More gremlins in visitors' game than WACA strip

ALL THE rotations in the world by John Inverarity may not be enough to breathe life into this one-day series if the West Indies' lame surrender in Perth on Friday is a guide of their fortunes for the next fortnight.

The Australians will on Monday name a list of players who will go to India early to prepare for the four Tests, and, for the sake of levelling the playing field, they should consider sending over as many as possible.

Australia emerged on the wrong side of the ledger in a horror show at the Gabba last month but not this time, needing just 41 minutes and 56 balls to pass the Windies' paltry target of 71 and post a nine-wicket victory.

''It would have been nice if it was zero down, but it's hard to fault that,'' said man of the match Mitchell Starc, whose career-best 5-20 destroyed the Windies batting line-up.

The visitors' meek surrender at 2.16pm local time, after less than three hours of play, came so swiftly Channel Nine needed interviews to pad out their coverage before switching to Millionaire Hot Seat on the eastern seaboard.

The Windies deserved a red-hot interrogation themselves, minus the lure of a $1 million bounty of course, after producing the lowest ODI score at the venue. Their embarrassing 70, from just 23.5 overs, was also their third-lowest of all time, equal third-lowest by an international side in Australia and equal 23rd-poorest in ODI history.

''We need to dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against them,'' Windies captain Darren Sammy said. The visitors will rue deciding to bat on a pitch Michael Clarke believed had enough moisture to warrant sending the opposition in, but an examination of their faults would be more worthwhile.

That said, few pitches in the world - even one as volatile as the WACA Ground's - have enough gremlins to justify such a low score, but the swing Australia's pace attack found, particularly Starc, would have unsettled far more accomplished teams.

Starc's willingness to pitch the ball up - combined with a helpful easterly breeze, which allowed him to swing the ball back into the right-hander and away from the lefties - proved too much for the Windies.

''We knew there was going to be enough in the wicket. Obviously you get that extra bounce and carry here at the WACA so we wanted to be hitting the stumps as much as we could,'' Starc said.

Apart from sundries, the Windies' top-scorer was Sammy, who made 16 off 37 balls.

Glenn Maxwell, making a cameo appearance as an opener, made a mockery of the supposedly treacherous batting conditions by whacking 51 off 35 balls. His innings included a tennis smash over cover which landed a metre short of the rope.

The story More gremlins in visitors' game than WACA strip first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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