Australia 252 for 9 (Carey 67, Turner 49, Walsh Jr 5-39) v West Indies
Alex Carey made a promising start to his first match as Australia captain as he top-scored with a neat half-century in Barbados but Hayden Walsh Jr carried his T20 form into a return to the ODI set-up with a career-best five-wicket haul to keep the visitors to an underwhelming 252.
Carey and Ashton Turner added 104 in 19 overs for the fifth wicket but Walsh Jr, a late addition to the ODI squad, then took five wickets in the space if 16 deliveries. On a surface that did not always look especially easy to score freely on left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein had also did an excellent job with two wickets.
Walsh, Player of the Series in the T20Is, started his telling impact late in his spell when he removed Carey and Turner in the space of three deliveries in the 45th over just as the pair were setting for a final push in an innings reduced to 49 overs by three rain breaks. It was not until the last ball of his ninth over that he conceded a boundary.
For only the third time since 1980-81 Australia handed out three ODI debuts in the same game with Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott and Wes Agar were given their first caps. For South Australia quick Agar, the brother of Ashton who handed him his cap, it was his first international appearance.
Philippe and McDermott were paired together at the top of the order – the last time Australia had two new openers in the same ODI was also the last time they fielded three debutants, against Sri Lanka 2012-13 – and they made a strong start led by Philippe who dominated the scoring.
Philippe twice cleared the ropes in the first 10 overs, firstly a pull off the slightly wayward Sheldon Cottrell and then a clean strike down the ground off Jason Mohammed, before undoing his good work when he chopped on giving himself room against Hosein.
The in-form Mitchell Marsh set off in positive fashion after his successful T20 series before glancing a catch down the leg side that wasn’t given on field but overturned by DRS – Marsh knew his fate and was walking off when the review was called.
On a surface where the ball was occasionally dusting the top from the quicks and offering some turn for the spinners timing wasn’t always easy and Australia’s innings became harder work against good spells from Hosein, who bowled his 10 overs straight through, and Alzarri Joseph.
Moises Henriques’ difficult 24-ball stay ended with a top-edged a sweep to short fine leg and when McDermott – who had only faced 48 balls in 25 overs – nicked the deserving Joseph to slip Australia were 114 for 4.
By then Carey had already opened his boundary account with a slog-swept six off Hosein and after a second rain-break took consecutive boundaries from Mohammed’s part-time offspin.
Turner was given a life on 12 when he pulled Cottrell towards long leg but Mohammed could not hold a low chance as he ran in off the boundary. That was in an eight-over period where Australia did not find the boundary against some tight bowling from Walsh and Joseph.
Carey began to kick things on when he brought up his fifty with a flat six over long-off which was followed next ball by a scooped four off Jason Holder.
Turner then started to find his range with back-to-back sixes off Holder – the first a strong blow over wide long-on followed by a top edge over the keeper – before another rain interruption.
Walsh had been held back until the 29th over by Kieron Pollard but then conceded barely three an over for the majority of his spell. In his eighth over Carey missed a sweep to lose his leg stump and Turner top-edged to deep square one short of his fifty, which was followed by Mitchell Starc and Matthew Wade picking out fielders deep on the leg side. It was left to Agar and Zampa to scramble the total over 250.
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