Cricket with Dalchand Bissoon
The West Indies extended their series slump against Australia after their batting collapsed and were defeated by 277 runs in the second Test that ended last Sunday at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
The Australians wrap up the two-match Test series 2-0 and retained the Frank Worrell Trophy.
Australia sent in to bat scored 399 with Steven Smith topscoring with 199. Skipper Michael Clarke scored 47 and Adam Voges made 37, the leading run scorers. Jerome Taylor took six for 47 in 25 overs of which 10 were maidens and Jason Holder had two for 64.
West Indies in reply scored 220 all out in 59.5 overs with Jason Holder undefeated on 82. Jermaine Blackwood made 51 and Shai Hope 26. Josh Hazlewood took five for 38 while offspinner Nathan Lyon grabbed three for 55.
Australia in their second innings made 212 for two wickets declared in 65 overs. Shaun Marsh topscored with 69 while fellow opener David Warner scored 62 and Steve Smith was undefeated on 54. Kemar Roach and Veerasammy Permaul took one wicket each.
West Indies given a target of 392 for victory slumped to 114, their lowest total in 15 years against the Aussies.
Skipper Denesh Ramdin topscored with 29. V. Permaul was undefeated on 23, S. Hope 16 and Darren Bravo 11, the only batsmen to reach double figures. Mitchell Starc took three for 34. Josh Hazlewood, N. Lyon and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets.
Player of the Match was won by Steven Smith and Player of the Series went to Josh Hazlewood.
Steven Smith, the 26-year-old Australian batsman, has moved to the top of the ICC’s Test batting rankings and has become the second youngest batsman after Sachin Tendulkar of India to achieve the number one ranking in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
Smith started Australia’s tour of the West Indies at number four but has surpassed Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, as well as A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla of South Africa to take the top spot.
In the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, Australia has retained its second position on 111 points while South Africa the current leader is on 130 points.