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Windies send in Australia to bat

By Chris Pike
10 February 2013 02:20PM EST

WEST Indies captain Darren Sammy has elected to send Australia into bat first in the fifth and final one-day international at the MCG on Sunday.

Even though the West Indies have been more competitive in the last three matches following the disastrous start to the series after being bowled out for 70 in the first game in Perth, they have been unable to record a victory.

Australia leads the series 4-0 having won both games in Perth, the first ever one-day international in Canberra and then at the SCG on Friday. A win today and it will be a five-nil whitewash for the home side.

Australian captain Michael Clarke is not playing at the MCG due to hamstring tightness with Shane Watson taking over the captaincy from him. He will again open the batting looking to continue his superb form since returning to the side with a century in Canberra and 76 in Sydney.

West Australian top-order batsman Shaun Marsh has been rewarded for his strong form since returning from a hamstring injury early in the season and after being banished from the WA side following a tumultuous tour of South Africa for the Twenty20 Champions League.

Wicket-keeper Brad Haddin also comes in to replace Matthew Wade as well while Xavier Doherty comes in to replace Glenn Maxwell who has already flown to India to prepare for the upcoming Test series.

Kemar Roach returns for the West Indies after not playing at the SCG on Sunday replacing all-rounder Andre Russell while Johnson Charles holds his place with Chris Gayle again ruled out with a side strain.


Australia - Shane Watson (captain), Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

West Indies - Darren Sammy (captain), Kieran Powell, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Narsingh Deonarine, Devon Thomas, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Kemar Roach.

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