Bailey's class shows in century for Aussies
2:20pm Sunday 3rd February 2013
GEORGE Bailey showed Hampshire fans what they can expect this summer by hammering a superb century for Australia in their one day international win against the West Indies in Perth today.
An unbeaten Bailey hundred and another Mitchell Starc five-wicket haul led Australia to a 54-run win.
Australia slumped to 98 for six after being asked to bat first by Windies captain Darren Sammy, before Bailey (125 not out) combined with James Faulkner (39) for a 100-run partnership to take the hosts' total to 266 for seven off their 50 overs.
The West Indian chase did not start well when Starc claimed the key wickets of Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan in the second over.
A 126-run stand between Kieran Powell (83) and Dwayne Bravo (45) had the tourists in front in the game before ex-South Wilts and Hampshire all-rounder Glenn Maxwell removed Bravo with his first limited-overs wicket and then Starc claimed two more in the 30th over.
First Starc dismissed Powell with a reviewed lbw decision before another review on a glove behind from Devon Thomas was given out after a two-minute deliberation by third umpire Asad Rauf.
The West Indians went from 159 for three and seemingly in control of the run chase to 179 for eight and out of the game.
Sunil Narine (26) did his best to produce an unlikely victory when he hit Maxwell for four sixes in a row, but Maxwell had him stumped with the final ball of the 37th over.
The tourists were then all out for 212 in the 39th over as Bailey put the icing on the cake with a run-out of Jason Holder.
Earlier, Australia had made a steady start to their innings before openers Usman Khawaja (three) and Aaron Finch (11) went in quick succession.
The hosts then slumped to 56 for four in the 13th over when two former Hampshire batsmen, Phillip Hughes (21) and Michael Clarke (16), fell within three balls of each other.
Bailey then combined with Matthew Wade (16) for a 37-run partnership before Faulkner linked up with the Australia number five for a 100-run stand.
Bailey brought up his hundred off the final ball of the 49th over with a six over wide long-on and then unleashed on Dwayne Bravo with 25 coming off the final over, which included three sixes and a four.
West Indies had set the tone for their improved effort after Friday's debacle with three sensational catches in the field.
First Powell removed Khawaja with a full-length dive to his right, Dwayne Bravo took a hard-hit Finch cut at point and then Sammy caught Wade high and to his left at first slip off Narine.