Australia defeats West Indies

Australia defeats West Indies
Associated Press / Andy Brownbill

Host Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy, which they held for 20 years, after beating West Indies 2-0 in the three-match series.

West Indies, which put up a better showing suffered a 177-run defeat in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) last week on the fourth day.

Captain Jason Holder and Denesh Ramdin scored half centuries to lead a brave fightback, but the Aussies prevailed to secure the series and retain the Frank Worrell Trophy.

All seven frontline batsmen got good starts as West Indies showed determination (compared to the First Test) before they were bowled out for 282 in their second innings after Steve Smith’s overnight declaration on l79 for three.

West Indies faced the monumental task of scoring 459 runs to win the match in two days.

Holder says he is proud with the fighting spirit displayed by his team despite the loss.

However, he was disappointed that his side was not able to put up a better all-round batting display, but was overpowered by the Australians who also convincingly won the first Test by an innings and 212 runs in Hobart.

Final scores were: Australia 1st innings 551 / 3 declared. West Indies 1st innings 271 all out; Australia 2nd innings 179 for 3 declared. West Indies 2nd innings 282 all out.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka authorities are investigating a bid to bribe members of the regional cricket team to under-perform in a recent Test to ensure a surprise victory for the West Indies, the government said.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said a man linked to a bookmaker had offered wicketkeeper Kusal Perera and star bowler Rangana Herath tens of thousands of dollars to engineer a Sri Lankan batting collapse at a Test in Galle in October, which the hosts went on to win.

The minister said some 10 million rupees (US$70,000) had been offered to the players to lose the match.

Police have mounted a search for the suspect who was said to approach two players.

“After Kusal turned down the offer, the man approached Herath who also rejected the offer and alerted the authorities,” he said.

Jayaskera said a police inquiry has started in addition to an anti-corruption probe by Sri Lanka National Cricket Board.

Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by an innings and six runs after veteran left-arm spinner Herath took 10 wickets in the match.

The West Indies, which has never won a match in Sri Lanka, went on to lose the two-match series.