West Indies humiliated by Australia in 1st ODI at Perth
Australian bowlers heaped plenty of misery on West Indies, and sent the entire side back to the pavilion only on 70. In reply, the Aussies easily achieved the target in less than 10 overs, winning the opening One Day International (ODI) by nine wickets at
Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth.
Batting first, the Caribbean Kings completely failed to show any fight, as only two batsmen could cross the double figures. Mitchell Starc was the hero for the home side, as he scalped five wickets only for 20 runs. Clint McKay also did well, and dismissed
three batsmen. James Faulkner managed to pick up a couple of wickets.
In reply, it was an easy journey for the Aussies. Glenn Maxwell did a great job at the opening spot, hitting a quick half-century. By scoring 51 runs, he single-handedly took the side to an easy victory.
Expressing delight over his team’s success, Michael Clarke said: "It is nice to be on the other side after what happened in Brisbane. I think this was a very nice Test match wicket and that was the reason we would have wanted to bowl first anyway.”
“Mitchell Johnson is the only other bowler I have seen do what Starc did today. It was the total which prompted us to send Maxwell up the order. If Maxwell bats like this, he can certainly have opening every game [smiles]. We are going to enjoy tonight and
will get ready for a tough game in two days time. It is going to be a better batting wicket on Sunday"
Losing captain Darren Sammy shared: "They hit us hard, and now we need to hit them hard in the next game. Hopefully it was just a one off. The team backed itself to bat first. But we fell to seam and swing. We need to come back strong and hard in two days
Mitchell Starc, who bagged the ‘Man of the Match’ award uttered: "It is nice when the ball swings. It’s nice when you get rhythm like that. If you had put enough ball in the right areas, the pitch had enough to help the bowlers."