Aussies stave off scare to seal series win

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A 49-run stand for the 10th wicket between Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford gave Australia a late scare, but they ultimately completed a 75-run win for a two-nil Test series win over the West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica on Friday.

A 49-run stand for the 10th wicket between Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford gave Australia a late scare, but they ultimately completed a 75-run win for a two-nil Test series win over the West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica on Friday.

Resuming on 173 for five overnight, and still 197 runs shy of their target, the Windies sported high hopes of achieving an unlikely win despite the departure of the barnacle-esque Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the last ball of the previous day.

The visiting spinners, though soon intervened to have the home pack on the ropes at 245 for nine. The decision to sideline Michael Beer in order to play an additional seamer proved successful, given Michael Clarke's exploits with the ball.

The part-time spinner, securing the second five-wicket haul of his Test career, completed figures of five for 86 in 23 overs. Complementing fellow slow bowler – and lone specialist – Nathan Lyon superbly, the Australian captain rectified his batting shortfall with the ball after falling for 25 and 24 earlier in the match.

Narsingh Deonarine was the first to go on Friday, perishing to a caught-and-bowled opportunity that seemed pretty questionable. Driving back to Clarke, the batsman appeared to have toe-ended the ball into the pitch before it met the hands of the bowler. The third umpire disagreed despite some telling evidence from the television replays.

Cartlon Baugh, eager to tuck into some big shots, then holed out on the midwicket fence before Clarke to an outstanding catch in the slips to get rid of Kemar Roach. Unable to equal his first-innings defiance, the tail-ender's defence was found wanting in the face of the turn as an edge flew to the fielder. Clarke, on the dive, held onto a veritable blinder.

Rampaul's attempt to go large down the ground succeeded only in giving David Warner an easy catch at mid-on and, with that, Clarke had his five-wicket haul.

The Australians would have expected to wrap up the result soon after their skipper's feat, but were subjected to Sammy and Shillingford's resolute refusal to go down without a fight.

Captain Sammy moved to 61 and number 11 Shillingford 31, both securing their highest Test scores across an alliance one run short of 50 that lasted 10.3 overs.

Four boundaries and three sixes into his 51-ball blitz, the gig was finally up for Sammy, who gave Lyon his seventh scalp of the match when he top-edged a sweep to fine-leg.

Australia were duly overjoyed in victory. A series that was expected to be somewhat of a breeze for the tourists turned out to be a trying affair thanks to the slow, testing nature of the pitches and the consistent fight of their hosts.

Matthew Wade, the recipient of a maiden Test ton in the first innings was named Man of the Match, while Chanderpaul landed the Player of the Series accolade. The veteran West Indian, who completed his 10,000 Test run on Thursday, scored the most runs by a long shot. His 346 from five innings weighed in at the impressive average of 86.50.

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