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Australia complete series sweep

10 February 2013 12:59

Australia held on for a 17-run win over the West Indies to complete a 5-0 series whitewash at the MCG on Sunday.

Powered by an unbeaten 112 off 106 deliveries from Adam Voges, the Australians recovered from a slow start to their innings, where they were 82-4 at the start of the 25th over, to eventually finish at 274-5.

The West Indies appeared to have the run chase under control, however, as opener Johnson Charles posted a ton of his own, before the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard (45 off 62) and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas (19 off 18) looked like seeing the tourists home, combining for a 42-run sixth-wicket stand that saw them needing just 48 off the last 35 deliveries.

But when Thomas was controversially run out through a brilliant Shaun Marsh throw - there appeared plenty of room for doubt from the replays - the West Indies collapsed, losing their last four wickets as they were eventually bowled out for 257.

Having disappointed so far in Australia, the West Indies enjoyed the best possible start on Sunday afternoon, having won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.

Much of the 21,962 crowd had barely taken their seats when Australian skipper Shane Watson, leading the side for the injured Michael Clarke (hamstring soreness), tried to leave the match's first ball, a rising delivery from Tino Best (2-71), but only managed to play the ball onto his stumps.

Slumping to 2-2 after Aaron Finch (one) fell, Shaun Marsh (40) and Phil Hughes (29) started the fightback for the Aussies, patiently absorbing plenty of pressure from Best and Darren Sammy as they built a 61-run stand.

But an untimely drinks break seemed to snap the batsmen's concentration as Hughes threw his bat at a wider delivery from Dwayne Bravo and was brilliantly caught by Pollard at backward point, the fielder tapping Hughes' powerful shot into the air and snaffling it with a second attempt.

Just when Marsh appeared set to unleash, he also fell to a well-taken catch, this time by wicketkeeper Thomas to leave Australia floundering at 82-4 at the start of the 25th over.

However, that was the moment that Voges and Brad Haddin (43) took control of the contest.

And even when Haddin was dismissed for 43 off 45 deliveries, James Faulkner came in and completed the job, helping himself to 31 off 25 deliveries as he and Voges added 81 off 52 deliveries at the death.

The West Indies struggled from the outset in their chase as Kieran Powell (two) fell to Mitchell Johnson (3-50) in the second over.

Charles was fortunate to survive a dropped catch on 10 and a near run out on 17, while he was also dropped on 77 and successfully used DRS to appeal a leg before dismissal on 17.

But the opener eventually made his ton, only to be dismissed the very next ball by Clint McKay (3-52) and despite his efforts, his sides could not finish the job.

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