BRISBANE: Ricky Ponting dazzled with his 29th ODI century to lead Australia to a 50-run victory against West Indies in the fourth one-dayer that sealed the series.
Ponting’s side out-played both touring teams this summer and the captain stepped up with an outstanding 106 as his side posted a record 324 at the Gabba.
Set a daunting 325 to win, West Indies could only manage 8-274 as Australia clinched the five-match series with a game to spare.
Reduced to 6-146 in the 31st over, the Windies’ pedestrian chase briefly came to life through Keiron Pollard (62) and Dwayne Smith (58).
But their 102-run, seventh-wicket stand proved too little, too late for the tourists.
Skipper Ricky Ponting’s sparking 106 off 112 balls had earlier lifted Australia to a record one-day international total at the Brisbane ground scoring 7-324. The previous best was 4-303 by India in 2004.
Ponting was pleased at the way his side bounced back after being bowled out for 225 in Friday’s washed-out third game at the SCG.
Australia’s batting display was a welcome shot in the arm for the one-day format, which has come under fire recently following Twenty20’s runaway success.
But it proved a hard act to follow. While skipper Chris Gayle (34 off 21) showed intent, the crowd sensed the Windies charge was over when he was caught behind off his bogey man Doug Bollinger (2-44) in the seventh over — and so did Ponting.
Narsingh Deonarine (53) also showed some resistance but the tourists were always behind the eight-ball thanks to Bollinger and Ryan Harris (2-64).