Sunday 6 July 2008 

Johnson Five-For Completes Australian Clean Sweep

Mitchell Johnson picked up five wickets as Australia produced a ruthless performance to beat West Indies by 169 runs and win the five-match Digicel One Day International series 5-0 in St Kitts.

Half-centuries from Andrew Symonds, Luke Ronchi, Mike and David Hussey helped Australia to a score of 341 for eight before the home side were bowled out for 172 with Johnson taking five for 29.

After winning the toss, openers Shaun Marsh (49) and Shane Watson (29) put on 70 for the first wicket which set the platform for the big hitting which followed.

Ronchi scored 64 from 28 balls with six sixes and five fours, including two huge strikes over Fidel Edwards' head but his 22-ball half-century was bettered by David Hussey late on.

Hussey, coming in with six overs to go, had license to play his shots and he did so, needing 19 balls to reach his half-century, equalling the record of New Zealanders Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor but still two short of a world record.

He hit four fours and four sixes and his own cameo was set up by more patient efforts from Symonds (66) and Mike Hussey (51) and Australia closed having posted more runs than they ever had in an ODI against the West Indies.

Fidel Edwards and Ramnaresh Sarwan took three wickets but were expensive, going for 86 and 57 runs respectively.

Nine balls into the run chase captain Chris Gayle (five) was out, caught by Ronchi for Johnson's first wicket and Johnson struck again soon after to get rid of Sarwan, caught by James Hopes for seven.

There was some resistance in the form of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who hit 38, and Jamaican Shawn Findlay, who remained unbeaten on 59 in his second One Day International but no other player could score more than 13.

There were a couple of wickets for spinners Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke, who now boasts a 100% win record as Australian captain, before Johnson returned to clean up the tail by removing Daren Powell (ten), Nikita Miller (eight), and Fidel Edwards (nought).

Shane Watson was the other wicket-taker with the dismissal of Xavier Marshall for 17 in the 12th over.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat.

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