Australia Wins Game Five, Series Finishes Tied

Australia's best batting performance of the tour saves the series.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia completed a 30 win run against the West Indies to tie the final one-day series at two games apiece, denying the home side of the their first ODI series victory over the Aussies in 17 years.

Australia hit the crease first in overcast conditions at Beausejour Stadium and posted a total of 281 from their 50 overs.

It was easily the visitor’s best batting effort of the series. Openers Shane Watson and David Warner were brilliant with 66 and 69 runs respectively and number three, Peter Forrest, added a handy 53.

Warner was brilliant with the bat. His 69 came off just 61 deliveries and included 10 fours and a six.

Australia experimented with occasional quick hitting bowler Brett Lee at number No.5, but he was dismissed after a swift 12 runs. Michael Hussey gave Australia a 25 off 28 balls before his brother David was caught out on a duck. A late 26 for keeper Matthew Wade, pushed down the order to No.8, probably saved Australia the game.

Andre Russell claimed four wickets for the Windies but was their most expensive bowler. Kemar Roach was next best, taking 3-53.

An awful start damaged the West Indies chances. They lost Johnson Charles two minutes into the innings and his replacement, Marlon Samuels, seven minutes later at an embarrassing 2-5.

Darren Bravo followed with three runs at 3-37 and had it not been for captain Darren Sammy’s incredible 84 off an amazing 50 balls, the outcome would have been far less respectable than it was. Sammy smashed six sixes and six fours in an outstanding effort as the No.8 batsman.

Brett Lee caught and bowled the first wicket of Charles and finished with figures of 3-42. Xavier Doherty, Shane Watson and Clint McKay each took two wickets apiece.