Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1988-89 Article

Read the article of Australia vs West Indies 12th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1988-89 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 12th ODI match played between West Indies and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney in 12th January 1989.

Dean Jones' classy half-century before Spinners Peter Taylor and Allan Border's three-wicket hauls gives Australia thumping 61-run victory over West Indies in a low-scoring game of the 12th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series.

Australia scored 215-5 in the alloted 48 overs with top scorer by Dean Jones cracked a 77 off 132-balls including 4-fours.

Mark Waugh scored 42 off 53-balls including a boundary, Steve Waugh hit a run-a-ball unbeaten 40-runs included 3-fours and Geoff Marsh 24.

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose both took 2-wickets and one for Ian Bishop.

West Indies scored 154-8 in 48 overs with top scorer by Desmond Haynes hit 58 off 80-balls including 2-fours & a six.

Gus Logie scored a unbeaten 29 off 50-balls without a boundary, Keith Arthurton 22 and Jeff Dujon 17.

Australia best bowler by Peter Taylor captured three-wickets for 22-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 2.20.

Allan Border picked up 3-wickets for 33-runs in 10-overs included a maiden, Steve Waugh and Craig McDermott both took one-wickets.

This match reported by Greg Growden (Third Party Reference from SMH)

Spin power returned to its natural home of the Sydney Cricket Ground last night when Australia overwhelmed the West Indies by 61 runs in the final World Series Cup preliminary match.

Australia received a great psychological boost on the eve of the WSC finals series against the West Indians when the spin pair of Peter Taylor and Allan Border took six wickets.

Spinners are usually the forgotten breed in limited-overs cricket, but on a receptive and usually turning SCG pitch they can become a potent weapon.

This proved the case last night when Taylor and Border received extraordinary turn and had the strong West Indian batsmen on the defensive, and always hesitant to try anything outlandish.

Border realised there was no need to persevere with his pacemen on a pitch offering so much turn, and he even opted to try part-time off-spinner Dean Jones for four overs at the end of the match. Jones also had his moments when the batsmen showed caution in keeping him out.

Taylor was able to get some deliveries to jag back alarmingly towards the batsman, with his fine spell of 3-22 off 10 overs winning him the Man-of-the-Match award.

The West Indians were so bamboozled by this different approach in a season dominated by pace and short-pitched deliveries that they lost six wickets for 27 runs, wrecking any hope they had of passing Australia's total of 5-215 off 48 overs

The match was restricted to 48 overs after the West Indies, who next play Australia in the best-of-three final series in Melbourne tomorrow night, failed to bowl the required 50 overs before the dinner break.

Border again proved he can be a telling one-day weapon with his seemingly innocuous around-the-wicket left-arm orthodox bowling unsettling Desmond Haynes, Keith Arthurton and Roger Harper.

The Australian captain lured Haynes down the pitch to play the wrong line and be stumped by wicketkeeper Ian Healy after he had scored his 32nd half century 'n limited-over cricket. Arthurton was bowled by Border and Harper was trapped leg before wicket.

In a match that counted for little, Mark Waugh was given an ideal opportunity to prove to the Australian selectors that he is both ready for Test cricket and an ideal candidate for the Ashes tour later this year.

It appeared that Waugh's elevation to No 4 in the batting order was partly designed to see if he has the mental capacity and stroke-play to cement an Australian innings.

Waugh, who has been only scantily used in the WSC series, realised this was a test he had to pass to be considered for the fourth Test against the West Indies in Sydney from January 26-30.
He rose to the challenge with a confident innings of 42 off 53 balls to give Australia the foundation on which to build a big score.

Waugh combined with Jones in a 78-run third-wicket partnership that clearly showed the difference in their batting styles.

While Jones accentuates his strokeplay, and can at times looked pained, Waugh's movements are always smooth and sweet. Nothing looks any trouble for Waugh, who is a player with great temperament.

Although he still plays most of strokes through the mid-wicket to mid-on arc, Waugh has also developed a strong array of off-side strokes, particularly a square cut that is devastatingly effective against anything short and straying outside the off- stump.

Waugh made one indiscretion during his hour-long innings and it was enough to see him depart prematurely. With his half-century begging, he tried a nondescript off-side hoick and was caught by Haynes behind point just when it appeared he was ready for a big innings.

However, his twin brother, Steve, and Jones continued the good work which enabled Australia to offer the West Indies a reasonable target. While the crowd of 45,620 was enraptured by the obligatory Mexican Wave and streaker, Jones did not display his emotions when he compiled a patient 77 off 132 deliveries.



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