Substitute captain Alex Carey played with the bat and his opening bowlers with the ball, as Australia claimed a 133-point victory over the West Indies in the inaugural ODI in Barbados.
Australia scored 252-9, but the home side’s goal was revised to 257 from 49 overs after three rainy delays. Carey (67 of 87 balls) and Ashton Turner (49 of 45) combined for a fifth wicket of 104 in just under 19 overs.
The West Indies chase was effectively over after just 7.4 overs as they crashed at 27-6. Mitchell Starc (5-48 on eight overs) and Josh Hazlewood (3-11 on six) each claimed three wickets, the latter conceding just five points in his first five overs.
“I’ve probably never seen a power play like this before, but when they get it we know how damaging they are,” Carey said of Starc and Hazlewood. The hosts were sacked for 123 in just 26.2 overs.
With Carey captaining the team for the first time in place of injured Aaron Finch and three ODI debutants in the first batsmen Josh Philippe and Ben McDermott and rhythm thrower Wes Agar, it was a new Australian team. .
“It was [special] not just for me, but for three other boys, to make their debut and get a win, ”said Carey.
Starc hit with the first ball of the innings and again with the opening delivery of his second over. He took a return to a leading edge to clear Evin Lewis and sent the wheel off Jason Mohammed’s stump off the ground.
Hazlewood took a kickback in his left hand to ward off Shimron Hetmyer and Starc trapped Nicholas Pooran up front. Hazlewood continued the collapse with Darren Bravo taken under cover and Jason Holder with a thin leg.
West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard (56 out of 57 balls), who missed the five-game T20 series with a hamstring injury, has regained some pride in his team. He dominated a 68 stand with Alzarri Joseph who was beaten by Mitchell Marsh.
Pollard hit three sixes on leg spinner Adam Zampa (1-39 on 3.2 overs), who had two unsuccessful lbw criticisms and gave up a return hold. His resistance ended when he slipped the third ball from Starc’s second spell and the left arm trapped Akeal Hosein ahead later in the inning.
Earlier, Josh Philippe (39 of 42 balls) and McDermott (28 of 48), put 51 on the first 11 overs. Fit Marsh (20 of 22) started off fluently again, but the wickets continued to drop at regular intervals before Carey and Turner gave the innings some substance and momentum. However, the pair fell in 45th to spinner Hayden Walsh Jr, the Australian’s nemesis in the recently completed T20 series.
Walsh (5-39 on 10 overs) made Starc and Matthew Wade catch successive balls in their next over as Australia lost 4-11. He completed his career with the best ODI numbers by defeating Agar in the heats final.