Canberra - Shane Watson hit a century on his
return from injury and James Faulkner claimed four wickets as Australia
beat the West Indies by 39 runs to claim their one-day international
series on Wednesday.
Watson, opening the innings after four weeks
out with a calf injury, smashed 122 off 111 balls. Supported by 86 from
Phil Hughes, he helped Australia reach 329 for seven after winning the
toss in the third ODI of the five-game series.
The home side then
dismissed the West Indies for 290 off 47.3 overs with left-arm medium
pacer Faulkner claiming four for 48 - all bowled - to achieve another
emphatic victory after wins by nine wickets and 54 runs in Perth.
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reached his seventh ODI century off 102 balls and then set about Kemar
Roach, clubbing a huge six logged at 114 metres (374 feet) into the
stands. This was followed by a four as he threatened to go on for a big
ton on the bat-friendly Manuka Oval pitch.
But two balls later
Watson holed out to Kieron Pollard, one of four catches to the athletic
West Indian, top-edging to deep backward square leg as he went after
Roach's second-last ball of his eighth over.
It was a welcome return to form for Watson before this month's four-Test tour to India.
who gave a chance cutting through slip on six, lost the opportunity to
make his third ODI century this season when he was caught behind off
Darren Sammy for 86.
He scored his runs off 93 balls with 10 fours and a six.
West Indies would have had to make history to overhaul the Australian
total, with their biggest previous ODI run chase 324 for eight against
India at Nagpur in 2006-07.
Brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo gave
the tourists early hope with a fighting 114-run partnership for the
third wicket before Mitchell Starc bowled Dwayne Bravo middle stump for
51 off 50 balls.
The wickets began to tumble, with Faulkner claiming two of them in his sixth over.
bowled Chris Gayle for two with the first ball after drinks, and was
given a warning by the umpire for his over-zealous sending off of the
batsman, before removing the dangerous Darren Bravo three balls later.
bowled him for 86 off 96 balls to put the skids under the West Indians.
He finished with two more wickets, clean-bowling spinner Sunil Narine
(1) and skipper Sammy (8) to wrap up the Australian victory.
who was run out for nine by Mitchell Johnson, earlier put in a
sensational performance in the field with two stupendous catches on the
Glenn Maxwell was left shaking his head when he
was out to a brilliant one-handed catch for four by a leaping Pollard on
the boundary as he looked to smash spinner Narine for six.
then plucked another near-replica one-handed leaping catch on the rope
to end George Bailey's cameo of 44 off 22 balls and give Narine his
The series moves to Sydney for the fourth ODI on Friday before the fifth and final match in Melbourne on Sunday.