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Williams labels WI display 'terrible'

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):

West Indies coach David Williams has slammed the West Indies for their pathetic showing against Australia in the final one-day international yesterdday, but says his side needs to dust themselves off quickly and prepare to fight again.

The Caribbean side plunged to a 125-run loss at the MCG to lose their five-match series 4-0, after the third game in Sydney was rained out.

West Indies fielded poorly as Australia rattled up 324 for five from their 50 overs and then turned in an impotent batting display to fold meekly for 199 in 36.5 overs.

A blessing

"We played terrible in all three departments and to drop five catches in 50 overs tells a lot about our performance: but that is cricket and we just have to pick ourselves up from here and go again," lamented Williams.

"It's a blessing for us the ODIs are over and now we just want to focus on the last two (Twenty20) matches and build again."

Australia benefitted from half-centuries from captain Ricky Ponting (61), James Hopes (57 not out) and the in-form opener Shane Watson (51), en route to posting their challenging score.

In their reply, West Indies never recovered from 39 from four in the 10th over despite all-rounder Darren Sammy's unbeaten 47 from 41 balls and Kieron Pollard's 45 off 51 balls.

Williams said his side would be looking to end the tour strongly by winning the two T20 internationals in Hobart tomorrow and in Sydney on Tuesday.

"We have got a good record against Australia. We are two-zip against them so we are pretty confident in the shorter version of the game," he said.

"We do have guys that can destroy an attack such as Pollard, (Dwayne) Smith and Chris Gayle so it's going to be good fun."

The loss was West Indies' fifth in eight games against Australia, after they lost the three-Test series 2-0 late last year.