West Indies have finished off their tour of Australia with a horrific batting performance, with the visitors rolled for 86 in Tuesday’s third and final ODI clash.
After some solid efforts in the Test arena, including a drought-breaking victory at the Gabba, the touring outfit have been outclassed in the white-ball series, losing the first two games before turning in a disgraceful performance with the bat at Manuka Oval.
In the first innings – which lasted just 21.4 overs in Canberra – only three Windies players were able to reach double-figures, with Alick Athanaze top-scoring with 32.
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The collapse was labelled as a “disaster” by Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard, while former Aussie star Mark Waugh was even more critical during the innings break.
“That’s not even close to international standard batting,” he said.
“[It was] embarrassing to be honest. It was a good batting track – there was a bit of swing around early – but that’s not good enough.
“Individually, those batsmen need to have a look at themselves. Athanaze got 32 and he batted pretty well … the rest aren’t even worth talking about.”
Their overall display was summed up when Matthew Forde was run out for a second-ball duck after a comical mix-up with his partner Roston Chase, leading to a verbal spray from the dismissed lower-order batter.
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It wasn’t all good news for the Aussies with ball in hand however after quick Lance Morris (2-13 off 4.3) left the field with a suspected side injury.
Xavier Bartlett (4-21 off 7.1) continued his strong transition into the green and gold, picking up the best innings figures for the hosts for the second time in the series, while experienced spinner Adam Zampa (2-14 off 5) showed his undeniable class.