By CricketCountry Staff
St Lucia: Mar 23, 2012
West Indies put on a spirited show after they lost the first match, but bounced back in the next to win for the first time against Australia in more than five years. What followed was one of the most dramatic games in recent times. At the end of the tie in the third ODI, both teams felt a little short changed as each team felt that they deserved to win the game.
The series that is currently tied at 1-1 gained a definite edge and the expectations regarding the 4th ODI are definitely on the rise.
For Australia it has been a tough learning curve for the young captain, Shane Watson. He himself is yet to make a mark with the bat. The sluggish tracks have been in sharp contrast to the ones back home, which the young Aussie batsmen are used to. The inexperienced team has done quite well so far but they will need to put in an extra effort, especially with the bat to go on to clinch the series.
West Indies last won an ODI at St Lucia way back in 2006. Darren Sammy will be eager to change that statistic in his hometown. For that though, he will need his batsmen to fire. No West Indian has scored a fifty so far in the series, but almost all of them have got god starts. The return of Adrian Barath is a move to correct this fault, as Kieron Powell has not used his chances at the top.
West Indies: Adrian Barath, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlton Baugh(w), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy(c), Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach
Australia: Shane Watson(c), David Warner, Peter Forrest, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, George Bailey, Matthew Wade(w), Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Ben Hilfenhaus, Xavier Doherty