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Windies failed when it mattered

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 2:30PM AEST | by Paul Barbieri, Omnisport

West Indian captain Darren Sammy has lamented his side's inability to grasp the big moments in a match as Sunday's 17-run loss to Australia saw the tourists lose the one-day international series 5-0.

Although the West Indies were comprehensively beaten in Perth in the first ODI encounter and also in Sydney last Friday, the tourists have been in with a chance in all three of the other matches.

On Sunday night, they appeared to be cruising towards overtaking Australia's 5-274 as opener Johnson Charles posted his maiden international hundred to have the side at 3-182 in the 37th over.

But after Charles lost his wicket with the very next ball, the West Indies collapsed, losing their last seven batsmen for just 75 runs, although they were somewhat unfortunate when a 42-run, sixth-wicket stand between Kieron Pollard (43) and Devon Thomas (19) was cut short by a narrow run-out call off the video replay.

That left it up to Sammy to try and guide his side home - they needed 25 off the final over from Clint McKay, who took the last two West Indian wickets to seal the 5-0 whitewash for Australia.

"I don't think the game should have come down to 24 runs in six balls you know," Sammy said.

"But that's how it goes. We didn't play well enough and we got beaten 5-0.

"Again I think we shot ourselves in the foot and we should have chased down these runs.

"Johnson was batting well, unfortunately he couldn't continue but the calibre of players we have, we didn't play sensibly enough.

"We left the Caribbean with the belief and the confidence that we could come out here and do well against this Australian team.

"Cricket has always been a team sport and in order to win matches, yes you'll have individual brilliance from a player or two, but it all revolves around what a team does and how good we do it and we've not done the good things consistently enough in this series."

Sammy said the West Indies looked well on top as they restricted the Australians to 4-82 by the start of the 25th over.

But when Adam Voges (112), Brad Haddin (43) and James Faulkner (31) started firing their shots, the tourists struggled to reply.

"We were going pretty well at 80-odd for four," he said.

"But I think the last 15 overs or 10 overs we let in 100 runs. That's not good in any form of cricket.

"We lost our way. Yes (we) had an opportunity to get Voges out, a couple of run outs as well, and we didn't take our chances and so far in the series every time the game is 50-50 we lost our way."

Sammy declined to pass judgement on the Australian selectors' decision to field a weakened team, as several of the hosts' top-liners made their way to India for the upcoming Test series.

"That's Australia," he said.

"It doesn't bother me what they do."

"I'm from the West Indies. We control what we do with our squad. Obviously they have a wide-range of players and the guys making the decisions, I guess they do the decisions in the best interest of the players and Cricket Australia."

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

First Posted 11 February, 2013 10:23AM AEST

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