Starc, Bailey star in Australia win

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    George Bailey answered his critics in dominant fashion and Mitchell Starc again wreaked havoc with the ball as Australia posted a 54-run victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international at the WACA Ground.

    After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Australia were in deep trouble at 6-98 in the 24th over before Bailey cracked an unbeaten 125 off 110 balls to lift the home side to 7-266.

    In reply, the West Indies were dismissed for 212 in 38.1 overs, with Mitchell Starc following up Friday’s 5-20 with 5-32 in front of 11,121 fans.

    Game three of the five-match series will be played at Manuka Oval on Wednesday, with Australia holding a 2-0 lead.

    The West Indies, who were skittled for 70 in the series opener, looked set for another painful outing after crashing to 3-33 on Sunday.

    Starc was the chief destroyer early on with the wickets of Chris Gayle (four), Ramnaresh Sarwan (0) and Darren Bravo (14), but opener Kieran Powell (83 off 90 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (45) swung the game the visitors’ way with a quick-fire 126-run stand.

    At 3-159 in the 28th over, the West Indies were well placed for victory.

    But that was before another devastating spell from Starc, who snared the wickets of Powell and Devon Thomas (0) in consecutive balls as the West Indies lost 4-9 to hand all the momentum to Australia.

    The Windies seemed unlucky to lose Thomas under the Decision Review System, with hot spot not showing any clear-cut evidence that he had nicked the ball behind.

    Although Starc was again the hero with the ball, Australia had Bailey to thank for setting up the win.

    National selectors had come under heavy criticism from some quarters for selecting Bailey as Australia’s Twenty20 captain and also including him in the 50-over set-up.

    But his returns have justified his positions.

    After 20 ODIs, Bailey is averaging 45 at a strike rate of 81.2, while he has averaged 28.8 at a strike rate of 132 from 15 T20Is.
    All-rounder Glenn Maxwell experienced a day of mixed fortunes.

    The 24-year-old made a first-ball duck, before finding out he had been auctioned off to Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians for a cool $US1 million.

    Maxwell then claimed crucial wickets while copping a battering with the ball, finishing with 4-63 off 8.1 overs.

    On a day when the temperature reached 37.8C, the West Indies were hot in the field early as they pulled in three absolute screamers.

    Powell started the show with a magnificent diving catch to his right to dismiss Usman Khawaja for three, before Darren Bravo snared a reflex catch above his head to remove Aaron Finch for 11.

    But Darren Sammy produced arguably the best of the lot while fielding at first slip, the skipper sticking up his left hand to pull in an edge from Matthew Wade.

    “I was a bit more emotional than I thought I would be. It was a great feeling,” Bailey said of notching his maiden ODI century.

    “I wasn’t very happy with my innings early.

    “I was joking with (coach) Mickey Arthur that I only got my feet going at about the 48th over. That was a bit of a battle.”

    Powell said the West Indies took plenty of positives out of the match, despite not winning.

    “I thought Bailey and (James) Faulkner batted really well,” Powell said.

    “They didn’t really give us an opportunity to get into the tail.

    “You have to give them credit for the way they played.”

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    • February 4th 2013 @ 6:45am
      AndyMack said | February 4th 2013 @ 6:45am | ! Report

      “dominant fashion”….??

      He edged one about 1 inch past the stumps, edged one between wicketkeeper and slip, was LBW (ball was hitting leg), and should have been run out if Pollard could throw down the stumps from 10 metres away. So had a fair amount of luck on his side.

      I’m very happy he did well, we would have lost if he didnt have that luck today, but lets not get too carried away.

      I’m just glad the Indian squad is named already and this flukey innings doesnt get him a Test spot….

      In saying that, he played very well in the final overs and smashed them around, which was good to see.

      • February 4th 2013 @ 10:50am
        jameswm said | February 4th 2013 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        Agreed, the others enjoyed no luck at the starts of their innings, George got it all!

        • February 4th 2013 @ 10:58am
          Red Kev said | February 4th 2013 @ 10:58am | ! Report

          Agreed, but good on him for capitalising on those chances

      • February 4th 2013 @ 11:21am
        matt h said | February 4th 2013 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        Yes he was lucky, but ODI’s are a bit that way as you are going hard at the ball. But he should now be entrenched in the ODI siade. After 20 games his average and strike rate are top clas.

        I agree he is not quite a test player and shouldn’t go to India. but having said that there is a serious lack of quality at number 6. We are using a few not quite test players lately and I would say he is less of a not quite test player than Cowan

      • February 4th 2013 @ 4:18pm
        Lincoln said | February 4th 2013 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

        But how Steve Smith gets a spot ahead of him on the Indian Tour is a joke!

    • February 4th 2013 @ 10:28am
      razza said | February 4th 2013 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      Isn’t it great to see a batsman have a go, Bailey your a champ, keep it going.

      And it is also great to see an Australian fast bowler serve it up to the opposition, look out South Africa and the Pommies when we next meet, ya cant hide behind the stumps.

      Onya Starc, ya doing great mate, i hope your up and coming operation doesn’t change things for ya..

      • February 4th 2013 @ 2:12pm
        jameswm said | February 4th 2013 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

        Starc sometimes makes the white ball sing. Bowling from that height at 148kmh with late swing, it’s a pretty lethal combination. Sort of like Steyn but taller. Just need to now be as consistent as Steyn.

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