West Indies v Australia, 3rd Test, Roseau, 5th day April 27, 2012

Clarke takes five in 75-run victory

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Australia 328 and 259 beat West Indies 218 and 294 (Chanderpaul 69, Sammy 61, Clarke 5-86, Lyon 3-87) by 75 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the end, the final day of the tour followed the same script as the rest of the series: West Indies fought hard and provided Australia with a few headaches, but their efforts came to nought. Instead, Michael Clarke's second five-wicket haul in Tests helped the Australians wrap up a 75-run victory and they took the series 2-0, despite some powerful striking from the West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

It took Australia two hours on the fifth morning to take the five wickets that remained after the critical breakthrough in the last over of the fourth day, when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was lbw. With each four and six that Sammy produced the West Indian fans dreamed of a famous win, but too much had been left to the lower order and a steady stream of wickets meant Sammy and the No.11 Shane Shillingford came together with 125 runs still needed.

Their 50-run partnership was promising but ended when Sammy, on 61 from 51 balls, top-edged a sweep off the bowling of Nathan Lyon (3 for 87) and was caught at short fine leg, leaving the local hero Shillingford unbeaten on 31. The result might have been a little closer than the Australians wanted, but Clarke was thrilled to emerge from the series with a 2-0 victory, the rain-affected Trinidad Test having not allowed either team enough time to push for a win.

While Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo were occupying the crease on the fourth day it could easily have gone awry for Australia. But starting the fifth day with Narsingh Deonarine as the last specialist batsman at the crease having been joined by the wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh, who was about to lose his place to Denesh Ramdin for the upcoming tour of England, West Indies needed something miraculous.

It didn't come from Deonarine, who added only two to his overnight total before he pushed at a Clarke delivery and provided a return catch on 13. Baugh followed on 12 when he pulled Nathan Lyon hard and Ricky Ponting at short midwicket showed immaculate reflexes to hold on to a difficult catch. But better was to come from the Australians in the field.

Clarke could do no wrong with the ball and he carried that touch with him into the slip cordon, thrusting his left hand low to the ground to snap up a brilliant catch when Kemar Roach (2) edged Lyon. In the next over Clarke collected his fifth wicket for the first time in a Test innings since his 6 for 9 in Mumbai in 2004 when Ravi Rampaul skied a catch to long on.

Clarke finished with 5 for 86 and took himself out of the attack after copping some punishment from Sammy, who was murderous through midwicket and long-on. Sammy struck four fours and three sixes and had excellent support from Shillingford, who hit six boundaries, but in the end the target was just too tall.

The Australians can now head home, or in many cases to the IPL, and enjoy a six-month break from Test cricket having capped off a strong first year under the captaincy of Clarke. West Indies head to England with a similar squad - Baugh and Kraigg Brathwaite were dropped though - and must find a way to play five strong days in a Test instead of two or three. Had they managed that over the past few weeks, an already entertaining series could have become a thriller.

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

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  • zenboomerang on April 30, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @JG2704 / @Meety... Tough call on "ifs" & "maybe's"... Personally I thought a 2-0 score for both Eng (at home) & Oz (away) in their SL series "if" the weather" hadn't intervened... But this is Test cricket & weather can always be a factor... No team was batting to stay alive (9-for) at the finish, so I'm happy that we both got away with a series win...

  • Meety on April 29, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @JG2704 - that's the thing, at what point do you say the weather changed the tactics? I would say that the early declarations in the 2nd test, gave SL a shot, & I think they were good enough to reach that total. I would also say that in the 3rd test, that historically, any chase over 200 is tough batting last. So I would say SL was well placed partially due to weather, partially due to their own efforts, & hence 2-1 in Eng's favour would of been a fair result. Unfortunately it is very subjective. Just like Oz beating SL 1nil, I could put a good case fwd as to why we "would" of won 3nil, however, in the 3rd test, Oz had "only" set SL 330 odd to win. Historically Oz were with the upper hand, however, SL are more than capable of getting 300+ in any innings on home soil. In any case - with regards to that series, I just say that Oz won 1nil & were in reasonably strong positions when rain interrupted. The Eng v SL series, many English fans were counting it as 3nil, I argued against that.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @bolo and Drew 12 agreed the weightage on ur comments came from the oz victory in Sri lanka .Dont forget Sri lankan team well on course of decline at that stage and looking for recovery Post Murali era much more than the Australians than under new cap Michel clarke .Read my Comments carefully in my later coloum Australia top bid will depend upon their home series against South Africa (whom they lost Badly last time at home),Ashes series (Where England mauled them 3 out of last 4 series) and India (where they won the serieis only once in last 40 years).Really Australia played some exciting cricket of late no doubt but they still had number of point to prove are they really in hunt to regain their No 1 status.Not a facial excuse mate just a check

  • JG2704 on April 29, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Meety on (April 28 2012, 21:43 PM GMT) I'm just interested in which test you thought SL would have won. At the time I felt that we would have won both and in one of the tests SL's last 7 would have needed to have scored a further 250+ to win and in the other they had a 141 lead with 5 wickets remaining. At that time I'd have fancied Eng's form batting players in home conditions chasing 300+ so that would have meant SL would have had to have scored a further 159+ for the final 5 wkts.In both tests Eng declared possibly 50 runs light also , but even as it was I'd have fancied our bowlers to take the remaining wkts before SL scored a further 250 runs and would have fancied our bowlers to have taken the remaining 5 wkts for less than 159 and our batsmen to chase anything around 300.I also stand by my comms having seen what SL's last 7/5 wkts went for in the rest of the series. Just interested which of the 2 tests you thought SL were in a better position as comp to the other?

  • Meety on April 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @Carpathian - well fortunately we have UDRS - & that decision would in all likelihood never happen again. Do you remember a tour M Waugh had in SL in the mid to late 90s, the one where he got about 3 ducks - of I think the 5 times he got out that series 3 of them were from decisions that were at the least dubious - my point? Cricket history is loaded with decisions people think were wrong - get over it, I am sure Kumar (The Great IMO), has! @ jmcilhinney - yes agreed re: Swann - but bear in mind, we are talking about a bloke (Swann) was ICC ranked #1 taking 5 tests before he worked out how to bowl in "asian" conditions, even with all his experience, (not saying he was bad), Lyon became competitive after one test. IMO - to bag Lyon is to discredit Swann (atm) as they are VERY comparable! Both rely on the pace bowlers to do some top order damage, both still have scope to improve.

  • Hippiantor on April 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @Carpathian S.L. still needed 140 runs with only 2 wickets left before Sanga was given out. To still say that S.L. were well placed to win is absolutely ridiculous!

  • Sinhaya on April 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    @JG2704, Windies might most probably be on par with England for 3 days and from day 4 they will likely crumble. If Windies can lose tests 2-0 that is somewhat good and if they can lose 1-0 it is marvelous on their part. Unlikely that they would lose 3-0 considering they fought well in their last tour of Australia in late 2009 to lose 2-0 where they lost the last test by 35 runs. ODIs I think Windies have improved a lot and is widely open. They could have beaten Aussies in all 5 with a little bit more effort. By the way Sri Lanka will be coming to England for the summers of 2014 and 2016 as per FTP!

  • Carpathian on April 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Meety. Do you happen to remember when Sri Lanka was well placed the last time they played a Test in Australia? You know, the Hobart match in which Sangakkara was guiding the visitors to victory until he was sent backing by a ludicrous umpiring decision?

  • jmcilhinney on April 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I think that RandyOZ must be Nathan Lyon's nephew or something. Graeme Swann was, in Randy's estimation, proven to be pathetic in UAE against Pakistan with an average of 25.08, a strike rate of 53.00 and an economy rate of 2.84, while Nathan Lyon is arguably the best spinner in the world when in this series he had an average of 25.92, a strike rate of 61.62 and an economy rate of 2.52. Clearly Randy places a great deal of importance on economy rate because it is the only area where Lyon was superior. Nathan Lyon has had a reasonably good start to his career, which Swann did not, and he may wind up being very good if he continues to improve but, given that the consensus is that Swann was below par in UAE and he was still better than Lyon here, I'd say that Lyon still has a way to go. Randy says that he doesn't believe ICC rankings because Swann was ranked #1 spinner but Randy obviously doesn't base his own opinions on actual results, unlike the ICC.

  • harshthakor on April 29, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Overall,a great fightback by West Indies in this series.They gave the Aussies a good run for their money making a real fist of it.losing margins of 3 wickets and 75 runs show that the Calypsos are catching up with the better teams.This series also shows that there is hardly much between any of the top 5-6 teams in test cricket.

  • zenboomerang on April 30, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    @JG2704 / @Meety... Tough call on "ifs" & "maybe's"... Personally I thought a 2-0 score for both Eng (at home) & Oz (away) in their SL series "if" the weather" hadn't intervened... But this is Test cricket & weather can always be a factor... No team was batting to stay alive (9-for) at the finish, so I'm happy that we both got away with a series win...

  • Meety on April 29, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @JG2704 - that's the thing, at what point do you say the weather changed the tactics? I would say that the early declarations in the 2nd test, gave SL a shot, & I think they were good enough to reach that total. I would also say that in the 3rd test, that historically, any chase over 200 is tough batting last. So I would say SL was well placed partially due to weather, partially due to their own efforts, & hence 2-1 in Eng's favour would of been a fair result. Unfortunately it is very subjective. Just like Oz beating SL 1nil, I could put a good case fwd as to why we "would" of won 3nil, however, in the 3rd test, Oz had "only" set SL 330 odd to win. Historically Oz were with the upper hand, however, SL are more than capable of getting 300+ in any innings on home soil. In any case - with regards to that series, I just say that Oz won 1nil & were in reasonably strong positions when rain interrupted. The Eng v SL series, many English fans were counting it as 3nil, I argued against that.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @bolo and Drew 12 agreed the weightage on ur comments came from the oz victory in Sri lanka .Dont forget Sri lankan team well on course of decline at that stage and looking for recovery Post Murali era much more than the Australians than under new cap Michel clarke .Read my Comments carefully in my later coloum Australia top bid will depend upon their home series against South Africa (whom they lost Badly last time at home),Ashes series (Where England mauled them 3 out of last 4 series) and India (where they won the serieis only once in last 40 years).Really Australia played some exciting cricket of late no doubt but they still had number of point to prove are they really in hunt to regain their No 1 status.Not a facial excuse mate just a check

  • JG2704 on April 29, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Meety on (April 28 2012, 21:43 PM GMT) I'm just interested in which test you thought SL would have won. At the time I felt that we would have won both and in one of the tests SL's last 7 would have needed to have scored a further 250+ to win and in the other they had a 141 lead with 5 wickets remaining. At that time I'd have fancied Eng's form batting players in home conditions chasing 300+ so that would have meant SL would have had to have scored a further 159+ for the final 5 wkts.In both tests Eng declared possibly 50 runs light also , but even as it was I'd have fancied our bowlers to take the remaining wkts before SL scored a further 250 runs and would have fancied our bowlers to have taken the remaining 5 wkts for less than 159 and our batsmen to chase anything around 300.I also stand by my comms having seen what SL's last 7/5 wkts went for in the rest of the series. Just interested which of the 2 tests you thought SL were in a better position as comp to the other?

  • Meety on April 29, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    @Carpathian - well fortunately we have UDRS - & that decision would in all likelihood never happen again. Do you remember a tour M Waugh had in SL in the mid to late 90s, the one where he got about 3 ducks - of I think the 5 times he got out that series 3 of them were from decisions that were at the least dubious - my point? Cricket history is loaded with decisions people think were wrong - get over it, I am sure Kumar (The Great IMO), has! @ jmcilhinney - yes agreed re: Swann - but bear in mind, we are talking about a bloke (Swann) was ICC ranked #1 taking 5 tests before he worked out how to bowl in "asian" conditions, even with all his experience, (not saying he was bad), Lyon became competitive after one test. IMO - to bag Lyon is to discredit Swann (atm) as they are VERY comparable! Both rely on the pace bowlers to do some top order damage, both still have scope to improve.

  • Hippiantor on April 29, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @Carpathian S.L. still needed 140 runs with only 2 wickets left before Sanga was given out. To still say that S.L. were well placed to win is absolutely ridiculous!

  • Sinhaya on April 29, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    @JG2704, Windies might most probably be on par with England for 3 days and from day 4 they will likely crumble. If Windies can lose tests 2-0 that is somewhat good and if they can lose 1-0 it is marvelous on their part. Unlikely that they would lose 3-0 considering they fought well in their last tour of Australia in late 2009 to lose 2-0 where they lost the last test by 35 runs. ODIs I think Windies have improved a lot and is widely open. They could have beaten Aussies in all 5 with a little bit more effort. By the way Sri Lanka will be coming to England for the summers of 2014 and 2016 as per FTP!

  • Carpathian on April 29, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Meety. Do you happen to remember when Sri Lanka was well placed the last time they played a Test in Australia? You know, the Hobart match in which Sangakkara was guiding the visitors to victory until he was sent backing by a ludicrous umpiring decision?

  • jmcilhinney on April 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I think that RandyOZ must be Nathan Lyon's nephew or something. Graeme Swann was, in Randy's estimation, proven to be pathetic in UAE against Pakistan with an average of 25.08, a strike rate of 53.00 and an economy rate of 2.84, while Nathan Lyon is arguably the best spinner in the world when in this series he had an average of 25.92, a strike rate of 61.62 and an economy rate of 2.52. Clearly Randy places a great deal of importance on economy rate because it is the only area where Lyon was superior. Nathan Lyon has had a reasonably good start to his career, which Swann did not, and he may wind up being very good if he continues to improve but, given that the consensus is that Swann was below par in UAE and he was still better than Lyon here, I'd say that Lyon still has a way to go. Randy says that he doesn't believe ICC rankings because Swann was ranked #1 spinner but Randy obviously doesn't base his own opinions on actual results, unlike the ICC.

  • harshthakor on April 29, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Overall,a great fightback by West Indies in this series.They gave the Aussies a good run for their money making a real fist of it.losing margins of 3 wickets and 75 runs show that the Calypsos are catching up with the better teams.This series also shows that there is hardly much between any of the top 5-6 teams in test cricket.

  • StJohn on April 29, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    The bare result doesn't show it, but the reality is that this was a very close Test series - very close indeed. But for the Aussie tail it could easily have been 2-0 to WI; and I reckon WI would have won the 2nd Test if rain hadn't intervened. I also can't help but feel that if WI had had Gayle opening then the final scoreline in what was a very close series could well have been different: with his class and power upfront, it could have made a decisive impact in a marginal series. But maybe WI's team cohesion would then have been adversely affected? We'll never know.

  • dunger.bob on April 29, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    @ Marcio : couldn't agree more. You made a really good point about the first class experience of some of these guys. Warner and Lyon are both learning the game against international competition. .. if they can both survive and take the lessons they get on board, just think how battle hardened they will be in 5 years time. .. they won't have learned the ins and outs of the longer game in some domestic competition, no matter how good. No, these blokes will have learned their trades against the very best the game has to offer.

  • Meety on April 28, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    @Sinhaya - Herath is better than Lyon? You actually said that? @Sinhaya/JG2704 - regarding the SL series in England, rain stuffed that series up, although I do believe that SL was well placed in one of those tests. 2-1 in my view (to Eng) would of been fair, but based totally on supposition!

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (April 28 2012, 16:29 PM GMT)We'll agree to disagree about what would have happened in the other 2 tests. And although I expect to beat WI - before the Pak/SL tours I expected us to beat Pak 2-0 or 2-1 (worst case scenario being 1-1) and SL 2-0 (worst case scenario 1-0). I didn't make any predictions up front because I kind of feel it is a bit disrespectful to those sides and those sort of things often start arguments. I do believe we'll better WI as I feel we will be much stronger at home although WI definitely showed they have something to work with.

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    @Pras_Punter, Australia must be thankful to the IPL for snatching away Windies top players. Windies drew the ODIs and T20s against Aussies which clearly shows they are a good side. Of course Windies were well placed to win the 2nd test, but rain only stopped it.

  • SLAZV600 on April 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Mitcher - not that it makes the answer any easier to take, but it was only 4 Tests as 1 was abandoned. However thanks for reminding us!!

  • PrasPunter on April 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @sinhaya, i see that you are way-too desparate to prove a point that Aus is rubbish and that WI has lost more than Aus has won it. But you know what, we have won this series 2-0 and I don't think the world gives a damn about the "what if ..." and other hypothetical cases. Period. Go Aussies ! Love to see you back to the winning ways !! Cant wait for SA and Eng !!!

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @JG2704, I cannot see the possibility of Thilan Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardena failing at Lords and Southampton considering their form back then. Rain on day 3 at Lords altered the wicket and of course Dilshan's injury affected him when scoring 193. Lankans recovered very well after the Cardiff debacle. England this summer will find the Windies pace bowlers somewhat challenging but their flimsy batting will be England's advantage. But if Kirk Edwards, Bravo and Chanderpaul click, things can be different. Pakistan were written off after being 2-0 down in the series only to win the 3rd. I am aware England have not lost a single test match at home since 2010 when Pakistan beat them at the Oval, but under estimating Windies can be risky and WI may pull off a surprise.

  • Mitcher on April 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Pop quiz: How many tests did England win on their previous tour of WI? Clue: They had FIVE chances.

  • AKS286 on April 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @zenboomerang If u consider avg. then also look at the how many matches a player played against which team and pitch. LYON's most of the wickets are of tailenders. avg. doesn't matter the things which matter that at what situation and what circumstances & against which team u performed. comparing Lyon to swann, ajmal, vettori is big foolishness and kiddish. shillingford is far far better than lyon. shillingford performed against rank 2 team and lyon took the wickets of tail of the worl'd poor team in test.

  • JustIPL on April 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Wndrerful upsurge by windies without key players or it seems to be the windy board policy to try host of new talents.

  • AKS286 on April 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    by mistake i wright warner is good for test; replace to T20. as cowan, warner failed against world's poorest test team. @ken d.hussey is a very good player but the age factor is there so can we recall katich.bcoz if Oz will travel to asia then tell me who is the batsman to face spin except clarke,ponting. will pattinson, hilfy,cummins , starc can bowl on the dead pitches- the answer is NO. lyon will be treated as school kid.so we have to rely on siddle experience. and one more bowler bracken & johnson who perform extremely well on the asian pitches.bracken is retired. those players whose foot work and technique are best only those can survive.all u thinking why i give asian pitches soo imp. bcoz 4 test playing countries are asian and all three are having lots of legend & world cup winners. katich/klinger, watson, ponting, voges, clarke, hussey, wade, johnson, siddle, pattinson, beer

  • JustIPL on April 28, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Great service Sammy has given to the WI cricket and some stupids can see the difference how gaylelessly, bravolessly, russelessly, polardlessly etc he has lead his team. Certainly, few big names that are missing would have made the difference. As you will agree that :if there is gayle it shows, as the ball goes behind the rows. It is common players that windies dont get services of all the best players. It is also evidient that wI selectors are purposely testing various players but sometime in future they have to select only the best no matter what it takes.

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (April 28 2012, 10:46 AM GMT) Not anti SL bias at all. Sure SL could have scored 550 but the likelihood is they would not have being that they had not done that throughout the whole tour so you can't say "For Sure" about posting any sort of total , esp after the batting performance in the 1st test.Based on the average of what the last 7 SL batsmen scored between them in the othercompleted inns in that series they were unlikely to post a further 250+ to win - those are the facts. I'm not saying SL can't win without Murali , just that I believe that had all 3 tests been completed it would have been 3-0 to Eng. Anyway they weren't so that's that

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @zenboomerang, dont have to play tests to say who is better. As you are going by bowling averages, Narine and Senanayake have unbeatable domestic averages and once they get ample international chances over the coming months they will show their credentials. Narine was unplayable in the ODIs and unfortunately IPL grabbed by the time the tests came. Lets see how Lyon bowls in the next 2 test series Aussies will play against SA and SL. Vettori is a far better player in all forms than Lyon by looking at his statistics. As per recent performances, Herath too is better than Lyon.

  • postandrail on April 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    hhillbumper on (April 28 2012, 08:06 AM GMT) You're probably right. It's always a big ask taking on the combined England/South African Teams in an Ashes series!

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @JG2704, no way would this series have been 3-0 Australia. Windies were well on course to win the 2nd test. First test Windies would have won had Sammy taken Watson's catch. Hope Sammy ensures that no catches are dropped in England! Windies bowling is good enough to excel in England. Their main worry is their batting and hopefully Kirk Edwards return will help them.

  • zenboomerang on April 28, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Sinhaya... Having read many comments by all posters here on cricinfo I think you are showing JG a disservice... His only bias is towards England as yours is to SL & mine to Oz :) ... We all wonder & comment about "ifs" & "whats", but at the end of the day the final results are all we can be judged on...

  • zenboomerang on April 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @JG2704... Re: SL v Eng - fairly obvious to most supporters that the weather did intervene to disrupt what would have been a probable 2-0 scoreline for England... The same as what occurred on the Oz tour to SL... Us Aussies do cop a lot of flac from other supporters... lol... Maybe we deserve it from past & present attitudes by a minority of Oz fans... Sorry I missed drppping in with a "Happy Birthday" yesterday - hope you had a good day :) ... PS: my Swann = Lyon comment was mainly on the stats - Swann is tactily a superior bowler but he does have 9 years on Lyon... Time will tell where both end up...

  • Sadiqahmed on April 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    The once upon a time great WI batting demolished by a part-tine bowler says it all. Imagine if the combo of Chris Gayle, Pollard, and Dywane Bravo were playing instead of the failed batting trio of the first three batsmen. There was no way the WI would have lost the series. Sadiq Ahmed

  • allieeb on April 28, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Well earned 2-0 victory to ozzies........who's next?

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @JG2704, ah yes so just because Sanga and Mahela were in the hut, that does not mean all over. Samaraweera and Prasanna Jayawardena are capable of piling big scores. If not for rain disrupting our innings on day 3 of the Lords test, we would have posted 550 and more for sure. In the 3rd test yes 151/5 and Samaraweera on 87 not out and Prasanna Jayawardena in top form were well set to add many more with big hitting Thisara Perera still to come. You are easily anti Sri Lankan bias to say that rain saved Sri Lanka last year. Sri Lanka CAN win tests without Murali as proven by our win in Durban last year and also against England a month ago in Galle!

  • GLORY2INDIA on April 28, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    @randyoz lyon as best!! must be joking....where are the rest gone then??

  • Marcio on April 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I thought AUS did well to win a tough series. It was no walkover, so congrats to WI for their never say die attitude. Both sides have plenty of issues to work on. Good teams use experience as a chance to improve. Saying AUS have a long way to go to prove they are #1 is just stupid. Nobody but @RandyoZ thinks AUS are the #1 team, & he is clearly just stirring the pot. I'm happy to see young guys like Warner, Lyion & Starc given extended stints in the team. No way should we take M Holding's advice & get rid of Warner. The guy has played less than 20 first class games, & has the natural talent to become a top-notch player. Lyon played about 4 first class games before getting in. Same goes for him. He's not Warnie, & isn't going to bamboozle batsmen & run through teams like a hot knife through butter. But he is decent, & may yet become v good. Let's stick with these guys. As AUS supporter, I don't care if we lose the odd game. I want to see enthusiastic, gritty performances, & good games.

  • Bollo on April 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @Subhash Devadiga, do the favourable conditions you mention include Sri Lanka (where only one other away team has won in the last decade) and South Africa, where a young Australian team performed very well? - your lack of grace and inability to give credit to some excellent and exciting cricket by the Oz team over the past 12 months is unfortunately rather typical of many posters here. Sure, they`re not the greatest team, but the way they are playing, and winning, is a breath of fresh air to many cricket fans - one-eyed Oz bashers excepted.

  • Harry_Kool on April 28, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    I enjoy reading the posts of those with sour grapes. Too funny with little substance of intellect. Keep eating those lemons, guys.

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @ Sinhaya - In those other 2 tests the scores were ENG 486/335-7 dec SL 479/127-3 (SL 250+ behind with Jaya and Sanga back in the hutch) . ENG 377-8dec SL 184 and 334-5 (technically SL 151-5 in 2nd inns) and in both tests Eng declared with an in form Bell and crease and Swann next in so we could very well have increased those scores by at least 50. Others can look up the scores and judge for themselves. Every post I read from you on the SL/Eng forums was totally SL biased and every post I've read on the WI/Aus threads have been pro WI ant Aus. Sorry Aus/WI fans but just wanted to put the record straight

  • Drew12 on April 28, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @Subhash Devadiga 'Australian recent sucess has been on the basis of their favourable Condition (4-0 Home series win agst India) and West Indian out fit who were without their first choice players'. Really?!! I thought the SL, SA and WI series were all away from home. Also, as has been a consistent retort to that same old comment now throughout this whole series, if this wasn't the WI first choice test team then what is? Saying Gayle should be in the side is just as pointless as saying Katich should still be opening - a facile excuse.

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip on (April 27 2012, 22:41 PM GMT) The unreliable word is a good one but re "Recent experience show that when Aus batsmen meet top bowler ..." well Aus did chase down 300+ vs Stey,VP and Morkel in recent history so I think unreliable is a much better term than incapable here.

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Hammond on (April 28 2012, 00:58 AM GMT) I'd say reality is that if weather hadn't intervened Aus would have won the series 3-0 TBH and I'm an Eng fan who wanted WI to win

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur Bless you and your happy go lucky nature. You say - had it not been for ..... The problem is India's bowling - even with the dangerous Zaheer Khan who so many cited as an excuse for your 4-0 WW in Eng Aus found it easy going. Aus have trumped India's series result vs WI and Aus were away where as India are at home and even after Aus gave your boys the 2nd away 4-0 whitewash in a row , you still manage to come on here and slate them. It must really stick in your throat that Aus have now overtaken India for 3rd position.

  • JG2704 on April 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    As an England fan I would like to say how this persons comments (bullpit1 on (April 28 2012, 08:06 AM GMT) do not reflect my attitude towards Australia. For starters we have just been whitewashed (albeit we were competitive in 2 of the 2 UAE tests) by Pak and only drew 1-1 against the same side (SL) which Aus beat. Aus , SA and Eng are all very well matched and IMO all have the ability to beat the other on any given day. Also I feel Eng need to prove the Pak/SL tour has not left any scars when we host WI soon.

  • Drew12 on April 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    BTW Aus win % since 1 Jan 2000 is .66 (94/142) with w/l ratio of 3.62 (94/26)! Just 22 drawn matches.

  • zenboomerang on April 28, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @Sinhaya :- "Shillingford, Narine, Swann, Vettori, Sachithra Senanayake are far better than Lyon"... & what do you base this wild allegation on?... Narine & Senanayake have yet to play a Test... Vettori averages @34; Swann @28; Shillingford @41 - against Lyon's @28... OK, Swann may be his equal atm... Lyon has played 3 of his 5 series away from home & bowled against SL, SA, Ind whom are all considered experts at batting against Oz spinners... lol... For me its hard to go past Ajmal, Herath, Rehman but I see Swann & Lyon as being up there, while Lyon (24y.o.) is the youngest of these Test spinners by a large margin & can only get better... Please come back in 5 years with your comments, then we can discuss Lyon's record...

  • Drew12 on April 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    @ats78 India's win % since 1 Jan 2000 is only .39 (51/132). I have a win/loss ratio of 1.34 (51/38). Sure the win/loss ratio is ok, but the more important win % is very poor. Basically, India have drawn a lot of matches, not won or lost that many. In other words, they have been mediocre/average/mundane/boring.

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @AKS286 -please check Klinger's rather ordinary average before you include him. It's a ridiculous suggestion! I love Adelaide, would like to see SA do better but I wouldn't have any South Aussie in the team. David Hussey should be there and we desparately need to find a better opener to balance Warner who I think will do well in the long term - he just has too much talent. I think with all the ordinary spinners in Australia, that we need one who can hold up an end with the bat, as in bat at number eight - either Hauritz or O'Keefe who would be better if he wasn't burdened by the NSW captaincy.

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @randy oz ,Australian recent sucess has been on the basis of their favourable Condition (4-0 Home series win agst India) and West Indian out fit who were without their first choice players,They won less than what West Indian made them to win from being supreme position .They are not even tested yet The Series against South Africa later this year,The Ashes series and Tour of India will suggest their place.At the moment even Pakistan on the basis of current success can claimed to be Best in the World.Australian now have to prove in the upcomming series are they are worthy contenders of No 1 Test side

  • RVC-38 on April 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @hhillbumper by next year the only average that will rise by the english cricket team will be the average age probably about 35 i would say.

  • on April 28, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Sammy only makes runs when there is no chance of winning or the game is petering out into a draw. Check his scores, never a single innings when it mattered. today's knock is a perfect example. But of course, Gibson and the electors will never see that since he is their puppet. Russell has genuine pace and can voop just as good as Sammy if no better. Sammy's slow mediums can never back up an opening burst. Sure he gets wickets but always after the horse has bolted. Three prier fast mediums and then his medium pacers or better still a spinner. Did you notice no Russell in the squad? why? Because he is a threat to Sammy.

  • bullpit1 on April 28, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    What a load of tripe most of these comments are to say that it was a great series. The WI were pathetic, if they were half decent they would have smashed the Aussies. Just think of the slaughter to come in England when facing Anderson & co. plus total of 500+ by the Eng bats. The tests will finish in 2 to 3 days. unless Eng bat first.

  • hhillbumper on April 28, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    All we can say to the Aussies on here is can't wait to next year.It will be a good chance for England to inflate their averages against such a mediocre team as this current Aussie squad. All your bowlers get injured,Lyon can't spin unless on a minefield,Lets face it Shillingford got 10 and Clarke got 5 so hardly a flat deck.Your batting is porous and you are there for the taking.

  • Ross_Co on April 28, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Great effort from both teams - the Windies, although beaten, fought much harder than India & can be proud of their efforts. Best of luck in England although I fear that the odds are stacked against them (stacked in more ways than one I'm afraid). Great to see two truly national teams going at each other.

  • othello22 on April 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Australia's ordinary, over-rated line-up just barely scrape home a series victory by the skin of their proverbial teeth, only winning by a mere 2 matches. WI can take a lot of heart from this. A 0-2 result is kind of like a psychological victory over the Aussies, who will fall below Bangladesh on the world rankings when they next meet a half decent team. The Australian batting is rubbish, England would have made a motza on these wickets, because we all know how awesome their batsmen are on dusty, turning wickets.

  • ravi_hari on April 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Congrats Clarke. It was a complete team effort and quite satisfying one. Though denied a 3-0 sweep, Aussies have grabbed the opportunities well and outshone the Windies. A somewhat new look team combined well to end up on top. Windies have fought well in patches and after Day 4 in Barbados did not know how to come back. I think what they need is a leader who can deliver. Sammy is a good captain but not a good leader. He does not do what a Clarke, Dhoni, Strauss, Misbah are capable of. He does not deliver the match winning performance to inspire the lot. He merely goes through the actions and seldom performs with the bat or ball. Brearley had legends in his team so he could succeed without himself performing. But Windies need someone who can perform and make others do the same like Clarke. The turnaround for Aussies came because of Clarke's own contributions. In the 5 series he has led so far, he has contributed either with bat or ball to make Aussies win. Sammy should learn doing that.

  • ats78 on April 28, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Guys whats with you all, why is that every one is dragging the Indian team into this, just look at the stats (where it says Aus have 17 tests ) in that period India is the only team to have done better than any other team be it England SA, there win loss ratio is 1.22, and that too after the last series which they lost 4-0 until than they had more wins against Australia than losses, please you need to see the stats and than comment, money should'nt be an issue here, it is the richest board and the richest team so what no need to be jealous guys, take it easy..

  • Dolci on April 28, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Gr8 series. I think WI should hold their heads up high, they did well also. This series was a lot more enjoyable than the previous test series between Aus and the pathetic and overated Indian Team.

  • RJHB on April 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Excellent series of test cricket. WI improving, really liked Roach and Shillingford, Sammy at times, but where is Dwayne Bravo? Was always surprised Ramdin wasn't playing either. Australia, very good performance against spirited,fighting opposition on pitches that weren't poor but certainly don't suit the Aussie style. Thats a good thing though, won't get any better in India for sure! The bowling is good, could even be great when the full squad is fit, if ever! The batting though, yeah still a work in progress. The openers won't be ready for Steyn et al, if the Saffers bring their "A game" that is. Watson is NOT a top order player, could be a great 6 or 7 though. What to say about Punter?? Not long to go mate. And for the love of money, please stick with Wade, he's capable and he's the future. The likes of Haddin and Johnson,like Katich, are yesterday's men,time to move on.

  • AKS286 on April 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    haha lyon proved that he can take wickets in the 2nd inning on the spinning pitch that he can take the wickets of tailenders.lyon could took the wickets of indian tailenders. beer is better than lyon. klinger and roger must get chance in place of cowan. warner is good for ODI and TEst. voges must replace ponting and to play in the middle order.

  • Bollo on April 28, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    @ (our positive-spirited `Australian`) Hammond - named after that great Australian batsman presumably... After an Ashes series in which they looked badly outclassed, the Australian `bog average` (an Australian term?) attack has improved to such an extent that they have the depth and quality to compete with anyone. They may lack an out-and-out match-winning pace bowler (Steyn or Anderson probably the top 2 at the moment), but few teams can boast statistics such as these; Harris (career ave.24), Lyon (ave.28), Hilfenhaus (ave.28), Watson (ave.29), Cummins (ave.17), Pattinson (ave.19), Siddle (ave.29) - with Warner, Clarke and Hussey all taking crucial wickets, and the side consistently bowling out teams both home and away, it`s hard to see what you`re basing your comment on.

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    @RandyOZ, there are far better spinners than Lyon! Shillingford, Narine, Swann, Vettori, Sachithra Senanayake are far better than Lyon. England are the favorites for the Ashes.

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 28, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I think this is far from a convincing performance from Australia and the fact that their batting is mediocre has once again come to the forefront.

    Had it not been for India's club bowling, Ponting and Hussey wouldn;t have been around to fail again

    Their mediocrity got reflected in the timid approach in their batting with even Warner playing with SR of 40/100 balls.

  • Sinhaya on April 28, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @JG2704, what nonsense are you talking!! Sri Lanka did very well in England last summer in the tests. So you have forgotten how Dilshan smashed 193 in Lords ah? If not for rain in the Lords test, Sri Lanka would have piled up a lead and won it! Sri Lanka also did very well in the 3rd test to draw it as Samaraweera neared a ton but rain only stopped it! Rain never saved Sri Lanka. Only the Cardiff debacle due to bad batting cost us the 1st test.

  • Cover_drive1 on April 28, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Great effort by Australian team, who are clearly tired after constant cricket for the last 8 months. Very tough to adjust to these pitches (which were more suited to WI) and still win 2-0. Much improved WI team who fought admirably the entire series. Sammy and Gibson have the team heading in the right direction and actually playing for each other, unlike when Gayle and co were in side. Don't underestimate this effect, all those yearning for the return of Gayle etc. Once again, well done Australia. I very much doubt England would have done this well on these pitches against this rejuvenated WI team, considering their recent poor away form.

  • Akoben on April 28, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    All in all a fair result. WI showed alot more fight in this series, but still lack to 'killer' instinct that the other top teams have. Coach Gibson for me is doing a good job (considering many other who have an opinion but I did not hear putting themselves forward). Captain Sammy lead well, but has to bat in the top six for the side to be more balanced as we need to have 3 pace bowlers at ALL TIMES. While he always take wickets, at first change Sammy is not as penetrating as say Edwards or Roach. Roach has come back strong and showed what WI have to come in the future. Edwards was excellent and unlucky alot of the times. Rampaul was very unfortunate not to have played from the 1st test (I would have played him). Powell need to open with Barath, who MUST show form or be rested. Barthwaite has lost confidence, so must go back to the nets. Bravo is coming back to form. Deonarine needs more time. Chanderpaul continues to shine. So, onwards to England. Series score 1-1.

  • RandyOZ on April 28, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Nathan Lyon, the highest wicket taker in the series, continues his meteoric rise to the top. Arguably the best spinner in the world, although slightly behind Ajmal in reality. The Ashes team is forming rather nicely.

  • RandyOZ on April 28, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    The Australian resugence continues. Yet another series win, where India and England failed rpeviously. A new era of total dominance has begun. THe likes of Lyon, Wade and Warner continue their epic rise to the top. Supporters of other teams must be getting that sinking feeling once again.

  • jmcilhinney on April 28, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    A well-deserved series win to Australia that probably would have been 3-0 without the rain. WI competed but were just not consistent enough to win against a good side on pitches that were always going to produce results. Australia weren't exactly consistent themselves but they always did enough. They will be looking to improve their batting though, because they're not going to be able to rely on lower-order runs all the time.

  • Okakaboka on April 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    To those out there thinking Haddin should return....answer this: "How many catches did Matthew Wade drop in the test series?" Yep....0. So, it ain't rocket science. If Wade had dropped Bravo...very difficult catch....one similar Haddin didn't even lay a glove against India....we probably would have lost the last test. The ball is in your court Inverarity.....don't stuff the simple forehand volley...eyes on the ball....don't drop the racquet head......punch....don't swing at it....left foot forward! AND YOU WON"T MAKE A MISTAKE. We are all watching!!!!!

  • warnerbasher on April 28, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Just thought I let the our English blogger's know that piechucker Lyons has a better test bowling average than the world class Swann. OUCH!!!. .

  • on April 28, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Okay series is over 2 & 2 odi 1 & 1 T20 and 2 & 0 Test in Australia favor. Looking at the 3 version of the game in the series scoring rate was not up to par, both sides batted poorly but the better of the two won the series. I pose some of the same sentiments as M Holding , I Bishop and T Coszer about Sammy captaincy on his field placing and bowling changes we cannot hold him responsible for his batsmen not performing. We should not get all over our self with his 61 this was a t20 inning good while it last. Jamaica the leading first class team in the Caribbean and they have no pick in the WI 15 men squad I know we will say Samuels but he did not represent Jamaica why is this?

  • noplay on April 28, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Hilary Beckles, Ernest Hilaire, Ottis Gibson and Sammy want a top order with Brathwaithe and Powell, not Gayle and Sarwan, so a failing top order is not an issue. They want Bishoo when the wicket is unkind to spinners and Rampaul when there is plenty turn for the spinners. They want Sammy to come and swing his bat when there is nothing to lose or when the cause is lost already. In a real fight Sammy does not score runs. West Indies does not have a team, they have individuals who perform from time to time. When Shiv makes runs, Sammy is a great captain, when a bowler takes wickets, Ottis is a great coach, when they cannot get rid of the Aussie tail... well that is another story

  • Hammond on April 28, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Enjoyed watching Shillingford and Sammy wade into this bog average Aussie attack. Reality is the scorecard could have easily been 2-1 windies if there had been a bit of luck for the home team and the weather hadn't intervened..

  • Micgyver on April 28, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    It was a good series win for Australia in tough foreign batting conditions.The Windies played pretty decent too however they are probably a few good batsmen and one more decent bowler short of consistency throughout a test. Both teams should take alot of positives out of this.

  • on April 28, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Nothing can silence Sammy haters. Great fan support for Windies and cricket in Dominica. We must admit that the WI public is again paying attention to the team.Keep the progress, albeit slow

  • Jedi029 on April 28, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Agree completely with Fourworldcups. Australia's bowling attack seems to be on the money at the moment but still question marks in the batting. WI seem to be in the same boat as they too have a pretty decent bowling attack but still lacking that batting consistency. A really good series to watch, rather see a game where the batsmen grind it out against quality bowling rather than 700dec. vs 650dec. Go the Aussies and good luck to WI in the future

  • heathrf1974 on April 28, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Glad the Aussies won, but a great effort by the Windies. They seem to have that mental confidence back. They might not be setting the world on fire yet but are progressing nicely. Hopefully Gayle and Sarwan can return for their next series.

  • on April 27, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Gibson & co know nothing about strategical planning. 1- Wouldn't it have made more sense to play the test matches before the rest of the series for a number of reasons e.g. a- @ least for 1 or 2 test matches we could have had players like Narine & Russel in the test team , b. Australia would have had to adapt quickly from playing Odi cricket in Australian conditions to playing Test cricket in West Indian conditions without injured Micheal Clarke which would be a more difficult adjustment than what they had to make? 2. I would love to hear the reasoning behind bringing Fudadin into the 3rd test squad & yet not selecting him to play ahead of any of the 3 so called top order batsmen who have a combined average of under 15. 3. Did they bring the players up to speed on how to utilize the udrs. From the way we were guessing it was obvious they didnt have a clue! 4- Why was Sammy still in the slips when the other fast bowlers were bowling?

  • Patchmaster on April 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    WIth a different captain, and better mental strength in the top three, and the Windies would have a genuine side that can threaten anyone, their bowlers certainly made AUS batting look VERY frail.

  • bommber on April 27, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    lyon took the most wickets at 25 avg annd had the best batting avg for allaussie who played 3 test not bad for someone who isnt meant to be there according to some observers

  • Chris_P on April 27, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Although the pitches made it difficult for batsmen, this was a series that was entralling. Unlike other West Indian teams this one showed some grit and the potential for some good times ahead. Definitely on the way up the rankings.

  • Bigbanger666 on April 27, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    I reckon Clarke never bowls enough overs given he can take bags. What chance of Shillingford getting pulled up over his action??

  • SLAZV600 on April 27, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Lyl67 - Nash has started well at Kent, good knock today and hopefully more tomorrow. From a selfish point of view I'll be happy if you continue to overlook him!! Rickyvoncanterbury - not surprised with the result and expected you to win but these Test Series are potential banana skins and you got the job done. Some big match ups over the next 12 months which will tell us how we are all doing!!

  • on April 27, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Once again so near & yet so far. The decisive factor here was the failure of the West Indies inexperienced top order as well as the failure of the bowlers to get rid of the Australian tail cheaply. For the West Indies 14 of the 18 batting partnerships for wickets 1-3 a whopping 78 % failed to put on @ least 30 runs. Compare this with 8 out of 20 or 40% of Australia's partnerships for wickets 7-10 scoring @ least 20 runs In fact the Australian tailenders i.e. 8-11 who faced @ least 10 balls in the series scored 291 runs averaging 26.45 almost twice as much as the 223 runs Brathwaite, Bharat & Powell scored @ an average of 14.87. Gayle is playing the IPl but I cannot understand how on Earth both Powell & Bharat are being considered for A tour of England of all places ahead of Sarwan & Nash who are already in England.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on April 27, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Very odd series. It was bad batting by Australian batsman - who basically, failed. In first test difference between team is Harris - but with a bat in his hand. If Harris had failed Aus would lose. Here the bowler Harris save Australia batsman blush. Then in this test wicket keeper Wade dos very well and he is the difference between the team - if he fail then Aus lose. Australia had better not be thinking all is rosey in batting department. And this against West Indies bowler who whilst hard working and worthy - are, with the best will in the world, not great. Recent experience show that when Aus batsmen meet top bowler like Bracewell, Martin, Boult, Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Anderson, Tremlett, Bresnan - they have big problem. Still, is always good to win series. At the moment Australia batting too unreliable. With batting like that Australia will not be competitive in England next year. This conclusion is unavoidable.

  • lyl67 on April 27, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Let us not kid ourself Sammy's game is mare suited for twenty twenty and ODI'S and could earn his corn in the IPL. A test cricketer test cricketer and Captain he is definitely not tactically he is still a novice, that is one of the reason we did not do better in the series. The selectors was not so good either, everyone is blaming the top order, but there is no experience up top and before you know it we are three down,this put tremendous on the other batters, so come selectors please do better next time picking the team. Mark my words with the squad picked for England WI in big trouble. Even the English players are finding it difficult at this time of the year. However I must point out WI discard Sarwan and Nash have started OK.

  • on April 27, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Sammy makes WI fight, thats all they need to recover from this bad patch

  • tappee74 on April 27, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Shiv Chanderpaul,one of the greatest to grace a cricket field.Congratulation on the 10.000 runs landmark with an avg of 50.01.You stand on the platform of the greats.I must say how disappointed i am with the WI selectors for repeatedly playing useless players.The first 3 wickets will go before WI start batting.This left too much of a pressure on the lower order which never stood to the demand.I am happy with Sammy who showed courage.Congratulation to the Australians.

  • JG2704 on April 27, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    I expected Aus to win 3-0 but under the circumstances (rain) they probably did well to win the 1st test and there was not much that could have been done about the 2nd test. I'd say both sides will have mixed feelings about the series. The Aus frontline batsmen didn't show much consistency but their lower order/tail wagged. WI were on top for periods but could not keep on top. Shiv will always be a prize wicket and Roach and Shillingford are 2 players Eng will have to beware of

  • RVC-38 on April 27, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    good series win by australia, i only hope the english supporters can put it into perspective for me, all these victories are making me think we are on the improve but i am sure they will tell me otherwise.

  • TropicPleasure on April 27, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @Sylvanus Davis, I'm a Sammy critic and I have not be silenced. Throwing his bat for some runs when the match is already lost means nothing. Sammy is a nice chap, but not a test cricketer. Maybe he should work on his bowling and concentrate on being a bowler. He has some potential there. Until then, he's occupying a position that he ought not, and is affecting the team balance. But I don't blame Sammy. It's not his fault. It's the administrators' fault. The problems with West Indies cricket lie at their feet. West Indies is a weak team and will remain a week team for years to come, thanks to the administrators. Of the people who played in this test series, only Bravo, and possibly Roach and Kirk Edwards, are likely to be around five years from now. A pity, really

  • Mervo on April 27, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    No batsmen really did well due to the poor pitch standards. And Shillingforth taking 10 wickets with his Test average resting at 53 (!) well that is amazing. He will need to take that wicket with him around the world or he will have problems.

  • JG2704 on April 27, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (April 27 2012, 17:16 PM GMT) Funny , I thought SL (with help from the rain gods) did well to escape with the 1-0

  • 4test90 on April 27, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Great series - and what about Chanderpaul ? He is the epitome of the immovable object !!

  • sheila_4 on April 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    The big difference between the two teams was the woeful fielding by the Windies. Had they taken their chances in the same way as Aus took theirs, it would have been a very interesting series. Aus are now the Number 3 test team, which is pretty well spot on where they deserve to be.

  • Peterincanada on April 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    I am still concerned about the Aussie batting. Warner and Cowan are still unproven. Ponting and Hussey are past their best before date and Watson did not secure the 3 spot. I think there is trouble ahead in 2013 unless some batsmen come forward. I sure hope Hughes can find his way back in County Cricket and Khawaja has a good season to put pressure on the incumbents..

  • ste13 on April 27, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Although Aus top order did not sparkle, it was well ahead of the West Indian one. This has decided the series. Anyway, nice contest. And, Clarke as top wicket taker in 2nd innings - amazing.

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I don't think that we have seen the best of the Aussies (batting wise). We had world class batsmen ( Clark, Ponting. Hussey ) struggling to score. Had WI ( who clearly played to their best potential) experienced the full potential of Oz then we might have witnessed 3-0 and the margins of victory would have been greater. Wi better pray for bright sunshine in England or they'll be in for terrible disaster( 51. 56 and 61 ? Anyone recall that ?)

  • TheLight on April 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Sammys poor captaincy cost us this match. His ridiculous bowling rotations, field settings and dropped catches. He should be fired immediately as captain. His good knock may have saved his pick, but he should not be captain.

  • Divinetouch on April 27, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Zahir Hassan

    But India remains atop of Pakistan

  • Divinetouch on April 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    One of the best comments of the series was Michael Holding's description of Ponting's dismissal in the second innings of the third test i Dominica. "Ponting got out worse than a schoolboy leaving his bat in the air while ducking a bouncer from Roach" Yes he was speaking about the supposedly great Ponting.

  • on April 27, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    The critics of Sammy have been silenced. Well done skipper but you cannot carry the whole of the West Indies. Why haven't the top batsmen done they job?

  • OldAdam on April 27, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    It was a series of tough, gritty cricket and Australia emerged as worthy winners (did I really say that? I'm a Pom for goodness sake). But hats off to West Indies for fighting so hard with a young and inexperienced team. For cricket "lovers", as distinct from T20 "fans", this was terrific entertainment. I hope the West Indians don't feel too disheartened. Shame about the weather - it could have been better. I'm looking forward to the West Indies tour in England and to Australia, maybe, becoming worthy opponents once again. One question though: why wasn't Sarwan playing?

  • hhillbumper on April 27, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    you have to think that if the Windies had fired as a batting order they could have won both of these tests. It would seem that Aus have a new world class spin bowler.

  • tinkertinker on April 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Australia wrap up their second test series win in spinning conditions in just over a year, not bad for a team that can't play spin hey carlton baugh?

  • on April 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Awesome Australia moved up to the rankings. India go down.

  • zenboomerang on April 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Interesting that Clarke bowled himself so much, when he hasn't earlier in this series or other series... Watson has been a disappointment as a bowler this series, so where does he go from here - not a top order batsman & bowling poorer than Warner... Lots of room for Oz to move with our no.'s 1 - 6....

  • on April 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Congrats Australia! WI repeats its near-but-not-quite-there performance.

  • Fourworldcups on April 27, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Great series, I've enjoyed it immensely when able to take on the late nights. And nothing but admiration for Chanders (speaking as an Aussie), he would have to be my most respected Test player around (now that The Wall retired). In Clarke, Lyon, Watson and Wade (plus the younger pacemen), we've now got the core of a team for the next 5-10 years. Whether Warner and Cowan will be part of the that setup still remains to be seen, but they deserve to be persisted with leading into the next summer. Obviously some top order issues, especially after Ponts and Hussey retire, but you'd rather a work in progress batting lineup backed by a very dangerous attack, than one more settled but with an attack that can't take 20 wickets. Positive signs, and I believe this WI team will grow too. Obviously it's been said many times, but if they could get Gayle back they'd start to become a very challenging side indeed. I'm also a bit perplexed by the criticism of Sammy from some here.

  • maxximoo on April 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    test cricket rules! cant wait for SA v AUS

  • Sinhaya on April 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Great effort by the Windies but meaningless expecting the tail to fight when Barath, Powell and Brathwaite failed at the start. At least Powell made 40 in the first essay. Sammy is indeed a great fighter and hope Kirk Edwards stabilizes the top order when he returns from injury. Hope Windies strive hard to improve their batting as it was the root cause of their 2-0 loss. Aussies were ahead mainly due to their tail fightback as Aussie batting was nothing great this series. Hope Windies rocks in England. Remember my team Sri Lanka did well in the tests in England last year except for that Cardiff debacle on the last day of the first test. If Dilshan, Sanga and Prasanna Jayawardena managed centuries in England last year, NOTHING can stop the Windies batsmen from excelling in England shortly!

  • cricthoughts on April 27, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Again the top order for WI failed, i hope Kraigg Brathwaite will get better later on,Baugh as a wicketkeeper should definitely be making more runs, great fight by the WI team, once the top order clicks, nothing can stop WI, they are bowling well and pretty good in the fielding,i think it's just some time until they're back at the top.

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  • cricthoughts on April 27, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Again the top order for WI failed, i hope Kraigg Brathwaite will get better later on,Baugh as a wicketkeeper should definitely be making more runs, great fight by the WI team, once the top order clicks, nothing can stop WI, they are bowling well and pretty good in the fielding,i think it's just some time until they're back at the top.

  • Sinhaya on April 27, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Great effort by the Windies but meaningless expecting the tail to fight when Barath, Powell and Brathwaite failed at the start. At least Powell made 40 in the first essay. Sammy is indeed a great fighter and hope Kirk Edwards stabilizes the top order when he returns from injury. Hope Windies strive hard to improve their batting as it was the root cause of their 2-0 loss. Aussies were ahead mainly due to their tail fightback as Aussie batting was nothing great this series. Hope Windies rocks in England. Remember my team Sri Lanka did well in the tests in England last year except for that Cardiff debacle on the last day of the first test. If Dilshan, Sanga and Prasanna Jayawardena managed centuries in England last year, NOTHING can stop the Windies batsmen from excelling in England shortly!

  • maxximoo on April 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    test cricket rules! cant wait for SA v AUS

  • Fourworldcups on April 27, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Great series, I've enjoyed it immensely when able to take on the late nights. And nothing but admiration for Chanders (speaking as an Aussie), he would have to be my most respected Test player around (now that The Wall retired). In Clarke, Lyon, Watson and Wade (plus the younger pacemen), we've now got the core of a team for the next 5-10 years. Whether Warner and Cowan will be part of the that setup still remains to be seen, but they deserve to be persisted with leading into the next summer. Obviously some top order issues, especially after Ponts and Hussey retire, but you'd rather a work in progress batting lineup backed by a very dangerous attack, than one more settled but with an attack that can't take 20 wickets. Positive signs, and I believe this WI team will grow too. Obviously it's been said many times, but if they could get Gayle back they'd start to become a very challenging side indeed. I'm also a bit perplexed by the criticism of Sammy from some here.

  • on April 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Congrats Australia! WI repeats its near-but-not-quite-there performance.

  • zenboomerang on April 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Interesting that Clarke bowled himself so much, when he hasn't earlier in this series or other series... Watson has been a disappointment as a bowler this series, so where does he go from here - not a top order batsman & bowling poorer than Warner... Lots of room for Oz to move with our no.'s 1 - 6....

  • on April 27, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Awesome Australia moved up to the rankings. India go down.

  • tinkertinker on April 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Australia wrap up their second test series win in spinning conditions in just over a year, not bad for a team that can't play spin hey carlton baugh?

  • hhillbumper on April 27, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    you have to think that if the Windies had fired as a batting order they could have won both of these tests. It would seem that Aus have a new world class spin bowler.

  • OldAdam on April 27, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    It was a series of tough, gritty cricket and Australia emerged as worthy winners (did I really say that? I'm a Pom for goodness sake). But hats off to West Indies for fighting so hard with a young and inexperienced team. For cricket "lovers", as distinct from T20 "fans", this was terrific entertainment. I hope the West Indians don't feel too disheartened. Shame about the weather - it could have been better. I'm looking forward to the West Indies tour in England and to Australia, maybe, becoming worthy opponents once again. One question though: why wasn't Sarwan playing?