The West Indies’ slightly better performance gave spectators more value for their money but was still not good enough to prevent Australia going 2-0 up in the five match ODI series. After dangling precariously at 98/6 the hosts fought back, courtesy of a fighting and masterful hundred from George Bailey, to an unanticipated and formidable 266/7.
At Perth on Friday, West Indies put up a shocker of a performance in the first ODI against Australia as they were routed for 70. Although the conditions favoured swing and seam and Darren Sammy’s decision to bat first surprised even opposition skipper Michael Clarke, this still wasn’t a pitch for a team to be bowled out for a paltry score.
It doesn’t matter how evenly matched many thought the two teams were, if Mitchell Starc bowls in the rest of the matches like he did in the first ODI against the West Indies, it will be a most one-sided series.
The West Indies has the opportunity to show that their T20 World Cup triumph was no mere fluke but an indication of real improvement of a side long in the doldrums. They are scheduled to play five ODIs and a single T20 game, and though both teams shared both the ODI (2-2 with one tied) and T20 (1-1) series early last year in the Caribbean...
It seems that the end of the Husseys has come as far as International Cricket is concerned. Michael Hussey, we know had retired from Test Cricket and later ignored for the ODIs. And now, his younger brother David Hussey after a poor run in the ODI Series against Sri Lanka has been axed from the team.