Starc Takes Five As Australia Thump West Indies

Starc Takes Five As Australia Thump West Indies
Starc Takes Five As Australia Thump West Indies
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Australia 71-1 (Maxwell 51no) beat
West Indies 70 (Starc 5-20) by 9 wickets
First One-Day International, Perth

Australia needed a little more than two hours to hand the West Indies a crushing nine-wicket defeat in the first One-Day International in Perth.

Mitchell Starc took five for 20 as the tourists were bowled out for a dismal 70 and with Glenn Maxwell showing his full range of strokes at the top of the order, Australia raced to victory in just 9.2 overs.

Starc returned five for 20 and only three West Indies managed to reach double figures in what is their third lowest ODI score of all time, and lowest against Australia.

Maxwell, opening the batting in the absence of David Warner, then hammered 51 in 35 balls, including nine fours and two sixes to hurry Australia into 1-0 series lead.

Starc proved too hot for the West Indies to handle and he dismissed Kieran Powell (11), Ramnaresh Sarwan (0), Dwayne Bravo (0), Kieron Pollard (0) and Jason Holder (7) with Clinton McKay grabbing the key wicket of Chris Gayle early on for four.

Darren Bravo (11) and Darren Sammy (16) were the other players to reach double figures as McKay returned three for 10 and James Faulkner two for 14.

Holder, making his ODI debut, then removed Aaron Finch for 10 but Maxwell and Usman Khawaja (8 not out) then combined to hand the West Indies an emphatic defeat.

© Cricket World 2013

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