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Aussies win 3rd straight test series in Caribbean

ROSEAU, Dominica , 28 Apr: Australia won the three-test cricket series against West Indies 2-0 after winning the third test by 75 runs five minutes before lunch on the final day on Friday.Captain Michael Clarke
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India TV News Desk April 28, 2012 13:19 IST
ROSEAU, Dominica , 28 Apr: Australia won the three-test cricket series against West Indies 2-0 after winning the third test by 75 runs five minutes before lunch on the final day on Friday.

Captain Michael Clarke grabbed 5-86, the left-arm spinner's second five-wicket haul in tests, to help bowl out West Indies for 294 after the hosts resumed the fifth day on 173-5.

Offspinner Nathan Lyon supported well with 3-87.

Darren Sammy provided some counterattacking defiance with a career-best 61 that was spiced with four fours and three sixes.

The West Indies skipper added 49 for the 10th wicket with last man Shane Shillingford, who contributed an unbeaten 31.

But a large crowd of close to 6,000 was left disappointed as the visitors secured victory to retain the Frank Worrell Trophy they have held since 1995.

Sammy said he was disappointed with the series loss but was positive about his team's progress.

"I think the score, the result in this series didn't reflect the way we played," he said. "I think we did some good stuff throughout the series but playing against Australia, we always knew it was going to be tough.

"They won the key moments in the games and hence we lost 2-0. But I'm very proud of the guys, the way they have come out and played, that never-say-die attitude continues to show in our cricket."

Clarke said holding the Frank Worrell Trophy was a satisfying end to a long eight months of cricket.

"It's been a long summer. We've played some really good cricket in patches and today probably tops off the summer," Clarke said. "A lot of hard work and a lot of training and preparation has gone in throughout."

He credited the home team for a hard fought series.

"We had to dig deep (in) every game. They played some really good cricket and deserve a lot of credit," Clarke said. "I think they've come a long way under Darren and (coach) Ottis (Gibson)."

Australia struck early through Clarke, who claimed a caught-and-bowled chance to remove Narsingh Deonarine for 13. The left-hander's dismissal had to be confirmed by TV replays as it was close to being a bump ball.

West Indies dipped further to 206-7 when Carlton Baugh (12) swung at Lyon and veteran Ricky Ponting plucked a sharp catch jumping at short midwicket.

Sammy chose aggression as his method, lashing Clarke for 17 in one over including two fours and a six.

But Clarke was soon back in the positive, diving low to his left at slip to grab a brilliant one-handed catch to remove Kemar Roach (2) off Lyon at 234-8.

Ravi Rampaul (11) tried to match Sammy's hitting and lashed a four and a six before providing Clarke with his fifth wicket. Rampaul holed out to long-on where David Warner pouched a swirling catch at 245-9.

Sammy and Shillingford ensured Australia's victory was hard fought in a level-headed final resistance.

Shillingford actually outshone Sammy for a while, strong through the off side for most of his six boundaries.

Clarke summoned the second new ball, but the fast men could not polish off the match.

Sammy reached his second test 50 off 41 balls and the stand continued to frustrate.

Lyon finally calmed the Australians' nerves by dismissing Sammy on the stroke of lunch, a top-edged sweep looping to Ben Hilfenhaus at short fine leg to set off the visitors' celebrations.

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