27 April 2012
Congrats to the Baggy Greens! They have won the 2012 Frank Worrell Trophy 2-0 and the result means two things. The first being that the scoreline is the same as the 2008 and 2009 series (Win, Draw, Win) and the other is that it is another series win for the team under Michael Clarke's leadership.
It could have been over relatively quickly but there was some entertaining resistance once again from a lower order duo. Been a pattern for both teams this series with some really good batting from the lesser recognised batsmen.
Darren Sammy offered some power hitting for his side, fighting until the end. The Windies fought hard against us in the limited overs series and although they were a little of their depth in the Tests, they still challenged us and it was good in a way to see how Sammy didn't give up.
Well done to Darren and also the good amount of vocal spectators who showed up for the bit of entertainment on the final days play of the series. He has gained the respect of not only the West Indian supporters but the cricket world in general as well. Many doubted him as captain but his leadership skills will get better and the attitude of their team is starting to change. The Windies team is on track for better things.
Proud of the Baggy Greens though as we enter a lengthy break in Test cricket, but there is some limited overs cricket just around the bend. I will still be writing fresh content for the Baggy Green Blog though until then.
Player of the match: Matthew Wade for his maiden Test century of 106 runs. Well done Matt, well done!
Player of the series: Shivnarine Chandperaul for another series of pure class. He scored 346 runs.
- 1st Test: Won by 3 wickets (view the match summary)
- 2nd Test: Match drawn (view match summary)
- 3rd Test: Won by 75 runs (Day 1 & 2, Day 3, Day 4)
3rd Test Full scorecard via ESPN Cricinfo.com
- Australian 1st innings: 328 all out. Matthew Wade 106, David Warner 50, Shane Watson 41.
- West Indies 1st innings: 218 all out. Nathan Lyon 4-69, Mitchell Starc 2-29.
- Australian 2nd innings: 259 all out. Ricky Ponting 57, Ed Cowan 55, Michael Hussey 32.
- West Indies 2nd innings: 294 all out. Michael Clarke 5-86, Nathan Lyon 3-87.
Michael Clarke took a 5 wicket haul and yesterday he was the key ingredient to put us on track for victory as he claimed 3 unexpected wickets for his team. The 5fer was his second of his career to go alongside his 6/9 versus India. He has that knack to get key wickets for the team. The other memory being against India at the SCG in 2007/08.
The catches taken were epic! Ricky Ponting showed us he still has those freakishly sharp reflexes in the field and Michael Clarke took an absolute beauty in the slips, diving with an outstretched left hand. It played a massive role in showing the team was not going to let the opportunities slip by as they did in the 1st Test. It helped in getting the job done.
So that is the end of the 2012 Caribbean tour. It has been an extremely tough one but at least we came out victorious in the most challenging form of the game as our boys continue to push ahead to reclaim that number 1 spot in Test cricket. The more the Baggy Greens win, the stronger they become...so beware!
What were some your best moments of the series?
*Statistics available via the Stats page. Caribbean Tour statistics at the bottom of the page.
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