Australia trounced the visiting West Indies on Friday for the fourth consecutive time in the best of five One Day International series, reaching their target of 220 with 5.1 overs in hand.
There were some impressive individual performances from an Australian perspective, but it wasn’t all good news- Aaron Finch’s spot in the side looks to be on shaky ground ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Finch produced a meagre 25 and has failed to capture the form he displayed at the crease in the Ryobi Cup (averaging 99.4) and Big Bash (66.4) and has managed a high score of 38 with an average of 21.
However, the comebacks of Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson are in full affect. Johnson had a good day with the ball, registering 3-36 after collecting his three early wickets at the cost of just 17 runs. Watson followed up Wednesday’s return to the Australian side, in which he smashed out 122 runs from 111 deliveries, with a 76 from 84 balls. The vice-captain is hoping to make the first of the upcoming four-Test series against India.
It was the same old tail for the visitors- they suffered another shocking early collapse, but managed to save some face behind a 109 total from Kieron Pollard.
At one point the West Indies were at a lowly 6-55 before Pollard stepped in, but once again, the individual effort was not nearly enough.
Ben Cutting (3-45), who replaced a rested Mitchell Starc at the last minute, bowled well and Michael Clarke notched 37 before falling with just a single run required for victory.
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