West Indies v Australia, 5th ODI, St Lucia March 25, 2012

Sammy heroics in vain as Australia draw series

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Australia 281 for 9 (Warner 69, Watson 66, Forrest 53, Russell 4-61, Roach 3-53) beat West Indies 251 (Sammy 84, Lee 3-42) by 30 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Somehow, a 2-2 draw seemed a fitting result for a series that was so closely fought. That was the outcome after Australia's best all-round performance of the tour so far finished in a 30-run win, although the West Indies captain Darren Sammy did his best to carry the hosts home on his shoulders with a powerful 84 that gave his team unexpected hope. But in the end, Australia had more performers: half-centuries to David Warner, Shane Watson and Peter Forrest set up a big total of 281 for 9 and Brett Lee led a disciplined bowling display to wrap up the victory.

It left the series with a sense of symmetry: it began with an Australian win, then a West Indian victory, then a tie, then a West Indies win and ended as it started, with an Australian victory. It must also have left both teams unsatisfied, Australia at their inability to gel through the middle of the series and beat the No.8-ranked ODI side, and West Indies at missing a rare opportunity to secure a series win over Australia.

Sammy nearly got them there, though. He and Andre Russell came together at 118 for 7 but they didn't give up, and Sammy blasted sixes here, there and everywhere on his way to a 20-ball half-century, equalling his own West Indian record. Even after the departure of Russell, who was lbw on review to Xavier Doherty for 41, Sammy kept the West Indian dream alive until he was the last man out, caught at deep midwicket with 31 still needed from 17 balls.

Perhaps Sammy made a tactical error by sending Australia in, considering the strong West Indian victory batting first at the same venue two days ago. His bowlers were unable to pick up cheap top-order wickets and the hosts were always on the back foot, right from the first few boundaries struck by Warner and Watson in their 118-run partnership, their first century opening stand together.

The West Indies bowlers did what they could and prevented Australia from the 300-plus score that at one stage looked inevitable, but it was eight years since West Indies had chased down such a high target in an ODI and their task looked as tall as the Pitons that dominate St Lucia's landscape. When Lee struck in each of his first two overs, local shoulders slumped even more.

The St Lucian opener Johnson Charles fell for a fifth-ball duck when he top-edged an attempted pull and was caught and bowled by Lee, and West Indies were 5 for 2 when Marlon Samuels gloved behind in Lee's next over. The run-rate became almost non-existent as Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo tried to steady, but on 3 from 21 balls, Bravo edged behind off Clint McKay.

The wickets kept falling. Dwayne Bravo drove Watson to cover for 19 and Barath top-edged an attempted slog-sweep off Doherty for 42. That left a mountain of work for Kieron Pollard, who after a while lost his partner Carlton Baugh (13) to a catch at fine-leg that almost cost Australia their wicketkeeper, as Matthew Wade ran back and collided heavily with the catcher Ben Hilfenhaus.

Wade appeared to be in severe pain but slowly righted himself and resumed his place behind the stumps. Pollard gave the fans something to cheer with a couple of huge sixes before he was caught in the deep for 33, which brought Sammy and Russell together.

In the end, Australia just had too many runs. Their score was set up by Warner and Watson, who gave Australia comfortably their best start of the series and left Sammy wondering about the wisdom of his decision at the toss.

Warner's 61-ball innings of 69 was easily his most fluent of the tour and the highlight was a long, flat six that he had pulled off Dwayne Bravo, and he was also strong through the off side when the bowlers dropped short. He was the quicker scorer in the partnership but Australia's tempo slowed when he tried to slog sweep Sunil Narine but misjudged the flight and saw a toe-edge lob to backward point.

Watson showed his intent early by cutting Kemar Roach for six and he was also strong through the leg side. He had an lbw decision against him on 27 overturned on review and went on to bring up his half-century from 65 balls. On 66, Watson steered a catch to third man off Russell but he had given Australia a very solid platform.

Either side of a rain delay, Forrest was steady and brought up his first half-century of the tour. His highlight was a cracking cover-drive perfectly placed to find the boundary off Marlon Samuels, who bowled as much medium-pace as offspin, his numerous quicker balls clocking almost 120kph.

Despite Forrest's runs he never looked like demolishing the West Indies attack and on 53 from 68 balls, he pulled Russell to midwicket. Russell was outstanding in the field and collected 4 for 61, and even found himself on a hat-trick after David Hussey gloved behind the ball after Forrest fell. The hat-trick didn't eventuate, but he at least halted Australia's progress.

Wade and Michael Hussey chipped in with some late boundaries but Roach (3 for 53) grabbed two wickets in the last over to prevent Australia getting any closer to 300. In the end, it didn't matter. They had enough. And a tightly-contested series got the most appropriate result.

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

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  • RandyOZ on March 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Wouldn't every team on Earth kill for Watson in their team!

  • gunnerr4life on March 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I'm extremely glad for the windies that they are improving .. The best part is that the team selection is much better and i heard that dwayne smith has been recalled to the squad .. which is a good sign . Specially , hats off to Sammy who has transformed into a genuine all-rounder after taking so much criticism earlier . Best of luck from a fan in pak !

  • Arsalan_RC on March 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    *** He and Andre Russell came together at 118 for 7 but they didn't give up, and Sammy blasted sixes here, there and everywhere on his way to a 20-ball half-century, equalling his own West Indian record. Even after the departure of Russell, who was lbw on review to Xavier Doherty for 41***

    He made half a century or 41?

  • RaiseTheBar on March 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    What if it rained cats and dogs at Beausejour just like it did all over St. Lucia? Would the decision to bat first been as bad a decision if D/L was needed? Could it be that Aussies pushed RR early given the potential for rain? Hands down WI top order lost the series. Here's a game-changer for WI. Reverse the batting order and employ a hybrid T20/20/10over format. Let the bottom 5 open the batting. For the 1st 20 overs they should all be out, BUT the score would be in the region of 200! Give the now starting 5 the last 30 overs. From overs 20-40 they'd score approx. 75-100 and then spray from overs 40-50 adding an additional 50-75 runs. WI will average 300-400 runs per 50overs! This approach maximizes the strength of our personnel. The accomplished T20 specialist hitters pushing the rate early will demoralize any bowling attack, engage the crowd from the start, and motivate the team. Think about it, WI will now be a winning team and not one that always seeks moral victories.

  • on March 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Wow, the West Indies definitely played magnificently. As an Aussie, I was hoping that Sammy could have pulled off the ultimate heroics. I don't see the point of blaming Sammy. If anything, his own batting proved that perhaps the guys further up the order may have underperformed. A tied series? That's a big moral win for WI.

  • Meety on March 26, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    @brittop - nice try, McKay maybe a journeyman, but atm, he is statistically about the best ODI bowler in the world with a s/rate way below 30 at about 27. Name ANY England bowler who has a S/Rate under 30? That's right you can't because it has NEVER happenned - LOL! BTW - Doherty may not be a spinner in your eyes, but he has taken more ODI scalps since Jan 2011 than ANY of your spinners - LOL!

  • MisterObvious on March 26, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    If only Brett Lee had woken up up on the morning of the 3rd ODI with acute arthritis in one hand then he might not've caught the throw-in & broke the stumps to run out Roach at the end of the game, causing a tie. If only Sammy had batted first after he won the toss at the 5th ODI. If only Gayle had been in the team. If only Charles, Bravo, Barath hadn't played dumb shots & given away their wickets. If only the Aus bowlers who got them out had tripped over untied laces or loose turf on the way in to deliver those deliveries. If only someone, say, Darren Bravo, had made 31 more runs or if Narine had one more over to bowl to Wade who instead belted 24 runs off someone else's over in the death. If only, if only . . . then the Windies would have won as they so richly deserved. No, I don't do the "if only" analysis after the fact, where the presence or absence of a random unforeseen event makes all the difference. I just watch cricket & enjoy it for what it is, unpredictable & fun. A game.

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    While i most of all agree that Sammy should have batted first, you really can't blame him for the loss. The top order batted horribly, Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, all played horrible shots at the top of the order, and Samuels continued his horrible form. Barath played a bad shot as well, but u really can't blame him, under the circumstances, he did at least contribute 42 and was trying to push the tempo. Had the wi top order done what it was supposed too, instead of giving away their wickets to Brett Lee, then WI would have won this match. You can't Blame Darren Sammy at all.

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    While i most of all agree that Sammy should have batted first, you really can't blame him for the loss. The top order batted horribly, Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, all played horrible shots at the top of the order, and Samuels continued his horrible form. Barath played a bad shot as well, but u really can't blame him, under the circumstances, he did at least contribute 42 and was trying to push the tempo. Had the wi top order done what it was supposed too, instead of giving away their wickets to Brett Lee, then WI would have won this match. You can't Blame Darren Sammy at all.

  • brittop on March 26, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Still playing a journeyman like McKay and still believing Doherty's a spinner.

  • RandyOZ on March 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Wouldn't every team on Earth kill for Watson in their team!

  • gunnerr4life on March 27, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I'm extremely glad for the windies that they are improving .. The best part is that the team selection is much better and i heard that dwayne smith has been recalled to the squad .. which is a good sign . Specially , hats off to Sammy who has transformed into a genuine all-rounder after taking so much criticism earlier . Best of luck from a fan in pak !

  • Arsalan_RC on March 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    *** He and Andre Russell came together at 118 for 7 but they didn't give up, and Sammy blasted sixes here, there and everywhere on his way to a 20-ball half-century, equalling his own West Indian record. Even after the departure of Russell, who was lbw on review to Xavier Doherty for 41***

    He made half a century or 41?

  • RaiseTheBar on March 27, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    What if it rained cats and dogs at Beausejour just like it did all over St. Lucia? Would the decision to bat first been as bad a decision if D/L was needed? Could it be that Aussies pushed RR early given the potential for rain? Hands down WI top order lost the series. Here's a game-changer for WI. Reverse the batting order and employ a hybrid T20/20/10over format. Let the bottom 5 open the batting. For the 1st 20 overs they should all be out, BUT the score would be in the region of 200! Give the now starting 5 the last 30 overs. From overs 20-40 they'd score approx. 75-100 and then spray from overs 40-50 adding an additional 50-75 runs. WI will average 300-400 runs per 50overs! This approach maximizes the strength of our personnel. The accomplished T20 specialist hitters pushing the rate early will demoralize any bowling attack, engage the crowd from the start, and motivate the team. Think about it, WI will now be a winning team and not one that always seeks moral victories.

  • on March 27, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Wow, the West Indies definitely played magnificently. As an Aussie, I was hoping that Sammy could have pulled off the ultimate heroics. I don't see the point of blaming Sammy. If anything, his own batting proved that perhaps the guys further up the order may have underperformed. A tied series? That's a big moral win for WI.

  • Meety on March 26, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    @brittop - nice try, McKay maybe a journeyman, but atm, he is statistically about the best ODI bowler in the world with a s/rate way below 30 at about 27. Name ANY England bowler who has a S/Rate under 30? That's right you can't because it has NEVER happenned - LOL! BTW - Doherty may not be a spinner in your eyes, but he has taken more ODI scalps since Jan 2011 than ANY of your spinners - LOL!

  • MisterObvious on March 26, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    If only Brett Lee had woken up up on the morning of the 3rd ODI with acute arthritis in one hand then he might not've caught the throw-in & broke the stumps to run out Roach at the end of the game, causing a tie. If only Sammy had batted first after he won the toss at the 5th ODI. If only Gayle had been in the team. If only Charles, Bravo, Barath hadn't played dumb shots & given away their wickets. If only the Aus bowlers who got them out had tripped over untied laces or loose turf on the way in to deliver those deliveries. If only someone, say, Darren Bravo, had made 31 more runs or if Narine had one more over to bowl to Wade who instead belted 24 runs off someone else's over in the death. If only, if only . . . then the Windies would have won as they so richly deserved. No, I don't do the "if only" analysis after the fact, where the presence or absence of a random unforeseen event makes all the difference. I just watch cricket & enjoy it for what it is, unpredictable & fun. A game.

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    While i most of all agree that Sammy should have batted first, you really can't blame him for the loss. The top order batted horribly, Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, all played horrible shots at the top of the order, and Samuels continued his horrible form. Barath played a bad shot as well, but u really can't blame him, under the circumstances, he did at least contribute 42 and was trying to push the tempo. Had the wi top order done what it was supposed too, instead of giving away their wickets to Brett Lee, then WI would have won this match. You can't Blame Darren Sammy at all.

  • Reuelsean on March 26, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    While i most of all agree that Sammy should have batted first, you really can't blame him for the loss. The top order batted horribly, Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, all played horrible shots at the top of the order, and Samuels continued his horrible form. Barath played a bad shot as well, but u really can't blame him, under the circumstances, he did at least contribute 42 and was trying to push the tempo. Had the wi top order done what it was supposed too, instead of giving away their wickets to Brett Lee, then WI would have won this match. You can't Blame Darren Sammy at all.

  • brittop on March 26, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Still playing a journeyman like McKay and still believing Doherty's a spinner.

  • cracker2012 on March 26, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Good! Now the Gaye saga can continue.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on March 26, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    I see some people laying the blame flatly on Sammy as captain for deciding to bowl first having won the toss. Isn't there usually consultation on this important choice before the toss between captain and coach, sometimes including other senior technical and experienced players? I was shocked when I heard Sammy's choice having won the toss as I believe it was the wrong decision but let's be fair when laying blame if we must.

  • on March 26, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    ODI team ranked no. 1 draws the ODI series with team ranked no. 8. I would say this is a moral victory for the team ranked no.8, even if the series was contested in the latter's back yard. Now I would just love the underdogs to win the test series and there is no reason why they cannot do this, no reason whatsoever! Go West Indies . . .

  • on March 26, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    I still maitain that the WINDIES should,ve rested Samuels after the 3rd,ODI,Smith could,ve been chosen in his place; Marlon appeared under a lot of stress, somewhat uncertain at the wicket. In test he has the time to play himself in,ODI is a bit different.Dwayne Bravo,s technique was a bit flawed in this series,nothing that can,t be worked out with some concentration and serious application, he is young & talented, if he so desires he can & will bring his A game in the test. The WI are playing at home, if cricketers continue to fail, they must be replaced. Deonarine seemed to be knocking at the door, Fudadin also had a good series,let play Cricket guys. I,M pulling for WI--to win this series==Marlon will definitely lift his game.

  • aclarity on March 26, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    The WI selectors continue to do nonsence. How could you pick any WI T20 eleven without Narine, Badre and Santoki. All three must play. Their record in that form of the game is unmatchable.. Mathurin selected before Badre? Did they look at Mathurin's record in this year's regional tournament?

  • Nerk on March 26, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    What a great series. Both teams played really well, and it was generally good cricket. Hopefully we can see a great test series. Last time Windies played Aus in test, the Windies nearly beat us. Despite the home ground advantage, I am saying Aus should win, but the Windies have the best chance to beat us since 95.

  • cricthoughts on March 26, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Everybody gonna blame Sammy.........no matter what everybody gonna blame him, he said in post match presentation that as a team they discussed and all were in favour to chase if they won toss......young Bravo and Samuels failed yet again, didn't give a good start, even if sammy carried it to 2 more needed and then OUT, everyone would still blame the dude, he's playing his all,i admire him, i rather much who play with heart for team than talented ones in the team, look at Bangladesh,typical example. It's only time WI will be back on top soon time enough.

  • Bluntman on March 26, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    W.I. finally paid the price for not opening with a specialist bowler. Dwayne Bravo is too inconsistent to open the bowling against such a strong opening pair. We rely too much on all-rounders, Fidel should have been there in place of one of the batsmen.

  • musab789 on March 26, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    The headlines should read "Sammy Stupidity cause Australia to win" not heroics. Why would you win the toss and bat last on a good batting pitch. Australia made that mistake in the previous game and here is Stupid Sammy doing the same thing. Also, why not play two spinners. The ball coming on the bat sweet means the fast bowlers would whacked around. They should have rested Roach and play Bishoo. West Indies will never learn.

  • Wallaroo on March 26, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Really glad Aus won. We have some way to got still, however IMHO Aus have all the ingredients for a team on the rise.

  • delboy on March 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @indusfan Has it occurred to you that Samuel's is the most senior player in this squad? He is not the captain, but psychologically along with Dwayne Bravo; they are under the most pressure as batsmen. If they are allowed to play their natural games then either the whole team will be all out for under 50 or a good performance from either will ALWAYS ensure the team make in excess of 300 from 50 overs. Watching a game and seeing how someone gets out allows for an opinion, being at the wicket facing the bowling is even better, looking at a scorecard then sounding off without ALL the facts is not.

  • Percy_Fender on March 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Australia was lucky that Sammy put them into bat. Quite possibly he felt that it would rain and the D/L would come into play. But despite that West Indies did well enough. I only wish that the WICB does its bit to ensure that the best team gets to play Australia in the Tests.Gayle,Bishoo,Rampaul and Narine. I am sure they can talk with the IPL bosses to spare their players.The West Indies do have an amazing range of talent and do not go overboard over some recent discovery of fast bowlers. In the Carribean islands, talent is just everywhere. It is wonderful to feel that they are on their way back.

  • PrasPunter on March 26, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Well, for all the talk about the so-called moral victories and things like that, Aus couldnt be beaten by a team that is supposed to be its strongest ever in recent times. Even a pathetic performance from Aus couldnt help here. This could be the closest the WI came to beating the Aus in an ODI series in recent times, and they blew it away in a moment of brain-snap by sammy and roach. Well played though , WI. Just the wake-up call needed for Aus before the real contest , the one played with a red-cherry, starts in a few-weeks time. And to answer Mr. Auyush, Aus won a test and ODI series in SL, an ODI series in SA not so long ago and the last time I checked a few mins before this post, SL and SA are in different continents !! Facts of life, isnt it ??

  • RandyOZ on March 26, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Order has been restored. Now to prepare for the tests.

  • on March 26, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    The ODI series ending up all-square was a fair result. Both sides are at the rebuilding stage, with alot of youngsters being added and Australia still coming to terms with the conditions in the Caribbean. On the negative for the Windies, Samuels and Darren Bravo, who were supposed to be our premiere middle-order batsmen were terribly disappointing. Marlon stuttered throughout the series with some starts, but failed to go on and Darren looks a pale shadow of the man that such a great tour of the sub-continent, a few months ago. Keoron Powell still looks very raw, but i would give him a run against the likes of Bangla and Zim, before stepping up to a higher level. Dwayne Bravo's batting was simular to Samuels, a few starts but didn't go on and his bowling was too expensive. On a positive Johnson Charles and Narine have promising futures, Pollard's batting has improved and Russell's allround contribution proving valuable. And even the Captain is leading from the front.

  • on March 26, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    superb bowling by brett lee!! awesum bloke.. he bowled brilliantly! he is still one of the best around.. he is just 5 wickets away from becoming australia's highest wicket taker in ODI's..currently glenn mcgrath holds this record..

  • Spelele on March 26, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Why all this talk about Sammy being the best captain ever just because he scored a meaningless 80 in a lost cause? Sammy is responsible for this unnecessary series draw. He choked in the tie (a match WI should easily have won), and his stupid decision to bowl first cost the team in the final game. WI needs to develop a winning culture. They can't afford to condone mediocrity like this! They could easily have whitewashed Australia here!

  • on March 26, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    THIS SERIES JUST SHOWS THAT EVERY TEAM IS KING AT HOME AND USLESS AWAY EVEN AUSTRALIA

  • on March 26, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    fair result even though austraila is superior of the two the westindies have shown their character in this series it is good for cricket hope that the test series will continue their good work and challenge the mighty australians in the test series also

  • Smithie on March 26, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @rama-Krishna if your first "take" is accurate re -Aus then can we have your "take" on India!!!!!!?????????

  • ste13 on March 26, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    pls West Indies, carry on like that, you do not need Gayle, you have plenty of young talents to choose from and ... you are definitely team on the rise

  • BrianCharlesVivek on March 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    @Rama_Krish, of course no take aways from this series for WI. They atleast didnt lose to an Aussie side, weak or strong. Unlike the world champion side who got thrashed in tests and couldnt even make it to final in Aus and in Asia cup....Please dont care to comment unless you follow Windies cricket....

  • on March 26, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    It was a good game of 20/20 slogget by the Windies!, too bad Australia are the better side.

  • Duke-Count on March 26, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Fantastic effort frm the boyz, esp, Capt Sammy..I've been shouting frm the roof-tops, tht he's worth his weight in gold...yet ppl continue to under-estimate him.. the knock reminded me of the innings, when he scored his previous best of 58 against SA.. then 2, he took windies frm the jaws of defeat to almost the brink of victory, eventually falling short in the end..I thought Nariine, being no mug with the bat, shud hav stayed there and supported his capt, instead of going for glory & getting out...All in all, a very competitive series, although I had expected windies to win the series even b4 it began. In fact, they wud hav but for the brain-fade frm Roach in the 3rd ODI, attempting tht suicidal single.

    Mark my words, WI hav the best limited overs line-up,save for some out-of-form top order bats...and they r serious contenders for ICC T20 WORLD CUP to b held in SL later in the year -the pitches in SL r quite similar to the ones encountered in St.Vincent.. so i wud suit them very well

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

    Hi Brydon Youve got some figures wrong up there. It was WI who hit 8 sixes and Aus.4.

  • ze_wolf on March 26, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    @MisterObvious the full tosses are a by product of Craig McDermott's "bowl it full to swing late" philosophy when the bowlers are off target. Mind you, the old philosophy of "bowl it back of a length" would result in stray bowling falling short and result in runs anyway. The takeaway is that the bowlers were not accurate enough. Still, I'd rather be bowling too full than too short (as long as you don't get banned for the remainder of the game for two waist high deliveries).

  • Marcio on March 26, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    @ Rama-Krish, if this AUS team is "weak, bordering on dysfunctional", what does that say about the rest of the world's ODI teams that they have beaten this past year? They have won every series: England, Sri Lanka, India, BD, SA, and drawn this one at the end of a very long season. The WI have some good players, but i think their weakneses were masked by some helpful surfaces in the first 3 games, and some lusty final overs hitting in the last two games. Big hitting at the end only comes off once in a while, so the WI need to develop a greater depth of batting throughout their innings.

  • WindiesWillow on March 26, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    While it was a good perofrmance by the Windies overall, the finer details need to be assessed so that we can be a team that wins series and not just matches. Why was Darren Bravo kept in the lineup after his out of form batting in the previous games. This has only dstroyed his confidence for the Test series. Good performance and passion by Sammy, but why doesn't he bowl more overs when he is really considered a bowling allrounder with a decent economy rate? Hope we can move on to win a series in England, although we remember what happened there in 2009 around the same time of the year when the players could not adapt to the cold weather. We gave up the Wisden trophy after having it for just 3 months.

  • g.narsimha on March 26, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    WELL PLAYED WI, it would have been a huge morale boosting had this good show resulted in series win, however tecknically the series is draw but WI dominated.the result would have been 4-1, in favour of WI, by chance AUS, mamaged the draw but i have not seen any coments from experts , had it been IND , we might seen coments from ind bashers saying , the flat track bully cant brat a lowly placed wi, the AUS were formidable at home but see what happening to them once they comes out of their comfort zone , same happened to ENG, in UAE , 3-0 white wash in test out side thier home , but no complains only team IND is required to win matches every where , their home wins doesnt merit ,as in the case of all other teams , Now the focus should be on tests , the huge set back for WI is in absence of GYLE, the BRAVO BROTHERS are struggling , bowling is good but the batting is major concern , how ever with the RETURN OF CHANDRA POUL , WE hope some stability , i love to see win intests also.

  • on March 26, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Well Said Ravi, Hooper would be an ideal batting coach. I would like to add that it seems as though the boys had a different mental approach to the game as well and they were able to apply themselves a lot better and adjust to match situations as they developed, namely Pollard, Barath, and Sammy. to me this was the most important aspect of the team's performance ..

  • Davgood on March 26, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Oops Samuels did it again, he is now going to casually walk into the 20\20 team underperform, then into the test team ,same results- when are we going to replace this clown,how can your most experience player be allowed to be still surviving on potential, when is this potential going to grow into performance, are we not just fooling ourselves believing that more is still to come. How is it possible for your number 7,8.9.10 and 11 batsmen be looking more comfortable at the crease than your number3 ????????????????????????? what is his purpose why can't we replace him with any 8,9,10, or11?

  • simonviller on March 26, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Today again it shows the difference between a struggling champion team and a team in transition . West Indies have the fighting spirit ,but needs to learn more about fighting . We are not rotating the strike enough during our time at the crease ,too often singles and extras are not taken ,like today, when that happens disaster usually follows . Our seam bowlers are still not bowling the right lines and lengths like Bret Lee did today ,they shoul try to follow his example and not bowl in the half of the pitch ; other than that we should make change where change is due and not live on hope from some individuals . Better days are coming ,keep fighting W.I !!!

  • tmartis on March 26, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Sammy played his heart out for the team and people of the West Indies. A game that the WI should have won. Great Innings Sammy !!!!!, I hope more WI fans will become believers again.

  • on March 26, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    coach is a waste,chanders is yhe man in the middle lalala,hahaha

  • harshthakor on March 26, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    A tribute to the great West Indian fighting spirit,who came within the threshold of pulling of a famous win after being on the verge of certain defeat.At 111-6 and 118-7 they had all but lost the game before Sammy and Russel launched one of the most blistering assaults ever when the chips were down.No partnership could better illustrate that in cricket the game is not over at any stage.Sammy reminded one of a military commander leading a battalion changing the entire complexion of a battle after all seemed lost.

    By drawing the series and coming so close to winning the games they did not win it seems like a West Indian revival in the one day game.They have performed magnificiently.Overall the series has been great for the spirit of the game.

  • Buggsy on March 26, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @rama_krish - Australia dysfunctional? Name one other team which hasn't lost a single Test or ODI series since the World Cup?

  • on March 26, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    @rama_krish, spare me your joke of an analysis. This 'weak' team is composed of most of Australia's regulars and is No. 1 in ODs. Our top order is not the top order we had put together previously. In fact, most of our stars are missing, in particular Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul and of course, Gayle. Barath only recovered in time to play two games. Yet we had Australia on the back-foot for almost the entire series. This from the ineffective captain who performed with bat, ball and in the field. Maybe he made the wrong decision on the toss today, but god knows captains make mistakes. Look at Watson--hardly made a right one all series. What made this series interesting is that doubters like you had to eat your words. Now you're trying to sell the same old scorn because Australia made it out by the skin of their teeth. Nice try. Windies are only getting better. Let's see if the Aussies can say the same a few weeks from now.

  • VivGilchrist on March 26, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    @rama_krish, I don't understand your assessment. The Aussies after winning the tri-series over the two world cup finalists,have come up against a very spirited WI team. WI allrounders seem to be better ODI batsmen than what there batsman are, so the addition of at least one more front line bowler at the expense of a batsman would not have hurt as everyone could have moved one up the order. Bravo taking the new ball just didn't look right. Now a couple of Mickey Mouse T20s and then the real stuff starts.

  • on March 26, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    Congratulations Windies. You did not roll over. A lot of our so-called fans hoped that you would

  • jmcilhinney on March 26, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    30 runs is a comfortable win in the end but I reckon that Sammy gave Australia a bit of a scare there. It sounds like a sensational innings but, realistically, once Russell was gone there was little chance Sammy was going to be able to do it all on his own. The WI top order just left too much for the lower order to do again. Another one or two even half decent contributions and things could have been different. Still, seems like a deserved win to Australia. I think both teams will be disappointed with the series result, both believing that they had their chance to win it. Still, given their relative rankings, I think WI will be more pleased with the drawn series than Australia. WI should be able to take some heart from this into the Test series but, unfortunately, Narine is one of the main reasons they did well here and he probably won't be playing.

  • pealivi on March 26, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    W'ndies have improved as a team. Top order batting let them down in almost all the ODIs. Aussies lifted up their game in the 5th....more matured cricketing unit than W'ndies. Time for the test.....do not consider Ttwenty as cricket!! Would like to see test side look like this: Simmons, Barath, Edwards, Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels/Dwayne Bravo, Baugh/Ramdin, Sammy/Russell, Bishoo/Narine, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul/Tino Best. Still have a problem with Sammy in the test side, though. All things being equal, he could make way for the extra pace of Rampaul or Tino Best. Aussies are definitely a more matured test side. Would be pleasantly surprised if W'ndies would win or even draw one test. W'ndies top order batsmen must play the game of their lives if they are to survive test series and be taken seriously as a worthy test playing nation. Just stay there guys and get the ones and twos.....the fours will come later!! Kirk Edwards is the key!!

  • on March 26, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Nice match !!! Sammy almost got WI home - only if he had few more guys who could support him as Russell did. I have to say Sammy and Russel both deserve to bat higher in the order - they were the only one who looked in total control and brought the game out of the abyss and almost took WI to an astounding victory. I have become a Sammy & Russel fan and hope all the best to this resurgent WI team. Sammy you deserve a IPL deal - what awesome hitting- on other thoughts please stay away from IPL for WI sake :)

  • Vishnu27 on March 26, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @rama_krish: "this Oz team is weak"? Perhaps, when compared to past sides. Although, we easily accounted for India all summer long. More sour grapes from India?

  • maddy20 on March 26, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    I for one cannot understand why Sammy chose to bowl first. With their pretty good bowling attack WI can defend any target. Really bad call by Sammy there. Apart from that it was a crackalackin' match. You just gotta love the WI lower middle order batsmen. Look at the firepower - Pollard, Sammy and Russell. If they can get a decent opening partner for Barath they have the potential to become world beaters again. They better sort out the Gayle issue before WC 2015!

  • chanders1fan on March 26, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Windies that is what i talking about. I would have love to see you win but hey, if you could have the number one ODI side in such disarray an chaos I would take that any day. You all played your hearts out and never surrendered at any point in these games.We as Caribbean people should be proud of you all. God bless and keep up the fighting spirit.

  • JaeDon on March 26, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Well it seems only the lower order of the west indies turned the much talked about corner....the lower order are the ones who made all the runs and of course they are the bowlers who did well in this series.....lets hope they continue they allround performance and maybe eventually inspire the top order

  • paul_21353 on March 26, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    WI need to look at the selection on who is performing and who is not....i would say drop Marlon Samuels, he is underperforming, he never was and never will be a fighting cricketer...he is not showing any fighting spirit for the team.

  • Sinhaya on March 26, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Great work Sammy and may be you must think of moving up the order if necessary!

  • SALUL on March 26, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    De Windies give de aussies a run fo dem money,but the top order needs to click,good luck for the rest of the series,go Windies.

  • on March 26, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Moral win for WI but everyone knows we should have won the Series outright. This Aussie team is nothing to write home about. If Charles, Samuels & Bravo collectively contribute 31 runs today, we win. When Simmons is fit, he replaces Charles at the top. Dwayne Smith should come in for Samuels who failed miserably. Bravo needs a fire lit under him. Would like to see Dowrich of Bim given a chance in the shorter versions of the game. Save Roach for Tests only, lighten his workload. We can play Rampaul when fit. Narine must value his wicket more though he's selected primarily to get wickets. Good hitting by captain Sammy. I'm sick of this "we want Gayle & Sarwan" chorus. We can win without either of them as this young team has demonstrated. They are two cancers on the team. Let Chanders save his best for Tests. Gibson is doing something special with this young team and it's about time he's given credit instead of constant criticism. I'm optimistic about our chances in the Tests. Congrats WI

  • Sinhaya on March 26, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @John Pullup, yes I fully agree with you.

  • noplay on March 26, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Easy to play swashbuckler coming in at number 9, something like Rampaul did on the tour of India. Put Rampaul up the order then. West Indies fans get too carried away. The world of cricket is big. Look at how Bangladesh did against three separate teams in the Asia Cup. Look at how Misbah has captained Pakistan in the last year. WI, get your team in order, top order (pun intended) and work towards much. much more

  • ramps_wi on March 26, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Good going from the WI, Sammy played a blinder innings. This series should really be 5-0 in favor of WI if we had gayle at the top. Would of really like to see Gayle play against the Aussies

  • Samarian on March 26, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    The benefit of being an armchair expert is that one does not have to make the hard decisions on the ground and free to castigate after the fact. I am of the view that even SAMMY were to walk on water there are those who would not favour him. Many knowledgable persons credit him with the leadership and individual performances he provides to the Team. I am convinced the Team has turned the corner and confidence is back; this will inevitably produce results. I am quite happy to go with the views of Viv Richards ans Courtney Walsh on the suitability of Darren Sammy as Captain of the West Indies Team. Good Fortune Windies.

  • crikey on March 26, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    @rama-krish , doesn't say much for india or sri lanka who couldn't win the previous series against this WEAK AND DYSFUNCTIONAL OZ TEAM ! Know what I mean?

  • on March 26, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    A very good fight today, this is to show the guys are building, I do hope they will grow from strength to strength, still waiting to see a Sarwan and the best in the world Chris Gayle back in the W.I. colors.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on March 25, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Good to see the Aussies scraping a series draw.

  • cyborg on March 25, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I might say, the windies team made me feel good today for the fight they put up , Charles will come good , darren misjudged one and Samuels got a beauty , Sammy was rolling , a fitting result for me , good game , thanks

  • Meety on March 25, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Phew!!! Good effort by Oz, I'd like to think Sammy's heroics were a bit like Lee's the match before, limiting the margin of defeat. Like to point out the number 3 in the wickets column for Lee. Not bad for a bloke who is suppose to be past it.

  • rama_krish on March 25, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    What are the "take aways" from this series? First, this Oz team is weak; bordering on dysfunctional. Second, WI top-order batting is virtually non-existent. And third, WI captaincy continues to be ineffective. This, however, makes for an interesting series if only because you do not really know what outcome to expect from any match.

  • on March 25, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    I don't think I want to hear the name Gayle ever mentioned in WI cricket again. WI have finally found an inspirational captain. What he lacks in ability, he makes up in self belief. Just believe u can. It was an emotional moment. What a fight. Well I suppose SPORTMAX will not cover the test matches either because SAMUELS has to go. There r obvious flaws in his technique. His IPL franchise must be worried. I lost a bundle but I can live with that. WI have made me proud. A great series. We will win the T20, 2zip. They may not publish this one.

  • on March 25, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    WI did well in the ODI series, but there are room for improvements. we need more penetrative bowling. at least for the test team get roach, edwards, rampaul, and if possible play both bishu n narine but that is just wishful thinking on my part.

  • on March 25, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    marlon samuels should be dropped

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    well done boys..:-) am proud of my windies! .

  • insightfulcricketer on March 25, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    What a gem Sammy and Russell were producing!Imagine with Gayle and Jerome Taylor back what this team will be like? I sincerely hope WI see the big picture and make truce with Gayle. I sincerely want ICC to force WICB to get this piece cleared up. A strong West Indies team is fabulous for cricket.They are almost there and Aussie is one team you cannot consistently keep on back foot especially in ODIs. Just so excited -I suspect this World 20/20 in August we are going to see the ascension of WI .In my opinion lbws should use referral only for obvious thing like a bat's edge everything else leave to the on field umpire. A "machine" decision ruined a passionate game today.

  • pitch-up on March 25, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    lovely effort by the boys, its good to see this new never say die attitude by windies.sammy has silence the critics for this match.

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Seriously this WI team could do much better.. Gayle, Sarvan, Rampaul, Ramdin, Simmons, Edwards, Chaderpaul not in the squad! Some injuries some plain stupidity!

    This starting 11 won't keep them at no 8 for long - Gayle, Bharath/Simmons, Sarvan, DM Bravo/Samuels, Charderpaul, Edwards/Nash/DJ Bravo/Russel, Ramdin, Sammy, Rampaul, Narine/Bishoo, Roach/Edwards.

    They would have some of the better bowling attacks, spunky batting - tailor-made for ODIs. Man this squad is full of talent and quality. And reading some of the other comments players like Smith, Dowrish, Bonner? If only better management and attitude! Why-o-why?

  • Reuelsean on March 25, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    As disappointing as it is to see wi loose this match, i am grateful that we didn't loose the series. the top order failed again, and when it really mattered the most. Darren Sammy played brilliantly, and for all that has been said about him (for which i myself am guilty) he showed why he is the best man for the captaincy at the moment, under him the team is playing together as a unit, and showing a fighting spirit, not just in this series, but the last two series in india and bangladesh. Well played WI, Well played Sammy.

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @SachinEllcock....why do you even bring Chris Gayle into this equation, he obviously does not want to play for WI cricket anymore. He's quite content in being a batsman for hire in domestic leagues, and good for him. We have a side that's starting to come together and now starting to show their fighting spirit, with the exception of one or two guys (Marlon Samuels.) In this series, the guys have won hearts and minds, with one or two minor changes at the top, I think we have a force to be reckoned with in the very near future. Overall a great series, we should have won in SVG if you as me instead of that draw. Dont give up on Darren Bravo just yet; Samuels is past his prime, no doubt in my mind...Darren Bravo needs to stop being a "potentially great" batsman and BE ONE!!! Loved the series...well fought...GO WINDIES!!!

  • Randy_Wilson on March 25, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Seriously People?? underrating this team. Dont we See a great sign in west Indies, How Many time year Ago, When West Indies are 6 Down for say 120- 140, How many time You could see West Indies Reach 250. People Critise Sammy soo much, yet Sammy in this Series he played Very Very Well. Who care About the Toss, there IS NO WAY ON EARTH Australia would of let it happen twice on a Great batting wicket, Even if West Indies would of score 300 even though i doubt they, This Australia side would of come different. This was the first time Charles Failed, which put perssure on Barath, to hit big, since Samuel who I really dont know why he got to play in the last two game, Failed, making it Worst for Young Bravo who is going through a Patch yet again, and Senior Bravo who really isnt going up. and then all the Persure went on the Last 3 Batsmen Pollard, Russel and Sammy. Since Baugh also is a waste.I Blame our Top 5 Batsmen for this Defeat if they would of Given us at least 4-5 RP0 with 0wkt

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    All those doubting Sammy's plc in the side can now shut up.its time to accept this team is better off without Gayle n Sarwan.i would say they won against Aus.to show so much of character n fight against a team which recently upped India & SL to win the Tri series is a great step.Its fair to say Sammy n the other support crew are moulding this into a team tat believes in itself n thats wat has been missing all thru.Add Simmons on top with Barath n have a nice hard look at Samuels plc in the side,instead,bringing in a stable bat like K.Edwards,its a good side.Of course the WICB has to be more proactive and work out better contracts so they dont lose players like NArine,Russel etc to T20 leagues at such an important re-building stage.The selectors must look at these 2 players in the test team too.Another thing to do is to maybe bring in Carl Hooper as a batting coach to handle the weakness agaisnt spin n work on rotating the strike better.

  • MisterObvious on March 25, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    So down the stretch Aus decide they have been far too miserly with their bowling & elect to show their charitable side by serving up a bounty of full tosses on a huge platter. Said Mr. Sammy in response, "Well, yes, I am hungry so pardon me if I seem a little greedy but I'll take ALL of those, thank you very much. Oh, and forgive me if I don't chew before swallowing. You are most generous." And Mr. Sammy proceeded to make a glutton of himself. Seriously, what was up with all those full tosses??? Looks like the Windies are on the ascent as a team, at least in limited overs format. Very young team, plenty o' talent, lots of self-belief. Good for them.

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    good series. Stoked that the indies put up such a good fight. Warner's looking like a really good batsmen.

  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Good win for the Aussies . For the West Indies , Samules and Darren Bravo has lost the plot for any future ODI's.

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    No matter what, I still got love fa the West Indies & even better was the way in which Captain Sammy brought that match back. Hats off to you sir, for that fine batting you would've demonstrated..... WI fan fa LIFFFFFEEEEEE

  • poolerd on March 25, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    After this series i will never question Darren Sammy again, he is 100% a West Indian team captain and who ever 10 men you select to plat wid this man he will give them belief. On to the T20 and test now hope you have success there

  • on March 25, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    The top order causing a little too much problems now. Might as well start the batting at number 6.

  • on March 25, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Windies chances comes to end after pollard gone

  • cricthoughts on March 25, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    It would have been better to bat first I agree,yet openers fail terribly,young Bravo and Samuels fail again,pressure would be on Aussies higher if they were chasing knowing they would want to keep their 17 years run going.

  • on March 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    WHY WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL SAMMY........? THIS SAME PITCH PRODUCED 500 + RUNS TWO DAYS AGO ....Y NOT CONTINUE TO BAT ON IT WHEN IT LOOK SO GOOOD FOR BATTING THIS MORNING................

  • on March 25, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    I dont know how west indies continue to select marlon samuels. He has failed continuously and yet he is still given a run. Dwayne Smith was one of our batsmen who shine during our past Australia tour and he has not been given the opportunity during this one day series. Also it worries me that our better batsmen arent even playing, i mean cricket requires individuals who can bat to score runs Chanderpaul, Nash, Deondarine (spelt wrong), Kirk Edwards and Chris Gayle all should be involved or in the side. Then the issue of wicket keepers, for me in the caribbean we only have two wicket keepers Shane Dowrich or Ramdin. Despite this i still believe that one can convert a batsman into a wicketkeeper all great sides have done this with wicketkeeper who average around 35 and up. Also we have too much pieces of all rounders pick 2 max . 1. Dwayne Smith 2.Lendl Simmons 3. Darren Bravo 4. Kirk Edwards 5. Chanderpaul/ Nash 6.Pollard 7. Dowrich 8. Russel/bonner 9. Narine 10. Rampaul 11. Roach

  • indusfan on March 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Time to get rid of Samuels. Darren Bravo is better at one down or time to find another senior like Sarwan at that position.

  • macadamnut on March 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Ugh. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels should be traded to the NY Mets.

  • rama_krish on March 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I give Oz the match - there is no way that WI can score 282 runs - in fact they'd be lucky to get to 200

  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    The West Indies need a good start , keep running the singles and Samules must come good today . Good Luck .

  • rishabh_unplugged on March 25, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    i'm tyhe lastest member on cricinfo and just checking if my commments are actually posted

  • rishabh_unplugged on March 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    anybody there?????????????????????

  • mar2000 on March 25, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    From the begining i said this PITCH looked like a 310/320 run track . We will see the end result .

  • Aspraso on March 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I think WI have already lost the plot -- which reflects in the century opening stand -- it is such a good batting track -- how can they WIN the toss and let the Aussies bat first. They should batted first, used up the pitch and let their spinners bowl on the worn down track. Have they forgotten the Aussies are having difficulties with the spinners? At this midway stage looks like they will have to chase around 300. My prediction 2-2.

  • on March 25, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    It will be great for WI and World Cricket if WI gets to win tonight.

  • Srini_Indian on March 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Are you kidding, Sammy? Australia are clueless on how to approach a chase 250+, why on Earth bowl first? This is rubbish

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  • Srini_Indian on March 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Are you kidding, Sammy? Australia are clueless on how to approach a chase 250+, why on Earth bowl first? This is rubbish

  • on March 25, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    It will be great for WI and World Cricket if WI gets to win tonight.

  • Aspraso on March 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I think WI have already lost the plot -- which reflects in the century opening stand -- it is such a good batting track -- how can they WIN the toss and let the Aussies bat first. They should batted first, used up the pitch and let their spinners bowl on the worn down track. Have they forgotten the Aussies are having difficulties with the spinners? At this midway stage looks like they will have to chase around 300. My prediction 2-2.

  • mar2000 on March 25, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    From the begining i said this PITCH looked like a 310/320 run track . We will see the end result .

  • rishabh_unplugged on March 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    anybody there?????????????????????

  • rishabh_unplugged on March 25, 2012, 18:11 GMT

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  • VEXXZ on March 25, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    The West Indies need a good start , keep running the singles and Samules must come good today . Good Luck .

  • rama_krish on March 25, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I give Oz the match - there is no way that WI can score 282 runs - in fact they'd be lucky to get to 200

  • macadamnut on March 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Ugh. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels should be traded to the NY Mets.

  • indusfan on March 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Time to get rid of Samuels. Darren Bravo is better at one down or time to find another senior like Sarwan at that position.