In a rain-soaked first encounter of their one-day international series in Barbados on Tuesday, Australia beat West Indies by 133 runs, with stand-in captain Alex Carey scoring a half-century and fast bowler Mitchell Starc taking five wickets.
The hosts collapsed to fold for 123 runs, chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for the win after Australia scored 252-9 in 49 overs after three rain delays.
Starc’s 5-48, which included the wicket of Pollard, who returned to the side following a hamstring injury, caused the majority of the damage for the visitors. Australia came into the match at Bridgetown after being thrashed 4-1 in their T20 series.
As the visitors established a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, Josh Hazlewood was also impressed with 3-11 from six overs. Carey won the toss and decided to bat as Australia made a strong start in Bridgetown, filling in for regular skipper Aaron Finch, who worsened a knee problem in last week’s fifth Twenty20 match between the teams.
Josh Philippe (39), Ben McDermott (28), and Mitchell Marsh (20) all received starts, but it was the captain who made the most of them, scoring 67 off 87 balls. Before the side capitulated, he shared 104 runs for the fifth wicket with Ashton Turner (49), before West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh took his maiden ODI five-wicket haul in the space of 16 balls.
“I thought the wicket might have played a bit different to what it did. But for us to adapt and put a score on the board, but then for the Powerplay to go the way it did for us was fantastic,” Carey said after the match.