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Windies vow to bounce back from shocker
By Justin Chadwick
19:09 AEST Fri Feb 1 2013

West Indies captain Darren Sammy admits it will be hard to erase the pain of his team's embarrassing nine-wicket loss to Australia at the WACA Ground on Friday.

In one of the most one-sided clashes in ODI history, the West Indies were skittled for 70 in 23.5 overs before Australia reached the victory total with 40.4 overs to spare.

Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc was the hero with a career-best 5-20, before makeshift opener Glenn Maxwell cracked nine fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 51 off 35 balls.

Such was the disparity of class between the two sides, Australia had already scored more than a quarter of the victory target after just five balls following Maxwell's early onslaught, in which he cracked Kemar Roach for three fours and a six.

Game two of the five-match series will be played at the WACA on Sunday, and Sammy said although the first-up loss will be hard to forget, he backed his players to rebound.

"We know we have the ability to bounce back and that's what I will tell the boys," Sammy said.

"Yes it's going to be hard to wipe what happened of the memory. But we've had great games against them and we'll think about the positives.

"We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them.

"My teammates see this as a one-off game and will back themselves to come back strongly."

Sammy's decision to bat first backfired badly.

At 5-19, the Windies were in danger of failing to pass the record ODI low of 35 that Zimbabwe posted against Sri Lanka in 2004.

Darren Bravo (11) and skipper Darren Sammy (16) ensured the West Indies avoided that embarrassment.

But the total was still the lowest ODI score at the WACA, failing to surpass the previous worst score of 91 set by Australia against the West Indies in 1987.

It was also the West Indies' third lowest ODI total at any ground, only bettering the 54 they scored against South Africa in Cape Town in 2004 and 61 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2011.

Clint McKay (3-10) snared the early wicket of Chris Gayle for four to set the tone.

From that point on it was the Starc show, with Kieran Powell (11), Ramnaresh Sarwan (0), Dwayne Bravo (0) and Kieron Pollard (0) all falling victim to the left-hander.

The match, scheduled to finish at 7.05pm local time, was all over by 2.16pm.

The 9024 fans weren't sure whether to celebrate the comprehensive victory, or rue the fact they paid good money for less than three hours of cricket.

All in all, it was a near-flawless performance from Australia.

"It would have been nice if it was zero down, but it's hard to fault that there," man-of-the-match Starc said after Australia finished at 1-71.

"To bowl them out for 70 was a great result.

"It all came together well.

"Today I felt very smooth and had enough pace.

"There was enough in the wicket. We got enough balls in the right areas. It was pleasing for all of the bowlers to bowl like we did."