The closely fought ODI series between the West Indies and Australia ended in a 2-2 draw at the Beausejou stadium in St. Lucia on Sunday.
That was the outcome after Australia’s best all-round performance of the tour so far finished in a 30-run win, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s powerful 84 ws not enough to carry his team home to a series victory.
For Australia, half-centuries by David Warner, Shane Watson and Peter Forrest set up a big total of 281 for 9 and Brett Lee led a disciplined bowling display to wrap up the victory.
It left the series with a sense of symmetry: it began with an Australian win, then a West Indian victory, then a tie, then a West Indies win and ended as it started, with an Australian victory.
In the end, Australia failed to beat the No.8-ranked ODI side, and West Indies missed a rare opportunity to secure a series win over Australia.
But cricket observers in the West indies would probably give the lowly-ranked West Indies some credit for not having lost the series to the much higher-ranked Australia.
Final scores: Australia 281 for 9 (Warner 69, Watson 66, Forrest 53, Russell 4-61, Roach 3-53) beat West Indies 251 (Sammy 84, Lee 3-42) by 30 runs.