West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, St Vincent

Dramatic last over run-out leaves match tied

The Report by Daniel Brettig

March 20, 2012

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Australia 220 (M Hussey 67, Bailey 59, Narine 3-32) tied with West Indies 220 (Charles 45, Watson 3-30)
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Shane Watson and Darren Sammy shake hands after the game is tied, West Indies v Australia, 3rd ODI, St Vincent, March 20, 2012
Shane Watson and Darren Sammy shake hands - but neither was satisfied by the result © Associated Press

Any lingering thoughts of a Caribbean holiday were swept decisively away from Australia by a thrilling and courageous West Indies chase to force a dramatic tie at a heaving Arnos Vale Ground. Tuesday had been declared a public holiday in St Vincent and a sold-out crowd was kept on its feet throughout as the two sides finished locked on 220 apiece on a pitch almost as lively for spin bowling as for dancing at the boundary's edge.

The West Indies needed only one run from the final three deliveries to be bowled by Brett Lee, but a mix-up between the captain Darren Sammy and the last man Kemar Roach saw both stranded at the striker's end as Lee broke the stumps at his. However, the hosts' fight to level the scores having been mired as deeply as 78 for 5 will provide plenty of belief for Sammy's men, while also showing Australia's players that they cannot afford to misstep quite so badly as they have done at times in the three matches so far.

This time the fault lay with the batsmen, who squandered the best of the conditions and failed completely to cope with the crafty spin of Sunil Narine. But there was also a cautionary note for the stand-in captain Shane Watson, who spoiled an otherwise admirable bowling stint with a no-ball that reprieved Andre Russell at a critical time. Watson fumed over the episode and may need to calm himself more rapidly on future captaincy assignments, not least on this tour.

Having built a sound platform to chase the 221 required at 52 for 1, the hosts lost four wickets for 26 as Xavier Doherty and Watson cut through the batting with a combination of spin, changes of pace and alert field placement. However a series of doughty contributions from Johnson Charles, Kieron Pollard, Russell and Carlton Baugh brought the West Indies to the brink, and Sammy would have taken his side home without a moment of running impulse from Roach.

In front of a teeming Kingstown gathering that caused a long trail of morning traffic to the ground, the Australians had been briefly delighted to find a pitch offering more pace than had been found in either of the first two fixtures here. However, they lost their previous enthusiasm when the offspinner Narine used it, along with the sharp spin that had been on offer all week, to cause considerable torment.

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  • The tie is the third in West Indies-Australia ODIs and the second between the teams in a bilateral series after the tie in Guyana in 1999. Overall, it is the ninth tie that Australia have been involved in and the sixth for West Indies.
  • The 112-run stand between Michael Hussey and George Bailey is the first century stand of the series. It is also the ninth century stand for the fourth-wicket for Australia against West Indies and the second Hussey has been involved in.
  • The half-centuries scored by Bailey and Hussey are the only fifty-plus scores in the series so far. Bailey was the top scorer in the first ODI which Australia won by 64 runs.
  • Sunil Narine followed up his 4 for 27 in the second ODI with a three-wicket haul in the third game. He now figures twice in the top five bowling performances by West Indian spinners against Australia.
  • The 64-run stand between Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh is the second-highest seventh-wicket stand for West Indies against Australia in ODIs.
  • Only once before has Shane Watson conceded fewer runs than the 30 he conceded in the third ODI (completed ten-over spells only). However, on that occasion, he did not pick up a single wicket while he managed three in Kingstown.

George Bailey, promoted to No. 4, and Michael Hussey provided some measure of stability to the innings, from an uncertain 58 for 3, but neither batsman could quite attain command of the bowling. Hussey's dismissal signalled another flurry of wickets, this time the giddy loss of five for six runs. Marlon Samuels and Roach both contributed with clever spells, but it was Narine's deception of the touring batsmen that was most complete, their muddle exemplified by two run-outs in the slipstream of Narine overs.

When West Indies chased, Charles and Kieran Powell enjoyed a more fruitful stand than their one-ball effort in the second ODI, and Watson had to introduce Doherty's spin in the seventh over as he sought a wicket. Powell hammered Doherty over the wide long-on rope, but next ball the spinner took revenge by running a delivery across the opener to draw a clear stumping for Matthew Wade.

Watson used a slower ball to tunnel through Samuels' defence, and in the same over Darren Bravo was confounded by a delivery that disturbed the surface and sent his drive straight to Bailey at short cover. A similar dismissal accounted for Charles, though he could have fewer queries about how the ball had reached him off the pitch, and Doherty used another straighter variation to cramp Dwayne Bravo's attempt to cut and coax an edge into Wade's gloves.

Pollard had seen the West Indies home on Sunday, but had a far sterner task ahead of him this time. For a while he delighted team-mates and spectators, sending one mighty swipe at Lee clean out of the ground. To rid him of this threat, Watson called on Nathan Lyon, Pollard's sometime compatriot in Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition.

As he has done before, Lyon was not afraid to sacrifice a six in search of a wicket: Pollard cleared Doherty at long-on once, but found him when attempting to repeat the stroke two balls later. Russell maintained the fight in the company of Baugh, smiting a rival to Pollard's earlier six when he crashed Clint McKay down the ground and beyond it.

The required rate crept up gradually, aided by Watson's thrift, and when Russell was bowled attempting an impatient heave the game appeared up. However replays showed that Watson had overstepped, and Russell's rearguard went on. As if to frustrate Watson further, Russell was also to be bowled by the resulting free-hit.

As he and Doherty had almost exhausted their overs, Watson called on McKay to probe for the clinching wickets. As the crowd clung to rum-fuelled visions of victory, he seemed to do just that: first teasing an edge out of Russell that Wade dived to claim, then prompting Baugh to send an attempted flick skyward for Daniel Christian to pouch.

Not willing to give up, Narine hit out boldly to reduce the requirement, and Sammy showed the sort of composure he is beginning to make a habit of. However Roach ran on the third-last ball as though it was the last, and Australia salvaged something.

Having won the toss, Watson had expected a similar surface to those previously encountered in Kingstown, but noted more evidence of dryness. In the first few overs he and David Warner timed the ball more successfully than at any stage of the first two games, and it was with the score a promising 33 for 0 that Sammy called on Narine. His first over saw the ball popping and spinning far more excitedly than the batsmen were expecting, and Watson's response in the next over was to chase a tight single that became fatal when Russell threw the stumps down.

The wicketkeeper Wade, back to No. 3 in the shuffle that had Peter Forrest dropped to make room for Lyon's spin, struggled mightily in his brief time against Narine, also narrowly avoiding a run-out. Shuffling too far across his crease, it was no great surprise when Narine spun a delivery around Wade's pads to bowl him for a fretful 2 from 11 balls. Narine's analysis told a tale of bewitchment: 5-1-5-1.

Bailey and Hussey were vigilant as they built a significant union, tallying 112 before they were separated by Samuels. His role in the dismissal was more technical than practical, a short ball pulled venomously by Bailey - he had just struck a compelling straight six - straight into the hands of Bravo behind square leg. Bailey cursed his exit, just at the moment when it seemed Australia had wrested the advantage, and they would prove to be prescient oaths.

Michael Hussey misread Samuels' length and turn to be stumped by a distance. Next over David Hussey was deceived completely by Roach's perfectly pitched slower ball and bowled, and after a first-up wide Brett Lee fell to the same variation, this time dragging a shorter offering onto his stumps. The innings had lost its way; it so very nearly cost the match.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 175 14 3 38/2 18/0 (16-20) 29/0 (35-39) 50/6 1/3
West Indies 203 19 6 45/1 15/1 (16-20) 10/0 (36-40) 56/4 1/6

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Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 22, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

and where is doug bollinger ? he should be playing if he is fit , and wade should open with warner and watson come at no.3

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (March 22, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

This Australian team is not as bad as everyone here makes it to be , if u look at their performance post world cup they have NEVER LOST A SERIES , only disappointment was drawn series against NZ , yes the batting looks a bit shaky but that's due the inexperience of the squad , without Clarke too much responsibility on hussey at the moment , bring in khawaja , he is the future no.3 man for aussies

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

@Wozza-CY... Agree - this is the worst summer for batting order selection that I can ever remember & that blame falls squarely onto the captains as it is their job to select the order... M Huss & Bailey need to be at no.3/4... Watson either open or no.6 but with a summer ODI batting average @22 he is lucky to be in the team... Watson needs to bowl out the last 8-10 overs with McKay, Christian & Doherty as options... Definitely missing Johnson & Bollinger in the ODI's... Watsons use of the bowlers seems re-active rather than pro-active which is a poor strategy in the shorter forms of cricket...

Posted by Meety on (March 22, 2012, 2:36 GMT)

Snick_To_Backward_Point - nice try, but Bangladesh are actually beating sides ranked above them in ODIs - unlike your mob. @RandyOz - try running a stats filter on ODIs since either the start of this year or last year, Lee is NOT past his use by date - past his prime maybe! Still worth a spot.

Posted by Wozza-CY on (March 22, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

@fitzy99- agreed with your comments, especially about out death bowling. The frustrating thing is it's been happening all summer & prior to that as well. What I don't get is that McKay, Watson & at times Christian all do well with variations & change of pace (like the rest of the world's bowlers) yet we keep throwing it to Lee to bowl 140kph length balls!! @Busie1979- agree with Mussey at 3 & thought the same through the tests. Most young fellas get a chance to cut their teeth down the order like Boon & Ponting. Yet we keep putting the likes of Khwaja & Marsh there now & backpedalling when it doesn't work.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (March 21, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

I hope st Lucia provide uss with a Win. If we win the First Match, I will feel very happy at least we cant Lose the Series. Drawing the Series will feel Great. People may feel West Indies should of won the last game,but My hope for the last game was a Defeat for West Indies and a Tie, feels Great, because been 5 down and in the 70th Who would expect We could of got past 200 runs? This type of fight I havet seen in a Long time. Even When we had our Best 11 WITHOUT Sammy, they couldnt recover like that. Sammy IS NOT talented we all know that, but imaging if We had Tino Best in his Position could we have pull off a tie? people may argue bout we may not have even reach tino Best, if our best 11 was Playing. but how many time we lost without Sammy.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 21, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

@fitzy99 is spot on. Lee is well past his use by date.

Posted by PACERONE on (March 21, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

I am getting fed up with people who want to take sides and not knowing what they are talking about.Just saying what suits them. Who was the last captain of W.I to win a series against a worthy team? We are glad that the dedicated Sammy is playing for W.I...But is that enough to move us to the next level?...which is a winning team.I hope so.I am spending a lot of money to travel and watch and cheer for this team..no matter who is playing,but would like to see our best team on the field at all times.I traveled to Grenada to watch Bangladesh beat us.That was not the players fault..they tried.WICB is to blame for all of this!!!Our players when they have the opportunity to win games we go backwards by selecting inferior teams.No chance of getting the winning feeling.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

well played huss.......u r certainly the best in those type of conditions

Posted by kunderanengineer on (March 21, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

I think the biggest problem facing the Windies is mental; it has very little to do with talent especially bowling-wise. How else does one explain the inability to get one measly run from 3 deliveries? They have to develop a winning mindset but that's a catch-22 since to have a winning mindset you have to have wins and vice versa. It's almost as though when they are on the brink of victory they are more worried about screwing up than taking control and finishing the job. The important thing is to keep trying and not put undue pressure on themselves and I'm sure eventually the wins will come and along with that a winning attitude.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

We need to stop pointing fingers! West Indies did a very good job to tie with the world #1. By now everyone expected the series to be 3-0 but fortunately it is 1-1. This only says that there has been AN ELEVATING IMPROVEMENT in West Indies cricket if you compare the stats with Sammy as captain to before. Good job guys!..We shouldn't really debate about that run-out. It happens to the best and the worst under immense pressure; remember against India in one of the test matches it happen on the last ball and we draw the test match!!! be prepared Australia because now you can obviously say that you don't remember when last you face a West Indian team which is so hard to "break through the gates"

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

w.i. should have won this one...they mentally freaked out in the end..we must do something with the opening pair...gayle would be best, but we could settle for Bharath..Darren Bravo and Samuels must get their act together...our batting heavily depends on this two and we are struggling because of their poor form..the bowling is keeping us in the game...narine and roach are having very good games...GOOD LUCK IN THE NEXT TWO GAMES!!!

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 21, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

This was one of the best matches that i've seen in a long time, hats off to WI for coming back into the match after being 78 for 5. Pollard has really improved over the last year, and is showing that he is very dedicated to playing for the team. Russell has a lot of talent, and i must admit Johnson charles has played well, something i didn't expect. Narine, and Roach are bowling very well, and the bowlers generally are doing a good job. i agree that powell needs to be dropped, but not Darren Bravo, that would be a mistake, he has already proven what he can do with the bat, Powell has not. Barath, should be back in the side for the last two games, as he is again fit to play. While i am not a fan of Darren Sammy's, and don't even think he should be in the team, under his leadership the players are playing as a team for the first time in a very long time, and that is something we have not seen in the wi for a very, very long time. All the best to the WI in the last two games.

Posted by Regulator on (March 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Well done WI. Captain Sammy took resposibility to finish the game and almost did. Congrats young man, you are a very strong guy and you are handling yourself well in the face of the criticsism. I wish you all the best. I think we should make some tactical changes to the side.

1. We should recall Barath and drop Powell.

My eleven is in batting order; 1. Barath, 2. Charles, 3. Russel, 4. Samuels, 5. Pollard, 6.Baugh, 7.Darryl Bravo, 8. Sammy, 9,Narine. 10. Bishoo, 11. Roach.

My plan here is that Barath anchors 2-5. They will bat around him. Then Baugh 7-11. If Barath gets out early Samuels is promoted to the anchor role and when Baugh gets in he assumes that role and allow Samuels the to go for runs. If Baugh goes Sammy has shown that he is capable to manage the tail.

Posted by Nishant2012 on (March 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

west indies could have won dat game easily... aussie boys r struggling in Caribbean and west indies r struggling wid the batting... they should really start taking responsibility and dnt give away wickets easily. west indies need to lift their performance a bit more so as to challenge big teams.. they could hve been 3-0 now.. in all three games west indies bowled well and batting has struggled big time

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

All credits goes to Windies.;except the last over blunder by Kemar Roach. From 5 down they played hard to reach the 220. It was amazing...but Whenever Australia playing a game they always give their 100% may be that's why they have the privilege of luck..real luck..!!!

Posted by wonderstar1 on (March 21, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Even India and Pak managed to win the series in WI quite comprehensively. Aussies are just mediocre bunch of cricketers and nothing more.The Aussies are lucky to end with draw and thanks to some stupid running from roach. But I like whoever kicks aussies out and its a great satisfaction. Hope WI will manage to beat all the matches and take the series.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (March 21, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

How fantastic it is to see a full Windies ground with all the razamatazz that comes with it. Sure missed you guys, hope this is the start of a recovery.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (March 21, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

In 30 years of watching the game I can;t remember a poorer Aussie side. Even compared to the paltry offerings from them in the 80s. Think it might be an idea if we put the Ashes on hold for a bit. They're playing at a similar level to Bangla at the moment. Simply no competition or spine.

Posted by nazim_ali on (March 21, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

every1 is criticizing Sammy for nothing. He stood up for the team when every1 else was going after their own agenda (players and WICB). Sammy isn't a dream player but at least he is dedicated to his national team. and he's acheived results. 1-1 test ties with Pakistan and India, 3-2 losses to them in ODI. Can any other WI captain boast such record in the near past.

Posted by jupiterlaw on (March 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

I just want to express my thanks to Daniel Brettig for a this well-written report on the match. He certainly captured all the drama in his report and conveyed it safely to those of us who were not present as witnesses.

Posted by fitzy99 on (March 21, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

Trying to think back to when Brett Lee was actually able to execute a yorker but finding it hard as it's so long ago.The Aussie death bowling is dire and has been for some time.I cringed when he handed Lee the ball for the final overs and as usual he served up length balls that even bowlers can dispatch.Fair play to the windies for making it exciting but in my eyes the Aussies blew it.Their last 5 overs with the bat and ball were bordering on laughable

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 21, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Why Wade is being made to play wherever the team wants? He did very good job as opener though in home.. And, Watto supposed to play at 3 in tests should have sticked as no.3 in ODI too.. I guess they make Wade open or atleast have him consistently play in a single position.. He is not yet settled in team and it is too bad to hammer a career which is not yet developed..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

Australia are very much in the rebuilding stage, just like the Windies. On top of the fact that they haven't come to terms with the conditions. Overall a entertaining game, plenty of flaws that need improving, but kept us on the edge of the seat right up until the last over. Good fightback from the Windies, considering they were six down for 117, Pollard, Baugh and Russell kept us in it. Sammy/Roach let the gravity of the situation get to them and ended up making a mistake. The Boyz need to keep working on their game and i still feel that we're a couple of batsmen light. Darren Bravo is having a horrible run and Samuels keeps getting out, after building a start. We need the steady temperament of Chanderpaul back, but the Board are anti-seniors at the moment, so they should include Kirk Edwards and hopefully Besty and Bishoo play a match in St Lucia.

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 21, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

The batting is a real problem. There are too many young guys at the top of the order - particularly when Watson is not contributing. The only young guy at the top of the order should be Warner. Mike Hussey should take responsibility and bat at number 3. You need an experienced player to set the tone at number 3, not a young kid like Wade trying to find his feet in international cricket and also having to keep. There is too much pressure on the kid at this stage of his career. Gilchrist started his ODI career in the middle order and so should Wade. Dave Hussey is doing a good job in the finisher role so I don't think there is any need for Mike in there as well. I like Christian but I think the team would be better off with another batsman to beef up the middle order (ie. Ferguson/Voges). With Watson, there are 5 front line bowlers plus Dave Hussey. A 6th bowler is overkill and doesn't make sense when the team desperately needs consistent runs.

Posted by cricinme on (March 21, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

WI should have easily won this one. Sammy played a irresponsible knock. He should have taken the strike in the last few overs and not expose Kemar too much. All the best WI for remaining matches.

Posted by Dashgar on (March 21, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Sunil Narine is a star in the making, but why not play with Bishoo as well. Australia's biggest weaknesses come against spin and West Indies should be exploiting that. Aus need to work out how to play Narine because he has slowed their innings to a crawl each time he gets the ball in his hands.

Posted by SuperSharky on (March 21, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Ouch, this reminded me of the 1999 World Cup Final between South Africa & Australia. South Africa also had a brilliant comeback out of the dead, thanks to Klusener. And with almost also 3 balls left and 1 run needed, Klusener and Donald did the same thing as Sammy and Roach. Also a brilliant comeback from the whole West Indies team. Like I said before. Thanks to Allen Stanford for watering the seed years ago, cause now the West Indies got so much depth in talent that they can stage two good teams that will compete on an international top level. I find international cricket these days immensely entertaining. And this series are one of the best to watch.

Posted by anver777 on (March 21, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

A narrow escape for Aus & very poor effort by WI....... with 3 balls & 1 run needed they could have easily won the game.Surprisingly !!! this series is more entertaining than ASIA CUP 2012 !!!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

now we all know every team is the best at their own back yard

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

What a game West Indies pushed Australia really hard lesson from team India they hammered by Aussies throughout the summer and Sri lanka first and now West Indies giving the same Aussies side run for their money

Posted by Duke-Count on (March 21, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

Here in India, I was up until 3 AM following the match (been doing tht for all the 3 matches)..... slept after tht, got up again at 8AM to rush to work.... but totally worth it..... absolute cracker of a contest.... Windies showed gr8 character to come frm 78/5 to run the Aussies close..... Since the Gayle impasse continues to linger on, Lendl Simmons (heard he has fully recovered) shud b brought in.... also high time for Samuels and young Bravo to make a significant contribution with the bat..... Windies cud also try using Andre Russell as a pinch-hitter in one of the upcoming mathes and take the Oz by surprise.... No complaints with the bowling, though wud luv it if Russell pockets a few wickets, while toning down his economy....

All in all wonderful exibition of fighting spirit frm the boys....Go Windies.... take the series..... eagerly awaiting Friday's encounter....

Posted by simonviller on (March 21, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

To those who were questioning Johson Charles' inclusion in this team ,now you know what the selectors have been seening in him .[a diamond in the rough ]with natural ability like a few others we now know [ D.R Smith / Kirk and Fdel Edwards ] on their rapid rise to the big stage . In my opinion ,these named guys ,have something special in-common in addition to their natural talent ,in that they seem to be mentally tough individuals who seem unphased in pressure situations . I believe that's what the selectors see in these guys . Lets not be too quick to write our young talent off , ''for out of many shall come some good '' . Thanks to you Johnson Charles and the rest of the team for a great performance .

Posted by Tolai on (March 21, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

To all those saying that the Windies should be 3-0 up, I can make the same argument to say that Australia should be 3-0 up... The facts are that the scoreline is 1-1 with one tied... This series has been a lot tighter than expected but anyone downplaying the talent in the Australian side should remember that they have just won a tri series against the two World Cup finalists... Coming from the true bouncing Australian wickets to these surprisingly slow Carribean wickets (no wonder the production line of great Windies quicks has stalled!) was always going to take some adapting to... Leave the comments until the end of the ODI and Test series...The Windies are punching above their weight at this stage and well done to them!

Posted by Mitcher on (March 21, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@yorkshirematt: Yeah, but they had nothing on that English batting of 1989-2005.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 21, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

West Indies and Australia are about as good as each other these days,as this result demonstrates.

Posted by johntycodes on (March 21, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

ha ha is steve 9191 for real. We are the number 1 ODI team in the world clearly and haven't lost a series for 2 years. That's about 10 series in a row without defeat and steve reckons we are no good. Obviously another jealous person of all our success.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

I will admit, tied or not, pun intended, great game. Narine seems to be turning into a world beater. Pollard and Narine are consistent. Adrian Barath needs to return. Russell needs some guidance, after being bowled by a no all and a free hit ball, didn't have to make such a rash shot. Marlon Samuels looked like it was his his first time with the bat, being hit on the back leg playing on the front foot, it was funny. Proud of them though.

Posted by johntycodes on (March 21, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

The sooner brett lee is out of our team the better. He's getting worse every over and the opposition batsmen just see off the other bowlers because they know lee will come back on.

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 21, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

So far, Australia have been the only team who can do good job on both fst and slow wickets bu they too are found vaunting in slow track and against good spinners.. Narine was just awesome.. He can just bowl anywhere just like Ajmal.. Love you man.. Wish you don't fade like other mystery spinners like Mendis and recently Ashwin.. On the game, WI really showed great spirit to come till tie but really wasted a chance to win the game.. 3 balls one run with absolutely no necessity to try a suicidal single.. May be, Sammy should have spoke clearly with Roach and tried to do it himself.. Better planning could have got them a win easily..

Posted by Marcio on (March 21, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

These are good games, and its good for cricket. Of course there are the usual nonsense comments after a couple of average games by AUS. Australia haven't lost a ODI series for two years, and just beat SL and SA away from home, and suddenly the world is falling down because of a couple of close games away to WI. Clearly conditions are very alien to many of the Australia batsmen, the pitches being specially prepared to lessen the gap between the two teams. The inexperienced players in the team would never have played on manufactured clay strips like these before. But it's just a matter of time before some of the AUS players come good again. They have the class, and that will not change over time, regardless of brief dips in form.

Posted by WestIndies1987 on (March 21, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

West Indies yet AGAIN manage to lose when winning was the easier option.We could have so easily been 3-0 up but poor batting and cost us the 1st and 3rd games.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Too bad there could not be a winner!!!!!!!!!

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (March 21, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Windies did not deserve the tie, they were lucky, tough luck on aussies, I still believe aussies will bounce back.

Posted by Aspraso on (March 21, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

The last 3 matches show that Aussies are not going to be easy customers and that WI are going to play catch up every time. WI should by now realize that they had Aussies by the throat several times in the last 3 matches but let them go. Though they have won 1 and tied 1 -- whereas actually they had the best chances to go 3up.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

@BlackArcher, WI needed 1 run off 3 balls and they weren't good enough to do it. That's bad play by WI at that particular point, not bad luck. If Australia had bowled a no-ball or wide at that point would you have said WI were lucky? What about Russell bowled off a no-ball? Both sides did some good things and some bad things, as is usually the case. Is the team who makes the fewest mistakes lucky or did they just play better than their opposition?

Posted by David_Bofinger on (March 21, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

steve19191, if you're using Bangladesh as an example of weakness, today's a poor choice.

Posted by indian_wi_fan on (March 21, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

WI is really lacking a consistent experience batsman . I would only blame the selectors. Entire scenario after 3 ODis could have been different if team was selected with some sense i.e inclusion of either Chandrapaul,Gayle or Sarwan because only missing thing here is Experience. Samules and Bravo are not looking to be consistent. Russel is the best all rounder in the Team. Sammy should also come out with some new ideas like sending Russel ahead of Baugh. We the fan of WI cricket have been keeping our finger crossed for 10-12 years to see the WI at the Top again in the world not like SA or AUS but like the Formidable one they used to be .

Posted by jammyisgreat on (March 21, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

I think Even AUS can win in thier home only... :P

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

Mickey Arthur and company boasted that they expected to win handsomely in the west indies,well news flash,cricket is played on the day,not from behind the boundary.I want to remind the criketing world that the West Indies have talent that can match any other in the cricketing world,our biggest problem is we have been stuck in a syndrome of losing for so long that we find it so difficult to finish the job when we find ourselves in almost alien territory which is called consistently winning.The West Indies bowling combination in test,one day international or t-20 has been taking wickets and bowling out teams,it is our batsmen that has not consistently put enough runs on the board to give our bowlers something to work with that has hurt us.Sunil Narine is a special talent in the spin department,but has everyone forgotten about the ICC emerging young player of 2011?,a man called Devindra Bishoo?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

MB, whatever Darren Sammy has done to you, I will ask him to apologize. He did keep his composure. Which fans did WICB keep out? Arnos Vale was packed

Posted by SALUL on (March 21, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

good fight from the boys;they should have that match to go two nil against australia what a feeling that would have been to leed australia.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (March 21, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

@Randyoz Did you see Lyon's epic performance with the ball? I mean, I would be very surprised if he didn't become one of THE great spinners. Unbelievable figures of 8-2-41-1. Against the great windies batting that the aussie bowlers again made look even worse than the aussies of 2010/11. Getting out the new Viv Richards Pollard was very impressive.

Posted by BlackArcher on (March 21, 2012, 2:27 GMT)

Wow..Australia just got lucky..they didn't deserve to have a tied game. West Indies are really pushing Australia to the brink and this will dent their cockiness.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

Sammy said in the post match that they had spoken about running for everything. So it was his resposibility to say to Roach that that had changed. Roach was expecting Sammy to run. The boys brought us close. As captain you should take charge. not hide behind others. Also bring Barath to open in place of Powell. GO WIDIES. The winning feeling is comming back

Posted by WindiesWillow on (March 21, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Well....Australia probably didn't think they would have been in this position after 3 ODIs. Both teams need to drastically alter their batting lineup. WI need to replace Powell (never been consistent since he debuted) and Darren Bravo who is great but is out of sorts and need a wake up call. Congrats to the bowling again. They've been doing well for the past year. I still think we have the second best POSSIBLE attack in the world behind South Africa at the moment.

Posted by truguynese on (March 21, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

Mr. Daniel Brettig, thank you for your balanced reporting today. Aussies suffering from jet lag? Is Australia playing that bad or is the WI playing that good? Sunil Narine bowls 10 overs, there is still 40 more. So far entertaining cricket. Australia sorely missing Clarke and WI missing Gayle ,Chanderpaul and Sarwan.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

This aussie team is brittle. With one extra batsman in the team w.i could have won the match. it's time for sammy to go! bravo must captain the side. sammy is a liability.bring in a specialist batsman.

Posted by steve19191 on (March 21, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Never thought I would say this......Its so sad to see how poor the Aussies are these days, not sure they would give Bangladesh or Zimbabwe a game.

Posted by BaggyGreen2 on (March 21, 2012, 1:34 GMT)

Trouble! We need Clarke n Punter back now, and someone else that bats like White or Symonds.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

I find it odd that Brett Lee gets to bowl so many final overs given his propensity for getting hit for boundaries. He does take a wicket here and there, yes. But it seems at least as often he goes for 15+ runs and costs the game.

Before someone says he got the last wicket with a run out this time, I don't think that was a part of the plan.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (March 21, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Australia was just lucky.

Posted by VEXXZ on (March 21, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

Want exciting cricket at its best ? , then come see the West Indies . Win , lose , draw or tie we just can do it all in fine style .

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 21, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

This sounds like it was a rather exciting roller-coaster of a game. Too bad the time zones mean that those of us in Australia would have had to basically forgo a night's sleep to see it. Both teams could probably claim to have been lucky and unlucky at various times so maybe a tie is not an unfair result, although it's got to be a disappointing end to the game for WI, to get run out with 2 balls to spare. This certainly proves that WI can be competitive with the best but consistency is always the worry. Not that every team including Australia isn't struggling for consistency but I can't help feeling that WI have missed their best chance here. Anything can still happen but I just don't see them winning both remaining games. Even one more win for a drawn series would be an achievement though, so still plenty to aim for.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (March 21, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Fascinating duel between two fallible sides on an interesting wicket-surely better than those flat track batathons which devalue runs. Shows how much the head gets involved in the result because in his right mind Roach would have waited for the call. I loved the party in ground even more than the cricket- just shows how joyful a sporting occasion can be. Hts off to St Vincent!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (March 21, 2012, 0:30 GMT)

@RandyOZ, no Australia aren't exactly getting rolled for 51 by WI but then they aren't exactly beating Pakistan (a team you proclaimed one of the four best in the world) 4-0 either. I wonder whether Australia is missing Clarke more than WI is missing Gayle. It sounds rather like Australia had some difficulties against spin too. Oh well, at least Nathan Lyon blew them away. Oh hang on, he didn't.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (March 21, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

Presumably the tie will mean a half day holiday for the next match?

Posted by Wallaroo on (March 21, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

I'm with RandyOz. Langer needs to do something about our batting and yes we are missing Clarke's leadership something chronic

Posted by Wisocrat on (March 21, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

Way to go WI. Bravo! for the spirited fight. You almost had the Aussies maan!

Posted by Meety on (March 21, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

What a match! Sort of the ODI reverse of the finish of the 61 Test, if that made an ounce of sense! Great work by the WIndies, Oz took the foot off the throat, but the WIndies showed great desperation to take 6/18 at the end of the Ozzy innings. 1 all with 2 to go!

Posted by MinusZero on (March 21, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Bit of a worry if australia are struggling against WI. Why didnt Wade open? I thought the decision had been made for Watson to play at 3

Posted by rodzstars on (March 21, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

just see wat can happen wen we dig deep an bat our 50 overs we cud hav been all out for 175 wit 8 overs to spare 45 runs short as usual an thinking bout if we batted a little better but today we fought to d end the result didnt matter to me just enjoyed seein d fighting spirit hope we keep it up for the rest of d series barath in for powell or dwane smith

Posted by   on (March 21, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Another tie in one-day cricket

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

hope the windies get more out of Darren and find one more good bat....

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Does anyone remember before the series the "partial" caribbean supporters writing the team off completely? The WI team at least should haveat least been 1 up in the series. JCharles was being ridiculed as a joke(grey matter reference). While not being extrodinary he has stood up well for a guy playing his first couple of matches.The guys are being put through a new training regimen: fitter, leaner, stronger, more dedicated, more hunger to win and more self belief as Sammy said at the end. People want to put the results down the Australia underperforming but credit has to be given to the WI. They (WI) will definitely be the more disappointed of the two after 3 matches. I though will support the team no matter who plays and can defintely hope for the best in the remaining matches.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

We managed to snatch a tie from around the Aussies' necks! Aussies ain't that hot in my view. We had them good after our team came back and got them out for a reachable score. All we had to do was to bat sensibly and we go 2-1 up in the series. But we panicked in the end. But I liked this team. It's young and on a learning curve. After three low-scoring but exciting games, wonder what the WI critics are saying? As the series head for Lucialand, let's continue to back our fellows and see them through to a series win. Now that would be a good shot in the arm for this young team, to beat the mighty men from 'down under.' Also, it would quiet some of those who are still harping for the return of the 3 wise bats. Was AVG sold out today? Looked so to me. Wonder how that could happen without Mr. Cool in the lineup.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

at randy wilson, your post makes no sense. Just understand, that if these strike bowlers were around when Gayle was playing, WI would have had a better chance. Check Sammy's record at the helm if you really want to be analytical.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

wel atleast we didint lose

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

@Nevin T. Ramkissoon. You are part of the problem we have here in the West Indies. You are from Trinidad but you are rooting for Aust. I see that all the time at the Queens Park Oval. Then you complain about the performances of the WI team. You just cant bring yourself to support what is your own. That's your democratic right but it's still very sad. You can release the chains from your arms and legs but you can't release the shackles from your mind.

Posted by azlam on (March 20, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

Its blaming the pitch again. If Aussies can not play in pitches assisting some spin bowling, then do not go overseas and stick on in your own backyard. Spin bowling is another art in cricket, one should learn how to do it and so other should learn how to play against it.

Posted by notvery on (March 20, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

no comments form jonesy2.. he must still be watching reruns of Lyon "the greastest spinner on the planet" dominating this game..

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Surely fatigue is playing on the Aussie players - these schedules are way too tight. I know it's only their one day team, and most of these players didn't take part in the test matches, but to land and then play their first game in just a few days time is ludicrous. Here I thought people would learn from examples of the past - England in the last Ashes series to see how a team should prepare when playing away, and India's recent tour of Australia to see how you shouldn't. Maybe someone at Cricket Australia got the memos mixed up?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

shoulda been 3-0 West Indies imo.

Posted by gkannuchamy on (March 20, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Agree with Vanessa. Why do we always have to bring it down to one last ball and one last run? I wish there were no tied matches anymore in one day series. At the tie ask the two batsmen to toss a coin and decide who wins. I shall go home and get some sleep.

Posted by Rooboy on (March 20, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Geez Watto ... 47th over bowling batting practice on leg stump. Get through that over for 4 or 5 instead of 11 and it's game over. I know it doesn't come down to one over but the skipper needed to do better than the loose free hit balls he served up. Oh well, good job WI, nice fightback and an exciting game anyway.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

...surely Sammy spoke to to Roach between balls, and told him what to do? if stupidity from the Windies.. like amateurs. They are only beating the Australians because the pitches are so bad!

Posted by chicoguapo on (March 20, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

West Indies have performed reasonably well...but there are a few adjustments to make...one...kieron powell doesnt belong in this team as yet. he has to proove himself more...who can we put as a possible replacement? i would ask the wicb to look at chris gayle( mixing senior with young) or some other worthwhile options..now is not the time to second guest or play proud..we must do what is best for the team to get a winning combination..with confidence, i think our boys will improove....we should also look into replacing darren bravo for the ODI, maybe look for someone a little more consistent....we must make our players know that when they perform, they get their chance, when they dont, doesnt matter the past, you are left out until you get up to par again....this team can win matches, how? with the perfect combination of young and pld players, before dont get me wrong, with chris gayle, lendel simmons and johnson charles as openers, we are making it a good fight to maintain your place.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

@rayinto, that's what happens when you crow a little too early. The kangaroos were lucky to escape this time. Given the fight we've shown and the better bowlers we have, I wouldn't count on Australia doing anything similar in St. Lucia just yet. I'm disappointed inexperience and nerves got the best of us, but to start winning you first have to stop losing. Holding the number 1 team in the world to a level series after three games is nothing to sneeze at. Australia looks even creakier than they did against Sri Lanka and India. I would suggest they have a lot more soul-searching to do than at this point than West Indies.

Posted by macadamnut on (March 20, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

Good comeback by the Windies. That last run-out was only mildly goofy cricket by both batsmen; they had three balls left after the boundary by Sammy, but that adrenaline doesn't just evaporate once the situation calms down a little bit. Understandable that they might be a little jumpy at that point, I almost soiled my armor. On to St. Lucia where the Aussies should definitely get their money's worth. I have high hopes for Charles and Sammy with both of their mothers watching; also hoping Andre Russell gets another chance to show off.

Defend these islands!

(he says from Maine ... those islands!)

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Sammy need to go and without Gayle we in trouble at this time ...... just a shame the great Mr self confidence could not keep his composure the west indies cricket board did it again keeping Sammy leaving Gayle and the west indies fans out of the game

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

It is certainly time now to bring in Ussie. I mean seriously I am sick to death of these collapses. I know that we aren't exactly getting rolled for 51 by the Windies, but we cannot keep relying on our incredible bowling unit to save us. What on Earth is Langer doing? What are his performances incentives? They must be pretty low targets based on the batting performances. Boy are we seriously missing Clarkey right now.

Posted by sxb4285 on (March 20, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

how embrassing !!!!!!w.i should have one this game...well done sammy!!!!

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

what a game...it is great to the Windies playing some spirited cricket.. let us see some more of this please!

Posted by zshanto on (March 20, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Good show at the end . It's good to see west indies fought back and look like they are improving their game . Last over was nerve breaking . I will not blame the lower order batsman to not win the match even there was 2 ball in hand . It was a pressure game at the end anything can be happen . Game was almost gone when top order batsman keep on going back to dressing room . Thanks to russel , pollard , narine and roach to keep alive the game part by part . Good step ahead against Australia . Looking forward to see balance two match team announcement by WI cricket board . Please be practical before you select last game team . That's means a lot WI still has the hope and good chance to win series depens on the team . I hope now it's easy to feel in which department WI are week to win the series , so feel this selectors and take a series win test after a long while .best wishes

Posted by maddy20 on (March 20, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Courageous and spirited performance by WI. Goes to show how vulnerable Aus are on turning tracks!

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (March 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

@ rayinto. Please check ya stats. At these So call Puppies ya calling Won a Match and also Came from behind been 70 something for 5 to 220. Check this out http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=2;orderby=start;orderbyad=reverse;team=4;template=results;type=team;view=results Before de Win on Sunday and De tie today, West Indies havent won for a Long time under the like of Our Greatest Player we all want back in the team. This West Indies may be a Hate by Many, but we all can see a Progress in the Team, unfortunely people just hate on the team because it's Captain by a small island Player Sammy, i agree no doubt Sammy isnt the best player nor Captain, but we can see how good the team is fighting, two game in a row. plus 3 Game against Aussie, aussie couldnt even get a High score, with 2 Strike Bowler which West Indies got (roach and Narine) all de rest is just ordanary Bowlers.

Posted by Raginggbull on (March 20, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

OMG!! Will be more happy if windies won this. Poor Sammy,keep your nerve. Overseas fever caught up with Aussies. Now-a-days watchin cricket is more enthralling. BOTTOMLINE: EVERY TEAM IS STRONG AT THEIR OWN BACKYARDS.

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 20, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

I was rooting for a WI win but feared a stupid run out all the while Roach was there. Such things armost likely to happen when you have a lower order batsman there. Shucks !!! I wish they had shown a better composure. They still had 2 more balls to score that one run. But then you could say that WI were losing the match badly at one stage and so a tie is a one up. And Aus could talk about those two Watson no balls and say that they could have won the match. All in all it was a great match.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Well done West Indies to draw the game.

Narine is a great spinner and Pollard seems to be getting reliable :O

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Ooh WI Almost !, Soo Close to a series win!

Posted by hhillbumper on (March 20, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

God the Aussies got lucky.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (March 20, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Oh Alan Donald why didnt you just run. You would have made it. 3 games and WI should have won all 3.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Aussies are cutting it too close but I still wish them luck. Even though I am a West Indian I love the Aussie style of cricket and are rooting for them all the way

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Oh my nerves are on end................ why do we always have to bring it down to one ball????My heart can't take this.

Posted by rayinto on (March 20, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

When if u dont have the tiger (Chanderpaul) in the side what else u expect...the kangaroos will trample the little puppies.

Posted by TheLight on (March 20, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Narine has to choose very soon between an IPL contract valued at US$700,000 or to play for the WI, where he does not have a retainer contract, so gets only a stipend per game of a couple thousand dollars.........what would you do?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Sunil Narine is unplayable by the aussie batsmen..

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (March 20, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Aussies struggling against the Windies? Feels like deja vu.

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