Aussies need to find extra gear

GROS ISLET, St Lucia – It has been the recurring theme of the Digicel One-Day Series, but Australia simply must find another gear for Sunday’s final match against the West Indies.

The hosts took an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-match series with a Kieron Pollard-inspired victory in Friday fourthmatch, moving within a game of their first series win over Australia since 1995.

Pollard belted a 70-ball 102 that featured eight sixes as Australia crumbled, conceding 117 runs as the hosts made 294-7. Despite a career-best 59 by Brett Lee and 57 by David Hussey, Australia was always struggling in the chase and was dismissed for 252 to lose by 42 runs.

Australia captain Shane Watson feels his players have continually allowed their opponents back into matches and he knows that lacking consistency must be found for the final contest.

“We’ve seriously got to sit down and make sure we get it right because we can't afford to be in the position that we were and then let Kieron go away the way he did,” Watson said.

“In the middle period we've been excellent in most games, but we haven't been able to finish off in the bowling side of things. In the batting side of things, me or Dave Warner, we've got to go on and get a big score to really set the platform for the batting innings.”

Warner made one in Australia's chase while Watson scored 28.

And as the captain, the allrounder knows a lot of the responsibility to avoid a series defeat rests with him.

“It's not good enough to get off to a good start but then not go on with it," he said. “That's something that I need to sort out because it isn't good enough, especially when we're chasing a big total.”

Sun, 03/25/2012 - 02:25