Fifth Test Match


As the series had not been decided, the final Test was played over six days and it contained all the lessons of the last three matches. Australia again outclassed the West Indies, who revealed their familiar failings in all departments and particularly in the fielding. Griffith came into the West Indies side for Holford and for the last time in a Test match partnered Hall. Sobers put Australia in and almost achieved the crucial breakthrough himself. After Stackpole had played Hall into his stumps Sobers dismissed Chappell and Redpath in the same over and Australia were 51 for three. The West Indies chance of pressing home this advantage went when Lawry (44) drove at Sobers and was badly dropped by Nurse at second slip.

Lawry and Walters then retrieved the situation for Australia. The West Indies had one more chance of breaking the stand but Hendriks dropped a simple chance from Walters off Hall when he was 75. In all they added 336 in six and three-quarter hours, the second highest stand for Australia against the West Indies for any wicket. Lawry batted eight hours, twenty minutes hitting twelve 4's in his 151 while Walters' 242, his highest in Test cricket, took eight hours with twenty-four 4's. Freeman, Taber and Gleeson took Australia past 600.

With their chance of victory irrevocably gone the West Indies once again carelessly threw away their wickets, although they were given a fine start by Carew and Fredericks, who put on 100 in an hour and three-quarters. Then only Lloyd and Kanhai showed any fight and the West Indies finished 340 behind. But Lawry, mindful of their recovery at Adelaide, did not enforce the follow-on. Walters made another hundred, the first batsman to make a double century and a century in the same Test, and Redpath batted attractively for his first hundred in Test cricket. Eventually Lawry's declaration left the West Indies to score 735 in ten hours and although Sobers and Nurse both made defiant centuries, Australia won after only forty-three minutes play on the sixth morning

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