Australia defeated the West Indies in the second and final Test match in Sabina Park and clinched the series 2-0 in their favour.
Once again it was a poor show from the Caribbean batting lineup, with only 4 batsmen reaching the double digit figure as they were bundled out only for 114 as Australia won by a huge margin of 277 runs.
Denesh Ramdin was the highest scorer with 29 while the next best score being of the extras conceded by the Aussies!
Lots of hopes were pinned on Jermaine Blackwood and Jason Holder due to their brave performances in the 1st innings but they were dismissed in the cheap scores of 0 and 1 respectively. Ramdin, Dareen Bravo(11), Shai Hope(16) and bowler Veerasammy Permaul(23*) were the only players to get a double digit score as the rest of the West Indies line-up failed to make any impact.
Amongst the Aussie bolwers, Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers scalping 3 wickets, while Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Jhonson and Nathan Lyon claimed 2 wickets each.
The West Indies throughout the Test series never really looked in a position to challenge the formidable Australian bowling attack as the Baggy Greens finished both the Tests in 3 and 4 days respectively.
As expected, Steve Smith was awarded the man of the match award for his 199 and 54* and which also put him in the number 1 position in the ICC Test rankings for batting.
On the other hand, Josh Hazlewood, the 24 year old pacer from New South Wales was awarded the man of the series award for his splendid bowling and scalping 12 wickets. He bowled with accurate line, got fair amount of bounce from the pitch and kept on troubling the West Indies batsmen.
Following are the match excerpts from post match press-conference :
Josh Hazlewood: ‘There was always something for the bowlers if you put it in the right areas. we bowled well as a group and new ball is the key in these sort of wickets. To get a crack first up and do well throughout the series was good. I think these two games are a perfect build-up to the Ashes and we’ll be ready when we get there.’
Michael Clarke: ‘I thought the boys played really well. Credit to West Indies, I thought they fought really hard throughout the series, but our bowlers were very good today. The whole attack bowled really well throughout the series. The support we had from the Australians was outstanding. I am really happy to win two Test matches away from home. Our goal as a team is to be more consistent away from home. We are looking forward to the cricketing season ahead.’
Denesh Ramdin: ‘Australia are one of the toughest teams to play against at the moment. Our young guys have to take a lot of experience out of it. We showed some fight, but we needed to do well. Young Bishoo bowled in Dominica and Jerome Taylor was very good to watch here. We need to look at the weak areas and correct them. We need to go back to the drawing board and improve as a team. We showed some good character but we need to improve.’
Steve Smith: ‘It was nice to score a few runs in this game and contribute to the win for Australia. The boys played well throughout the series and it was nice to wrap it up 2-0. I thought our bowlers bowled extremely well to take 40 wickets. Now we are all looking forward to the Ashes.’