Australia completed a comfortable 39 run victory over the visiting West Indies in the 3rd ODI of the 5 match series in Canberra on Wednesday and took an unassailable 3-0 lead with 2 games to go. The chief architect of the win was comeback man Shane Watson who powered his side to a daunting 329-7 in their 50 overs on his return to the Aussie side after a calf injury that kept him out of the start of the series. Watson scored a swashbuckling 122 off 111 balls in typical fashion opening the batting on a deck that was a welcome change for batsmen from both sides as it seemed like a belter from the start. The wicket at the Manuka Oval though was not short in providing a fantastic cricket match where both sides managed sustained spells of dominance, particularly with the bat.
Aussie skipper Michael Clarke had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss and his openers Watson and Aaron Finch vindicated the call by putting up a solid 89 run opening stand. The Australian innings continued to go from strength to strength after the stand particularly with Watson calling the shots. The injury prone all-rounder proved his worth to side once again on returning as he piled up a comfortable Hundred in just 103 balls before cutting loose to end with a strike rate in excess of a 100. No.3 batsman Philip Hughes started off slowly before he too upped ante made a very handy 93-ball 86. Australia built on the strong foundation laid by the top order and finished with a flourish thanks to George Bailey, who made 44 off 22 balls to take the team to a formidable 329/7 after 50 overs. None of the Windies bowlers were spared as every bowler conceding in excess of 5.5 rpo. Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine finished with 2 wickets apiece and were the stand out performers for the visitors.