West Indies v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Bridgetown March 30, 2012

West Indies draw series with 14-run win

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West Indies 160 (Smith 63, Lee 3-23) beat Australia 146 for 9 (Warner 58, Samuels 3-23, Edwards 3-23) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Fidel Edwards and Marlon Samuels bowled West Indies to a 14-run victory to draw the Twenty20 series 1-1 in Barbados. Dwayne Smith and Johnson Charles started the day with a strong, aggressive opening partnership and despite Australia's bowlers fighting back to dismiss West Indies for 160, it proved to be sufficient for the hosts as Australia's batsmen stalled in the chase after David Warner's quick opening.

Too much was left for the final few overs for Australia, who needed 50 from the last five overs and then 19 from the last six balls, bowled by Dwayne Bravo. David Hussey was the only specialist batsmen left at the crease but he couldn't launch the boundaries required off Bravo, who picked up two wickets in that final over as Australia fell well short of their target.

Hussey was caught at deep midwicket for 19 trying to clear the boundary and Clint McKay was bowled next ball by Bravo, who finished with 2 for 27 from his four overs and changed the course of the match by running out Warner with a direct hit from side-on. Warner was hurrying back for a second run when Bravo, who had run in from the midwicket boundary, threw down the stumps at the striker's end and it was the pivotal moment in the chase.

Warner was on 58 from 43 balls and had threatened to steer Australia home, but after he departed Australia lost momentum. Hussey and Matthew Wade managed a couple of sixes but they were barely treading water with the required run-rate at ten an over, and things became even harder when Wade pushed a Samuels full toss straight back to the bowler for 17.

Edwards picked up two wickets in the next over, Daniel Christian caught at cover and Brett Lee bowled for a golden duck, and West Indies had become firm favourites with 25 needed from the last 10 balls. It was quite a change from the early stages when Warner was steering Australia towards a strong position, although his opening partner Shane Watson was caught at slip in the first over off Edwards.

Warner gradually found his rhythm and pulled Garey Mathurin for six, before lifting Sunil Narine over long-on for another six. George Bailey promoted himself to first drop and showed that he can clear the boundary, with a powerful slog over cow corner off Mathurin. Bailey top-edged a catch to fine leg off Samuels for 24 and Charles, who had dropped a sitter at fine leg before Bailey had scored, breathed a sigh of relief.

Michael Hussey pushed a return catch to Samuels for 14 and although Warner kept the runs flowing and even forced the umpires to find a new ball when he pulled Mathurin out of the ground, West Indies kept themselves in the match. Warner's half-century came from 39 balls but his run-out was a blow from which Australia could not recover, and they were disappointed not to chase down 161 on a fine batting pitch.

The Australian bowlers had done well to peg West Indies back after the Charles-Smith opening stand, which took West Indies to 72 for 0 in the seventh over. Charles scored 37 from 21 balls and Smith made 63 from 34 deliveries, his first half-century in a Twenty20 international, but there were few other contributors and Bravo (23 from 24 balls) was the only other man who reached double figures.

Charles raced out of the blocks with four, six and four from his first three balls, the six a slashing cut that cleared the point boundary off Lee. Charles was also very strong through the leg side but he was the first man to fall, when he couldn't quite force Watson over the boundary and was caught at long-off.

Kieron Pollard, promoted to No.3, edged behind off Lee for 1 and it was a major blow after his success in the previous game. But Smith, who had already been strong on both sides of the wicket, kept the runs flowing and 20 runs came off a James Pattinson over as Smith deposited him in the stands three times in the over.

He started with a monstrous smash over cow corner that landed in the top tier of the Hall and Griffith Stand and followed it with a six that bounced into the windows of the Garfield Sobers Pavilion over long-on. Next ball came the most pure stroke of them all, a lofted drive hit through the line that landed over long-on and brought up his half-century from 30 deliveries.

Another six off Xavier Doherty followed in the next over before Smith fell to the left-arm spinner, caught at long-on trying to maintain his tempo. That wicket was the end of West Indies' blitz, as Bravo moved along at a run a ball and didn't strike a boundary. McKay's changes of pace troubled the middle order and the medium-pacers Watson and Christian were disciplined and accurate.

Lee picked up two late wickets to finish with 3 for 23 as West Indies were bowled out with two balls to spare, having scored 50 for the loss of seven wickets in ten overs after Smith's departure. It was quite a collapse, but Smith and Charles had done enough to set up victory, and just like the ODI portion of the tour, the T20s could not produce a winner. Perhaps the Tests can split these two sides.

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

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  • rayinto on April 2, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I wish Smith luck - he deserves it with the current selectors. He could be another exceptional all-rounder competing for a test place alongside Sammy, Bravo, Russel & Samuels - competition is good. Batting wise, the current team is young in experience and NONE of them have an ODI batting average >30 runs. We can only survive so long on sloggership - and time will tell who has real talent. In the meanwhile we sit out the experience of Gayle and Chanderpaul, both with ODI averages >40 - so who will mentor the young talent we have. Certainly not Gibson. These young players need the experienced ones alongside to soldier along with them and learn from. Our selectors are too thick headed to figure that out.

  • simonviller on April 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    i'll stay optimistic about W.I in the test series ,but I would not be so naive as think that W.I will have an easy time . Despite good performances in the shorter formats by the W.I , Australia performed better in key areas of the game . Australia's big guns have a lot of experience and ability to hold on to their wickets ; I'm not so sure about our guys ,because our key guys are woefully out of form and that concerns me . Watson/Warner/ponting /Clarke/Hussey ...worry me a bit . Lets hope they don't get off on us ,or it would be a long series .

  • Meety on April 1, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @amitgarg78 - mate, I think you need to check your stats between Lyon & Bishoo v India. Lyon has marginally bettr stats, career wise on the same amount of matches, Bishoo has taken more wickets, but at a higher average & S/Rate. Narine v Beer - I suspect you MAY be right, however between them they have only played ONE test, which is insufficent to make any conclusions! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - YES, YES YES! I want Warney to lead Oz to the next W/Cup! That would be awesome! I agree regarding leaving Test specialists quarantined. I think they can experiment with up & coming players in the T20 stuff. @brittop - hmmmm, what is the last T20 result between the WIndies & England??? I know Swann was the captain.....

  • LeicesterNick on April 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Looking from afar its about time the Windies public appreciated their captain. He's brought unity to an emerging team. They're playing with a smile on their face and belief. Credit to him, I hope they carry on the promise in the tests.

  • steve19191 on April 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Just how low will the Aussies sink before they reach rock bottom.....perhaps the weakest international side out side Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

    Such a shame......NOT LOLOLOLOL

  • on April 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    last time west indies was in Australia they could have won both test and 0di series. they were never seriously out played by Australia. WI lose games most of the time because of their own carelessness. the bowlers are doing well if the batsmen apply them selves they can beat any team

  • on April 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's a great morale-booster for the Windies to draw both the ODI and T20 series. I can't recall the last time the Boyz even got close to acheiving that against Australia. I've read several comments about Australia not being as strong or the Windies shouldn't get too carried away. Well there's some truth in both statements, but to be fair the Windies have also made several changes in the last year and the WI fanbase have not had alot to cheer about in recent years, so any signs of improvement and progression will be welcomed with open arms. The test series will be alot tougher for the Windies, as Australia will have Clarke and Ponting back and despite many changes in personnel, the Aussies will always be fiercely competitive. I haven't got high hopes about the test series, but as long as the Boyz show the kind of collective, fighting spirit under Sammy's leadership, then i'll take that for now. Curious about the test-squad, as injuries and the IPL schedule will be a factor.

  • delboy on April 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @Selvamurugan Sakthivel, remember T20 demands CONTROL and that variety. You may want to bench both Roach and Fidel in order to get Santoki (Left arm) in to the mix. Since winning the Stanford million; Fletcher has lost that hunger for the game. I would include Ramdim if fit with Lendl as the backup batsman/keeper. Can you seriously afford 8 overs between Roach and Edwards for 60 plus? To win is to hit the opposition with what they do not expect.

  • on April 1, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    My West Indies t20 Squad : Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Andre Fletcher,Darren Sammy,Sunil Narine ,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards.

    Bench Squad: Jerome Taylor, Christoper Barnwell,D.Bishoo,J.Charles,K.Santokie.

  • Marcio on April 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Unfortunately half a dozen over of glory hitting are not going to win you test matches, at least not very often. Tests are very technical, and I suspect the WI batsmen will be shown up big time in this department. Their best chance for a win will be on a rank turner where AUS have to bat last, and where the WI put up a good first innings total. Narine could win them such a game. Australia will also be VERY highly motivated for the tests, unlike the recent short format stuff. Clarke, Ponting, Harris and co will be raring to go. The poster who said Pattinson is out of sorts and should be dropped, again, you are confusing formats. Pattinson is not a short format bowler at this stage, he's an out and out fast bowler - perfect for cowboy T20 hitters when the track is low and slow. His two overs in that last game was an exercise in futility by the AUS team. David Hussey's "nothing" balls would have been a much better option.

  • rayinto on April 2, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I wish Smith luck - he deserves it with the current selectors. He could be another exceptional all-rounder competing for a test place alongside Sammy, Bravo, Russel & Samuels - competition is good. Batting wise, the current team is young in experience and NONE of them have an ODI batting average >30 runs. We can only survive so long on sloggership - and time will tell who has real talent. In the meanwhile we sit out the experience of Gayle and Chanderpaul, both with ODI averages >40 - so who will mentor the young talent we have. Certainly not Gibson. These young players need the experienced ones alongside to soldier along with them and learn from. Our selectors are too thick headed to figure that out.

  • simonviller on April 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    i'll stay optimistic about W.I in the test series ,but I would not be so naive as think that W.I will have an easy time . Despite good performances in the shorter formats by the W.I , Australia performed better in key areas of the game . Australia's big guns have a lot of experience and ability to hold on to their wickets ; I'm not so sure about our guys ,because our key guys are woefully out of form and that concerns me . Watson/Warner/ponting /Clarke/Hussey ...worry me a bit . Lets hope they don't get off on us ,or it would be a long series .

  • Meety on April 1, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @amitgarg78 - mate, I think you need to check your stats between Lyon & Bishoo v India. Lyon has marginally bettr stats, career wise on the same amount of matches, Bishoo has taken more wickets, but at a higher average & S/Rate. Narine v Beer - I suspect you MAY be right, however between them they have only played ONE test, which is insufficent to make any conclusions! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - YES, YES YES! I want Warney to lead Oz to the next W/Cup! That would be awesome! I agree regarding leaving Test specialists quarantined. I think they can experiment with up & coming players in the T20 stuff. @brittop - hmmmm, what is the last T20 result between the WIndies & England??? I know Swann was the captain.....

  • LeicesterNick on April 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Looking from afar its about time the Windies public appreciated their captain. He's brought unity to an emerging team. They're playing with a smile on their face and belief. Credit to him, I hope they carry on the promise in the tests.

  • steve19191 on April 1, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Just how low will the Aussies sink before they reach rock bottom.....perhaps the weakest international side out side Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

    Such a shame......NOT LOLOLOLOL

  • on April 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    last time west indies was in Australia they could have won both test and 0di series. they were never seriously out played by Australia. WI lose games most of the time because of their own carelessness. the bowlers are doing well if the batsmen apply them selves they can beat any team

  • on April 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    It's a great morale-booster for the Windies to draw both the ODI and T20 series. I can't recall the last time the Boyz even got close to acheiving that against Australia. I've read several comments about Australia not being as strong or the Windies shouldn't get too carried away. Well there's some truth in both statements, but to be fair the Windies have also made several changes in the last year and the WI fanbase have not had alot to cheer about in recent years, so any signs of improvement and progression will be welcomed with open arms. The test series will be alot tougher for the Windies, as Australia will have Clarke and Ponting back and despite many changes in personnel, the Aussies will always be fiercely competitive. I haven't got high hopes about the test series, but as long as the Boyz show the kind of collective, fighting spirit under Sammy's leadership, then i'll take that for now. Curious about the test-squad, as injuries and the IPL schedule will be a factor.

  • delboy on April 1, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @Selvamurugan Sakthivel, remember T20 demands CONTROL and that variety. You may want to bench both Roach and Fidel in order to get Santoki (Left arm) in to the mix. Since winning the Stanford million; Fletcher has lost that hunger for the game. I would include Ramdim if fit with Lendl as the backup batsman/keeper. Can you seriously afford 8 overs between Roach and Edwards for 60 plus? To win is to hit the opposition with what they do not expect.

  • on April 1, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    My West Indies t20 Squad : Chris Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Marlon Samuels,Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard,Andre Russel,Andre Fletcher,Darren Sammy,Sunil Narine ,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards.

    Bench Squad: Jerome Taylor, Christoper Barnwell,D.Bishoo,J.Charles,K.Santokie.

  • Marcio on April 1, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Unfortunately half a dozen over of glory hitting are not going to win you test matches, at least not very often. Tests are very technical, and I suspect the WI batsmen will be shown up big time in this department. Their best chance for a win will be on a rank turner where AUS have to bat last, and where the WI put up a good first innings total. Narine could win them such a game. Australia will also be VERY highly motivated for the tests, unlike the recent short format stuff. Clarke, Ponting, Harris and co will be raring to go. The poster who said Pattinson is out of sorts and should be dropped, again, you are confusing formats. Pattinson is not a short format bowler at this stage, he's an out and out fast bowler - perfect for cowboy T20 hitters when the track is low and slow. His two overs in that last game was an exercise in futility by the AUS team. David Hussey's "nothing" balls would have been a much better option.

  • VivGilchrist on April 1, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I don't know why people keep saying that Aus are weak way from home...Australia defeat SL in SL 1-0, Eng are currently down 0-1. Aus drew with the powerful SAf in SAf and drew 1-1. Aus defeated both SL and SAf in the away ODI series too. Could it be that WI are just playing well? As for the Tests, I would be very Suprized if Aus don't win the series. Pattinson looks out of sorts and I'd currently play Harris ahead of him. Lyon is underrated and may suprize you. Let's see shall we?

  • Reuelsean on April 1, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    As a West indian, i'm looking forward to the test series, and if Wi play anything like we did in the test matches against Pakistan and India last year, and show as much fight as we have done in the just concluded ODI, and t20 series against Aus, then a lot of west indians would be happy. @class_shows, i don't think that any logically thinking person is expecting WI to Trash Aus, but if WI play good Cricket we can beat them, plain and simple. I am not sure who you are referring too when you say hit and miss wonders, perhaps u might try being more specific.

  • amitgarg78 on April 1, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    @vivgilchrist, Stats would indeed support your view. However, most teams these days are poor travelers. Current Aussie team are no exception. The conditions in WI are not much different from subcontinent where neither siddle, nor hilfenhaus have a half decent record. And pattinson is coming back from injury. His last great show was against Indians, at home. Indians are notoriously poor travelers. So while he is a good bowler, he is yet to be tested outside. WI are playing at home and while a few of their players might lack technique for all conditions, this should help. And yes, WI lead on the spin front. Lyon, Beer are not comparable to Bishoo, who managed to hold against Indians. Even narine with his variations and control could be tricky. If the WI batsmen play "test" cricket and not approach it as a T20 game, they might be able to compete and in my view that could well determine the result of the series. I am not saying Aussies will lose, just that it cud be more competitive.

  • kunderanengineer on March 31, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    I'm having a hard time understanding why some Windies fans are so relentless in their attack against Darren Sammy saying that he should be dropped. First of all I don't think its's a mere coincidence that under his captaincy the team is finally playing well as a unit and actually winning a few matches against fairly decent teams.I realize that the true test will come in the upcoming tests against the Aussies and England in May. I also understand that his batting may leave something to be desired but his bowling is economical at worst and good to very good at best. But ultimately what he brings to the team are the intangibles- things that don't show up on the scorecard like providing motivation and inspiring confidence in his players which by the way also represent a very important role of a captain. Moreover,with the exception of one poster, who suggested Ramdin, all of them calling for Sammy's head don't provide any recommendations for a possible replacement. If not Sammy then who?

  • VivGilchrist on March 31, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    @amitgarg78, WI have a better attack than the Aussies? You mean the attack spearheaded by Edwards with the fearsome average of 37? Look, there's no doubt potential is there, and I am a fan of WI cricket but compare the records of Siddle, Harris, Hilfenhaus, and Pattinson to the WI bowlers and you may want to change your statement.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 31, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    All those who are waiting to see Australia thrashed in tests are in for a big disappointment ,delusional WI are simply going to be white washed , sorry but that's the truth , their hit or miss wonders are not going to be of much help in tests.

  • pealivi on March 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Sorry, I meant Edwards, Roach, Rampaul/Tino Best (not Tonge)!

  • pealivi on March 31, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Happy for WI! This unit under Sammy is working really hard. An abundance of talent in the islands! Just praying they approach the tests with a different mindset as OZ are very good at this format. Top order BATSMEN must work very hard, get their eye in, pick up the singles and twos in the process, and not throw their wickets away by anything extravagant early on. Once they are well set, they can dominate OZ's bowling. HARD WORK all the time...stay there and keep the scoreboard ticking! We are looking at 350 plus for any chance of victory. Come on guys, you can do it!! Bring back the golden years of the 70ties and 80ties. We could have Pollard come in at #7 as an attacking anchor!! Still opting for a third seamer: Edwards, Roach, Rampaul or Tonge!! Love Kirk Edwards at #3; Darren B and Marlon Samuels you should play a key role!! Chanders is a man for all seasons....hope he is fit! Wish you all the best!!

  • amitgarg78 on March 31, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Well played WI. Haven't lost in 2 formats to Aussies and if they manage to not lose in tests, that she'd be definitely a sign of progress. That said, it is not going to be easy, esp for the batsmen, who have certainly showed they can compete, if not thrive in the shorter formats against the top teams. Powers of concentration will surely be tested against more seasoned opponents like Aussies, who definitely have a few players of class and who are more experienced in the longer version. But, if they do manage to hold their own then the future is not as bleak as it looked few seasons ago. Hopefully, they can find some place for gayle, for he will add depth and experience in addition to firepower at top. WI bowling seems to be better than Aussies and rampaul, roach, Edwards make for a fine pace attack. Bishoo adds the variety and I think he is a good find, who is probably better than any spinner Australia can field. I hope the revival of cricket in region is not far.

  • Marcio on March 31, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Those thiking the WI are going to win the test series are seriously in delusion. It's not going to happen. If you don't know why you simply don't understand cricket.

  • on March 31, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Australia seems to be an Ordinary Team comparing to West Indies, who in turn, seems to be far better. It will very interesting to see what the Tests provide. I know Roach will be WI trumpcard against the ordinary batting line up Australia have. Ponting will have nightmares just thinking about him.

  • VEXXZ on March 31, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    the WICB should take a LONG-HARD--LOOK at the actions of MARLON SAMULES on the field of play. Too many times he get out VERY SOFT and just stroll back to the dressing room . he never look HAPPY on the field and very seldom play his part .

  • VivGilchrist on March 31, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Love the Indian fans commenting here trying to justify there poor away record. Australia is probably one of the most competitive touring teams around - check the stats, they're a lot more accurate than your own bias opinion.

  • on March 31, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Well done, Springbok111, a South African calling Aussies arrogant. You don't have pots and kettles out there in Jappieland?

  • yocasi on March 31, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    In response to Arshad Ahmad, Sammy's in the test team because he takes more wickets at a better average and strike rate than almost all other Windies pacers. Yuo guys confuse raw pace with wicket-taking ability. If you doubt me, just check West Indies' players' profiles on Cricinfo.

  • Winsome on March 31, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Excellent stuff from the Windies and shows how poor the Aussies are at swallowing pressure these days. I'm hoping the Windies players gain enough confidence from this to play proper 5 day cricket with the correct mindset. Let's see a cracking series. I'm an Aus fan but grew up watching the great West Indies teams of the 70s and 80s and I'm never averse to them doing well regardless of who is it against.

  • on March 31, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Congrats guys to job well done!!!It's a Great feeling when we win games like this. It lifts the spirit the of our people!!!! We just need to keep it consistent

  • delboy on March 31, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @Winston L Stewart, some of the people must get paid by their telco company to add characters to this forum. The have no clue as you have rightly observed. It take ONE ball to get out and possible many balls to score a run...The uninitiated never look beyond the column which shows how many runs a batsman scored. It might help if the look further down the scorecard to see who else was bowled by bowler x, how many wickets did he take, how many runs did he conceed, then they can formulate a valid opinion regarding a batsman's inability to make a score. WI shuffled their pack yesterday and it backfired. If the openers did not have such a good start then the WI total could be sub 100. If the same Samuels gets his confidence back with bat and contributes equally with ball, Pollard comes off and the team has Russell, Gayle and even Barath replacing Charles then the WI really have a force. I guess these people would drop Strauss from the England team.

  • delboy on March 31, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @cricdiehard25 how ironic that the IPL and a bat for hire slur which is continually labelled on Gayle is the very thing responsible for the revival of WI cricket. All of a sudden every boy either want to be a Gayle or Narine. The WI are suddenly producing a string of ALL ROUNDERS who if injury free will propel WI back to the age when the likes of Colin Croft could not get a look in. I hope some kid is waiting somewhere and saying I will be the next replacement for Narine in the T&T or WI team whenever he is away on IPL duty. This can only be good for WI cricket. I admire the new Pollard and DR Smith who have had time to travel, play in various IPL teams put enough money away to secure their future whenever WI are ready to throw them on the scrap heap and are now SERIOUS about representing their country in ALL formats.

  • Springbok111 on March 31, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Well done Windies! Arrogant Aussies have their tails between their legs. I love it!

  • cricdiehard25 on March 31, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Congrats Windies. You showed what you guys could have done all along. It's always a possibility that with Chris Gayle WI may have won both formats so far.Best of luck in the Test matches.

  • spiritwithin on March 31, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    feeling so happy to see WI starting to play even if its at home,they drew test series 1-1 with a talented pak side,then lost just by 1-0 against india,losing the odi series only by 3-2 against both india & pak and now against aus which is a terrific side in shorter format they drew both odi & T20 series..the result in the last one year shows a steady progress by WI,add Edward & Taylor and they has the most potent pace attack alongwith SA and add Sarwan,Chanderpaul,Gayle and their side is ready to compete in test with any top test nation at the moment..WICB has to show these talented bunch of players the pride and honour playing for WI,try to motivate them bcoz i feel the current bunch does'nt feel as motivated compared to WI of 1980's or earlier,and if WICB set this things right then rest assure we will witness resurgence of WI once more

  • Srini_Indian on March 31, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Nice to watch Australia lose, would love them to be clobbered in tests too

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 31, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    The positive of this giggle cricket is it is the only thing that allows touring players to be in the country prior to the proper cricket in the modern scheduling. I believe there is one warm up game of 3(?) days for the likes of Clarke, Ponting & Cowan to have a hit and then we are on. Looking forward to see if Australia can continue their home form. Always amused that people seem to draw a line through form in one format and expect similar in Tests. Personally i'd like to see ALL of Australia's Test attack concentrate on Tests and leave the T20 team to up and comers and old timers like Brad Hogg , Shane Warne, Matty Hayden & Adam Gilchrist! Didnt really see the point of Pattinson playing but hopefully we'll see him fired up to go next time. Good luck Australia in the Tests.

  • on March 31, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Well done WI.. According to most of the seasoned journalists on cricinfo, Ind are the only bad tourists in world cricket.. Eng lost to Pak and SL, Aus cant beat WI (who were beaten at home by an Indian A team last summer).. I think the Saffas are the only good tourists around.. All the other teams are excellent at home and poor outside

  • Drew12 on March 31, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    WI have been at the top of their game to draw both formats. Aus have been playing domestic (ODI, BB, SS) and international cricket non-stop since October. SA, NZ, Ind, SL, now WI without a serious break. There was only a single day's break between the end of the CB series and the flight to WI. I think these results speak more to the scheduling, rather than the comparative abilities of the two teams. The test series will be a mental struggle for Aus given that they can finally have a rest once it is over with.

  • Sakthiivel on March 31, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Aus are dominate only in Home, Other venues just less ordinary team. Even India won the series in WI in all format.

  • zenboomerang on March 31, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @Marcio... Agree that Pattinson is better suited to Tests (he's only played a handful of ODI's T20's) - the same could be said of Hilfenhaus & Siddle being Test specialists... But with only a limited bowling attack in the WI's & our best short format bowlers still recovering from injuries we didn't have a lot of options... The dumbest part of the selection process is that David Hussey is a good T20 bowler & wasn't used at all, while we could have replaced Pattinson with another batsman & still have had 6 bowlers... Doherty also hasn't produced the goods in T20 & his position should be reviewed...

  • RankPace on March 31, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    great performace by west indies. drawing both the limited overs series's with Australia is fantastic. congratulations.

  • on March 31, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    well done windies. keep it up

  • Mrcrick666 on March 31, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    congrats Windis ..... we miss Cris Gayle .....

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on March 31, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    LOVE to See the RISE OF THE WEST INDIES......... without the greats of WI Cricket Legends and Heroes

  • west_indiesBoss on March 31, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    @rbj1112 .. i cant help but disagree with you.. i cant understand why someone can be against a man like sammy..even after all thta he has done. he certainly isnt the best .. but we all agreed he was an adequate bowler but his abtting was out of touch.. now his batting has improved considerably.. not yet all that consistent.. but there has definitely been improvement .. but.. even if u disaggree - NO ONE can doubt the fact that under his captaincy the West Indies have improved.. not only in this series.. improvement has been seen since last year//now we're just getting results.. all i can say is GO ON SAMMY! BAT ON!

  • Vivian_Richard on March 31, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    If you thought WI had lost their way, you were at a loss for words when the Aussies slipped. Pretty unusual for an Australian team. Hopefully we have a better cricketing contest the next time.

  • rbj1112 on March 31, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    good performance by WI but still allot of work needs to be done...Darren Sammy is a good captain but this is cricket where you should be selected to make runs or take wickets not just be a captain...he never had a place in a test side and I think there is no place for him in a test side currently...so selectors or whoever puts him as captain should swallow their pride now and relief him of WI captaincy...he just isn't performing not even with a 25% efficiency..Denesh Ramdin is the only one I see fit to captain WI but first he needs to show some sort of consistent form with the bat and try not to get injured ever so often....but for now Sammy would have to be captain but definitely before this year ends Ramdin should be marshaling the troops atleast for the next 5 years...the other thing Sammy takes away is WI firepower...imagine Edwards, Rampaul & Roach/Best with Narine/Bishoo. they got to sacrifice one fast bowler to place him in the side...but all the best and I back him nonetheless.

  • maddy20 on March 31, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Oh what a clubbing! I loved watching WI outclass the Aussies. If WI make turning tracks for the test series and field Narine and Bishoo, Aussies are in for some serious fight!

  • unregisteredalien on March 31, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @brittop, how's your #1 Test team doing?

  • on March 31, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    congrats to the guys on their win,they just have to continue to show the fighting spirit that they have now. go windies.

  • samincolumbia on March 31, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Australia lose yet again...what a surprise!!

  • Marcio on March 31, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 you obviously haven't been watching Pattinson much. He is an exceptional long format bowler, and at 21 years of age could be one of our best ever. He is not an ODI or T20 bowler, as I said when selected for the ODI team recently and I was proved right there too. He was clearly selected here to get him into shape for the tests, which is poor policy all round.

  • on March 31, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    congrat guys, u made us all happy, keep up the good work, hope wicb will pick the right team 4 the test matches, good luck...

  • on March 31, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    HEY Congrats West Indies. We love your fighting spirit. I was looking forward to the Tour by Australia because I knew that it is going to prove one or two things. Congrats Sammy; Congrats Mosh (Coach Gibson) '; Congrats Fidel and Dwayne Smith. You two made us Bajans very proud today. Go to higher heights Windies, the Caribbean is behind you .

  • Brumby90 on March 31, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    These games are showing just how poor the standard of cricket is around world cricket at the moment. An "amateur" WI team at best is beating one of the supposed best teams. Grow a back bone Australia and start performing as professionals!! Its the same one step forward and two steps back for Australian cricket.

  • RandyOZ on March 31, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Care factor is pretty much zero, although good to see Smith doing well.

  • rahulcricket007 on March 31, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @MARCIO . PATTINSON WAS NOT SUCESSFULL EVEN IN ODIS . IN CB SERIES SL BATSMEN THRASH HIM ALL OVER THE PARK .PATTINSON CAN ONLY TROUBLE INDIAN BATSMEN ( THAT TOO ONLY IN AUS BOUNCY PITCHES ).

  • on March 31, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Congratulations WI on a fine come back. Keep on concentrating on moving ahead. If you win the Tests it would be wooonderfulllll. If you put up a good fight and lose you will be respected

  • sarathy_m2 on March 31, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Poor performances by Aus. While India were in WI last year, they won all three formats comprehensively. Now Aus is struggling! Must come back quick, atleast in Tests....

  • kunderanengineer on March 31, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Only a T20 but nevertheless a great win! Honestly I thought the chase would be more like a walk in the park for the Aussies after they bundled up the Windies for 160.This victory was really a great testimony to the fighting spirit this Windies team has been displaying for some time now. Many key contributions from Smith and Charles to Bravo to Samuels to Fidel. The team showed tremendous enthousiasm and passion on the field.The fielding was impeccable and the bowling extremely efficient in the death overs.The only room for improvement is finding some consistency in batting. Hopefully when Chanderpaul is included in the tests that will create some stability in the batting but there seems to be an embarassment of riches in the bowling department with the inclusion of Fidel and considering that Rampaul and Bishoo haven't been used in any of the matches. Can't wait for the tests to begin!

  • on March 31, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Another great performance from Darren and his men. Darren is totally committed to WI cricket. At least one bajan has your back!

  • Marcio on March 31, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    I wrote a few days ago that it was the height of stupidity including a test fast bowler in a T20 series to get him ready for upcoming tests. So Pattinson bowled two overs and went for 32, which blind Freddy could have seen coming. How does this benefit his test match preparation? He gets hammered, loses confidence, WI gain confidence from a win and from facing his bowling. More than 20% of their runs came off his two overs. The game was lost on this daft selection alone, without even considering other factors. If they are going to continue treating T20 with contempt they might as well go the whole hog and redraft Michael Clarke. And how is it logistically possible that David Hussey - the man most likely to get AUS home - was only able to face 1 delivery in three overs as the end approached? Really dumb batting from batsmen at the other end, who just kept making air swings trying to hit 6s and not rotating the strike. 11 dot balls in the last 3 overs or. Really, really bad T20 cricket.

  • on March 31, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Just want to congratulate the guys, Cool.

  • on March 31, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    Sachin Ellcock you have no clue about cricket. "SAMUELS MUST GO" you say, without acknowledging his 3 for 23, which was a MAJOR contribution to the Windies winning. Try and be objective in your assessment.

  • on March 31, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    West Indies never say die. In the past it would have been 5-0 and 2-0 whitewashes. The test series would be an interesting contest. West Indies even might win one. Although the Aussies have won 4-0 against India, that counts for nothing because West Indies have played with pride so far. Darren Sammy knows he needs to improve to have any impact in the test team. The west Indies might spring a surprise or so. It could be another drawn series.

  • on March 30, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Nice game boys, now on to the tests- Barath, Braithwaith, Edwards, DM Bravo, Chanders, Nash/Samuels, Sammy, Ramdhin, Rampaul, Edwards/Roach/ Bishoo.

  • rodzstars on March 30, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    great win but we need to get the batting order correct wit russel out a power hitter needs to b there in last 5 overs wit bravo an samuels needs to play a same battin role as bravo rotating d strike for the big hitters

  • simonviller on March 30, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Fidel Edwards / Dwayne Smith / Johson Charles ; what do they have in common ? They we fast - forwarded into West Indies team because of their unique abilities to play the game of cricket . We need to give them{ Charles and Smith especially } the oppotunity to shine on a more consistant basis as management apparently are doing now . It was good o see these three come through today for the team ;so take note those of you who were questioning Charles and Smith's inclusion ,because better days are coming from these two .

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    After such a brilliant start,the West Indies faltered badly,we all thought Australia would have hammered the West Indies.What has been so encouraging throughout these series so far is thenever say die attitude and ability to fight back and not just play dead except for the last t-20 game and coming back into series after they have been down,those small signs are encouraging,i am not stupid enough to think they have turned the corner,but we all expect the true test to be the Test series.Dwayne Smith's batting has come on by leaps and bounds,more thought process and some improvement continues to be shown in his technique,he and Pollard has been improving which as encouraging.Today we also saw what REAL pace in the form of Fidel Edwards can do in complementing an almost exclusively medium paced attack missing Russell and Rampaul,in the end,congratulations to each small steps the team has shown.

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Can someone please tell me why Jerome Taylor is not playing any form of cricket for West Indies not even the regional 4days? Also,On what basis does Sammy deserve a place in the Test Squad.No doubt he is a good utility player in ODIs and T20s but He is not of Test cricket standards by any means

  • FairGameFan on March 30, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    People keep asking where is Bishoo, without looking at who we are playing. It is Australia legspin would be bread and butter for them. Finger spinners especially off spinners have always given them trouble. So Bishoo sits out this entire tour by Australia. Given the WI's think tank some credit for recognizing this. So for the test series logic would suggest that it would be either Shillingford or Austin as the spinner if Narine goes to the IPL. Austin is conventional but Shillingford has the x-factor as he bowls the doosra.

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Didint Aussies bowl a no ball. is it because of height it wasnt recorded or its just an over sight

  • Pakistanvictorious on March 30, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    West Indian board and management should now realize what can a fast bowler do after watching Edwards bowling. It is pathetic that they did not include him in ODIs otherwise results would have been different. It is also frustrating that one of Roach/Edwards/Rampaul would be dropped to include Sammy who has done nothing today. Please see what he has been doing consistently, even today he made wrong bowling changes at the beginning brought himself on and got smashed for 12 runs and then hide behind others. If bravo had not run out Warner WI would have been easily defeated due to wrong selection and bad captaincy.

  • dragline on March 30, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    i think the team wi play today was a much better selected team. pollard at 3 in my view was needless, simply because the runs rate was good and he has proven himself at 6 why change it. Hyatt should have batted at 3 and samuels at 4, bravo, pollard, sammy, etc. we are heading in the right direction, keep it up. dwayne Smith looks a refined player i would like to see him open the batting or bat at 3 in odi

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    SAMUELS MUST GO !!! Surely we can be picking these "Big Names" who cant deliver Smith must always be in the T20 side and Gayle, Chanderpaul, Dowrich/Ramdin once fit surely. I would even bring simmons and make him wicketkeep we need a wicketkeeper who can contribute constantly infront the stumps as well as behind. Also why edwards was left out for the first game defeats me. West Indies has talent but fail to pick the best side all of the time. Well done boys congrats on beating Australia !!

  • mar2000 on March 30, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    For some reason the West Indies would not make DWAYNE SMITH a PERMANENT member of it limited over squad . Time and time again he has prove his worth .Former Barbados and West Indies batsman Carlisle Best kept saying for a long time to the WICB that the WI should look to become the Worlds' best limited over Squad . Good win for the West Indies .

  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    I like the look of Dwayne Smith, he has really started to show the talent that everyone in the caribbean knows that he has, i hope that he keeps it up. Imagine a T20 and ODI line up that consists of an inform Dwayne smith, Kieron pollard, and Chris gayle.

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Great win for the Windies over Australia! If the W.I pick the right team, they will be invincible in the 2012 T-20 world cup. The right team will be. 1. Dw. Smith 2. L. Simmonds 3. M. Samuels 4. DJ. Bravo 5. K. Pollard 6. A. Russel 7 .D. Sammy 8. D. Ramdin 9. S. Narine 10. R. Rampaul 11.F. Edwards AWESOME!! SIMPLY AWESOME!!!

  • ramps_wi on March 30, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Feels good to see WI win, on to the tests series and IPL.....like is ah bucket ah cricket

  • Randy_Wilson on March 30, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    For de Test. I hope West Indies Picks a good Team. right now Pollard, Dywane Bravo Are going to IPL along with Samuels, Narine and C Gayle <how is now confirm to play for West Indies, when he is Free from his contact with the T20's around de world> L Simmons Still Hurt. A Barath, Chanderpaul, Ramdin and R Rampal will be back for the Test. My 12 man Sqaud for the 1st test at Kensinton Oval. 1. A Barath, 2.K Edwards, 4.Darren Bravo,5. S Chanderpaul, 6. D Ramdin, 7.D Sammy, 8. A Russel, 9. F Edwards, 10. R Rampal, 11. Bishoo. 12. K Brathwaite/Tino Best.

  • on March 30, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Why Devendra is not in the ODI and T20 team? He is a T20 player. Mathurin should still be in First class cricket.

  • delboy on March 30, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    @sundar_poco look at the BIG picture!

  • vertical on March 30, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @brittop Australia are at number 5 in t20 currently

  • on March 30, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Mathurin? Why put the guy in over his head?

  • Randy_Wilson on March 30, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    @ Sumanth.G Please do check West Indies Team in all Past T20 Game Before Sammy was Captain and you will see We didhad that Team, Yet we Rank Number 10 in de World. Now after this Win they rank 9.

  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    The Australians were out played. Well played wi, smith batted superbly, Edward's, bravo, and samuels bowled beautifully. Bravo's run out of Warner turned the match, Bravo's death overs and Pollard's catch sealed it. I would say pollard has been the most improved player of both the odi, and t20 series.

  • PaddyRasta on March 30, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @Sumanth.G Poor scheduling again by WICB has meant a clash between this 20/20 and the 4 day competition semis. It's given that Gayle should have been brought in for this match but Barath is getting much needed practice for the upcoming Test series; along with Darren Bravo, Chanders, Kirk Edwards and Ramdin.

  • on March 30, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    brilliant win boys, good come back!!

  • brittop on March 30, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Another fantastic performance from ("the number one team") the Aussies.

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Wades 1 run off 7 balls leading up to his dismissal cost Australia the game. Up to that stage Aus were in a great position. Hussey was cruising.... Oh well. Let's start the real stuff now shall we?

  • Sumanth.G on March 30, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    They should have played Adrian Barath.... and if Chris Gayle were to be there... WI could easily be the best T20 side in the world.

  • sundar_poco on March 30, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Why Mathurian over Bishoo? How many more chances should Marlon Samuels get?? He stinks....

  • aryanraw on March 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    west indies team can be a lot better if and only if they play gayle,jerome taylor!!!

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  • aryanraw on March 30, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    west indies team can be a lot better if and only if they play gayle,jerome taylor!!!

  • sundar_poco on March 30, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Why Mathurian over Bishoo? How many more chances should Marlon Samuels get?? He stinks....

  • Sumanth.G on March 30, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    They should have played Adrian Barath.... and if Chris Gayle were to be there... WI could easily be the best T20 side in the world.

  • VivGilchrist on March 30, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Wades 1 run off 7 balls leading up to his dismissal cost Australia the game. Up to that stage Aus were in a great position. Hussey was cruising.... Oh well. Let's start the real stuff now shall we?

  • brittop on March 30, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Another fantastic performance from ("the number one team") the Aussies.

  • on March 30, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    brilliant win boys, good come back!!

  • PaddyRasta on March 30, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    @Sumanth.G Poor scheduling again by WICB has meant a clash between this 20/20 and the 4 day competition semis. It's given that Gayle should have been brought in for this match but Barath is getting much needed practice for the upcoming Test series; along with Darren Bravo, Chanders, Kirk Edwards and Ramdin.

  • Reuelsean on March 30, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    The Australians were out played. Well played wi, smith batted superbly, Edward's, bravo, and samuels bowled beautifully. Bravo's run out of Warner turned the match, Bravo's death overs and Pollard's catch sealed it. I would say pollard has been the most improved player of both the odi, and t20 series.

  • Randy_Wilson on March 30, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    @ Sumanth.G Please do check West Indies Team in all Past T20 Game Before Sammy was Captain and you will see We didhad that Team, Yet we Rank Number 10 in de World. Now after this Win they rank 9.

  • on March 30, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Mathurin? Why put the guy in over his head?