Lance Morris.
A damaging bowling display has seen Australia roll West Indies for 86, but Lance Morris was injured. Image by Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS
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Injured Morris sent for scans after ODI series sweep

Alex Mitchell February 6, 2024

An injury blow to quick Lance Morris has soured Australia’s eight-wicket flogging of the West Indies to wrap an ODI series clean sweep.

The hosts tore through their woeful opponents at Manuka Oval and dismissed them for a dismal 86 in the 25th over, needing just 6.5 overs to chase that down making 2-87.

Powerhouse opener Jake Fraser-McGurk put on a show in his limited time at the crease, slaughtering the West Indian quicks and smashing three sixes in his 18-ball 41.

Australia players pose with the trophy after their third ODI win.
 Australia wrapped up a series win over West Indies with a thumping eight-wicket win. Image by Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS 

It was Australia’s fastest ODI run chase in history, passing their previous mark of 7.5 overs against USA in 2004.

West Indies had lost a staggering 6-15 to slump to their second-lowest score ever in one-dayers against Australia.

But it came at a cost for the home side with Morris leaving the field midway through an over with a side strain that will see him sent for scans.

Morris was playing just his second ODI and had looked threatening with the ball, taking his first two international wickets in his side’s stifling performance.

“He just said he had a bit of pain in the side and was struggling a bit, so he’ll get a scan in the next 12 to 24 hours and we’ll know more then,” captain Steve Smith said.

“He was probably a little bit nervous the other day making his debut, but he was starting to get some nice rhythm.

“He’s been great around the group, for over a year now he’s been there or thereabouts and it’s great to see him get a couple of games in.”

Morris wasn’t the only Australian in hot form with Xavier Bartlett continuing his stunning start in the one-day side with a quality 4-21.

That backed up his brilliant 4-17 in Friday’s series-opening game in Melbourne.

The West Indies’ fight disappeared completely after scratching their way to 4-71, losing 6-15 in 27 balls in an absolute capitulation.

Opening bat Alick Athanaze (32) was the only West Indian to show genuine grit at the crease and would be disappointed with his poor dismissal, spooning Adam Zampa to deep backward square.

As if things weren’t bad enough, a calamitous piece of running saw Matthew Forde slip over and run out while stranded almost halfway down the pitch as the wheels fell off.

“Sometimes it happens in cricket, anyone can be bowled out under 100,” captain Shai Hope said.

“(It came) out of the blue, I would never think my team would be batting like that.

“The Aussies bowled well, yes, … but we need to find ways to put them off their lengths, try to take the attack to them a bit more and don’t allow them to settle.”

Josh Inglis (35 not out) and Steve Smith (six not out) saw Australia across the line.

The sides will now head to Hobart where their three-game T20 series kicks off on Friday.