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Australia v West Indies
MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND, FEBRUARY 10, 2013
5th ODI - AUS v WIN
|Australia 1st Inn||5/274|
|West Indies 1st Inn||257 All Out|
|West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl|
|Australia won by 17 runs|
|West Indies||Over:49.5 RR:5.16|
|2 4 4 1 . . |||. 1 1b 1 2 . |||6 . . . . ||
|Last Wicket:||Best, 0 (c: b:McKay)|
|Current Partnership:||0 runs, 3 balls, RR:|
It may be an inconsequential final game of the Australia vs West Indies series but both teams will have something to play for at the MCG in Melbourne. We’ll have coverage from 2.20pm AEDT.
Australia will be looking for a 5-0 clean sweep, their first such whitewash since beating Pakistan in that much-maligned home series in 2009-10.
That they will be without a plethora of players because of injuries and early departures to India, may not affect that desire.
Shane Watson will lead the team in the absence of Michael Clarke and George Bailey, both of whom are struggling to retain fitness from their injury issues.
For someone who was till recently a doubtful to make it to the playing 11 given his own concerns, this will do his confidence good.
Clarke will be replaced by Shaun Marsh in the playing 11.
There will be others who will miss the game for Australia.
Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell are on their way to India for the Test tour and Brad Haddin and Xavier Doherty could make it back to the team.
With Nathan Coulter-Nile brought into the squad, it remains to be seen whether he will get a chance to make his international debut this game.
Difficult to see Australia carry two inexperienced bowling options given Ben Cutting’s presence in the side.
West Indies will hope for one last hurrah in the ODIs but the way they have played, it is difficult to see how they can turn things around.
They do have not much fuel left in their tanks in terms of personnel strength.
What they need is for Chris Gayle to fire but before that they will hope he can pass his late fitness test to make it to the 11.
With Tino Best having proved a point or two with one of the spells of his career last game, he will come out firing yet again.
What Best and Sunil Narine – the other exceptional bowler for West Indies this series – will hope for is to have some runs on the board to play with, unlike what has been the case so far this series.
While the general interest in the game will be low, things could get spicy if West Indies can come out all guns blazing one last time this ODI series.
Live coverage of the game begins from 2.20pm AEDT.