Five-star Clarke condemns Windies
Captain Michael Clarke took five wickets as Australia wrapped up a 2-0 series win over West Indies in the third and final Test at Dominica.
The left-arm spinner’s second Test five-wicket haul saw the hosts dismissed for 294 shortly before lunch on the final day, meaning Australia won by 75 runs to consolidate their retention of the Frank Worrell Trophy in the drawn second game.
Windies skipper Darren Sammy counter-attacked in vain with a quickfire Test-best 61, featuring four fours and three sixes, but received little support as the lower order subsided to the spin of Clarke and Nathan Lyon, who claimed 5-86 and 3-87 respectively.
Slow bowlers had been to the fore throughout, with Shane Shillingford taking 10 wickets on his home island and Narsingh Deonarine adding three, Lyon scooping seven and David Warner one.
West Indies resumed on 173 for five, needing another 197 for victory, and were quickly in further trouble when Deonarine chipped a return catch to Clarke, who had taken three top-order wickets yesterday.
Sammy signalled his intent with a straight six off Lyon, but the off-spinner got rid of Carlton Baugh, caught at midwicket for 12 attempting a big shot.
Sammy struck 14 from three Clarke deliveries and, after Kemar Roach survived Lyon’s review for a bad-pad catch, launched his opposite number for another maximum.
Clarke responded with a stunning one-handed slip catch to his left as Lyon snared Roach.
Ravi Rampaul took a four and six off Clarke in three balls, but next delivery skied a catch to Warner to give Clarke his five-for.
Shillingford punctuated his unconvincing defence with three successive boundaries off Lyon and Sammy reached a 41-delivery half-century with a single off Ryan Harris, who had taken the new ball.
Shillingford survived two lbw appeals and pulled Harris for his fifth boundary before his sixth, a cover drive off Mitchell Starc, saw him also reach his highest Test score with 28.
He went on to 31 in a stand of 49 but, when Sammy top-edged a sweep at Lyon to Ben Hilfenhaus at fine-leg, the match was over.