West Indies v Australia, 2nd ODI, Kingstown

'This will be a huge boost' - Narine

Brydon Coverdale

March 19, 2012

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Shane Watson pulls a short ball, West Indies v Australia, 1st ODI, St Vincent, March 16, 2012
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Sunil Narine, the West Indies spinner, believes the victory over Australia in St Vincent on Sunday will be a major boost to the side's confidence. The win ended a five-year drought for West Indies, who had last beaten Australia in a one-day international at the 2006 Champions Trophy, and it levelled the five-match series 1-1 ahead of Tuesday's third match at Arnos Vale.

Narine was Man of the Match for his 4 for 27 and the Australians struggled to find their rhythm against him on a slow surface. He also bowled well in the first game, when he collected 1 for 24 from ten overs, and he hoped his efforts had helped the West Indies players discover the belief that they could beat Australia, having not won a one-day series against the Australians since 1995.

"It feels really great to get my best figures in just my fifth match and bowl the team to a victory," Narine said. "We needed this win after going 1-0 down in the first match on Friday. This will be a huge boost for the players in the team and everyone in the dressing room. This is the first West Indies win over Australia in a long time and it shows that we have it in us to win.

"It was not an easy wicket to score on. The batsmen found it a bit difficult to get away the ball and I knew once I kept to the game plan I could create problems. I bowled to a plan and I was well backed up by the other bowlers and the guys in the field. This was a wonderful team effort and is something to build on."

The Australians had 40 overs to bat after rain forced a reduction, but they could only build a total of 154 for 9, which never looked like being enough despite the challenging nature of the pitch. The captain Shane Watson said a lack of runs from the specialist batsmen - George Bailey's 48 from the first game is the highest score so far - was something Australia needed to address.

"The conditions make it a little bit more difficult. You're definitely never in," Watson said. "Narine is bowling very well and the ball is turning and bouncing each way. He makes it difficult to be able to keep going. But there's no doubt one or two of us need to be able to go on and get a bigger score to really set the platform to be able to make sure we can go towards the end. That's something we'll talk about."

The third match will be played at the same venue before the teams move on to St Lucia for the final two ODIs, and Australia's selectors must decide whether changing the balance of their side will help on Tuesday. The fast bowlers James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus are in the squad, along with the offspinner Nathan Lyon, but Watson said shortening the batting order to squeeze in another bowler would be risky.

"From the bowling side of things it's going to be difficult [to change] because the bowling part of our team is doing a really good job," he said. "[They did] a really good job trying to defend 150 on that wicket. The balance of our bowling attack is really good.

"On this wicket we probably need a little bit of depth in our batting order as well, because you're never really in. It's going to be difficult to change the bowling side of things, even though we've got a few big guns ready to go in Ben Hilfenhaus and James Pattinson."

Watson also said Australia would be prepared if the former West Indies captain Chris Gayle returned at some point during the series, having not played international cricket since last March.

"We've got to be," Watson said. "I've played a lot of cricket against Chris and you always want to play against the best players. It'll be a big challenge for him out there as well. In the end if he comes back in there's no doubt he'll certainly strengthen up the West Indian team. He's a serious player."

The series continues on Tuesday in St Vincent, where the prime minister has declared the day a public holiday after Sunday's win, which should ensure a big crowd for the match.

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Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 20, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

The combination of Narine and Bishoo will destroy Australia in the Tests. And when the need a break they have Roach and Rampaul. Australia and people from there must have some humility at least when they are no longer the ICC champions.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (March 19, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@RandyOZ: At least have humility in defeat and accept the opposition were better on the day. Do not dare take anything away from the WI.

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@RandyOZ Narine bowled well in both matches, so while i understand that you are frustrated at your team loosing the match, i think you should give credit where it is due. Australia were outplayed in this match. and there batsmen didn't have an answer in the first match either. Now i don't have a clue what the rest of the series would be like, but as for these two matches, WI bowling was good, so please give credit where it is due, and cancel the excuses, its annoying. Well done Narine, and keep up the good work.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Did you all see Dwyane Bravo, after he got out and was passing Baugh on his way in. Bravo's eyes were open big and was telling Baugh something. Here is what I though he would say in Trinidadianize. "Doh go out dey and do anything chupid you know. Play every ball on its merit and support Polly." But the Jamaican would not hear a word of it. He already has a series of premeditated voops in the back of his mind. If the ball falls anywhere near what he is expecting, he will voop. Well it worked this time and it was better for Baugh take the risk than Pollard in case they loose more wickets and had less balls to be bowled. Congratulations WI! Good victory.

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 19, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Hope Sunil Narine will be the main trump card for the Windies!

Posted by jupiterlaw on (March 19, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

@JOSE PULIAMATTA the inclusion of Chris Gayle should be of no bother to the Aussies because Gayle was in the WI side during the years that they have beaten WI 13 straight. I would not like to see him back, he would be disruptive to the cohesion. Besides, I do not see how he and the coach could have a normal relationship.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

All of you people who Live in Saint Vincent or you Live in Caribean Get down to support the westindies lets show the prime Minister of St Vincent how much we apreciate the Holdiday if i was in that Country i would be there but im in England I am going to try and be at every match where posible to see them beat England and Narine cause damage agaisnt the England Batsmen also see Bishoo cause problems against the English who cant play Spin somebody for once give West Indies the praise and stop and i repeat stop being miserable and giving them stick when they loose give it stick but when they win be posotive Now im gonna predict West Indies to win the next 3 and then they gonna win the tests.

Posted by anver777 on (March 19, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Narine is an attacking bowler.... no doubt he belongs to overs format for WI !!!!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Chris Gayle -- Bring him on! Let the Aussie bowlers get a taste of him in an international, which hadn't happened for quite some time.

Posted by Meety on (March 19, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Love the last sentence. == == == I like really tight ODIs, where every run is scrapped for, but I also like a bit of variety, so I won't mind seeing a few belters before the series is out!

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