Australia beat West Indies by 17 runs

Last updated 01:17 11/02/2013
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BOWLED: Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates taking the wicket of Sunil Narine.

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Australia completed a clean sweep of the five-match one-day cricket series against the West Indies, beating them by 17 runs at the MCG on Sunday night.

Adam Voges was man of the match with an unbeaten 112 to help Australia recover from a poor start and make 5-274 in the fifth and final game.

Opener Johnson Charles top scored with 100 as the West Indian were dismissed for 257 in 49.5 overs.

Clint McKay claimed two wickets in the last over, although West Indian captain Darren Sammy was far from pleased with his caught behind decision.

Voges' outstanding form resurgence this summer continued with his first one-day international century.

McKay and Mitch Johnson took three wickets apiece.

Mitchell Starc, now on the Indian tour, was named player of the series.

After the tourists lost opener Kieran Powell for two, a 106-run stand from Charles and Darren Bravo (33) put them in contention.

Charles was on 77 when he skied a chance to substitute fielder  Ryan Carters at deep mid-wicket, who dropped the straightforward  chance.Phil Hughes also dropped a towering skied chance from Dwayne  Bravo but, in his defence, the conditions were very windy.

Charles brought up his century with a four and McKay claimed his wicket with the next ball, having him caught at backward square leg off a rushed pull shot.

The West Indians kept pressing, with Kieron Pollard and Devon Thomas putting on 42 from 40 balls for the sixth wicket.

Then came the crucial wicket, with a sharp throw from Shaun  Marsh running out Thomas for 19 in the 45th over with the score on  228.Pollard had to try some big-hitting and he holed out to Aaron  Finch at deep mid-on for 45 off James Faulkner in the 47th over,  effectively ending his team's hopes.

The tourists won the toss and sent in a side that was missing captain Michael Clarke, because of hamstring soreness, and also Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell on the Indian tour.

West Indian paceman Tino Best made an instant impact when stand-in captain Shane Watson played onto his stumps from the first ball of the match.

When Best removed fellow opener Aaron Finch in the next over,  Australia were 2-2.The hosts steadily rallied, with Shaun Marsh scoring 40, but  were still shaky at 4-82 when Voges and Brad Haddin came together.

It could have been much worse - Voges was dropped on seven and  then was lucky to survive a mid-pitch mix-up with Haddin with the  score on 84.

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But the pair rallied and put on 111 for the fifth wicket before  Haddin, who replaced Wade, was dismissed for 43.James Faulkner belted 31 as he and Voges put on 81 in 52 balls  at the end of the innings.

Australia amassed 100 from the last 10 overs.

- AAP

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