Melbourne: Australia beat West Indies by 125-runs in final one-dayer at Melbourne, and take the series 4-0 and finish an outstanding Test and ODI summer.
In a summer of big one-day wins, Australia saved one of their heftiest victories for last. After Ricky Ponting, James Hopes and Shane Watson set up a daunting 324 for 5, Doug Bollinger continued his torment of Chris Gayle and the West Indies top order crumbled - again - to leave the crowd in no doubt about the approaching result less than five overs in to the chase.
The 125-run triumph maintained Australia's chances of going through the summer undefeated in all forms of the game, with two Twenty20s against West Indies all that remain.
Already they have equalled their effort of 2000-01, the only other home season when they did not lose a Test or ODI. Back then the team boasted Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Waugh, and faced West Indies and Zimbabwe.
Clinical performance by the Aussies. After electing to bat, they posted a mammoth 324-5, with half-centuries from Watson, Ponting and Hopes. Ponting led from the front with a fine 61 while Watson and Hopes chipped in with quicfire cameos. Pollard and Rampaul managed to pick up 2 wickets each.
In reply, West Indies were in tatters at 39 for 4. The lower order tried to fight hard but the required run-rate was too much for the visitors. Bollinger was the man yet again, with 3 wickets, 2 of those right at the top and once again, nailing Chris Gayle.
James Hopes has been named the man-of-the-match for his blasting unbeaten 57 of 26 balls with the bat and the wicket of kieron pollard with the ball.
Skipper Ricky Ponting has been named the man-of-the-series for scoring 295 runs with the bat.
Excellent Test summer has been followed by a magnificient ODI summer for the Aussies! They have won 9 out of the last 10 ODIs this summer and Ricky Ponting has finished the season in a fine manner as a captain. They started on a good note against Pakistan and continued the momentum into this series.
Their batting was tested against some good West Indian bowling and the middle order did reasonably well. Their bowling and fielding has been as excellent as ever and sure enough, that put pressure on the Windies. Australia now end this summer with a couple of T20Is, the first of which starts on Sunday, the 21st of February, 2010 at 0735 GMT.
Earlier, Australia decided to rest middle-order mainstay Michael Hussey and off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for their final one-dayer.
Cricket Australia National Selection Panel also dropped Tim Paine from the squad for the inconsequential match while bringing in regular wicket-keeper Brad Haddin in his place.
Young leg-spinning all-rounder Steven Smith make debut after a promising Twenty20 debut against Pakistan recently.
Australia: 324 for 5 (Ponting 61, Hopes 57*, Watson 51)
West Indies: 199 (Sammy 47, Bollinger 3-33)
Result: Australia won by 125 runs.
MOM: James Hopes (Australia)
Man of the series: Ricky Ponting (Australia)