West Indies v Australia, 4th ODI, Gros Islet March 23, 2012

Brutal Pollard helps West Indies take series lead

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West Indies 294 for 7 (Pollard 102, Barath 41) beat Australia 252 all out (Lee 59, Hussey 57) by 42 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kieron Pollard at his most brutal left Australia with an insurmountable challenge at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia as West Indies took a 2-1 lead with one to play in an ODI series that is rivalling their wildest dreams. Pollard produced a memorable display of power hitting, 102 slugged from 70 balls to vanquish an Australian side that West Indies had come to regard as virtually unbeatable.

After a demoralising run against Australia of 13 defeats in 14 ODIs (the other being a no-result), West Indies now have two wins and a tie from their last three games. No side had ever scored more on this ground batting second than West Indies' 284 for 5 to beat England in 2004 and Australia had little chance to buck the trend once they had lost half their side for 112.

That they got so close owed much to a considered half-century by David Hussey and a wrathful late assault by Brett Lee, who was struck on the arm by a beamer from Kemar Roach and, despite fulsome apologies, was sore enough in mind and body to take 24 from Roach's next over, following three fours with two sixes flayed over long-on.

When Lee struck Andre Russell down the ground for two successive sixes, he surpassed his highest ODI score of 57, in his 216th match - and Russell had done nothing to vex him at all. Roach finally got his man in his final over, last out, caught at long-off, with 22 balls remaining.

Pollard had reached his hundred in the final over of West Indies' innings when he slugged a short ball from Lee over midwicket for six, a shot that looked as ponderous as it was effective. It was only his second ODI hundred in 55 attempts (he had only passed 50 four times before), but his threat is growing as an ODI average rising from 19 to 26 in the last year testifies. "It's only one of two," Pollard said. "I'm just trying to learn my craft. Some of those sixes I didn't middle."

West Indies' innings, stagnating for long periods, finished in a mood of revelry. They took 23 from the final over from Lee, Darren Sammy rounding things off with 31 not out in 13 balls as if he briefly imagined himself Pollard reincarnate.

Shane Watson's decision to bowl first was out of character for an Australian captain. Perhaps the excitement of the journey north to St Lucia got the better of him as Australia finally escaped the slow surfaces of St Vincent. Instead, on a surface offering more pace and bounce - disconcertingly steep bounce on occasions - they ran into Pollard's meaty destruction. "I wouldn't do anything differently," said Watson. "Pollard was impressive, no doubt. It was a beautiful wicket, but if we had taken our catches it would help."

After 39 overs, West Indies were 160-5, four overs of a Powerplay had brought only 15 runs and their innings was close to stagnation. Then Watson, whose seven overs had cost only 15, conceded 17 runs from his eighth as Pollard moved into overdrive. He had a lively ally in Andre Russell during a sixth-wicket stand of 94 in 11 overs that changed the complexion of the match.

Pollard had his moments of good fortune and most of them involved Peter Forrest. Like most touring cricketers, he might not have known the whereabouts of St Lucia in relation to St Vincent but his sense of direction was equally lacking when it came to the exact position of the boundary rope at deep backward square.

Pollard was only 15 when a venomous, flat pull flew through Forrest's hands as he came in a couple of yards closer than he had to. Another mishit against Lee on 24 narrowly evaded David Hussey as he sprinted back at midwicket. Much punishment later, Xavier Doherty dropped a simple chance; and Forrest might also have caught Pollard on 81, but it required several TV replays before the third umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, decided that Forrest's catch was illegal. It was hard to tell whether Forrest's boot had brushed the rope but in any event his decision to throw the ball back infield as his momentum carried him over the rope was a lackadaisical effort.

Pollard can destroy a fielding side's bearings. He blocks more balls than most, but when he hits, he hits so powerfully that his blocking becomes irrelevant. Even when he did not quite middle a pull against Watson, late in his innings, leaning back like a boxer on the ropes, it careered for six over long-on, an area where he got roughly half his runs.

Johnson Charles' innings was made of different stuff. He is only the second cricketer from St Lucia to represent West Indies and was playing in front of his home crowd for the first time. He was angsty, understandably so, needing 30 balls to reach double figures. He encouraged the crowd into excitement with a straight six against Clint McKay but fell for 37 soon after the mid-point, holing out at long-on to an unusual dancing catch by Lee.

Adrian Barath, back in the side after a hundred for Trinidad against Guyana a week ago, provided early impetus with nine fours in all in his 41 from 31 balls. But Marlon Samuels' contribution was excruciating and Dwayne Bravo fell first ball.

Australia's reply malfunctioned as early as the second over when David Warner, one of the few batsmen capable of matching Pollard's slugging style, spooned a drive against Dwayne Bravo to mid-on.

Watson played smoothly for a while, only to pull Darren Sammy's loosener to mid-on. Sammy's short ball, not often regarded as devilish, enjoyed further spoils in his next over when Charles plunged forward at third man to hold a top-edged hook from Forrest and leave for ice pack treatment on a damaged shoulder.

If Sammy's breakthroughs frustrated Australia, two wickets in an over for Russell would have irked them even more. Russell, defying a knee complaint, could barely muster a limping celebration as he first had George Bailey caught at the wicket, cutting, and then two balls later defeated Mike Hussey's attempted pull.

Edited by Alan Gardner

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • muhammad.Sajid on March 25, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    good attempt but their performance was not persistent yet

  • annon on March 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    one Gayle does not make the team. perhaps we should focus on novice cricket say below 25 yrs and let the leagues, clubs etc recruit the seniors so that we can forget about them. Itl be more interesting.

  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Who will be the FIRST radio host to give Coach Otis Gibson thumbs-up for a job well done with this crop of West Indies players . We all know its still a long-way-to-go . Former Barbados and West Indies batsman Carlisle Best was saying to the WICB for years , our team is not doing it in TEST , so let's try to get the BEST ODI team in the world .

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @Marcio, you are right. It is not a reasonable hypothesis that WI have suddenly become world beaters. It is a fact, not a hypothesis. Results don't lie. And as for 'suddenly'--believe me, it's been a long two year slog with the team showing steady, slow improvement. How else to explain their performances last year against India and Pakistan at home, and their heartening fight backs in India. When WI lose, it's their fault, but when they win, it's the other team's fault, right. Please. You need to learn to take your losses. Windies fans certainly have, for a long time now. And thank God we've decided to try winning instead. Go Sammy! Go Windies! Now and Forever!

  • on March 25, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Nice win again for WI. Everyone knows the victory today should've been the Series clincher. Excellent knock by Pollard. Good overall team play. Team composition needs a little tweaking, but one can see that this younger edition is on the upswing. All the Gibson detractors must be sucking salt now. He said all along he wanted to change the culture of the team, get them to play smarter cricket instead of the brainless play we've witnessed during the last decade or so. No, we don't need Mr. Cool, we can win without him. His presence now would would upset the chemistry of the team. Plus the big hitting Pollard can play Mr. Cool's role in the team. Caribfans are turning out to support this team despite his absence. Let him make his millions elsewhere. Nobody in their right mind would begrudge him. No Sars either. He's drifted into mediocrity plus he's lazy and indifferent to fitness/training. Chanders can continue to focus on Tests to prolong his career. We have enough youngsters to win.

  • on March 25, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    aust has to find someone to blame so they use christian, who are going to blame if the w.i's win the last game.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on March 24, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    West Indies must drop Samuels and bring in Deonarine tomorrow..Samuels have lot of talent man but not doing nothing, nothing..him just not concentrating and throwing away him wicket stupid\!

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    @sayan001 India has beaten SL, Pak, WI, NZ , Eng . Simply put all teams except Aus and SA in their home. We drew a lot of series there. Aus has lost every series played in India except one. India has done better in Aus and atleast drew a lot of series' over all in the last 10-15 years than Aus did in India. Yeah Aus will bounce back into the pavilion to hide from the thumping WI is handing them!

  • Gamaraala on March 24, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    hello supadupamonk... look at what your team has become... ;) looks like non of the teams are tough outside...

  • LastLaugh_PK on March 24, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Are we seeing a revival of the Windies of old?

  • muhammad.Sajid on March 25, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    good attempt but their performance was not persistent yet

  • annon on March 25, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    one Gayle does not make the team. perhaps we should focus on novice cricket say below 25 yrs and let the leagues, clubs etc recruit the seniors so that we can forget about them. Itl be more interesting.

  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Who will be the FIRST radio host to give Coach Otis Gibson thumbs-up for a job well done with this crop of West Indies players . We all know its still a long-way-to-go . Former Barbados and West Indies batsman Carlisle Best was saying to the WICB for years , our team is not doing it in TEST , so let's try to get the BEST ODI team in the world .

  • on March 25, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    @Marcio, you are right. It is not a reasonable hypothesis that WI have suddenly become world beaters. It is a fact, not a hypothesis. Results don't lie. And as for 'suddenly'--believe me, it's been a long two year slog with the team showing steady, slow improvement. How else to explain their performances last year against India and Pakistan at home, and their heartening fight backs in India. When WI lose, it's their fault, but when they win, it's the other team's fault, right. Please. You need to learn to take your losses. Windies fans certainly have, for a long time now. And thank God we've decided to try winning instead. Go Sammy! Go Windies! Now and Forever!

  • on March 25, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    Nice win again for WI. Everyone knows the victory today should've been the Series clincher. Excellent knock by Pollard. Good overall team play. Team composition needs a little tweaking, but one can see that this younger edition is on the upswing. All the Gibson detractors must be sucking salt now. He said all along he wanted to change the culture of the team, get them to play smarter cricket instead of the brainless play we've witnessed during the last decade or so. No, we don't need Mr. Cool, we can win without him. His presence now would would upset the chemistry of the team. Plus the big hitting Pollard can play Mr. Cool's role in the team. Caribfans are turning out to support this team despite his absence. Let him make his millions elsewhere. Nobody in their right mind would begrudge him. No Sars either. He's drifted into mediocrity plus he's lazy and indifferent to fitness/training. Chanders can continue to focus on Tests to prolong his career. We have enough youngsters to win.

  • on March 25, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    aust has to find someone to blame so they use christian, who are going to blame if the w.i's win the last game.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on March 24, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    West Indies must drop Samuels and bring in Deonarine tomorrow..Samuels have lot of talent man but not doing nothing, nothing..him just not concentrating and throwing away him wicket stupid\!

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    @sayan001 India has beaten SL, Pak, WI, NZ , Eng . Simply put all teams except Aus and SA in their home. We drew a lot of series there. Aus has lost every series played in India except one. India has done better in Aus and atleast drew a lot of series' over all in the last 10-15 years than Aus did in India. Yeah Aus will bounce back into the pavilion to hide from the thumping WI is handing them!

  • Gamaraala on March 24, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    hello supadupamonk... look at what your team has become... ;) looks like non of the teams are tough outside...

  • LastLaugh_PK on March 24, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Are we seeing a revival of the Windies of old?

  • on March 24, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I'm so happy with WI progress recently. The world cricket needs the flair of WI cricket as that back in the days! Good for fans:) Cheers!

  • on March 24, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    wat agreat batting by west indes batsman kirren pollard

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    looking at the bigger picture only real setback i see for Australians are a drawn series against NZ at home , and yes the next gen Australian batsmen have to do much better than this , so far their poor performances have been covered by the big 3 of ponting , hussey and clarke

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 24, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    am a fan of Australian cricket , they are not as bad as everyone here is making it to be , may be these guys should look at the results and then speak , mickey arthur did cautioned against some initial setbacks and they have done pretty well , almost all the guys except watson , hussey and lee are pretty much inexperienced at international level ,

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 24, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Get doug bollinger or mitchell johnson (he is NOT THAT BAD IN ODI) into squad , it will give a bit more variety to the attack , anyway the real problem is batting and i cant see any quick fixes , they will have to stick with the guys and hope they show a bit more application , too much responsibility on hussey bros now

  • supadupamonk on March 24, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Not so tough outside Australia aren't you Aussies? LOL...

  • csowmi7 on March 24, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    @marcio If the one off against India to which you refer to is the WC quarter final then you have your facts wrong. Australia played with their full might and were beaten by 5 wickets. And I dont think fatigue can be attributed to the poor performance. Out of the eleven players only 3 were part of that test series with India. One tri series at home with plenty of days between matches does not cause fatigue in today's cricketers who play cricket non stop. I mean just as an example look at India who won the world cup then were whisked into a grueling season of IPL followed soon by a series in England were we were trounced 4-0. WI are playing good cricket and have talented cricketers. That is all.

  • jonesytoo on March 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    I'd like to thank Australia for giving me a good laugh recently: 47 all out, losing to New Zealand and now on the verge of losing a series to West Indies. Can they get any worse? I'm sure their selectors will dig up another 30 year old journeyman to try to paper over the cracks or how about giving past-it Ponting another go? Can't wait for the Ashes, it going to be an even bigger thrashing than last time (if that's possible).

  • on March 24, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Go the windies. This is great for world cricket and lovers of the game

  • Harry_Kool on March 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    LOL@ Front-Foot-Lunge. Hey buddy, we're still #1 with a buffer, your guys are the ones in freefall, and in the tests as well!

  • reality_check27 on March 24, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    someone out here said that indian team are just tigers at ome well thats good unlike australia who lost to south africa at home england at home and just managed a draw aganist newzealand at home away yes they recently have only beaten srilanka at home thats it thats what u call a team which is not good at home and let them just play on subcontinent with pakistan and india austalia will struggle to be no 6 in the rankings

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 24, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    To all of you who suggesting another all rounder as a replacement for Samuels, do you think if we disguise Gayle in a Samuels look alike mask (think Mission Impossible) and ask him to stoop a little, we could fool the WICB? C'mon guys, you gotta laugh a little. After all, we beating the no. 1 ODI team! And come tomorrow, this no. 7 team is gonna try to seal the series against the no. 1 team, hence my Mission Impossible reference. Someone light that fuse and queue the music!

  • Vilander on March 24, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @ 5wombats , agreed Bret 'Oswald' Lee is Sir,a legend.

  • Vilander on March 24, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    WI beating Aus consistantly, BD no longer minnows beating Ind and SL, Ireland looking better with every match. Finally things are looking good for cricket, if Gayle comes back to WI team then we will have full 9 gun teams.

  • Vilander on March 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Pollard is a gun, he proved himself in the India ODI series as well, this was his game. And on his day any other team has to give way and loose. I just wonder how powerful it would look if Gayle and Pollard went at it from two ends, it would bethe most spectacular ever perhaps 500 in 50 overs or something. But having said that all present teams appear good at home and poor abroad and Aus is no exception. Best of luck WI/AUS from India.pls get Gayle back.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Well done West Indies, well done! Keep it up and all of us, your fans (and WICB too) will be smiling from ear to ear!

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 24, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @ Marcio - "The other possibility is that the WI have suddenly become world beaters. Regardless of obvious improvements and good play, that is not a reasonable hypothesis." Absolutely funny!

  • StanchCandy8625 on March 24, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I'm really pleased for the WI team and their fans. The only problem I see with the Australians is that they now look an unbalanced lineup with Watson opening and no Michael Clarke. The selectors need to find and define Matt Wade's proper position in the batting order because he has opened one day and batted down the order the next.

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Deonarine's name comes up because he is an in-form player with a decent first-class record. We cannot seriously take the position that at 26 he has 'had his chances'. If that is the case, then Samuels also needs to be a permanent discard, but I don't think so. It is just that he has to be given some time off the work on his game! And when you look around the Caribbean for a utility player who would be good in the middle order, Deonarine is it at the moment! Darren Bravo is another, that really needs to work on his game!

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Iam delighted to see west indies team outstanding performances in this series,it will be an inspiration to all my WI friend to come and support great west indies team.

    I wants to see back those oustanding crowds 1978 -1985 .cricket lovers always support hosting countries ,so that cricket will develop more

    Thanks By an indian who love SA/WI team

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Congrats to our team, we have been waiting for the chance to defaet the Aussies a long painful time (with so many near victory defeats). Pollard and Narine continue the growing prowess!!! We need to get Samuel Badree for the T20s

  • on March 24, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Great win for the windies however Pollard won't play that kind of innings consistently. The otrher batsmen in the top order need to step up. Barath also looks good on his retur.

  • sunny1307 on March 24, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    When you drop Ricky Ponting,thats what you get.Anyway he still hasn't announced his odi rertirement,he simply said that he just doesn't expect to pe playing 50 overs cricket for au again but if a situation arises where 10 blokes are injured he's always ready to step in.Well may be after this 3-1 loss and after they lose 1-4 to the poms in june punter will be back or they are sure to become the new West indies.

  • jahman on March 24, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Why is everyone bringing up Deonarine? he has had his chances so has Smith. People can we just move on from been so provisional? Samuels is also considered a bowler who check his record as a bowler in this series!

    1st: MN Samuels 8 0 29 2 3.62 MN Samuels c Watson b Doherty 35 2nd: MN Samuels 4 0 18 0 4.50 MN Samuels b Watson 20 3rd: MN Samuels 9 0 39 2 4.33 MN Samuels lbw b Watson 2 4th: MN Samuels c †Wade b Lee 11 MN Samuels 3 0 17 0 5.66

    The 4th OD is the only one that yo can say he really failed. But which batsman or bowler succeeds every inning they play. If you say batting at 3 may not be the way to go I would agree with that. 3rd:

  • Marcio on March 24, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    @csowmi7, Ponting's absence has nothing to do with losing a couple of games at the end of a very long season. Ponting wasn't scoring any runs anyway. The fact is you can't win everything. Australia have beaten every ODI series they played this past year both at home and away (England, Bangladesh, NZ, SL, India, SA), with the exception of a one off against India when half the team was absent. It is clear that there are a lot of players who are underperforming, and it is reasonable to assume that fatigue is the prime reason. They have been going since August last year. The other possibility is that the WI have suddenly become world beaters. Regardless of obvious improvements and good play, that is not a reasonable hypothesis.

  • csowmi7 on March 24, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    It is absolutely mind blowing that Australia have made ponting to retire. This sudden craze to find youth has back fired on the Aussies. The only guys who look somewhat comfortable against Narine are the Hussey bros seasoned campaigners. Wade, warner, forrest, and bailey all look clueless. Beefing up the batting is not gonna work especially if they are clueless against quality spin. With Christian not playing Watson is forced to bowl 10 overs and is going to get injured again with so much of workload, bowling opening and captaining. Also I find it strange when Narine is bowling so well why watson didnt give David Hussey a go?

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    My Squad for T20 C.Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo,Keiron Pollard,Andre Russell, Andre Fletcher,Darren Sammy,D.Bishoo,Sunil Narine,Kemar Roach.

    Bench - Darren Bravo,Adrian Barath,Jerome Taylor,Fidel Edwards,C.Barnell.

    In this Series Marlon Samuels Displayed poor form i agree with it but in my point of view he is the best batsmen in the current squad....

  • JaferChohan on March 24, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    That match was great. Kieron Pollard was outstanding but poor bowling by the aussis.

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Keep blasting them Aussies. Can Samuels really bat for his place? What will happen if Pollard does "NOT" make runs?? They will sure lose! ent!

  • on March 24, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    I'm so happy for the West Indies, hopefully they can win the 5th one dayer and the series!

  • brittop on March 24, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    @RandyOz: @jmcilhinney was right then!

  • brittop on March 24, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @class_shows: Something very wrong with Oz cricket if you're calling for Mitchell Johnson to play.

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    It can happen in cricket. australia should not panic. They did not bowl that badly..its just that some days it just doesnt happen for you. Lukin forward for a stronger australian performance both with the bat and ball.

  • simonviller on March 24, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Is it just my opinion ,that Samuels failures at no;3 , has not only affected Daren Bravo's performance ,but he whole team ? Why not rest him and use Deonarine or Smith .Smith as a player in the field alone would add another spark to the team . WI won ,but Australia always looked the better team in the way they ran between the wickets and their sharp fielding ; cutting off sure boundaries ,direct throws and sharp catching ,except for a few today ,which both teams were guilty of fluffing a few .Some W I indian fielders after falling from fielding a ball ,seem the give the incurred bruise an examination before hustling the ball in first !

  • tjsimonsen on March 24, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Great stuff from the Windies! Now, go on and clinch the series. I don't thnik that this heralds a new Golden Aera for WI cricket, but this team has the potential to become a competetive force in the top half of both test and ODI cricket. Sammy may not be another Clive Lloyd, but he seems to be able to install a sense of belief and unity into the team.

  • sayan001 on March 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    rajiv007 u have forgotten that aussies have beaten SA and SL in their home.so dont count them hometiger like inidan.indian cricket team is worthless.aussies will surely bounce bcak

  • gimme-a-greentop on March 24, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    watching the Aussie batters, especially Wade, fiddle around cluelessly against Narine has been a treat to watch. Reminds me of when Mendis came along. Except I think Narine might sustain his impact because he turns the ball more than Mendis. Go Windies!

  • on March 24, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    a really good performance by westindies. awesome innings by pollard. Bt i want to defend brett lee here.. To be honest it was not that bad performance with the ball by lee. He did not bowl bad balls it was just superb hitting. All the fast bowlers struggled to keep the batsman quiet. it was a really enterataning innings in the end by lee. lukin forward for sunday's match. A win by windies has made the series alive.

  • assadiBasheer on March 24, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    I missed yestdays match:-( I never like to miss those kinda interesting matches.... polllllard the smasher.....

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Australia continue to fall further down the rankings table.

  • buagarkar on March 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    openers:gayle,simmons,barath..bats:darren bravo,samuels,pollard,kirk edwards..alrounders:dwayne bravo,russel,dwayne smith,darren samm,cooper..wk:baugh,ramdeen...fast:fidel,rampaul,roach,taylor...spin:bishoo,narine.......dis is da best 20s ...go as u like 4m dem in any format..WINSOME WINDIES!!!

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 24, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    why is hifenhaus playing ? he is no good in od's , bring back Mitchell johnson he is good enough in this format.. and Australia needs to seriously improve its batting , what is langer doing ? they were trying to be too aggressive , may be they should watch how guys like dhoni and kohli approach run chases , just keep the ball on the ground and keep the singles coming , all of them are natural stroke makers and runs will come once they settle , as WI showed

  • Cool_Jeeves on March 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    It will be good if the Windies deliver a strong preformance in tests. So pathetic to see modern batsman fatten averages without Windies quicks to keep them in check. Last over of Windies innings 23 runs was awesome. You could see the momentum decisively tilting away from Australia. What a game.

  • Sanj747 on March 24, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    What does Xavier Doherty add. Can't field and bowling ordinary to say the least.

  • Meety on March 24, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    I just watched an extended highlights package on the game (WIndies innings). Still say congratulations to the WIndies - but... not taking anything away from the WIndies, Pollard could of been caught on the boundary several times, (ropes were in a fair way) & Doherty's drop was crucial. The fact is Lee's last over was good, most of the shots that were played in that over were blind hoicks. Again, not taking anything away from the WIndies win, they bowled very well. Anybody that has watched cricket for any length of time would know , that sooner or later Pollard was going to go nuts on some team in an ODI, he chose Oz. Pollard rode his luck so to speak, but most players in hitting Eight 6s in a knock do. I am really hoping for a drawn series, & then a re-think of the Oz side. I think this ODI side was selected with too much of an eye for the rest of the tour. Mike Hussey needs a big knock, since Jan 2011 he averages 34, but it is 30 if you take out Bangladesh & Kenya.

  • reality_check27 on March 24, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    come on whats this excuse that dan was not playing and he was not there what australia wanted 20 players to play for them u had ur playing 11 u lost the match so live with it i dont know why everytime they lose o someone they have to blame the selectors oe the pitch or umpires

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Wow WI can be one of the top odi teams if they continue to improve from this , every one except roach bats in the lineup and their attack looks well balanced with narine looking so good , once bravo finds his form they will be a real good team

  • Rajiv007 on March 24, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Australian Home Tiger loses again! wow...hosts showing no tourist love these days..

  • on March 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    The biggest problem with the west indies team is that there is no firm opening pair.. Need gayle in there to bat at least 10 or 15 overs...

    If the openers bat 15 overs, the game is esily won by the windies ...

  • on March 24, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    polly is one of the cleanest hitter of the cricket ball.

  • Dismayed on March 24, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    OZ missed Christian's batting bowling and fielding experience. Forrest may be a promising batsmen but his fielding is very ordinary. Bring back Dan.

  • g.narsimha on March 24, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Now it seems that WI has got right combination in bowling , IN NARINE& BISHOO they have 2 world clasa spinners & RAMPAL, ROACH, RUSSEL, SAMI around this attack is capable of destroying any batting line in all condition on given day `for tests they should formulate right combination with available batting strnght than i am sure KANGARROs will struggle in test matches also`.

  • kushalb on March 24, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @ regulator: tired of following the gayle wicb saga actually. i'm not saying wicb is solely at fault here, honestly i don't know who it is. but it takes two to tango. somebody has to manage egos. Walsh/Ambrose was a lethal partnership, legendary. Then came Lara. Sublime...genius. And after that came................ Everyone loves the windies, world cricket needs gayle and pollard firing together along with bravo. now that would be fun!

  • WildAmigo on March 24, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Well Played WI we need stronger WI team to revive international cricket. I agree with Alexie.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Happy to see Australia lose!

  • SrUmpire on March 24, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    No single team can claim to be No.1 in ODIs. Australia were looking like world beaters when they were playing the Indian team, but against West Indies they're looking totally clueless. This really makes ODIs interesting to watch.

  • on March 24, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    over confidence never pays off and sorry to say but Aussies are doin the same in this series ; never ever take ur opposition lightly let it be any. India did the same mistake against Bangladesh last week and it did cost them their Asia cup title . here too Oz players probably thought this as a carribean summer holiday but they had forgotten windies' fighting spirit .Plus absense of ponting and clarke has affected them more than it expected to . Watson probably has a long way to go b4 leading Oz. Their bowlers had been doing decent jobs but batsmen are big trouble since this tour started. except for Bailey and hussey brothers no one has been able to score against windies attack. yesterday dropping dan christian was a big mistake .Congrats to windies ; they performed brilliantly. Though test series will be a diff thing for windies. Its gonna be a tough task coz there wud be ponting ; clarke and siddle in Oz side !!

  • I1tohalfsecs on March 24, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    if gayle comes back the west indies will be a force to be reckoned with.

  • johntycodes on March 24, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Gee what a suprise. What I've been saying for a year now brett lee is just useless. He is so easy to get away to the boundary because of his pace and he never swings it any more he is costing us every time he plays now. Get rid of him and australia will be better off.

  • Sinhaya on March 24, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies from a hardcore Sri Lankan fan! Please go firing out all cylinders tomorrow to win the ODI series 3-1. Also, we Lankans are due to tour Windies next year and hope it will be an exiting series. Windies seems to have the best middle order batsmen today who are the best hitters like Pollard, Russel and Sammy.

  • landl47 on March 24, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Good effort by the WI. I'm not sure that it heralds a new era for WI cricket, there are still too many inconsistent players, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. I'm surprised that Sammy doesn't get more credit from WI fans; he's had to lead a side with lots of problems and has done a great job of making them believe in themselves. Good captaincy makes a huge difference, not always recognized by the fans. Speaking of which, Aus without Clarke are half the side they are with him. He's both the captain and the most reliable batsman, so he's invaluable to the team. It should be a good final game.

  • kunderanengineer on March 24, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Great effort by Kieron and Sunil and the entire Windies team on a hard fought win but I must also tip my hat to Brett Lee who performed courageously albeit in a losing cause. That over where he hit Roach for 24 was simply awesome. But kudos to Roach for not giving up after that terrible shellacking and coming back to take his crucial wicket.This is certainly not the same Windies team that played India last May. Since then they have quietly grown in confidence and you can tell simply by their body language on the field.I also feel that many of the WI posters on cricinfo have been unfairly harsh on Sammy. I think that he has led from the front by not only bowling economically and getting key runs as he did today but above all he has created good chemistry on the team and held it together when it appeared that it was coming apart at the seams.When you watch the man you really feel that he cares about the team. But I think the test matches will serve as the real barometer of WI potential.

  • on March 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Regarding the comment comapring Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels. Big difference.................Marlon Samuels made his ODI debut in 2000 and has played 129 matches as opposed to Darren Bravo whose ODI debut was 2010 and has only played 38 games. Marlon Samuels has been given a fair number of chances and still fails. Bravo should been given his chance as well. If he keeps failing like Samuels then look elsewhere.

  • PBs09 on March 24, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Pathetic performance from a bunch of overrated superstars. If David Warner, a glorified slogger with a technique comparable to Makhaya Ntini, is the future of Australian Cricket, it bodes well for the other teams I'd say.

  • csowmi7 on March 24, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Wow what a performance by west Indies. They are certainly going to a serious force in the near future. They have a well balanced team and are bound to succeed against the best sides. They've got promising batsman in Darren Bravo(with a test average of 53), Charles and Bharath an experienced campaigner in Samuels. 4 quality all rounders in Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy and Russell. Quality spinners in Narine who can turn the ball both ways and Bishoo a good spinner who can bowl the googly and fast bowlers like Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul who can bowl 140+. Now if only they can get Gayle back.

  • westindian4life on March 24, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    i think gibson needs to do some bowling work with bravo and roach before the next odi and to the aussie who say to drop lee...did you turn off your tv for the last 10 overs when lee went crazy and kemar roach and the west indian bowlers thought they were playing kiddy cricket?

  • westindian4life on March 24, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    listen narine has to play in teh tests...i dont care if he is taking wickets in the odi's....people watch cricket but dont understand the game at all...the aussies cannot read narine...thats the point...if they cant read him they cant play him confidently...can you say that about any other windian bowler?

  • on March 24, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    congrats windies, relive the good old days of calpso cricket. batsman like adrian shows glimpses of greenidge, haynes, butcher, nurse etc. play cricket like the windies of the good old days, and select players on merit and perfomance.

  • NairUSA on March 24, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    The aussies had to travel all over the world for getting drubbed. Good job, WI

  • westindian4life on March 24, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Pablo_Six...?...more like Jamaica for life...

  • on March 24, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Yes Shane Ross I thoroughly enjoyed this match too! As an avid 'Win'dies fan I believe we got the combination right. Congrats and Thank You Pollard for the entertainment and for boosting my weekend. Sammy led from front I'm so proud of my Lucians

  • maddy20 on March 24, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    So the Aussie fans talk of thrashing a weak WI side, have been vaporized by a blistering ton by pollard. The best they cn hope for now is a drawn series, which is a moral victory for WI. Just Imagine if they had Gayle in the team in place of Samuels!

  • on March 24, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    What a superb victory for West Indies....Breathtaking knock by Pollard! I see some hard core critics who are against IPL, I am a suporter of IPL especially when the way IPL helped players like Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo or even David Hussey to shape up their international careers so far! However I do agree that the number of matches olayed during IPL have to be reduced! I am also wondering how long it has been when an West Indian player scored century against Australia in ODIs, Well played West Indies though!....Hope Windies will win the ODI series too!

  • Stos on March 24, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    @Sudu_putha: I think you may have chose the wrong time for your message. @ramps_wi: Pollard's problem has never been hitting the ball hard, it's been getting out of a T20 mindset and building an innings. Fortunately, he seems to be improving on that aspect now, although before he did he wasn't a particularly impressive batsman in anything resembling an extended form of the game, and he's still probably not test-ready.

  • Brumby90 on March 24, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Australia continues to spiral downwards after beating an inept India and Sri Lanka (who both got beaten by powerhouse Bangladesh. Cough). This is nothing like our best ODi team and selections continue to be puzzling. This display was the worst bowling performance I have ever seen from an Aussie ODI team. Disgraceful. the batting is limp and the fielding..well can they catch?? To be beaten by this very weak WI team is a major embarrassment.

  • on March 24, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Rise of the underdogs -- West Indies & Bangladesh. Zimbabwe is also showing a lot of improvement. From the associate members, watch out for Afghanistan.

  • on March 24, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Before the series began,after they had won the series against Sri Lanka,more than one of the Australian team commented that they would repeat the performance in the West Indies.They thought that the West Indies would be a wallkover.Congratulations to the West Indies for proving them and everybody else wrongThe windies deserve to go on and win the series,they have been the better of the two sides to date.

  • Pablo_six on March 24, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Seriously, everyone is talking about Samuels to be dropped. But what about the both Bravo's, they aren't making any runs. Both Bravo's should be dropped also, people be FAIR. If you are going to criticize one person, please criticize the other batsmen also. Samuels has his bowling as a second option if the batting does not come good, Darren Bravo does not have that option. So please people think and talk wisely. On the case of Gayle, does anybody know what conditions was offered to Gayle before he could join the team, Like maybe giving up Club T20 cricket for WI cricket and would that be fair. Please get the facts first.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Australia number one limited overs team???????? Not on the fragile form they have shown in the past few months. Still on the slippery dip.

  • Alexei on March 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Wow the growth of this team is exciting... Look at my World T20 XI: Gayle/Charles, Simmons, Samuels, Daren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Ramdin, Sammy, Rampaul and Narine. All 11 players can batt!!

  • Busie1979 on March 24, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    At the end of the tour, there needs to be a serious re-think of this team. Lee's time is up - it is not necessary persisting with an out of form 35 year old who may never regain his old magic when there are a gazillion others who can bowl well. Harris should replace Lee, and NCN should replace hilfenhaus who was never a one day player. Then stick with those three, Mitchel Johnson and Pattinson as a bowling unit. Aussie batting is a real problem. Mike Hussey seems to be having a lot of lean patches these days - he should bat at 3 but must be under pressure now. Pete Forrest continues to disappoint (in fairness, at least his 24 was in good time for a change), Watson is looking very brittle, Wade is still finding his feet, Christian has not contributed much with the bat (leaving no hitting power down the order) and Bailey has been useful but hasn't caused any real damage. This has been the story all summer and Australia were lucky to win the tri-series.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Thoroughly enjoyed today's match. The BCG pitch and grounds are spectacular!!! Windies seem to be coming together very well as a ODI unit. Looking for Johnson Charles to get his half century. Powell had to be out, not performing, I think I've had about all I can take of Marlon Samuels, we need another batsman who can bowl in place of Samuels. Had Australia held on to the catches I think the result would've been different, but Pollard, WOW!!! The guys look energized and while there is some work to be done in the top order (waiting for the Bravo bros. to get going)...I think its a fairly well balanced side, not the most powerful bowling attack, but the bowlers seem to be finding their niche.

  • jmcilhinney on March 24, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Well done WI. To be fair to Australia, although they did come from playing ODI cricket, they didn't have a proper chance to acclimatise thanks to ridiculous scheduling. That said, Australia did manage to win the first game but have been sliding since. Australia are still a good side but they are vulnerable and are a long way from the great heights of the past. WI have pushed them and surpassed them, even with some big names (and not just Gayle) missing. The more competitive world cricket is the better so a resurgent WI is good for everybody. Hoping they can keep it up for the Test series, where they are less likely to get bailed out by a blazing innings of the kind Pollard just produced. It would be a shame if Narine chose IPL over playing the Test series but, under the circumstances, it would be an understandable decision. Maybe WI fans wouldn't feel that way though.

  • jmcilhinney on March 24, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    @Abdel Mohammed, it was definitely a fine performance by Narine but the old adage about bowlers winning matches doesn't really hold true in limited-overs cricket. You basically can't win a Test without taking 20 wickets so bowlers are obviously crucial there but it's quite possible to win a limited-overs game without taking a single wicket. Obviously the better your bowling the better your results will be but if your batsmen score an enormous number of runs then you'll win many matches regardless of the quality of your bowling. Just ask India. The same is not true in Test cricket, where you'll likely play out many draws with a team like that.

  • Sudu_putha on March 24, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    WHERE IS GALE?? THAT'S THE QUESTION WHERE IS GALE??? WITHOUT GALE WI IS WORSE THAN BAGALADESH TEAM,,,

  • S305 on March 24, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Young Forrest lost his confidence after the dropped catch (he was nervous even before): Watson should have eased him into the off side by replacing him with Brett Lee. Ponting would have done this switch nicely and diplomatically.

  • ramps_wi on March 24, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    Congrats to the WI team, Pollard's T20 experience around the world has raised his game to a new level. I could just imagine what will happen when Gayle returns.WICB has to remove the rule that prevents players from representing WI if they do not play in the regional series. We are seeing what that sacifice has doen for pollard, bravo.

  • on March 24, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    The hope is for West Indies continued consistency resulting in this series victory..

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 24, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Full marks to West Indies who probably should have won the last 3 matches ..actually all 4. Another dreadful batting performance with all those 20 something's and still no batsman having turned a 50 into a proper score. Also a terribly sloppy performance with the ball & worse in the field. It's my theory that Aust realise there are too many of these ODI's and the relic Brett Lee is wheeled out to save the Test bowlers from overwork & injury. Hopefully the Test return of Pattinson, Siddle , Starc & Lyon will lift the intensity & Clarke & Ponting will lift the rest of the underperformers. All that is happening now is that the Windies are building confidence for the Tests and could be a danger. As for ODI's there needs to be a major rethink for the June series in England.

  • Davgood on March 24, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Marlon Samuels is totally at sea in a boat going nowhere, what have Samuels done to secure a place in every series and game despite his very poor returns.With over 120 ODI games at an average of approx- 30 and also being the oldest and most experience person in the team he should not be a passenger on the team.I don't think he is motivated considering he is guarantee a place in spite of his passenger status.Samuels have succeeded in convincing most into this false illusion that he is a quality player with a few pretty shots don't be fool by cosmetics. This is a player who is always batting at 3 or 4, who slows the runrate by using up a great amount of balls leaving the work for the "Lesser Batsmen". He have not done anything in recent time and can be replaced by any other batsman

  • Coastaltown on March 23, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    where on earth is jonesy?

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @Divinetouch.good one . hope they do better next time commenting

  • caribvoice on March 23, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Samuels temperament of more fitted for test cricket. So yes Deonarine should replace him. However before we start going bonkers let's wait to see results being consistently replicated especially since teh Windies has flattered to deceive many times before. And Gayle did not refuse, he simply expressed an intention to fulfill his committments which he had to made after not being considered for the team in the first place. But he should be back for the next series against whomever. And with Gayle and Bharat opening, Deonarine coming in for Samuels they could every well replace Russell with Bishoo and Dwayne Bravo with Rampaul.

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    wht a performance....well done Windies

  • Kernas on March 23, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    That's what happens when the physio (who has presided over a massive injury list) and team management let an injured captain play too early and when the powers that be appoint a vice captain purely on the basis that he is in the team despite not having a clue aboiut anything else other than his own game.

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    dats an awsome game but waste indies getting it back on Sunday. de kangaroos aint taking it easy.wait an see fuh yuh self

  • Principle on March 23, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I always said that the only thing missing from the WI team was belief and self confidence. Now that, that's taken care of we will move up the ladder step by step. Most talented team in the world man for man.

  • RandyOZ on March 23, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Why were Forrest and Hilfenhaus playing? We all know they are rubbish at ODIs. Arthur is an absolutely terrible coach. His favouritism is plain for everyone to see. Langer's batting coach credentials read...well nothing. Him and Arthur have only introduced two things into the team: terrible batting and pathetic selections.

  • Dombawalage on March 23, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Well done WI. The person who commented under Samincolombia may be out of his/her mind to write about Sri Lanka & Chapple's comment.

  • Hammond on March 23, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    @RandyOz I guess you were right about the rankings being a load of hooey. From where I am standing Australia look like (in the fair dinkum department) they should be ranked around well, ninth..

  • gkannuchamy on March 23, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Australia should not feel complacent performing good at home but also do a notch better up in overseas too. Had it not been for the unfortunate run-out in the previous game, the score would have read 3-1 in favour of West Indies. Congratulation W.Indians.

  • nzcricket174 on March 23, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    wow pollard! a mention for sunil narine too

  • Meyer_Lanski on March 23, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    I think this victory highlights more of much the windies are potentially improving rather than any faults of Australia per say.

    I've been saying it since late 2010 before this war with Gayle and the WICB broke out.

    Ever since that 1997 tour to pakistan in which they lost 3-0 thus starting the slide, the caribbean side currently have their best crop of experienced players and talented youngsters since the retirements of Ambrose and Walsh circa 2000/01.

    Get Gayle back in this team along with Simmons, Ramdin, Rampaul, Sarwan and Taylor and you have the making of a lethal ODI team.

    Best ODI XI:

    Gayle Simmons Samuels Bravo DW Bravo Pollard Russell Ramdin Narine Rampaul Roach

    back-ups: Sarwan, Charles/Barath, Bishoo, Taylor

    Key factor again here, Sammy can't make the best XI or squad once all the best players are fit - this is the facts.

  • on March 23, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    I don't think I'll be alone in being an Australia fan but half hoping the Windies can follow through and beat us in this series. I would love to see a resurgence in West Indies cricket. Aussies have so much respect for West Indies teams of old and this might just be the jolt that the team and the public need to recapture that winning spirit that has alluded them for so long now. I hope the test performances are equally as strong!

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Thanks guys. Congratulations. Go get them again on Sunday

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    How many ODI spinners can send down 10 overs at an Aussie side and end with figures of 10 overs for 20 runs and get at least one wicket.I am not taking anything anything away from Pollard blistering 100 but in the end its bowlers who win matches.

  • samincolumbia on March 23, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @Divinetouch - Good one dude. I guess the home track bullies are totally clueless when they are out of their comfort zones. As for Wombats, he is as delusional as Ian Chappell, when it comes to cricket!

  • OttawaRocks on March 23, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Another choke job by Australia. Way to go Windies. Finish them off in game 5.

  • Divinetouch on March 23, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Welcome 5wombats. Glad u r enjoying WI cricket.

    Did u follow the Asia where the most consistent team was the one with the perfect record - no wins but 3 losses and labeled a champion team by Ian Chappell. I bet u can guess it is Sri Lanjka.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    With the team coming together as a great unit under the captaincy of Sammy and starting to produce results I would like to think that the door has already has been shut out for Gayle's re-entry to the team. Given his disciplinary records that could be a wise decision too!!

  • Bang_La on March 23, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies! Lets start prune the giants. Bangladesh have started their jobs in this part of the world, you lead at the other end :)

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on March 23, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    Brutal, yes magnificent too. Well for the first time i see pollard coming through for his nation. he was overdue. i hope he continues and give west indies the prioirty they deserve. it was awesome to watch him mesmorize the austiralians. australia are gonna come hard real hard at us in the 5 th odi. so we should intensify the preparations. Hats off to sammy and his crew

  • lankan_style on March 23, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Another good day for Windies! I hope there will be a full house on sunday! I do not think its a good idea to replace Samuels with Dwayne Smith. Windies have plenty of allrounders. Why include another one? What we need is a professional batsmen at no 3! some one like Ricky ponting, Kumar Sanga, Kohili, and the list goes on

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Now let's hope for some consistency from the West Indies resulting in the series win.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    I JUST can't wait. I just saw what i can only describe as a CLIVE LLOYD master stroke. When Sammy give Roach the ball, to bowl what turned out to be the final over of the Aussies' innings. Remember BRETT LEE had struck Roach for 24 runs in a previous over. In my view that was a master stroke, from an improving captain. Dont forget the WI team has no stars just talented players. Great victory, Sammy and the boys. By the way Deonaraine for Samuel is not a bad idea, but they wouldn't change a winning team. Nothing Gayle does surprises me. He is a misguided young man. Sorry to end on such a sad note on this joyous day.

  • on March 23, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    today was wonderful, I enjoyed the game I agree with samules out and smith in, however let us enjoy our victory and forget the issues right now.

  • Meety on March 23, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Congratulations to the WIndies, solid team effort supporting a magic operformance from Pollard. I thought the longer this series went on, the more likely Oz would pull away from the WIndies, the opposite has proved to be the case. So far, apart from solid contributions from Bailey, none of the top order has stood up. Hopefully we'll win the last & walk away with a drawn series. I also hope, this is solid evidence that the WIndies are finally on the rise. Player for player, the WIndies have more talent than NZ, but have really barely exceeded Bangladesh's level over the last 4 years. Funny thing is, I thought it would be Darren Bravo that proved to be thorn for Oz, he hasn't, which IMO is a good thing for the WIndies, shows they have other talent coming thru. For Oz, not much to be said, this was a flogging, Lee's 59 was just damage control. Big effort from the boys required in the next match (obviously)!

  • VivGilchrist on March 23, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    WI have often been criticized by there our fans for playing too many all-rounders in the one team. The reality is that the all-rounders are actually better short form batsmen than what there batsman are. When you consider Smith should replace Samuels (who is a waste of space in all formats) it proves the point even moreso. WI are revolutionizing the game by having such powerful hitters bunched up down the bottom of the order. Australia could do worse than trying Watson or Warner down at 6, followed by Christian and Wade to add hitting depth. I would go as far that if WI chose this XI for the T20 WCup - Gayle Smith Simmons Dw Bravo Pollard Russell Sammy Rampaul Narine Bishoo Santokie - they will at least make the final in Sri Lankan conditions.

  • jmcilhinney on March 23, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @RandyOZ, didn't I hear recently that Australia weren't going to lose another game in this series? Don't worry, I'm sure that this loss is somehow Mickey Arthur's fault.

  • ARJa on March 23, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Good win for the west indies. But still a lot of improvement for them. The difference was Pollard and Narine neither of whom will be part of the test team. Regardless of whether Aussies save the series with a win in the final game or not, its clear they are not that great compared to few year ago. As per the windies, the top order batting is still really poor. Marlon Samuels seems to be sleep walking. Surely, one of the Bravos should bat at no. 3. Samuels just chokes the scorecard. It would be great if Gayle stays out of this team. As talented as he may be, the attitude and bitterness he has been carrying for the past year, giving priority for being a wondering T20 player is an indication that his return will definitely would have a negative impact on the team's development. And as for those people that say Narine can't bowl on good wickets, he showed exactly how good he is. Hope the battle continues.

  • Reuelsean on March 23, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Pollard was magnificent, some of the most brutal hitting that i've seen in a while, brilliant stuff. Well played polly, well played W.I, very good win indeed.

  • Randy_Wilson on March 23, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    It's not Over yet. Sunday is de Big Game, Can West Indies Continue there Performance, or will they suffer for they Normal Role inconsistency that will be the Big Question. West Indies havent seen a Series Win against Aussie for a LONG while.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Superb performance by the west indies. Keep it up!!

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    WI doing in its home soil as well

  • MisterObvious on March 23, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    Okay, so I bagged Binga earlier for his wayward ways with the ball & then he comes out & almost does a flamin' Pollard. That WAS a hero's knock, especially after the whack on the elbow from a Roach full toss. Nevertheless, his job description is to bowl economically & take wickets & not turn into Santa Claus & give out gifts to the willing Windies. He certainly was generous! Binga's best ODI days turning his arm over are long in the past. That effort with the willow today was sweet, though.

  • Randy_Wilson on March 23, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @ Jitendra Singh Bidhawat ya need to Follow Wst Indies Cricket. Gayle Refused to play for West Indies Cricket after a Meeting. De board was ready to play him.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Best of luck WI,,,,,,,,,,,,,Forever ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,UR Bangladeshi Supporter ,,,,Md Firoz Kabir

    Come on Gayle

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Yea the good work of Gibson is starting to show. We in this work wants instant everything (Mc Donlads, burger King Windy's and alike. The result is obvious you get fat and sick. Cooking a good meal takes time and effort and so the rewards.

  • Regulator on March 23, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Great win!!!!! Congrats. The process by the management team of the WICB to improve the game in the caribbean in taking shape. Hope you all go on to bigger and better things.

  • on March 23, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    is this improvement in the west indies team out of the blue or are the aussies just worn out after a long summer or have the west indies been doing a bit of quiet achieving lately? imagine how good they could be if they picked gayle!

  • 5wombats on March 23, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    We've said it before and we'll say it again ; Brett Lee is a wall to wall nailed on LEGEND. A cricket super-hero of the highest order. All hail Brett Lee!!!!

  • pommy80 on March 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Looks like Australia are showing they still are a team in crisis. Bowling + Batting = shocking.

  • on March 23, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    what is wrong with wi cricket board why they don't pick gayle

  • jibbajibbi on March 23, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @VEXXZ funny enough I thought the same thing. Smith in, Samuels out.

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    mister obvious, I am with you. b.lee is g.o.n.e gone!! his figures in one day series in australia were poor, followed up by pathetic in w.i. his economy rate over his career has been expensive, when will people wake up to this bloke. time to go brett lee.

  • on March 23, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @VEXXZ gOOD 'OLE TIME SWIPING. i LIKE THAT. wISH I'D WRITTEN IT

  • Harmony111 on March 23, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Whether Aus win this ODI and/or the series hasn't this proved that WI even without Gayle and Chanderpaul are a tough team for Aus? Either it shows that WI are finally improving which would be a great sign for the future esp since it comes at a time where Bangladesh are going up too. Or this could mean that Aus still continue to be a poor team their recent CB series win notwithstanding eso since it came at home and againt two well known FTBs (and don't forget they technically lost to SL 4-3).

  • Jack_India on March 23, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Saching took 36 balls to reach from 80 to 100 against Bangladesh recently where he scored his 100th ton. Pollard from 80 to 100 in 7 balls. Amazng !!

  • aclarity on March 23, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Do the selectors have eyes. Samuels technique is poor. He does not get forward or back. He is stuck on the crease. He makes ordinary balls look good and good balls spectacular. Please release him to the BPL and IPL. Get Deonarine in the squad now! Dwayne Smith can come in for the other Dwayne but I will leave that alone for a while.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on March 23, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Australia cannot believe this poor West Indies boys about to beat dem. 296 is too much for Aus. This series is a big upset- now I can mek some big MONEY! I just win 500 from a man who seh Aus will beat we today. Now him crying,,hah too bad!

  • VEXXZ on March 23, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Dwayne Smith IN, Marlon Samules OUT , Its that simple . Will the selectors make the change ? , only time will tell .

  • Regulator on March 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Go Windies, this is the Aussies. Wonder what is the word from the critics. @kushalb---Do you even follow WI cricket? Are aware that Gayle refused to sign the Prime ministeral sub-committee document where he would be re-instated in the side. Can you explain to me how is that the fault of the Windie?

  • SrUmpire on March 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I just want to see the look on Brett Lees face when he was being hammered for all those sixes by Sammy and Pollard...

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    yo man,,, Pollard was awesome..

  • MisterObvious on March 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Well, I see Brett Lee is auditioning for chef by serving up heaping doses of marshmallows & tripe. He has been bowling rubbish more & more lately. Isn't it obvious to others besides me that he's well past his buy before date? Pace is down, length erratic, no guile. Getting pasted in the death like that should be a clear sign to the selectors. Not that he doesn't have heart - he just doesn't have the ability to back it up anymore. As I type here, Aus is yet to bat. Pray that Forrest isn't at the crease long as he is the undisputed King of Dot Balls. Maybe he'll prove me wrong today & get a strike rate of above 30. Hope so. So who'll hit the sixes for Aus? Someone'll need to. They'll need a bunch.

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    i think it's high time for the selectors ro realise that Marlon has given all he's got and ever will give to WI cricket. it's time for him to make way for some one eager and hungry to make their mark. looking cool and not performing is for hollywood not cricket.

  • Brumby90 on March 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Without a doubt the worst bowling display I have ever seen by an international team. hang your heads in shame Australia. Oh and lets not forget the half dozen or so dropped catches

  • Andrew_Aung on March 23, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Australia, seriously need someone who can bowl at the debt overs like Nathan Bracken for example. I am surprised, they are not opting to bowl full and staright.

  • VEXXZ on March 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Entainment at its beat . Some good ole' time swiping from Plooard, Russell and Sammy.

  • kushalb on March 23, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Pollard Power! and Gayle still out of the team!! Windies are screwing this up

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Way to go Charlo.. keep the runs coming staedy..

  • on March 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Since his return to the ODI team, when has Marlon Samuels come in to bat and the commentary not be, 'things have tightened up here for (whoever the opposition is)"? What has happened to this once fluent batsman?

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  • on March 23, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Since his return to the ODI team, when has Marlon Samuels come in to bat and the commentary not be, 'things have tightened up here for (whoever the opposition is)"? What has happened to this once fluent batsman?

  • on March 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Way to go Charlo.. keep the runs coming staedy..

  • kushalb on March 23, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Pollard Power! and Gayle still out of the team!! Windies are screwing this up

  • VEXXZ on March 23, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Entainment at its beat . Some good ole' time swiping from Plooard, Russell and Sammy.

  • Andrew_Aung on March 23, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Australia, seriously need someone who can bowl at the debt overs like Nathan Bracken for example. I am surprised, they are not opting to bowl full and staright.

  • Brumby90 on March 23, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Without a doubt the worst bowling display I have ever seen by an international team. hang your heads in shame Australia. Oh and lets not forget the half dozen or so dropped catches

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    i think it's high time for the selectors ro realise that Marlon has given all he's got and ever will give to WI cricket. it's time for him to make way for some one eager and hungry to make their mark. looking cool and not performing is for hollywood not cricket.

  • MisterObvious on March 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Well, I see Brett Lee is auditioning for chef by serving up heaping doses of marshmallows & tripe. He has been bowling rubbish more & more lately. Isn't it obvious to others besides me that he's well past his buy before date? Pace is down, length erratic, no guile. Getting pasted in the death like that should be a clear sign to the selectors. Not that he doesn't have heart - he just doesn't have the ability to back it up anymore. As I type here, Aus is yet to bat. Pray that Forrest isn't at the crease long as he is the undisputed King of Dot Balls. Maybe he'll prove me wrong today & get a strike rate of above 30. Hope so. So who'll hit the sixes for Aus? Someone'll need to. They'll need a bunch.

  • on March 23, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    yo man,,, Pollard was awesome..

  • SrUmpire on March 23, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    I just want to see the look on Brett Lees face when he was being hammered for all those sixes by Sammy and Pollard...