Dominica, Apr 28: Australia captain Michael Clarke's five-wicket haul led his team to a 75-run victory over West Indies to clinch the series 2-0 in the final Test in Dominica.
Chasing a target of 370, West Indies resumed on 173/5 on Day 5, but were bowled after scoring 121 runs before tea. Australia were frustrated towards the end as West Indies skipper Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford added 49 for the wicket stand.
Clarke claimed his second five-wicket haul in Tests while his counterpart Darren Sammy scored his Test career best 61.
After a good start in the first two Tests, the hosts failed to prevent the dominant Aussies as wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's maiden Test ton in the first innings got Australia back into the game from 168/7 to 328 all out.
Windies veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored in both innings for the hosts, he also became the 10th batsman to cross 10,000 runs in Tests.
The Windies had slight hope on 10,000 run man Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo, who added 110 for the wicket but couldn't survive the relentless Aussie attack during the final session on Day 4.
Clarke praised Windies defiance towards the end, "It's been a wonderful series, a really hard-fought series from both teams and I hope West Indies get a lot of credit for the way they played," said Clarke. "I think it's been great for Test cricket.
"Our challenge has been to try and get better every day and to work really hard on our consistency. I think as a team we’ve done that."
As in the first Test, Australia's lower-order batsmen made key contributions to turn the game around in their favour. Australia may not possess a world class line up but certainly have more batting options and part-time bowlers.
But Darren Sammy feels the result in both Tests could have been different, "We’re quite disappointed. We believed we could have beaten them," said Sammy. "They won the key moments in the series and that was the difference.
"We outbowled them, we caught better than them as well, it's just that their lower-order scored more runs than we did. We kept getting them in positions under 250 for six or seven and they ended up rallying and building partnerships.
While the Windies are geared up for a hard three-Test series in England, Austalia will host South Africa in November.