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Australia complete clean sweep

UPDATED 19 March, 2013 4:07PM AEST | by Paul Barbieri at the MCG, Omnisport

Australia have held on for a 17-run win over the West Indies in the final match of the Commonwealth Bank Series and completed a 5-0 whitewash in the process at the MCG on Sunday.

Powered by an unbeaten 112 off 106 deliveries from Adam Voges, the Australians recovered from a slow start to their innings, where they were 4-82 at the start of the 25th over, to eventually finish at 5-274.

The West Indies appeared to have the run chase under control, however, as opener Johnson Charles posted a ton of his own, before the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard (45 off 62) and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas (19 off 18) looked like seeing the tourists home, combining for a 42-run sixth-wicket stand that saw them needing just 48 off the last 35 deliveries.

But when Thomas was controversially run out by a brilliant Shaun Marsh throw - there appeared plenty of room for doubt from the replays - the West Indies collapsed, losing their last four wickets as they were eventually bowled out for 257.

Voges was named man of the match, but the batsman did not actually field during the West Indies' innings as he hurt his hamstring during a stay at the crease where he gradually turned the match in Australia's favour.

Having disappointed so far in Australia, the West Indies enjoyed the best possible start on Sunday afternoon after they won the toss and sent Australia in to bat.

Much of the 21,962 crowd had barely taken their seats when Australian skipper Shane Watson, leading the side in place of the injured Michael Clarke (hamstring soreness), tried to leave the match's first ball, a rising delivery from Tino Best (2-71), but only managed to play the ball onto his stumps.

With the in-form Watson back in the sheds and an injury-hit Australia featuring a light-looking batting line-up, much was needed from fellow opener Aaron Finch (one), but the Victorian could not resist swinging at a bouncer from Best in the third over that saw him top-edge the ball to Sunil Narine on the ropes.

Slumping to 2-2, Shaun Marsh (40) and Phil Hughes (29) started the fightback for the Aussies, patiently absorbing plenty of pressure from Best and Darren Sammy as they built a 61-run stand.

But an untimely drinks break seemed to snap the batsmen's concentration as Hughes threw his bat at a wider delivery from Dwayne Bravo and was brilliantly caught by Pollard at backward point, the fielder tapping Hughes' powerful shot into the air and snaffling it with a second attempt.

Just when Marsh appeared set to unleash, he also fell to a well-taken catch, this time by wicketkeeper Thomas to leave Australia floundering at 4-82 at the start of the 25th over.

However, that was the moment that Voges and Brad Haddin (43) took control of the contest.

Voges had not looked in good touch to begin his innings as he seriously struggled to come to grips with Narine's spin.

The batsman should have been gone on 10 when Sammy dropped a thick outside edge from Voges off Narine, while the Western Australian skipper was fortunate not to be run out on 15 as Pollard just missed the stumps with a brilliant throw along the ground as he lay face first on the grass.

But slowly Voges and Haddin warmed to the occasion on an overcast day, the pair gradually building the run rate as they added 111 runs off 104 deliveries through some clever hitting and classy stroke play.

And even when Haddin was dismissed for 43 off 45 deliveries, James Faulkner came in and completed the job, helping himself to 31 off 25 as he and Voges added 81 off 52 at the death.

Having previously made a best score of 80 not out for Australia in a one-day clash against England at the WACA two years ago, Voges posted his ton in the 48th over as he deftly turned the ball through backward square for two runs, the batsman celebrating wildly as he only came into the side as George Bailey's (hamstring) replacement.

The West Indies struggled from the outset in their chase as Kieran Powell (two) fell to Mitchell Johnson (3-50) in the second over.

Charles was fortunate to survive a dropped catch on 10 and a near run out on 17, while he was also dropped on 77 and successfully used DRS to appeal a leg before dismissal on 17.

But the opener eventually made his ton, only to be dismissed the very next ball by Clint McKay (3-52) and despite his efforts, his side could not finish the job.

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

First Posted 10 February, 2013 11:07PM AEST

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