Australia beat West Indies by nine wickets
Australia romped to a nine-wicket win over West Indies in the first ODI of the five-match series at Perth.
Superb five-wicket haul for Starc
The marketing men look as they they were absolutely correct to ignore the current crop of West Indies cricketers, and concentrate on the heroes of yesteryear, as Australia smashed their visitors with 244 balls to spare in the first ODI at the WACA.
West Indies skipper, Darren Sammy, won the toss and made the decision to bat on a lively pitch. It was a decision that he regretted almost from the start of the innings, as his side succumbed for a total even less than Australia's own pitiful effort against Sri Lanka at the Gabba, when they were dismissed for just 74.
Mitchell Starc tore the Windies top order batting apart, with sustained quality swing bowling, delivered at a quick pace, which brought him a spell of four wickets for just 1 run, as the visitors were reduced to 5 for 19, before some late order resistance enable them to reach a paltry 70 all out. Not only the lowest ODI score of the summer, but also a record low in matches between the sides. Starc's finally figures were 5 for 20, and the use of two new balls meant that there was movement through the air and off the pitch throughout the truncated West Indies innings.
Never one to miss a tactical opportunity, Australia captain Michael Clarke promoted Glenn Maxwell up the order to open the innings. The reward for the skipper was to see his makeshift opener strike a half-century that took their side to victory inside a mere 10 overs.
Maxwell showed little respect for the opposition, as he smote Kemar Roach's for 18 in his first over, and it may well be an experiment that Clarke is keen to try again, although some of Maxwell's slightly unusual shots may not be so effective in more trying circumstances. However, his approach ensured that Australia achieved the quick finish that they seemed to be after.