Starc contrast in series opener
February 02, 2013 10:05:23 UK
Mitchell Starc says Australia made a statement of intent by thrashing the West Indies in the opening one-day international at the WACA on Friday.
The hosts won by nine wickets after bowling the Windies out for 70, their third-lowest ODI total. And given that the same teams meet on the same ground on Sunday in game two, it was a big psychological blow.
To win in such commanding fashion was great for us leading into the rest of the series.Mitchell Starc
Starc produced career-best figures of 5-20 off 6.5 overs as the West Indies were skittled for their lowest score against Australia. He took two wickets with the first three balls of his third over, and did the same to start his fourth over. With the Australian domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League, having only just wrapped up, the ODI began to resemble another 20-over affair. The tourists lasted just 23.5 overs, and Australia reached their victory target two balls into their 10th over.
The West Indies, who won the Twenty20 World Cup last year, failed to find any form with bat or ball. Chris Gayle, who had a torrid time in the Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder, made just four runs and was first man out. The Windies only had three batsmen in double figures, with Darren Sammy top-scoring with 16.
Starc felt the victory was a significant one, coming at the start of the series against a team with proven ability in the limited overs game.
"West Indies are quite a dangerous team and as we know they have some big names that can really hurt a team," he said. "So to win like we did today and to win in such commanding fashion was great for us leading into the rest of the series."
Australia elevated Glenn Maxwell to the top of the order and he blasted 18 off the first over, and finished unbeaten on 51 off 35 balls.
Australia are 1.30 to win the second ODI, with West Indies 3.50. Michael Clarke is 4.00 to be Australia's top scorer.
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