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Australia complete Windies whitewash

Australia completed a series whitewash over the West Indies with a comprehensive 162-run victory in the fifth one-day international.

The Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson, left, celebrates with teammate Mike Hussey after taking his last wicket.
The Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson, left, celebrates with teammate Mike Hussey after taking his last wicket.

BASSETERRE // Australia completed a series whitewash over the West Indies with a comprehensive 162-run victory in the fifth one-day international. Mitchell Johnson took five wickets as the Windies could only reach 172 in reply to Australia's 341-8, after Luke Ronchi, brothers David and Michael Hussey and Andrew Symonds all helped themselves to half centuries. Shawn Findlay (59 not out) was the only player to pass fifty for the hosts, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (38) the only other batsman to make any significant headway against a relentless attack.

Chasing a challenging target, West Indies made a dreadful start by losing Marcus Gayle in the second over, the opener thick-edging Johnson to Ronchi. Ramnaresh Sarwan fared little better against the paceman, but he was caught by a leaping James Hopes at mid off and Shane Watson trapped Xavier Marshall lbw to leave the Windies teetering on 56-3. Chanderpaul injected some much-needed life into the innings before skying Michael Clarke into the hands of Brett Lee at long off.

Findlay steadied the ship but Dwayne Bravo's dismissal - caught by David Hussey at long on off Symonds - sparked a collapse. Andre Fletcher was stumped off Clarke and Denesh Ramdin followed the next over when he was caught by Michael Hussey off Symonds. Johnson picked up his third wicket, bowling Powell, and then grabbed a fourth to send Nikita Miller in. The bowler wrapped up the comfortable win, and his five-wicket haul, by taking the wicket of Fidel Edwards.

Earlier, Ronchi staked his claim to be Adam Gilchrist's successor with a whirlwind knock. He struck six sixes on his way to 64 off just 28 balls. * PA Sport