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Australia’s bowling attack worked as a cohesive unit to slice through the West Indies’ batting line-up to ensure the Baggy Greens won the second Test in Jamaica by 277 runs and clinched the series 2-0.
With Australia striking regularly and not allowing the West Indian batsmen to settle at the crease, it was only a matter of time before the match was over and the tourists were celebrating a convincing series victory with less than a month to go until the Ashes get underway in England.
Starting out the day on 16/2, none of the West Indian batsmen got out of the starting blocks and were subsequently made to look like first-time club cricketers by the Australians.
To put things into perspective, only four West Indian batsmen – Denesh Ramdin, Veerasammy Permaul, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo – made it to double figures.
To make things worse, Ramdin, who captains the West Indies in Tests, was the top-scorer with 29, while Permaul was second with an unbeaten 23.
With that in mind, it came as no surprise when the West Indies were bowled out for a dismal 114 and had a look of dejection on their faces as Australia celebrated their 2-0 whitewash.
Mitchell Starc was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon snapped up two wickets apiece and Shane Watson claimed one.
Australia batsman Steve Smith was named Man of the Match for scoring a career-best 199 in the first innings and 54 not out in the second, while Hazlewood walked away with the Man of the Series award for taking 12 wickets, which included a career-best 5-38 in the first innings of the second Test, at an incredible average of 8.83.