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Cricket Matches Schedule
- West Indies v Australia 1st Test at Jamaica: Thu 22 - Mon 26 May, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 2nd Test at at Antigua: Fri 30 May - Tue 3 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 3rd Test at at Barbados: Thu 12 - Mon 16 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia Twenty20 at Barbados: Fri 20 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 1st ODI at St Vincent: Tue 24 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 2nd ODI at Grenada: Fri 27 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 3rd ODI at Grenada: Sun 29 June, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 4th ODI at St Kitts: Fri 4 July, 2008
- West Indies v Australia 5th ODI at St Kitts: Sun 6 July, 2008
West Indies vs Australia Cricket Series 2008
Australia vs West Indies Fifth ODI at St Kitts
AUS v WI, 5th ODI, St Kitts: Australia beat West Indies in final ODI
06 July, 2008Mitchell Johnson starred with the ball, following a strong batting performance, as Australia completed a rare ODI series sweep in the Caribbean, when they cruised to a 169-run victory in the fifth and final ODI against West Indies on Sunday.
Johnson collected five wickets for 29 runs from 7.5 overs, as Australia successfully defended a formidable target total of 342, when they dismissed West Indies for 172 in 39.5 overs. Johnson formalised the result, when he had Fidel Edwards caught at fine leg fending away a short, rising ball to send another fair-sized, strongly partisan, weekend crowd home disappointed. The victory - Australia's largest against West Indies - meant they became only the third team to sweep an ODI series in the Caribbean.
Australia won the opening match by 84 runs in St. Vincent, the rain-affected second ODI by 63 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method, and the third ODI last Sunday by seven wickets in Grenada, as well as the fourth ODI last Friday by one run here. Previously, South Africa and Pakistan were the two sides that achieved ODI series sweeps in the Caribbean. They both accomplished the feat three years ago, when the Proteas won all five of their matches in a bilateral series, and the Pakistanis won all three in theirs.
Australia, choosing to bat on a hard, easy-paced Warner Park pitch, had amassed 341 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs - a record total against West Indies in an ODI. Shawn Findlay, playing in only his second ODI, was the top scorer for West Indies with 00 and long-standing fellow left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul supported with 38. Andrew Symonds top-scored with 66 from 80 balls, Luke Ronchi made a rapid-fire 64 from 28 balls to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, David Hussey led the late flourish with 52 from 21 balls, and Mike Hussey gathered 51 from 52 balls.
Ramnaresh Sarwan took three wickets for 57 runs from nine overs, and Fidel Edwards captured three for 86 from nine overs to be the most successful bowlers for West Indies. The runs Edwards conceded were the most by a West Indies bowler in an ODI, three more than the 83 Corey Collymore gave away from his 10 overs against South Africa four years ago at Johannesburg. Australia then struck early, when Johnson had West Indies captain Chris Gayle caught behind for five in the second over of the home' team's chase, and the left-arm fast bowler inflicted more agony, when Ramnaresh Sarwan was caught at mid-off for seven to leave the hosts on 21 for two. Australia never allowed West Indies to get back into the groove, although Shawn Findlay, playing his second ODI, got the top score of an unbeaten 59 from 74 balls and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 38 from 49 balls. No other West Indies batsman passed 20. Symonds completed a fine all-round game, scalping two for 23 from seven overs, and stand-in Australia captain Michael Clarke snared two for 34 from six overs.
Earlier, Symonds, Ronchi, and the two Husseys built on the platform provided by openers Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson. They put on 70 before Watson, later named Man-of-the-Series, was caught at third man for 29 off Dwayne Bravo in the 13th over, and Marsh was caught behind off Edwards for 49 in the 20th over to leave Australia 129 for two. Ronchi, promoted to No.3, showed his enterprise, when he equalled the record for the second fastest 50 in an ODI by an Australian.
He drove his 22nd delivery from Edwards "inside-out" through extra cover for his fourth four to reach the milestone in the 20th over. But he was caught behind, when he was caught behind off the first ball from left-arm spin bowler Nikita Miller in the 22nd over before Sarwan also had Clarke caught behind for five in the next over to leave the visitors on 152 for four. Symonds entered and batted with typical aplomb alongside Mike Hussey and they put Australia firmly on course for their massive total, when they added 113 for the fifth wicket. Symonds top-edged a pull to mid-wicket for a single to reach his 50 off Edwards in the 42nd over before he was caught behind off the same bowler in the 44th over.
Hussey proceeded to reach his 50 in the next over, when he drove Bravo to long-off for a single, but Edwards got him off the last ball of the following over, when he was caught at long-on. In the closing overs, David Hussey, Mike's younger brother, created a stir with his audacious batting, striking four fours and four sixes to reset the record for the second fastest 50 in an ODI by an Australia which Ronchi had earlier established. He reached his 50, when he lofted Sarwan for the last of his sixes over long-on, but two balls later, he was caught at deep mid-wicket off the same bowler before James Hopes was caught at mid-on off the same bowler off the last ball of the innings.
Australia were unchanged, but West Indies made one change to their line-up. They dropped Darren Sammy, and brought in Andre Fletcher.
AUS v WI, 5th ODI, St Kitts: Australia 341 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 172 all out (39.5 overs) by 169 runs
Australia vs West Indies Fourth ODI at St Kitts
AUS v WI, 4th ODI, St Kitts: Australia take 4-0 lead with narrow cricket victory
04 July, 2008Shane Watson kept his nerve, and the seventh-wicket pair of Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy failed to carry West Indies over the threshold, as Australia completed a thrilling one-run victory in the fourth One-day International on Friday.
Australia had set West Indies 283 for victory from 50 overs, and successfully defended the target score, when Watson - with the home team needing eight runs from the last over - conceded six runs from the final six balls. The victory handed Australia a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, after they won the opening match by 84 runs in St. Vincent, the rain-affected second ODI last Friday by 63 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis Method, and the third ODI last Sunday by seven wickets.
It also set the Aussies up to make a swing at a rare ODI series sweep in the Caribbean. Only South Africa (5-0 in 2005) and Pakistan (3-0 in the same year) have achieved this in the Archipelago. Australia looked set to suffer their first defeat in the series, as West Indies captain Chris Gayle marched to a run-a-ball 92, Ramnaresh Sarwan coasted to 63 from 79 balls, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul gathered 53 from 71 balls. But Australia responded with a crucial wicket every time West Indies appeared to be getting into the swing of things.
Brett Lee was the most successful Australia bowler with three wickets for 64 runs from 10 overs. After Lee had Xavier Marshall adjudged lbw for a two-ball duck with the third ball of the West Indies' innings, Gayle and Sarwan added 137 for the second. Lee returned for a second spell and broke the stand, when he had Sarwan caught behind in the 24th over.
Australia were again put on the back-foot, when Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Gayle and they added 50 for the third wicket. But Shane Watson had the West Indies captain caught at extra cover in the 34th over. The Aussies were put through the ringers again, when Dwayne Bravo joined Chanderpaul and added 59 for the fourth wicket before James Hopes bowled him for 31 in the 43rd over.
Australia then made two crucial strikes, when ODI newcomer Shawn Findlay was caught at mid-wicket for nine off Lee in the 48th over, and Nathan Bracken then bowled Chanderpaul in the penultimate over to leave West Indies 275 for six. But Ramdin and Sammy failed to carry the home team to "the promised land" much to the consternation of near capacity, holiday crowd at Warner Park.
Earlier, Andrew Symonds hit the top score of 87 and David Hussey supported with 50, as Australia, sent in to bat, reached 282 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs on a hard, true pitch. Dreadlocked Symonds and ODI newcomer Hussey put Australia back on a track, after the visitors wobbled to 129 for four in the 29th over. When Symonds was caught at mid-off off Fidel Edwards in the 47th over, they had added 127 for the fifth wicket.
Australia lost Hopes caught at mid-wicket for a first-ball duck off Edwards' next ball, and as they chased quick runs late, Hussey was caught inside the deep mid-wicket boundary off Gayle in the 48th over before Luke Ronchi was caught inside the long-off boundary for 12 in the final over. Australia had started steadily before Shane Watson was caught behind off Daren Powell for 20 in the eighth over, and Shaun Marsh was also caught behind off the same bowler for 16 to leave the visitors on 56 for two in the 12th over.
Michael Clarke, leading Australia for the first time in an ODI, joined Mike Hussey, David's elder brother, and they stabilised the innings with a stand of 60 for third wicket before they both fell within in the space of five overs. Hussey was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary for 11 mistiming a pull at a short ball from Bravo in the 24th over, and Clarke was adjudged lbw for 36 to become left-arm spin bowler Nikita Miller's first wicket in ODIs.
West Indies made two changes to their line-up. They dropped Andre Fletcher and Sulieman Benn, and brought in Findlay and Miller for their ODI debuts. Australia made just one change, bringing David Hussey in for his ODI debut for injured captain Ricky Ponting, whose stiff right wrist has precipitated his early departure from the Caribbean, so that Clarke led Australia to victory for the first time in an ODI.
AUS v WI, 4th ODI, St Kitts: Australia 282 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 281 for 6 (50.0 overs) by one run
Australia vs West Indies Third ODI at Grenada
AUS v WI, 3rd ODI, Grenada: Watson steers Aussies to a seven wicket victory over West Indies
30 June, 2008Shane Watson notched his maiden international century as Australia crushed the West Indies by seven wickets in the third one-day international at Grenada's National Stadium on Sunday.
The win provided Australia with an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five limited overs series, making dead rubbers of the final two matches, scheduled for later this week. Save for Fidel Edwards' early dismissal of Shaun Marsh for a duck, the hosts never seemed close to defending their total of 223.
Watson and Ricky Ponting posted a 190-run stand, the highest ever limited overs second-wicket partnership by an Australian pair in the Caribbean, as the tourists rolled to 227 for three in 40.3 overs. Watson's innings of 126 from 122 deliveries was his first century in any form of international cricket, and came more than six years after his one-day debut for Australia.
The Queensland all-rounder has suffered a horrendous run of injuries over the course of his career, and was only called into the Australian squad as a late replacement for Matthew Hayden. Watson raised his century with a boundary through mid-wicket off the bowling of Chris Gayle.
He was embraced by his capatin, Ponting, who was eventually dismissed by Gayle for 69, though not before he had steered Australia to the cusp of a commanding victory.
AUS v WI, 3rd ODI, Grenada: Australia 227-3 (40.3 overs) beat West Indies 223 (48 overs) by seven wickets
Australia vs West Indies Second ODI at Grenada
AUS v WI, 2nd ODI, Grenada: Australia beat West Indies by 63 runs
28 June, 2008Australia beat West Indies team by 63 runs on Friday to claim a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five limited overs series.
Chasing Australia's 213 for five, the hosts managed a reply of 140 for eight from 41 rain-reduced overs under the Duckworth-Lewis scoring method, in what was by far their most disappointing outing of the tour thus far. The West Indies must win the next one-day international at Grenada's National Stadium on Sunday to keep the series alive, or risk a whitewash at the hands of Ricky Ponting's side.
Australian paceman Brett Lee set the tone for the afternoon by removing Xavier Marshall with the first ball of the West Indian innings. The dismissal provided debutant wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, a replacement for the injured Brad Haddin, with the rare distinction of claiming a catch from his first delivery in one-day international cricket.
Wickets fell at a steady rate thereafter, eroding any hope of an upset home victory.
AUS v WI, 2nd ODI, Grenada: Australia 213-5 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 140-8 (41 overs) by 63 runs (D/L)
Australia vs West Indies First ODI at St Vincent
AUS v WI, 1st ODI, St Vincent: Australia beat West Indies by 84 runs
24 June, 2008First-timer Shaun Marsh, who struck an impressive 81, and Nathan Bracken, who took four wickets, were among the highlights leading to the West Indies 189 lost to Australia 273-8 by 84 runs.
The game had to be stopped in the 40th over of the West Indies innings after the crowd began hurling plastic bottles and other objects on to the field, following the dismissal of Sammy, but the game resumed without further incidents, once the debris had been cleared from the field. The West Indies lost key wickets in pursuit of Australia's target of 274 on a hard and slow pitch under cloudy skies at Kingstown, bowled out for 189 with 11.1 overs remaining. Marsh scored 81 from 97 balls on his debut to earn the man-of-the-match award, and Brad Haddin hit an enterprising 50 off 52 balls, as Australia reached 273 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs after they were sent in to bat.
AUS v WI, 1st ODI, St Vincent: Australia 273 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat West Indies 189 all out (39.5 overs) by 84 runs
Australia vs West Indies Twenty20 at Barbados
AUS v WI, Twenty20, Barbados: West Indies beat Australia by 7 wickets
20 June, 2008Australia lost their unblemished Caribbean tour record as the West Indies completed a seven-wicket victory in a rain-affected Twenty20 International on Friday.
Defending a victory target of 98 from 11 overs, Australia failed to keep a lid on the West Indies, and the home team won with 11 balls to spare, when Dwayne Bravo scooped a short, rising ball from Shane Watson over mid-wicket for six. Australia's bowlers were under the cosh from the outset with Xavier Marshall smashing three fours and three sixes in 36 from 15 balls to get his side off to a flourishing start.
Australia's new-ball pair of Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson were battered into submission, when Marshall put on 53 from 21 balls with international newcomer William Perkins for the opening stand. The Australians then grabbed three wickets in the space of 13 balls to leave West Indies 64 for three. But Bravo struck 28 from 15 balls to lead West Indies to their target.
Play started almost two and a half hours late because of rain throughout the day in the island and the match was reduced to 11 overs-a-side. Australia got away to an enterprising start, when Shaun Marsh and Luke Ronchi put on 57 for the first wicket.
Ronchi led the way with 36 from 22 balls and Marsh supported with 29 from 22 balls, but Australia lost three wickets in the space of 14 balls and this slowed their progress. International newcomer Kemar Roach was the most successful West Indies bowler with two wickets for 29 runs from three overs.
The two sides now face each other in a five-match One-day International series, starting on Tuesday at Arnos Vale Sports Complex in St. Vincent.
AUS v WI, Twenty20, Barbados: West Indies 102-3 (9.1 overs) beat Australia 97-3 (11 overs) by seven wickets
Australia vs West Indies Third Test at Barbados
AUS v WI, 3rd Test, Barbados: Australia claims series win (2:0)
16 June, 2008Australia beat West Indies by 87 runs on the final day Monday of the third cricket Test at Kensington Oval and won the series 2-0.
West Indies, chasing an improbable 475 to win, was all out for 387 after lunch in a bold attempt at victory. Australia scored 216 and 439 for five declared, and West Indies made 216 in its first innings.
The world record victory target looked possible when Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo resumed the innings Monday at 235 for three, but after they hit half centuries, both were removed within three balls of each other in the morning, and West Indies' hopes faded. Chanderpaul made 50 and was named man of the series. He notched 8,000 runs when he reached 49, the fourth West Indian to the mark after Brian Lara (11,953), Sir Vivian Richards (8,540) and Sir Garfield Sobers (8,032).
Australia's Simon Katich, with a career-best 157 in the second innings, was named man of the match. Australia won the first Test in Jamaica by 95 runs, and West Indies fought back to draw the second in Antigua. The teams play a Twenty20 match at Kensington Oval on Friday and begin a five-match one-day series June 24.
AUS v WI, 3rd Test, Barbados: Australia 251 & 439-5 dec beat West Indies 216 & 387 by 87 runs
Australia vs West Indies Second Test at Antigua
AUS v WI, 2nd Test, Antigua: Sarwan, Chanderpaul lead West Indies to draw against Australia
03 June, 2008Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan's 128 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 77 not out helped West Indies stave off Australia's winning bid and draw the second cricket test on the final day Tuesday.
After Australia declared its second innings at 244 for six overnight, West Indies' victory target of 372 never looked likely and the team needed to bat through the entire fifth day to prevent the visitors from winning the three-test series at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. The fightback draw was achieved.
Sarwan and Chanderpaul combined in a 143-run stand for the fourth wicket before Sarwan's 11th test century ended on 128 off 241 balls, and Chanderpaul guided the innings to stumps with his 47th half century.
Australia scored 479 for seven declared and 244 for six declared, and West Indies 352 and 266 for five.
Australia leads the series 1-0. The third test starts at Bridgetown, Barbados on June 12.
AUS v WI, 2nd Test, Antigua: West Indies 352 & 266-5 drew with Australia 479-7 & 244-6
Australia vs West Indies First Test at Jamaica
AUS v WI, 1st Test, Jamaica: Australia beat West Indies by 95 runs in Jamaica test
27 May, 2008Australia beat West Indies by 95 runs in the first cricket test at Sabina Park on the final day Monday.
Stuart Clark took five for 32 as West Indies, needing 287 to win, was bowled out for 191 just after lunch. Clark took eight for 91 overall and was named man of the match. Brett Lee and Stuart MacGill took two wickets apiece in the second innings. Australia scored 431 and 267, and West Indies made 312 and 191. The second in the three-test series starts on Friday in Antigua.