|Darren Sammy made an emphatic 61|
|Clarke & Lyon took eight of the wickets|
Shillingford and Sammy added 49 in what turned out to be the last 11 overs before Lyon, bowling with a new ball that the quicks only had their hands on for seven overs. Sammy aimed another big shot over the leg side, top edged and was caught by Ben Hilfenhaus at square leg.
It was a strange series in which Australia didn't dominate, yet won 2-0. The key was their ability to take opportunities and win the decisive sessions. Here, it was the last session of the 2nd day, when they lost five wickets after being 3-73 chasing Australia reasonable total of 328. From there, the match remained even. It was a similar story in each of the three Tests, with Australia winning a vital session which turned the match.
|Chanderpaul was man of|
Importantly, they were competitive and they are learning. Watch this space.
The West Indies squad for England was announced during the morning, with Kirk Edwards being elevated to vice captain ... a move which has future all over it. The side is: Darren Sammy (captain), Kirk Edwards (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford.
For the Australians, it completes a highly satisfactory first twelve months under Michael Clarke and big ticks in all the boxes. Every question asked has been answered. Even the 47 at Newlands last November has proved to be an important plank in the solid foundations Australia has laid in their own rebuilding.
Whilst players go off to pursue cricket in colours for the next five months, both for country and corporation, Baggy Green Tests take a spell until next summer.