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Top 5 matches: Australia vs West Indies

UPDATED 06 February, 2013 10:14AM AEST | by Matthew Cocks

The second installment of the Commonwealth Bank ODI Series begins on Feb 1 when World T20 champions the West Indies arrive on Australian soil.

These two teams have a great rivalry and before the series gets underway, let’s relive some of the classic moments that have occurred between the two sides.

13 December 1988, SCG

Electing to bat first, the West Indian openers Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes started strongly, putting on an opening partnership of 90.

However, some inspired bowling from Merv Hughes (3-48), Peter Taylor (3-50) and captain Alan Border (2-32), saw the Aussies restrict the tourists to just 220.

Australia’s innings also started strongly, with David Boon and Geoff Marsh putting on an opening 50-run stand.

Boon (71), along with Steve Waugh (40), were the only Australian’s to put together a solid innings, forcing the result to be won by the bowlers.

After taking two wickets earlier in the game, Craig McDermott would face the last ball of the match from Curtly Ambrose needing two.

The West Indian quick delivered an inviting full toss, which McDermott middled to mid-wicket where it was swallowed by Viv Richards standing on the edge of the circle.

Sir Viv celebrated like he’d won the World Cup, leaving a gutted McDermott thinking what could have been.

The West Indies would go on to the win the series 2-1 over Australia in the finals series.

8 December 1992, SCG

A wet day at the Sydney Cricket Ground turned out to be a memorable one for Mark Taylor, who replaced the injured Alan Border to captain Australia for the first time.

A delayed start saw the match reduced to just 30 overs, making the choice easy for the  West Indies who won the toss and sent Australia into bat on a pitch that was soft and soggy.

Opening the batting, Taylor’s leadership debut didn’t get off to a good start, out for just nine. The trend continued for the remainder of the innings, with the highest score coming from Dean Jones, making just 21 off 53 balls.

Australia struggled to 9-101 off 30 overs – a score that looked petite up against the powerful West Indies line-up.

However, the visitors were on the back foot early, losing Brian Lara and Phil Simmons in quick succession.

At 5-31 and with Lara, Haynes and Richardson all back in the sheds, both Taylor and Australia were starting to think of an unlikely victory.

Taylor’s decision to keep himself at first slip for the entire innings proved genius, taking four catches to help dismiss the Windies for 87.

Dreading a first-up loss as skipper, Taylor’s bravery and leadership saw him start his captaincy career with an amazing win.

1 January 1996, SCG

What should have been an easy run chase for Australia became one of the best ODI finishes in history.

The West Indies set the home side 173 for victory in the New Year’s Day game at the SCG, a target that would seem simple to achieve.

A batting collapse though saw Australia struggling at 7-74.

A handy partnership from Michael Bevan and Paul Reiffel steadied Australia to 8-157 when Reiffel fell to Phil Simmons  With 16 still needed and only balls remaining, it would be down to Bevan to get Australia home. 

Five runs were required to win with two balls remaining when number 11 Glen McGrath scampered though for a single to leave a boundary to win off the ultimate ball.

Bevan had no choice but to send the ball long if Australia was to win.

With Roger Harper strolling in, Bevan drove the ball straight past the bowler,crashing into the fence for the four, securing an incredible win for Australia and giving birth to the Michael Bevan legend.

9 Febuary 2001, MCG

The second final of the 2000-01 ODI series at the MCG will be a match Mark Waugh will remember forever. The West Indies won the toss and elected to field, a decision that proved to be costly.

Opening with Adam Gilchrist, Waugh scored 173 off 148 balls, his highest ever total at international level. It helped Australia to 338, losing only six wickets in their 50 overs.

Despite contributions from Wavell Hinds (60), Marlon Samuels (63) and Ridley Jacobs (59), the tourists fell short of the total, all out for 299 off 49.3 overs. Shane Warne was the best of the bowlers with 4-48.

However, the day belonged to Waugh. His innings featured 16 fours and 3 sixes, at a strike rate of 116.89. Waugh almost saw out the entire innings, falling to Samuels in the second last over.

Waugh was named Man of the Match, whilst Australia sealed the series 2-0 that night.

16 January 1993, SCG

This game won’t be remembered because of the final result, but more so for the rivalry that heated up during the 50 overs.

The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat in the first final of the ODI series. Brian Lara and Desmond Haynes kicked things off by scoring 90 in just 19.4 overs. The tourists went on to score 239 for the loss of eight wickets.

Australia’s hopes of chasing down the total suffered a cruel blow after Ambrose dismissed both openers before the home side reached 50.

Then the moment of history - Dean Jones asked Ambrose to remove his white sweat bands before he bowled, as the Aussie batsmen claimed they were off-putting.

This angered Ambrose, who proceeded to unleash a series of unplayable thunderbolts on Jones.

Whilst he didn’t end up getting Jones out, the moment certainly inspired Ambrose to perform.

He finished the match 5-32, assisting the West Indies to claim victory by 25 runs.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 January, 2013 10:14AM AEST

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