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Dominant Australia clinch series win against woeful West Indies in four days

Home side retain Frank Worrell Trophy, winning second cricket test by 177 runs over battling Caribbean tourists

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 December, 2015, 11:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 December, 2015, 9:46am

Australia had to work harder but still comfortably beat the West Indies by 177 runs in the second cricket test to win the series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Australians, who won the first test in Hobart by an innings and 212 runs, dismissed the Caribbean tourists for 282 late on the fourth day after declaring their second innings at 179 for three with a 459-run lead.

I thought our energy, intent and all that in the field was probably as good as it’s been this summer
Australia captain Steve Smith

The tourists were 146 for four at tea and despite a spirited 100-run stand for the sixth wicket between skipper Jason Holder and former captain Denesh Ramdin they quickly lost their remaining four wickets to crash to defeat 1.3 overs before the scheduled close.

Holder was out for 68 off 86 balls, while Ramdin chipped in with 59 off 90 balls in his best test score for two years.

Spinner Nathan Lyon was named man of the match with seven match wickets while all-rounder Mitchell Marsh finished with four for 61 in the second innings.

“I thought our energy, intent and all that in the field was probably as good as it’s been this summer,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.

“Lyono did what he’s done so well for us this summer, got wickets for us at crucial times. He’s bowled beautifully.”

The final test of the three-test series gets under way in Sydney on Sunday.

For a time Ramdin and Holder held the Australians at bay with a robust partnership until Ramdin was caught behind by Peter Nevill off Marsh.

He shared in a 100-run stand with Holder to resist the Aussies for 21 overs. It was the first century partnership of the series for the embattled Windies.

“I’m obviously proud of the way the guys showed some fight in this game,” Holder said.

“I’m still disappointed we didn’t put up a better fight but still credit to the way the guys played, especially Darren Bravo in the first innings and Denesh Ramdin in the second innings. I thought the bowlers tried too.”

Carlos Brathwaite could not back up his 59 in the first innings and was bowled by Lyon for two, the ball barely clipping the top of the off-stump.

Skipper Holder’s resistance ended in the final overs of the day as he drove Marsh straight to Josh Hazlewood at mid-off.

The wickets quickly tumbled. Kemar Roach went for 11 and Jerome Taylor was last man out for a duck after skying Marsh to a sprawling James Pattinson at fine leg.

The last time the West Indies batted for more than 80 overs in both innings of an overseas test was against England at Lord’s in May 2012.