Cricket: West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein bowled beautifully against Australia in their second ODI – taking 3/30, including a couple of absolute pearlers….
Cricket: West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein bowled beautifully against Australia in their second ODI – taking 3/30, including a couple of absolute pearlers.
Australia has ended its tour of the Caribbean on a high, defeating the West Indies by six wickets in the third ODI on Tuesday (AEST) to claim the series 2-1.
The victory was set up by an outstanding bowling performance, with all of Australia’s bowlers taking wickets on a tricky pitch in Bridgetown.
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Mitchell Starc was excellent again with figures of 3-43, while Ashton Agar took 2-31, Adam Zampa 2-29 and Josh Hazlewood 2-18.
Starc had 11 wickets for the series and produced another one for his highlight reel, sending Sheldon Cottrell’s off stump cartwheeling from an epic full toss.
Starc sends the stumps cartwheeling from an epic full toss! 😮
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The Aussies were very restrictive, bowling the West Indies out for 152 in the 46th over.
Australia’s openers struggled again, with Josh Phillipe out for 10, while Moises Henriques’ was trapped lbw by spin king Akeal Hosein.
It capped off a horror ODI series for Henriques, who averaged just 4.00 runs with the bat and was dismissed by Hosein in every match.
Alex Carey (35) and Mitch Marsh (29) steadied the ship somewhat for Australia but Australia wasn’t out of the woods when Marsh fell with the score 3-65.
But Matthew Wade and Agar combined for a 54-run partnership to chase down the target in the 31st over.
On a very spin-friendly pitch, Wade finished off the run chase with a couple of massive sixes to bring up his 11th ODI half-century.
There was a nervous moment for Wade earlier in the innings, when West Indies captain Kieron Pollard threatened to ‘mankad’ him for backing up too far out of his crease at the non-strikers’ end.
Wade was given a warning by the umpire but replays showed Wade was in fact inside his crease at Pollard’s point of release.
Pollard was furious about the condition of the pitch, where neither team made more than 200 runs in the second and third ODIs.
“I think both teams struggled on that pitch and I think it’s unacceptable for international cricket,” he said after the match.
“We’re not here to make excuses. We accept that we batted badly. But I don’t think the scores we’ve got in this three-match series for two top international teams, I think that’s very embarrassing for us … I think it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Agar was named man of the match for his efforts with bat and ball.
“It’s always nice to do it in a final or the last game of the series,” he said after the game.
“We really want to win a series. We’ve been away for a long time, you’re couped up in your rooms and you just want to come out and win a series.”
It is an encouraging result for Australia, who was without captain Aaron Finch, who was ruled out of the series with a knee injury.
He has flown back to Australia to have surgery and focus on recovering for the T20 World Cup later this year.
Agar said the team was pleased to bounce back from losing the T20 series to the West Indies.
“Yeah, it’s very special. Really difficult conditions, really interesting style of cricket that was played. Really unique. You don’t get many pitches like and I hope we end up seeing a lot more like that in the future.
“With the T20s, we came up against an amazing West Indies team. They’re an incredible team and we got outplayed, simple as that.”
Australia will next take on Bangladesh in a white-ball series.