Australia v West Indies; Adam Voges hits hundred as Australia seal 5-0 series win
Last Updated: February 10, 2013 12:26pm
Adam Voges: Posted his maiden ODI century at the MCG
Australia completed a 5-0 one-day international series whitewash over West Indies after registering a 17-run win in the final match at the MCG.
Adam Voges was the star of the show for Australia, making the most of his recall with an unbeaten 112 - his maiden ODI century - which set the home side on their way to 274-5 batting first.
West Indies looked favourites to chase down the total when a maiden three-figure contribution from Johnson Charles kept them up with the rate, however his dismissal changed the momentum of the game.
The tourists were eventually restricted to 257 all out and will now attempt to restore some pride in Wednesday's one-off Twenty20 international at the Gabba.
Australia were without captain Michael Clarke for the series finale through injury and his deputy, Shane Watson, suffered a disastrous start when chopping Tino Best back on to his stumps first ball of the match.
Australia reached the middle point of their innings on 88-4 but Voges, whose previous best ODI score was 80, hit an unbeaten 112 from 97 balls which included 10 fours and a six.
Brad Haddin (43) and Shaun Marsh (40) also weighed in, with James Faulkner contributing a late unbeaten 31 as Australia's middle order added some respectability to their total.
West Indies opener Charles rode his luck throughout his 121-ball innings but kept his side up with the rate after sharing a century partnership with Darren Bravo (33) for the second wicket.
Bravo half-brothers Darren and Dwayne fell in the middle overs but Charles carried the fight to Australia and, in partnership with Kieron Pollard, kept the tourists in contention.
But, no sooner had Charles reached his maiden century, he departed. The aggressive right-hander was one of three wickets taken by Clint McKay and his dismissal left his side on 182-4 in the 37th over.
Pollard (45) remained patient but with the required rate beginning to climb he holed out to Faulkner, who then reacted smartly to run-out Devon Thomas.
Skipper Darren Sammy was West Indies' last hope and despite hitting McKay for six at the start of the final over, his dismissal signalled the end.