Australia clinched a 2-1 one-day international series victory over the West indies with a thumping six-wicket win in the final match in Barbados, with a strong collective bowling effort setting up the result.
The hosts were dismissed for 152 off 45.1 overs after captain Kieron Pollard won the toss. Matthew Wade (51 off 52 balls) and Ashton Agar (19 off 33) combined for an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 54 to secure the game three win with 19.3 overs left.
The win ended the West Indies hopes of ending a 26-year drought, last recording an ODI series win over Australia in 1995.
“The commitment that this group has shown, its fantastic to see the result go our way tonight,” acting captain Alex Carey, who was the leading run-scorer in the series, said.
Australia were 27-2 in the eighth over after openers Josh Phillipe and Moses Henriques were each dismissed cheaply, to end low scoring tours for both men. But Carey, who promoted himself to first drop, steadied the ship with 35. He scored well off the sweep before being trapped lbw going for that shot again.
Mitchell Marsh plundered three leg-side sixes in his rapid-fire 29 before being caught behind down the leg side trying to attack another short ball.
Earlier, Australia’s quicks and spinners kept the pressure on the West Indies batsmen. Player of the series Mitchell Starc (3-43 off 9.1 overs) finished with 11 wickets at an average of 10.63.
New-ball partner Josh Hazlewood, back after missing game two with a calf issue, returned figures of 2-18 off eight miserly over – to take 5-29 over two matches at an average of 5.80 and economy rate of 2.08.
Spinners Adam Zampa (2-29), Agar (2-31) and Ashton Turner (1-23 off 8 overs) all profited on a pitch offering turn. West Indies slumped to 75-6 in the 24th over, with their batsmen guilty of playing some poor strokes against a probing attack.
A seventh-wicket stand of 44 between opener Evin Lewis (55 not out off 66 balls) and paceman Alzarri Joseph was the only significant partnership for the hosts.
Opener Lewis had to retire in the fourth over due to concussion protocols after he top-edged a short Hazlewood delivery onto his helmet. Lewis, who was on five at the time, resumed his innings in the 23rd over after the fall of the fifth wicket and showed much greater application than his fellow batsmen.
Australia made three changes to the side that lost the second ODI. Hazlewood, Agar, and 38-year-old allrounder Daniel Christian were recalled, with the latter making his first ODI appearance since January 2014.
Out of the side went the injured Ben McDermott and pacemen Riley Meredith and Wes Agar, three of the least experienced members of the squad with just five ODI appearances between them.