Injury scare for Lance Morris sours Australia’s ODI demolition of West Indies
A damaging bowling display has seen Australia roll West Indies for 86, but Lance Morris was injured. Photo: Getty
An injury blow to quick Lance Morris has soured Australia’s eight-wicket flogging of the West Indies to wrap an ODI series clean sweep.
The hosts tore through their woeful opponents at Manuka Oval and dismissed them for a dismal 86 in the 25th over, needing just 6.5 overs to chase that down.
Powerhouse opener Jake Fraser-McGurk put on a show in his limited time at the crease, slaughtering the West Indian quicks and smashing three sixes in his 18-ball 41.
It was Australia’s fastest ODI run chase in history, passing its previous mark of 7.5 overs against USA in 2004.
West Indies lost a staggering 6-15 to slump to their second-lowest score ever in one-dayers against Australia.
But it came at a cost for the home side with Morris leaving the field midway through an over with a side strain that will see him sent for scans.
Morris was playing just his second ODI and had looked threatening with the ball, taking his first two international wickets in his side’s stifling performance.
The 25-year-old, who was in the frame for Test selection earlier this summer, is in doubt for Australia’s tour of New Zealand later this month.
He wasn’t the only Australian in hot form with Xavier Bartlett continuing his stunning start in the one-day side with a quality 4-21.
That backed up his brilliant 4-17 in Friday’s series-opening game in Melbourne.
West Indies were a fraction unlucky to be 2-38 in the 11th over as Australia’s quicks made early inroads.
Kjorn Ottley (eight) was given out lbw to Bartlett and didn’t review his dismissal, despite getting what looked like a massive inside edge onto his pad.
And Marnus Labuschagne then produced a screamer of a catch at point to get rid of Keacy Carty (10) for Morris’ first ODI wicket.
But that was where the fight ended for the tourists.