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Starc takes 5 wickets as Australia beat West Indies in first ODI

Bridgetown (Barbados): Mitchell Starc took five wickets for 48 runs and Josh Hazlewood 3-11 as Australia bowled out the West Indies for 123 to win the first one-day cricket international by 133 runs.

The West Indies' innings was in tatters at 27-6 in the eighth over and they were finally all out in the 27th over chasing a revised total of 257 in 49 overs in a rain-affected match on Tuesday.

Captain Kieron Pollard helped the home team fend off the threat of a record low score, making 56 and putting on 68 for the seventh wicket with Alzarri Joseph (17).

Australia's stand-in captain Alex Carey earlier also made a half century in a 104-run fifth-wicket partnership with Ashton Turner to lead the tourists to 252-9 in their 49 overs. Carey took over the captaincy for the first time in a one-day international from Aaron Finch who was ruled out of the match with a knee injury. Leg spinner Hayden Walsh Jr took 5-39, a maiden five-wicket bag in one-day internationals, and narrowly missed a hat trick to limit the Australian total. But the complete failure of the West Indies' top order in the face of accurate bowling from Starc and Hazlewood gave Australia a convincing win. "My biggest thing (in batting) is that I want the guys to fight, not just give it away because the ball is swinging or moving," Pollard said.

"I don't like soft dismissals. We've worked long and hard enough. I think the most disappointing factor for me is we didn't show that sort of fight."

Starc dismissed Evin Lewis with the first ball of the innings, surprising the batsman with a half volley on leg stump which gripped and which Lewis parried to the bowler on his follow through. Starc then bowled Jason Mohammed with a classic in-swinger across the batsmen which ducked back and sent the off stump cartwheeling.

Shimron Hetmeyer (11) fell to Hazlewood, returning a leading edge to the bowler who snatched the ball one-ended with his right arm


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