Australia cruise to win against West Indies before paltry crowd of 16,342

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Bartlett’s 4-17, off nine overs, was the second-best return by an Australian male on ODI debut, bettered only by paceman turned selector Tony Dodemaide, who claimed 5-21 against Sri Lanka 36 years ago during the 50-over format’s heyday.

Dodemaide, incidentally, was the person who told Bartlett earlier this week he would become Australia’s 244th male ODI player.

“It definitely eases the nerves to get that first wicket out of the way and to get it down with a decent ball’s always nice,” Bartlett said. “[You] just want to get the first ball out of the way and, hopefully, it’s not five wides.”

Australia also had the luxury of calling a player of Green’s ability off the bench. The all-rounder, who is good enough to be in the starting XI of almost every other international team, backed up his 2-40 with 77 off 104 balls, in an encouraging sign leading into the Test tour of New Zealand.

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Green and Smith, who struck a fluent run-a-ball 79, denied each other the chance to make a hundred while putting on an unbeaten 149 for the third wicket.

The Windies may have plucked Shamar Joseph from obscurity, but it’s the talent they cannot keep in the maroon which is holding them back.

The regional team, which failed to qualify for last year’s World Cup, was missing at least six, perhaps seven, of their best XI, including Joseph, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers – the latter three unavailable due to commitments on the T20 circuit.

Cameron Green hits out.Credit: AP

“One thing I always say, you miss the performance, not necessarily the player,” Hope said.

“People can misunderstand that comment. You can have all the players in the world but if you’re hitting your straps then what’s the point? It’s about trying to get the guys to understand they all belong.”

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Their innings was hamstrung by Bartlett, who struck with just his third delivery amid a game-setting opening spell of 3-10 from six overs.

Their best period came during a 110-run partnership for the fifth wicket between all-rounder Roston Chase and Keacy Carty.

Carty left a maiden international ton on the table, or rather had it taken from him, when he was sacrificed on 88 by Hayden Walsh, who called him through for an impossible single only for Sean Abbott to hit the stumps with the Windies batter so far out he did not even bother to dive.

The run-out during the West Indies innings.

The run-out during the West Indies innings.

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