David Hussey welcomed the West Indians with a century in the first match and his older brother Michael caused them more trouble with a crucial 70 in the second. But it was a horror collapse - the last seven wickets fell for 34 runs - that allowed Australia to level the two-match warm-up series.
West Indies were easing towards their target after an aggressive opening from Chris Gayle and a half-century to Wavel Hinds, but the match turned when Cameron White accepted Ramnaresh Sarwan's sharp chance off Nathan Hauritz and they freefell from 3 for 158. Hauritz and Brett Lee, who is likely to face the same opposition in the VB Series opener at the MCG on Friday, both picked up two wickets as all six of the attack were successful.
Michael Hussey top-scored for Australia A as he and White saved the side from another top-order topple to reach 9 for 243. White, scoring his second half-century of the weekend, combined for 88 with Hussey at 5 for 84 in the 19th over after Brad Hodge had fallen to a spectacular catch from Xavier Marshall at backward point and Brad Haddin was caught behind by Courtney Browne. Browne's third catch came from Hussey and further contributions from Brett Lee and Nathan Hauritz pushed Australia A to a competitive total.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the stand-in captain for Brian Lara who joined the tsunami charity game today, won the toss and had economical returns from his spinners Gayle and Samuels while Reon King took three expensive wickets.