need an Imran to pull the team together so the Windies need a Frank Worrell, Clive Lloyd or a Viv Richards to do the same. I hate to say it but they may be down for some time. With playing cricket apparently less fashionable in the Carribean these days allied with the turmoil of internal squabbling within the WICB and regional boards I wonder if I will see them really threaten to dominate the cricket world again in my lifetime. I can only hope I'm wrong. I really miss the power and panache of the Windies when they were on song, even if they did kick our backsides regularly.

  • zenboomerang on March 17, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @dunger.bob... Agree - too many allrounders in the WI team... Need 5 specialist batters + wicketkeeper that can bat... Still it is their problem luckily :P ...

  • zenboomerang on March 17, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    @landl47 :- "just 3 front-line bowlers in the side"... Guess you mean Lee, McKay, Doherty... Watson ODI ave @29 & econ 4.8... Christian ave @23.9 & econ 4.7 isn't good enough for you?... lol... Make any team in the world... Agree we have problems with our batting with Clarke out but the NSP are building for the future & not this series...

  • zenboomerang on March 17, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Randal Terrens... Agree - batters seem to get the MoM when bowlers actually won the match... Obviously this match was dominated by the bowlers in both teams on what was a difficult pitch... Still Bailey getting MoM on his debut will be something for him to remember for the rest of his life - so not overly worried...

  • on March 17, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    It is hard to understand why Kirk Edwards at least isn't in the West Indian team, i know he's not a dasher but he is high quality. Bishoo is also a good spinner, Narine bowled well yesterday though and should continue to play. There is certainly no shortage of talent in the West Indies team at the moment, I think they can compete in every match of this series. What really needs to happen is for some decent pitches to be laid. When you have big strong blokes like Andre Russell coming through and nothing more than low slow wickets for them to bowl on it's a real pity. It also doesn't help the natural shot making ability of the likes of Darren Bravo too much either. Get onto it WICB! That was a very poor wicket, you are certainly not giving your team its best opportunity to play well.

  • on March 17, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    kirk edward chanderpaul gayle nash

  • rajpoot1979 on March 17, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    can some one explain to me why that kid J Charles playing for west indies when he averages only 19 in first class cricket in 17 games

  • RandyOZ on March 17, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Well Australia are not the number 1 ODI side in the world for no reason, and once again they prove it with ease. Poor teams like England, India and the WI are just no chance.

  • dunger.bob on March 17, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    I think that a team full of all rounders is a big mistake. One day cricket teams need 3 or 4 batting specialists and at least 3 specialist bowlers. If you've got a good fast bowler, you should use him, even if he can't bat quite as well as the all rounder. Good, skillful fast bowlers are worth their place because of the pressure they can put on the so-so all rounder batsmen. Hope that makes sense.

  • on March 17, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    WI Selection Team is really deserved to be abolished they are running the system very poorly

  • on March 17, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Bailet get man of match for 24% of runs, Dougherty gets 40% of wickets - EXPLAIN. It always seems that batsmen, who get much more opportunity (can bat the whole ionning) are preferred to bowlers who can only send down 20% of balls. I say, SCRAP player of match - it is after all a TEAM GAME

  • tappee74 on March 17, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    West Indies lost this match because of unstable batting.For what reason Shivnarine Chanderpaul is not in the team?He held a fragile batting for most of his career.Of recent he drew a match against India.Its good to have a young team with promising players,but it is important to have a player in the caliber of Chanderpaul to balance the batting department.He recently scored a hundred against Barbados.It is most foolish not to use valuable resource.The entire cricket board needs to be replaced.

  • abyrao on March 17, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    To accomodate the worthless and hopeless captain the team is imbalanced. Bishoo for Sammy or Best for Sammy wud had anyday been a better bet. Still cant understand why no Chanderpaul? Aussies will easily win 5-0.

  • jonesy2 on March 17, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    brilliant from doherty, he is a superstar bowler in the one day game, best in the world right now. the way he came back after gettig hit for 3 6s in his first over is a credit to him. as i predicted mckay was brilliant and christian and watto were impossible to hit. lee of course is the greatest.

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    What a disgraceful preformance by this squad. They lack positive leadership, which is earned not given.

  • pitch-up on March 17, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    west indies, not again!!! why, why, why,!!1

  • landl47 on March 17, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    This really was WI's best chance to beat Aus. No Clarke, a very vulnerable batting line-up, just 3 front-line bowlers in the side, yet still WI couldn't get it done. The fact is, WI seem to be getting worse, not better. It must be incredibly frustrating for their wonderful supporters and it's sad for the rest of us to see a side that was once so dominant struggling so badly. Well done Aus, but we must all hope that a brave new world is just round the corner for WI.

  • on March 17, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Great effort Aussies, we are never beaten. West Indies, time to perservere with the youngsters, rebuild, give them a chance. Chanderpaul too old, Gayle too selfish. Bring back Bishoo, he can bowl man!!!

  • wifan16 on March 17, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    no shiv means no middle order!!

  • on March 17, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    The west indies cricket board needs tobe sacked and the selectors too

  • Busie1979 on March 17, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    Something has got to give with Pete Forrest - this time he only scored 26 of 64 balls. That is slow going for a test match. You can forgive a guy for a low strike rate once in a while, but this is happening far too often and it is hurting the team. West Indies have got the tactics right with this guy - bog him down at one end for as long as possible to get as many dot balls as possible. It worked as it restricted th e team total to 204 of 50 overs. Very sloppy work by the Australians - but it goes to show, when you keep a batsman pinned down at one end, it puts the rest of the team under pressure. It is yet another example of a flirtation with an underperforming state player not working more than a few games her or there.

  • msukhai on March 17, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    I don't get it, the current inform better players for WI are not playing against the Aussies but are playing the domestic competition- Shiv, Deonarine, Fuddadin etc. where they are all raking in the runs. What the WI board has picked is mediocrity and it is showing from game one. The board said Barath was not picked because of a thumb injury yet he is playing the domestic competition - beats me! Bring back Sarwan, Gayle, Shiv, Deonarine....

  • Wallaroo on March 17, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Our bowlers are looking good. Disappointing target set by Aus, although I expect that we will do much better next match.

  • on March 17, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    chanderpaul is playing domestic cricket.he need to be called up

  • on March 17, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    you have 6 all arounders and like 1 or two batting specialist...wow real smart gibson...happy birthday..i remember after the world cup you said the will be major changes coming to the west indies.....got ya

  • sxb4285 on March 17, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    how weak is this west indies team!!they cant make a modest 200 runs how sad!!!!!

  • WindiesWillow on March 17, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Please selectors/coaches/managers/anybody!!!!! Please make the changes now!!!!! Why leave a good batsman like K. Edwards out????? This is 50 overs, the team selected suggests a T20 was going to be played. Do not wait until it is lost, make the changes now. Most teams around the world use their most experienced team to start a series, then filter in the young talent later on. In fact that is not only done in sports but in almost any sensible working situation. We seem to be doing things backwards around here.

  • on March 17, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    I watched it live. Awful cricket pitch, I hope that isn't the norm. Doherty should have been M.O.M. I realise that scoring was difficult and Bailey's 48 was a good knock under the circumstances, but Doherty was instrumental in WI losing 6 for 7 which was ultimately what won us the game.

  • rgfedex on March 17, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    a good performance by oz. Good captaincy by wotto.

  • on March 17, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    We dismissed Aust for 204 and someone wants to know why Bishoo is not in the team. SMH.

  • on March 17, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    why chris gale left out, our best player dumb

  • satspeare on March 16, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Very good job by our bowlers but once again our batting failed. why wasn't Barath in this game, especially since Simmons is injured?? Is the game, Guyana vs T&T more important or was just not selected? We cannot seem to be able to bat 50 overs but yet will not select Nash or Chanderpaul for these games. Someone needs to let Marlon Samuel know that he should try and bat the entire innings and let most of the big hittings to the likes of Dwayne, Pollard and Sammy. I wonder - did someone inform our batsmen that there is a restriction on singles? We have successfully turned yet another winning position into a lost. Good luck to our boys and I hope we can win a game before we lose the series. This is the only way some confidence will return to our game. Please bring back Shiv or Nash or even Edward to lend some stability to the middle.

  • VEXXZ on March 16, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    West Indies have is a POORLY pick squad .We will always have an up-hill battle on our hands .

  • Peterincanada on March 16, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    WI are a real shambles. The match was there for the taking but their batsmen severely lack application.

  • Swingit on March 16, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Forget about Bishoo or any bowler why were the batsmen left out of this team? Oh sorry they WERE there, just did the magic disappearing act when time came for them to show themselves. As I said before Windies problem is BATTING not bowling. The bowling unit is good enough and often exceed expectations,but while the batting looks to be good on paper and better than the bowling that is a big sham, we just have a bunch of pretenders.Barren Bravo may be the most attractive batsman to watch bat in intl. cricket today, much the same as his mentor and model Lara was, but that is where it ends! Where is his Lara-esque appetite for BIG scores? And peeps wanna get on Sammy's back? Only person fighting tooth and nail today WAS SAMMY, and to think every other batsman in the side is blessed with more batting talent than him. So much for potentia, give me grit and desire anyday if i can have both. Ask the Aussies they know a thing or two about that. That's why Dravid was always my MVP over SRT.

  • Wozza-CY on March 16, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Glad to see Bailey in the runs & Doherty in the wickets....I bet the tigers wish they had them at the GABBA right now..

  • jmcilhinney on March 16, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Must have been a tricky surface but still a bit disappointing from WI, especially at home. Australia are not a perfect team but you're not going to beat them by throwing wickets away. People talk about the differences between Test and 50-over cricket and nowhere is that more evident than in spin bowling. Doherty is a perfect example of how to be successful as a spinner in 50 overs when he probably still wouldn't cut it as a Test match bowler.

  • on March 16, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    here we go again........

  • on March 16, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    gayle simmons.samuels, dm bravo

  • on March 16, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    well sunil narine actually did good, so im not complaining abt bishoo being out, but why the efff is shiv. chanderpaul not playin? did yu expect W.I to actually win? this is a A team, you have guys like gayle,sarwan and shiv, nash and you're not playing them? wow! heres a 11 for you, 1.chris gayle, 2. L simmons, 3. M samuels, 4.DM bravo, 5.shiv chanderpaul, 6.nash, 7.baugh, 8,sunil narie , 9.jerome taylor, 10.kemar roach, 11. R. ramphal. with back ups like sarwan, bharat, edwards, .dwayne bravo. bishoo. maybe even darren powell he was good. n kirk edwards check tht guy stats out.

  • todobless on March 16, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Drop Baugh as soon as RAMDIN is ready, drop the oppeners PRONTO, since simmons and bharrat is injured use chanders and the batsman with most runs in $-DAY game, deonarine/Fudadin/Nash, with Ramdin being behinnd those 3 with most runs in the 4-day. The bowling is good for now, maybe drop an all-rounder for a pure-bowler, Tino/Bishoo for Russel.

  • VivGilchrist on March 16, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    It was a slow pitch hard to bat on but o have to say that Forrest is just to slow for ODI cricket. Coming on at no3 he just kills the momentum set by the openers, if he must play, push him down the order where he has to get a move on. I also question WI tactics of only having two frontline bowlers in the lineup. I feel sorry for the spectators that had to pay to watch this game.

  • TheLight on March 16, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Bishoo is in the squad but not on the team.

    I'm sure he will get a few games.

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    No Best either. Why pick two out right fast men and then play only one?

  • IshaqMalik on March 16, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Incredible performance Aussies. Congrats

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    come on WEST INDIES ..WITH 17.OVERS that is embarrassing after bowling that well... you guys just need to grow up..

  • Ncnotorious on March 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    the WICB and WI selectors know nothing about cricket...we all know gayle needs to be in the team, but chanderpaul needs to be there too to bat with responsibility...the day johnson charles is a better pick than chanderpaul in any format of the game is the day the world ends...

  • musab789 on March 16, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    bring back gayle, chanderpaul, sarwan to teach the youngsters

  • jahman on March 16, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    So let me get this straight, WI restricted Australia to 208 but you are still complaining about Bishoo not in the side????????? Are you daft? Who would you leave out?

  • rama_krish on March 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    because they are committed to playing sammy

  • on March 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Good day for cricket. Sachin scored century, Bangladesh smashed India and Hopefully WC will Aussies too:)

  • TheLight on March 16, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    At the end of the Aus Inninngs.............Good bowling effort from the WI. They could have restricted Aus to a smaller score if Bravo bowed a few overs less. Why didn't Samuels bowl out his full allotment when he was so economical?...I hope it does not come back to haunt the WI.

  • ramgoat on March 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    they should have left out sammy instead of bishoo and let otis gibson captain the team from the dressing room,make it like baseball.

  • on March 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Hahaha. Bagladesh beat India and what next WI beating the Aussies?

  • on March 16, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    why is Bishoo left out of this team?????

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  • on March 16, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    why is Bishoo left out of this team?????

  • on March 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Hahaha. Bagladesh beat India and what next WI beating the Aussies?

  • ramgoat on March 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    they should have left out sammy instead of bishoo and let otis gibson captain the team from the dressing room,make it like baseball.

  • TheLight on March 16, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    At the end of the Aus Inninngs.............Good bowling effort from the WI. They could have restricted Aus to a smaller score if Bravo bowed a few overs less. Why didn't Samuels bowl out his full allotment when he was so economical?...I hope it does not come back to haunt the WI.

  • on March 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Good day for cricket. Sachin scored century, Bangladesh smashed India and Hopefully WC will Aussies too:)

  • rama_krish on March 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    because they are committed to playing sammy

  • jahman on March 16, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    So let me get this straight, WI restricted Australia to 208 but you are still complaining about Bishoo not in the side????????? Are you daft? Who would you leave out?

  • musab789 on March 16, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    bring back gayle, chanderpaul, sarwan to teach the youngsters

  • Ncnotorious on March 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    the WICB and WI selectors know nothing about cricket...we all know gayle needs to be in the team, but chanderpaul needs to be there too to bat with responsibility...the day johnson charles is a better pick than chanderpaul in any format of the game is the day the world ends...

  • on March 16, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    come on WEST INDIES ..WITH 17.OVERS that is embarrassing after bowling that well... you guys just need to grow up..