So that is it from the Australia - West Indies series. The Aussies have won yet another series at home. Next up is the first ODI against India at Perth on 12th of Jan, 2016. Join us for the game as it is set to begin at 1120 local time. Until then, goodbye and take care. Ciao!
STEVEN SMITH says that it has been a very great summer so far. Adds by saying that Voges summed it well, as the batters have done a terrific job. Also says that it has been great fun being the captain. Further says that they have played some very good cricket and it has been satisfying. On being asked about the upcoming ODI series against India, he says that India are a very good one day side and it will be a tough series, ends by saying he is looking forward to the series.
JASON HOLDER says that his team got better as the series went on. Adds that they will have to stay together and learn quickly and also adapt and adjust to the different conditions. Ends by saying that captaincy is a tough task but at the same time he is trying to enjoy it. Finally thanks Cricket Australia and specially thanks Richie Richardson as this was his last match. He thanks him for his contribution as a player and as manager.
PLAYER OF THE SERIES goes to ADAM VOGES. When asked how does that feel to win this medal, he replies that it is a huge honour to win the first Richie Benaud player of the series medal. Adds that it has been an amazing 12 months since making his debut, playing the Ashes and then the summer at home. Further says that he enjoyed scoring the runs at Hobart but feels his best innings was against New Zealand in his home ground at Perth where he scored a century.
MAN OF THE MATCH goes to DAVID WARNER. He says that he did not realize it was the fastest hundred at this venue. Adds that it was not about breaking records but Steven Smith said to the team that it was about becoming the number 1 Test team. Further adds that he worked out his game against England and that has helped him improve this summer. Ends by saying that they will keep playing positively in the upcoming series against India.
The Aussies removed the West Indies' lower order quickly before coming out to bat post Lunch. David Warner was a man on mission looking for some quick runs in a dead rubber and he did manage to break a record in an otherwise dull Test match. He got to his ton in 82 balls and was probably the only shining light of the match. His innings surely brought some entertainment for the players. In the end, Australia comprehensively won the series 2-0. Congratulations to the home team. On the other hand, Jason Holder and his team have some serious improvement to do if they want to compete against the best teams.
The second day saw only 11.2 overs bowled with Carlos Brathwaite scoring a quickfire fifty before getting out. Days 3 and 4 were washed out due to the heavy torrential rainfall and that spoiled the entire status of the match. The fifth day saw some rain at the start but even when it was time for some cricket, everyone knew a draw was on the cards.
So it was a Test that was not dominated by either team really. Rain was the winner. After days 3 and 4 going to waste, there was just not enough time for either team to make a mark. A good Test for Warner who reached his ton, fastest one by any batsman at the SCG. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. They managed to post 206 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on the first day.
to Peter Nevill
Defends this one from within the crease. That is it! Smith decides that is enough and the players shake hands.
Outside off, played to the off side for a couple.
Floated on middle, defended off the front foot.
to David Warner
Fullish on the pads, driven to the mid on region for a single.
Loopy ball on middle, played straight down the ground.
Loopy ball on the pads, played into the ground defensively.
Kraigg Brathwaite to Peter Nevill
Defended off the back foot this time.
Loopy ball on off and Nevill defends it off his front foot.
Nevill shows the full face of the bat to defend this off the back foot.
Outside off played to the point region for no runs.
Kraigg Brathwaite to David Warner
Shortish ball on middle and leg, Warner pulls it away for a single.