Shane Watson was a key player in Australia's whitewash of
the West Indiea in their ODI series. Photo Reuters
Adam Voges scored his maiden one-day international
century as a depleted Australia secured a 5-0 series whitewash
by beating West Indies by 17 runs in the final match at the
Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The 33-year-old middle order batsman blasted an unbeaten 112
off 106 balls to propel Australia to a commanding total of
274 for five, before the tourists' promising chase stumbled
in the final overs with late wickets.
Johnson Charles, who replaced injured opener Chris Gayle,
also scored a maiden ODI ton to give West Indies hope of
hauling in the total, but the innings quickly petered out
when allrounder James Faulkner had the hard-hitting Kieron
Pollard caught for 45.
That left the Caribbeans at 234-7, still needing 41 with less
than four overs to spare, and seamer Clint McKay wrapped up
the match on the second last ball when tailender Tino Best
slogged straight to a man at deep midwicket.
Australia completed the victory without injured captain
Michael Clarke and several other first-choice players, who
were rested to head over to India early to prepare for a
"They were cruising along pretty much without taking too many
risks," stand-in captain Shane Watson said pitch-side in a
television interview. "I think we held them out really well."
Watson scored a century and half-century to set up victory in
the previous two matches, but was bowled for a duck with the
first ball of the innings by paceman Best.
Best dismissed Watson's fellow opener Aaron Finch for one in
his second over, but finished with an expensive 2-71.
Australia's top order crumbled to 82-4, but man-of-the-match
Voges and Brad Haddin, recalled to the side in the absence of
regular wicketkeeper Matt Wade, combined for a 111-run stand
to steady the ship.
After Haddin's dismissal for 43, Faulkner added an unbeaten
31, teaming up with Voges to plunder another 81 runs in less
than nine overs to set up the win.
After Kieran Powell was out for two in the second over,
Charles and number three batsman Darren Bravo (33) added 106
runs before the latter was sharply caught at mid-off by
Faulkner off the bowling of spinner Xavier Doherty.
After bringing up his 100th run, Charles pulled the next ball
from McKay straight to Ben Cutting at short fine leg and
trudged off the ground ruefully.
Pollard belted a six straight into the sight screen but came
up short when he attempted another straight slog off the
bowling of Faulkner and was caught by Finch at long on.
Paceman Mitchell Johnson (3-50) and McKay (3-52) combined to
wrap up the tail as the hosts celebrated a dominant series