After a six-wicket defeat against Australia in the series-decider ODI final at Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard heavily criticized the Barbados pitch.
Coming to bat first, the hosts posted a paltry total of 152 runs as the Australian pace bowlers overpowered them with their quick attacks, budling them within 45.1 overs. In reply, West Indies could dismiss just four wickets of the visitors, as Australia successfully chased the target with 117 balls remaining.
Matthew Wade had an impressive stint, taking Australia to a comfortable victory with his unbeaten 51-run knock, partnered with Aston Agar, who also remained unbeaten at 19 runs. He also shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 34 with captain Alex Carey (35).
After a high-scoring T20I series at St Lucia, which the hosts won by 4-1, Pollard said he finds it ‘unacceptable’ that both the teams had to struggle so much on the pitch here in Barbados. Except for the ODI series opener total of 252 runs posted by Australia, no other total breached the 200-run mark. The subsequent totals read 123, 187, and 152.
“Coming here to Barbados, I think both teams struggled on the pitch and I think that’s unacceptable for international cricket,” Pollard said in the post-match presentation.
He admitted that the batting from their side was far from impressive but greatly held the pith responsible for their below-par performance.
“We’re not going to make excuses. We accept that we batted badly but I don’t think the scores that we have gotten in this three-match series, for two top international teams, I think that’s very embarrassing for us as a people. Coming from St Lucia to this, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” he added.
Apart from West Indies opener Evin Lewis, who remained unbeaten at 55 runs off 66 balls, no other batsman could even cross 20 runs. Skipper Pollar himself could chip in just 11 runs in 24 deliveries before getting dismissed by Mitchell Starc. The left-arm speedster Starc took 3/43 off 9.1 overs.
Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, who clinched two wickets part from assisting Wade in the successful chase, emerged as the Player of the Match of the game. After winning the series by 2-1, Australia has gained 20 out of 30 World Cup Super League Qualifying points.
Scores at glance: West Indies 152 in 45.1 overs (E Lewis 55; M Starc 3/43, J Hazlewood 2/18, A Agar 2/31, A Zampa 2/29); Australia 153/4 in 30.3 overs (M Wade 51*, A Carey 35); Result- Australia won by six wickets