Australia on Monday denied the West Indies their hopes of finally ending a 26-year-long ODI series drought when they beat their opponents 2-1 with a six-wicket win convincingly scored during the final match of the series played in Barbados.
Following the winning of the toss by Aus skipper Kieron Pollard, the West Indies were dismissed for a perfectly chasable 152 off 45.1 overs. Securing the victory for Australia had been Ashton Agar (19 off 33 balls) and Matthew Wade (51 off 52) – with the pair combining in sterling fashion to make for an uninterrupted 5th wicket hold to clinch the ultimate third-game win.
Meanwhile, the only noteworthy partnership for the hosts proved that of star West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph and opener Evin Lewis (55 off 66 balls – not out). The latter then was called on to retire during the fourth over resulting from concussion rules after he bounced a delivery from Josh Hazlewood from his helmet.
Australia were seen to have made several changes to the side that lost game two-of-three of the series. Called back into action were Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, and Daniel Christian. The latter, a 38-year-old all-rounder, enjoyed making his first One Day International appearance since 2014 owing to the recall by selectors.
Not chosen for the third and deciding leg of the series were the injured Ben McDermott and the inexperienced pacemen-pair Wes Agar and Riley Meredith.
The West Indies last recorded a One Day International win over Australia back in 1995.
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