3rd Test, Bridgetown, Jun 12 - 16 2008, Australia tour of West Indies
251 & 439/5d
(105.4 ov, target 475)216 & 387
Australia won by 87 runs
player of the match
Simon Katich
• The Bulletin by Brydon Coverdale

Casson and Clark seal series win

Beau Casson fought off some harsh treatment from Dwayne Bravo to help Australia grind their way to an 87-run win in Barbados to secure a 2-0 series victory

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Scorecard summary
Australia251/10(67.1 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies216/10(58.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Australia439/5(145 overs)2nd INNINGS
Simon Katich157 (332)
Phil Jaques108 (224)
Sulieman Benn3/154(47)
Daren Powell1/40(16)
West Indies387/10(105.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Dwayne Bravo69 (133)
Stuart Clark3/58(24)
Beau Casson3/86(25)

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage. From me, Will Luke, along with Brydon Coverdale, Jenny Thompson, Andrew McGlashan, Jamie Alter - and probably others, too - it's goodbye.

Sherwin Campbell is issuing the Man-of-the-Match award, and hands it to Simon Katich. He gets US$3,000 and heads off his with his cheque, oblivious to the fact people actually want to talk to him

"Yeah look," he starts, "if Matty Hayden was playing I'd probably have been carrying the drinks. It was just nice to get an opportunity. The wickets have been very good to bat on and get a few runs in the second Test and here. Well, obviously if Matty gets fit he'll get back in. He's a champion. I love playing here, and it's been great being apart of it.

"Yeah, obviously I didn't get this for my fielding."

More boos for Ponting, and a dreadful reception for the umpires too. They look a bit sheepish and confused.

Boos ring out for Ponting! Poor old chap. "There's been some great Test cricket played, and West Indies...the way they attacked the run chase showed a lot of heart and character."

On retirements and the like. A period of transition. "We've been going through it a while now. We had a few retire then. Losing Gilly, Stewy, it's given the younger guys to show what they've got. Look at Katich - he's been terrific, and Jaques bounces back. They've all played their part."

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Here's Gayle. "Congratulations to Ricky and his team. Well done to all our guys, but unfortunately we came out on the losing side. I can't fault them for the effort they put in. To get 387 was pretty good."

Did he genuinely think West Indies had a chance of winning? "Yeah definitely but we knew it wasn't going to be easy. Someone had to get a big hundred which didn't happen."

Twenty20: "We'll have some new faces. We'll be looking for them to capitalise and take their chances and make the best of it."

And Australia win by 87 runs, winning the series 2-0. A disappointed Edwards and Powell trudge off the pitch while Australia hug and congratulate themselves like royal winners. Ponting leads them off the park, and they all shake hands and generally enjoy the moment.

Well it was a great attempt by West Indies. Bravo and Chanderpaul had Australia sweating at one point, with a stand of 122, but both departed in quick succession. The tail offered a bit of last-gasp entertainment, if not genuine hope, but Australia's bowlers were tight enough to seal the win.

Lee to Powell, OUT

gone! A flashing drive outside off, the ball flying to Haddin's right

Daren Powell c †Haddin b Lee 6 (27m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Lee to Powell, (no ball)

leaves this one outside off

Lee to Powell, no run

down the leg side and he hooks, the ball flying through to Haddin, but it's missed everything. I think. Marginal...

Lee to Powell, no run

short again, riding up into Powell's chest who blocks it off the back foot

Lee to Powell, FOUR runs

nailed it. He has absolutely hammered this! Short, rising up into his helmet, Powell pulls this in front of square for a rocketed four

Here's Lee around the wicket to Powell

end of over 1054 runs
WI: 382/9CRR: 3.63 
Fidel Edwards5 (15)
Daren Powell2 (13)
Beau Casson25-3-86-3
Brett Lee25-3-104-1
Casson to Edwards, no run

waits for this on the back foot, defending calmly

Casson to Edwards, no run

stroked to mid-off

Casson to Edwards, no run

a meek forward push and he's beaten outside off

Casson to Edwards, no run

nudged to short leg

Casson to Edwards, no run

waits for it on the back foot before defending

Casson to Edwards, FOUR runs

down the wicket and he's nailed him for four! Top shot. A clean, thumpingly struck four past mid-off

Casson to Edwards

end of over 1042 runs
WI: 378/9CRR: 3.63 
Fidel Edwards1 (9)
Daren Powell2 (13)
Brett Lee25-3-104-1
Beau Casson24-3-82-3
Lee to Edwards, 1 run

firmly defended out past mid-off and at last Edwards is off the mark, stealing the single...much to Powell's chagrin

Lee to Edwards, no run

a bouncer, evaded with ease by Edwards who sinks to his haunches

Lee to Edwards, no run

down the leg side. Fast and wild - here comes Powell, edging down the wicket at the non-striker's end, looking for a single

So then, Edwards to face

Lee to Powell, 1 run

lovely stroke out through cover - will he come back for two? No! This is curious and baffling from Powell

Lee to Powell, no run

firmly behind it on the back foot

Lee to Powell, no run

awkwardly poked out to the off side. No feet movement. Classic tailend prodding

end of over 103Maiden
WI: 376/9CRR: 3.65 
Fidel Edwards0 (6)
Daren Powell1 (10)
Beau Casson24-3-82-3
Brett Lee24-3-102-1
Casson to Edwards, no run

down the leg side, flicked to fine leg. Powell turns down the single again! He wants the strike and wants to save West Indies

Casson to Edwards, no run

wider of the off stump and crisply driven to mid-off

Casson to Edwards, no run

they're appealing for everything here, the ball spinning back into Edwards' non-defence, bobbling off his thigh to the keeper

Best performances - batters
Simon Katich
SM Katich
157 runs (332)
14 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
61 runs
4 fours
0 six
Phil Jaques
PA Jaques
108 runs (224)
9 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
30 runs
4 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Johnson player pic
MG Johnson
Stuart Clark, player portrait
SR Clark
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesAustralia tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Simon Katich
Simon Katich
Player Of The Series
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Series resultAustralia won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1879
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.30
Match days12,13,14,15,16 June 2008 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Beau Casson
Beau Casson
Pakistan Image
Aleem Dar
England Image
Mark Benson
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Goaland Greaves
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Vincent Bullen
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Roshan Mahanama