Marsh rips through Windies to set up series win
CRICKET: Captain Steve Smith says he and his players will not be resting on their laurels after defeating the West Indies in their one-day international tri-series final in Barbados.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade scored an unbeaten 57 as Australia recovered from 6-176 to post a score of 9-270 at Kensington Oval.
Mitchell Marsh then tore through the Windies’ batting, taking 3-2 in 12balls, before Josh Hazlewood cleaned up the tail to grab 5-50 as the Windies were bowled out for 212.
Smith said all the bowlers were impressive but there would be no let-up as the Aussies looked to continue their stay as the No.1 ODI team in the world.
“Matthew Wade and the tail deserve credit for getting us to 270,” he said.
“The series win was very satisfying but there is still a lot of work to get to where we want to get to.”
Wade should have been run out on 29 but Dinesh Ramdin missed the stumps from close range and the Victorian capitalised to take Australia to a competitive score.
All of Australia’s top order got a start but failed to go on to a big score after throwing their wickets away.
In reply the Windies got off to a decent start but Marsh grabbed the key scalps of Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels before he got Johnson Charles, who top-scored with 45, to chip to George Bailey at short cover.
Smith said Justin Langer, who has been standing in for coach Darren Lehmann while he takes a rest, had been invaluable for the team.
“Justin’s been outstanding,” he said. “It has been great to have a different voice around the group.”