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Watson helps to ensure a drawn series

26th March 2012 01:44, in Academy News

A masterful half-century to captain Shane Watson helped Australia edge out the West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international at Saint Lucia to level the series at 2-2.

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A masterful half-century to captain Shane Watson helped Australia edge out the West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international at Saint Lucia to level the series at 2-2.

Hometown favourite Darren Sammy belted 84 off just 50 deliveries in Gros Islet to thrill a capacity crowd, but Australia’s bowlers - led by Watson himself - held their nerve to secure a 30-run victory that ensured the five-match series finished all square, with the third match tied.

In the post-series wrap, Watson appeared more relived then anything else, with his side needing to win the final match to level the series.

"We've had them in trouble throughout the whole series and they (West Indies) just seem to find a way to fight back," Watson said.

"It was good for us in the end, to close off the game…. We are in a bit of a transition phase, it's been a pleasing series, there are a few things we have to work on but we're going the right way."

Watson made 66 in a steady 118-run opening stand to help Australia post a defendable 281. With the ball in hand, however, Watson looked his most dangerous – picking up 8 wickets for the series – and today was no different. The all-rounder picked up 2 crucial scalps to have the home side reeling at 7-118 before a late rally from Sammy ensured the final match would go down to the wire.

Fellow Team GM star, Carlton Baugh, also played his part throughout the series, picking up valuable runs down the order and keeping superbly on difficult pitches. Baugh was lucky enough to hit the winning runs in the second ODI in Kingstown with a six.

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