* Clarke finishes with five wickets
* Target too high for battling W.Indies
By Simon Evans
ROSEAU, Dominica, April 27 Australia won the
third and final test against West Indies by 75 runs on Friday to
secure a 2-0 series victory despite a valiant second-innings
effort from the home side.
Set a daunting target of 370, West Indies resumed on 173 for
five and were bowled out for 294 shortly before lunch on the
fifth and final day.
Australia captain Michael Clarke finished with five wickets
for only the second time in his test career while counterpart
Darren Sammy scored a lively 61, his best test score.
The chase ended when Sammy top-edged Nathan Lyon, as he
tried to sweep the spinner, and Ben Hilfenhaus pocketed the
catch to prompt celebrations from the tourists.
The Dominican crowd appreciated a good and entertaining
effort by the West Indian tail with local favourite Shane
Shillingford making a test-best 31 not out in a 49-run last
wicket stand with Sammy.
The target always looked too much for West Indies on a pitch
that offered turn and bounce for the spinners but West Indies
may wonder what might have been had Shivnarine Chanderpaul and
Darren Bravo survived the final session on Thursday.
Their 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket offered a
glimmer of hope to the hosts but Australia never really looked
like letting slip their grip on the series.
"It's been a wonderful series, a really hard-fought series
from both teams and I hope West Indies get a lot of credit for
the way they played," said Clarke. "I think it's been great for
"Our challenge has been to try and get better every day and
to work really hard on our consistency. I think as a team we've
A first-innings century from Australia wicketkeeper Matthew
Wade proved decisive, the tail-end resistance he led taking the
total from 169 for seven to 328 all out.
As in the victory in the first test in Barbados it was the
ability of Australia's lower order to make key contributions
that was the difference.
Clarke's contribution with the ball on the last two days was
a further reminder that while Australia may not have the
world-class lineup of a few years ago, they still bat deep and
have plenty of bowling options.
A fourth-innings total of 294 on a surface tough to score on
was a good effort and with Sammy's strokeplay giving a
supportive crowd something to cheer, West Indies at least lost
in the right manner.
But Sammy remained downbeat about the outcome of a series he
said could have been different.
"We're quite disappointed. We believed we could have beaten
them," said Sammy. "They won the key moments in the series and
that was the difference.
"We outbowled them, we caught better than them as well, it's
just that their lower-order scored more runs than we did. We
kept getting them in positions under 250 for six or seven and
they ended up rallying and building partnerships.
"All our boys are disappointed with the results," added
While West Indies now head off for a difficult three-test
series in England, Australia will not play the longer form of
the game until South Africa visit in November.
(editing by Julian Linden)