SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard says he did not regret enduring pain in an effort to rescue his side although they lost the fourth ODI against Australia Friday.
Pollard was struck on the finger from a ball that bounced surprisingly but managed to strike a mature unbeaten 109 that lifted West Indies from 55 for six to 220 all out in 49.4 overs.
However, Australia cruised to a comfortable five wicket victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground to win four of the five matches in the series as the Windies face a whitewash.
"At the end of the day, that can't stop you. We were really in trouble and you just have to go out there and do it for the team ... no matter what the situation," said Pollard, whose 109 was his third ODI century.
"Getting a hit obviously I know I had to take the pain, you know take a breather, gather my thoughts again and try to see how far we can get and how big a total we can get up to 50 overs."
Pollard starred in a series of partnerships to restore respectability to the West Indies side, including a 43-run, seventh-wicket stand with captain Darren Sammy, a 35-run eighth-wicket stand with Andre Russell and a 64-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Sunil Narine.
Pollard's century follows a series of low scores in the three previous ODIs.
"It was one of those tours where you said, oh my God, what is going to happen, but at the end of the day I just back myself," said Pollard.
"I have been speaking to a couple of the senior guys who helped me along in terms of trying to apply myself and back my ability, and that is exactly what I did.
"I enjoy playing against Australia ... you know the fighting spirit they have, they are always coming at you and I am that type of person," said Pollard.
"I love a challenge and things might not work out my way all the time, but I am always going to keep my head up and always going to try to do my best."