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Australia won by 169 runs.

W Indies vs Australia

Aussies wrap up series sweep

Ronchi stakes his claim as Gilly's successor

Ronchi: maiden ODI fifty

Fifth One Day International
St Kitts
Australia 341-8 Innings Complete (A Symonds 66, L Ronchi 64, D J Hussey 52, M E K Hussey 51) v West Indies 172 (S E Findlay 59 no, M G Johnson 5-29)
Australia beat West Indies by 169 runs

Australia completed a 5-0 series victory over the West Indies with a crushing 169-run victory in the fifth one-day international in St Kitts.

In the process the world champions became just the third touring team to sweep an ODI series in the Caribbean.

Mitchell Johnson took five wickets as the hosts could only reach 172 in reply to Australia's 341-8, after Luke Ronchi, brothers David and Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds all helped themselves to half centuries from the 'buffet bowling' on offer.

Shawn Findlay (59 not out) was the only player to pass 50 for the Windies, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (38) the only other batsman to make an impact.

Chasing a challenging target, West Indies made a dreadful start by losing Marcus Gayle (five) in the second over, the opener thick-edging Johnson to Ronchi.

Ramnaresh Sarwan (seven) fared little better against the paceman as he was caught by a leaping James Hopes at mid-off in the sixth and Shane Watson trapped Xavier Marshall lbw for 17 to leave the Windies in big trouble on 56-3.

Chanderpaul showed some brief defiance before skying Michael Clarke into the hands of Brett Lee at long-off.


Findlay steadied the ship but Dwayne Bravo's dismissal - caught by David Hussey at long-on off Symonds - sparked a collapse.

Andre Fletcher made only one before he was stumped off Clarke and Denesh Ramdin followed the next over when he was caught by Michael Hussey off Symonds for three.

Findlay continued to push on and made his second one-day 50 with a single, but it became a one-man effort as the wickets tumbled.

Johnson picked up his third wicket, bowling Daren Powell (10) comprehensively in the 36th over, and then grabbed a fourth to send Nikita Miller in for eight.

The bowler wrapped up the comfortable win - and his five-wicket haul - by taking the wicket of Fidel Edwards.

Earlier, Ronchi staked his claim to be Adam Gilchrist's long-term successor with a whirlwind knock that made the recently-retired wicketkeeper-batsman look positively pedestrian.

He struck six sixes on his way to 64 off only 28 balls - his maiden ODI 50 - while David Hussey slammed four maximums in his 52 off 21.

Huge strokes

It was Ronchi, though, who really caught the eye with an array of huge strokes before Miller got him to edge his first delivery behind to Ramdin.

And Sarwan came up trumps with his first ball too to remove Clarke (five) as the tourists lost two wickets for two runs.

But Symonds, who shared a century partnership with David Hussey in the fourth one-dayer, repeated the feat with his brother Michael as the pair put on 113 for the fifth wicket.

Edwards removed both Symonds and Michael Hussey before Sarwan matched his three-wicket haul by snaffling David Hussey and Hopes (18) with the last two balls of the innings.

Match Details

6th Jul 2008
St Kitts
Asad Rauf and S A Bucknor


Batsman R
Gayle c Ronchi b Johnson 5
Marshall lbw b Watson 17
Sarwan c Hopes b Johnson 7
Chanderpaul c Lee b Clarke 38
Findlay not out 59
Bravo c Hussey b Symonds 13
Fletcher st Ronchi b Clarke 1
Ramdin c Hussey b Symonds 3
Powell b Johnson 10
Miller c Watson b Johnson 8
Edwards c Hopes b Johnson 0
Extras 9w, 2lb 11
Total 39.5 Overs 172
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Lee 9 0 42 0
Johnson 7.5 1 29 5
Bracken 5 0 19 0
Watson 5 0 23 1
Clarke 6 0 34 2
Symonds 7 0 23 2
Full Bowling Card