Well that's it for me here in Perth folks. Hope you have enjoyed our live coverage of these two one-dayers from the WACA, even if Friday's edition was fairly truncated. For those interested, the Southern Stars - Australia's women's cricket team - has beaten South Africa by three wickets in the second game of their World Cup campaign. Plenty of questions, meanwhile, to come out of Australian men's two victories in Perth, which will be answered in days, weeks and maybe even months to come:
- Just how good can Mitchell Starc be? And how good can he be away from the WACA?
- Will the West Indians consistently show some of the fight they displayed today throughout the remaining three games of this series?
- How does Glenn Maxwell go for $1 million in an IPL auction? And Kane Richardson $700k? And Ben Rohrer unselected?
- Surely George Bailey's century does enough to silence his knockers for the immediate future?
West Indies captain Darren Sammy says he and Kieron Pollard failed to do what they were supposed to do after Dwayne Bravo and Kieran Powell set up a good platform for the run chase. Sammy says his magnificent slips catch was just a case of throwing up the hand and that the visitors need to show some consistency in the last three games of this series. He does sound to be an extraordinarily happy man for a skipper who has just lost consecutive games. Maybe someone has told him he went for $425k in the IPL auction earlier today?
George Bailey given the man-of-the-match award for his fine hundred. Mitchell Starc maybe a touch unlucky after his five-for but tough to argue with the choice of Bailey, given the way he held the Aussie innings together. Bailey describes the result as a "tough battle" and says he took some inspiration from having watched Shaun Marsh's brilliant hundred at the Gabba on Saturday for WA against Queensland.
And they aren't going to get there. A run-out off the first ball of the 39th over, the Windies are all out for 212. That was Jason Holder who failed to make his ground there at the non-striker's end, from the first ball of Glen Maxwell's ninth over. The West Indies finish 55 runs short of their target...
Another wicketless over for Mitchell Johnson. A couple of wides from it - one for width, the other for height - and a leg bye, as the Windies move to 9/212. Still 55 needed for the win...Back to top
Well that was an unbelievable over by Glenn Maxwell. Sunil Narine went SIX-SIX-SIX-SIX off the first four deliveries, then was beaten by the next two outside off-stump, the second of which Matthew Wade whipped off the bails and trapped Narine out of his crease. Windies 9/209, still needing another 58 runs. Maxwell's figures - a slightly mind-boggling 4/63...off eight overs!
Got to feel a bit for Mitchell Johnson here. His namealike Mitchell Starc has taken 10 wickets over the past two games, even Glenn Maxwell has three wickets today. Johnson still doesn't have a wicket against the Windies and Jason Holder just lofted him over cover for four to take the Windies to 8/185.
Darren Sammy limps off the pitch after mis-hitting Maxwell down the ground and being caught by Faulkner at long-off. Windies 8/179 and this one really looks to be headed for an inevitable Aussie victory.
OUCH! Johnson just bowled one short of a length that nipped back and stuck Darren Sammy in a very delicate area. The eye-watering blow resulted in some funny scenes, with Sammy backing away from his crease and giving a couple of fist-pump motions down the pitch. Not sure if he was psyching himself up or just saying something to Johnson (appropriate surname in this context!) Just saw a replay of the controversial Thomas dismissal before, no evidence at all from Snickometer that the delivery was gloved to Wade. Windies 7/178.
I never thought I'd see it - Glenn Maxwell a very quick maiden over, running back to his mark throughout. Windies 7/176 and Mitchell Starc, who may have hurt his side that last over, has been replaced at the Lillee-Marsh end by Mitchell Johnson. Word from the ABC is that Maxwell over took just 90 seconds.Back to top
There's another one gone. Kieron Pollard tried to deposit Glenn Maxwell in the Inverarity stand but got only as far as Aaron Finch, who took a brilliant diving catch out at the long-on rope. Windies 7/169 and, while Maxwell misses a hat-trick opportunity - he had dismissed Dwayne Bravo with the last ball of his previous over - the momentum is now very much back with Australia.
Starc pitches the hat-trick ball up and skipper Darren Sammy forces it away through the off-side for two - much to the disappointment of the crowd. Windies 6/168 after 30 overs.
And Starc is on a hat-trick. Both by review. He dug that one in short at Devon Thomas, who went to fend it away and initially looked to have made no contact. The Aussies were adamant it was out and even though the video replays looked entirely inconclusive, the video review umpire - after deliberating for about three minutes - gave it out caught behind off the gloves. Windies 6/166 and Mitch Starc has five-for for the second match in a row.
The destroyer Starc back into the attack and gets a wicket straight away. The ball slammed into Powell's pad and bat and no-one could quite tell if the Aussies were appealing for LBW or caught and bowled. The umpire wasn't interested but it went to the review and that showed it to be plum LBW. Powell out for a very well made 83 and the Windies are 5/166.
Fair dinkum, these IPL auction results are freaking me out. Ben Rohrer (295 Big Bash League runs this summer) goes unbought; Kane Richardson goes for $700k. Go figure.Back to top
Completely out of the blue - just when it looked like Maxwell might never get a one-day wicket - Dwayne Bravo tickles a lame glide to Matthew Wade behind the stumps. Windies 4/159 and some talk in the press box that Maxwell had just set a record for the most number of one-day balls for Australia without taking a wicket. It took 203 balls apparently...
Bang, bang, bang, bang. Kieran Powell just hit four boundaries in that James Faulkner over. Truly dynamic batting as the Windies reach 150 in the 27th over. Only 117 needed to win from here and we could yet have an early finish - just without the result so many expected.
What do you know, Maxwell's over goes for only four runs. Half the amount cost by the first two balls of James Faulkner's next over as Powell first flayed him over cover, then whipped him from waist height over mid-wicket for consecutive boundaries. Windies 3/141 and Powell and Brave have a century partnership. WA's Nathan Coulter-Nile, by the way, has gone for $450,000 to the Mumbai Indians in the IPL auction.
Kieran Powell brings up his 50. Michael Clarke brings Glenn Maxwell into the attack and Dwayne Bravo's eyes have lit up immediately. He tried to hit that first delivery from the Lillee-Marsh end into the Swan River! Got a single only... Windies 3/131.
Windies 3/123 at the end of that Mitchell Johnson over, the 24th of this innings. Crowd obviously annoyed by the lack of wickets because a section just gave some Bronx cheers to James Faulkner at fine leg. Guessing their theory was that Faulkner didn't run in hard enough at Kieran Powell's lofted hook shot from the first ball of that over...Back to top