Paceman Mitchell Starc helped consign West Indies to their third lowest total in one-day internationals as Australia’s top order needed less than 10 overs to race to a nine-wicket win at the WACA yesterday.
Man-of-the-match Starc captured 5-20 and burly quick Clint McKay returned figures of 3-10 as the tourists were skittled for 70, having won the toss and elected to bat first on a baking hot day.
Australia’s response was short and brutal with opener Glenn Maxwell blasting an unbeaten 51 and Usman Khawaja finishing on 8 not out after pushing the winning single to wrap up victory in the opener of the five-match series.
“I was given a job to do and I just went out and did it,” Maxwell said after his swashbuckling knock of nine fours and two sixes.
Aaron Finch was the only Australian wicket to fall, caught behind for 10 off Jason Holder.
Starc took full advantage of some devilish bounce and movement to rout the tourists’ top order with four wickets in eight balls and wrapped up the innings in less than 24 overs with his fifth.
“It’s nice when things come together and you get on a bit of a roll,” Starc said. “It’s nice when it swings, I tried to keep it nice and smooth. There was enough in the deck, we knew if we put the ball in the right place, we’d get something out of it.”
Reduced to 39-7 at the drinks break, the tourists flirted with their all-time lowest one-day total of 54, but Darren Sammy combined with Holder for a 26-run partnership to avert the humiliation.
McKay triggered the West Indies collapse in the fifth over when he removed Chris Gayle for 11, the opener nicking to the slips where Finch completed a sharp catch.
Kieran Powell was out for 11 three balls later when Starc had the other opener edge one straight to captain Michael Clarke at first slip.
Ramnaresh Sarwan was out for a duck three balls later, bowled by Starc with a vicious inswinger.
Starc had Dwayne Bravo out for another duck, the batsman nudging a quicker delivery off his pads straight to Phillip Hughes in close.
Kieron Pollard (0) then played on to earn Starc his fourth wicket, as the West Indies slumped to 19-5.
Debutant James Faulkner enjoyed his first international wicket by coaxing Devon Thomas to nick to Clarke in the slips for 3, and took a second when Darren Bravo was caught by the same player for 11.
McKay ended Sammy’s innings on 16 before Sunil Narine was caught by wicketkeeper Matt Wade for another duck.