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Australia v West Indies
SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
4th ODI - AUS v WIN
|West Indies 1st Inn||220 All Out|
|Australia 1st Inn||5/221|
|West Indies won the toss and elected to bat|
|Australia won by 5 wickets|
|. . 1 . . . |||. 1 2 4 1 1nb 1wd 1 |||2 . . . 1 ||
|Last Wicket:||Clarke, 37 (c:Thomas b:Best)|
|Current Partnership:||1 runs, 2 balls, RR:50.00|
With the series won, Australia will have an eye on rotating players around, but a clean sweep beckons as they take on a West Indian side looking to save face.
We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout this fourth one day international at the SCG from 2.20pm AEDT on February 7.
Despite coming into their own with the bat in the previous couple of ODIs, West Indies have fallen short in both chases.
They looked good to win the second ODI but never in contention in the third, despite a solid fourth wicket stand between the Bravo brothers.
Chris Gayle’s side injury may have been an issue but given his recent form it may not have mattered anyway.
As it turned out, he came out to bat at number five in the previous game and lasted all of five deliveries before being sent off by James Faulkner.
Batting however, may not be West Indies’ problem; it could well be down to their bowling in that both their strike bowlers – Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine – have struggled to come to grips with the Australian tracks so far.
Australia’s confidence with the bat in the shorter format has grown, undoubtedly thanks to the improved tracks and reduced bowling pedigree, especially in comparison with the Sri Lanka series.
If it was George Bailey whose century propelled Australia to a match-winning century in the second ODI, Shane Watson made his return to the team a memorable one with a cracking hundred in the third.
And the way West Indies have bowled it is easy to imagine someone else could join this 100-getting bandwagon soon.
The Sydney track could assist a little more turn than the ones before this game. In line with their player management policy, the Australian selectors could rest one of the pace bowlers and get Xavier Doherty into the side.
Also in line for selection will be Adam Voges in case George Bailey does not recover from his hamstring injury.
With Gayle not expected to recover in time as well, West Indies might want to make a change instead of risking him for an inconsequential game. Johnson Charles could get his ninth call up, or Narsingh Deonarine may provide an all-round option to prop up their slow bowling attack.
We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from the SCG and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.
Images from the game – photos by Paul Barkley/LookPro
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