Australia defeated West Indies in the final of the tri-series on Sunday to lay their hands on yet another one-day trophy. We look back at the top performers in the series.
Mitchell Marsh: The all-rounder played a significant role in Australia’s triumph, with both bat and ball. With the willow, he scored 154 runs in six innings at an average of 38.50 with a best of 79 not out, and a decent strike rate of 81. With his medium pace, he chipped in with four wickets, but three of them came in the final.
Steven Smith: The Australian captain was once again among the runs. In seven games, he scored 264 runs at an average of 52.80 with three fifties at a strike rate of 80. He finished the series with a best of 78, and although he failed to score a hundred, he should be satisfied since he played a role in the team’s triumph.
Marlon Samuels: He played a couple of high-quality knocks to finish as the second highest run-getter. In seven matches, he notched up 258 runs at a strike rate of 93 and an average of 36.85. Samuels scored one hundred and one fifty in the series, both against Australia, with a best of 125.
Hashim Amla: The South African opener finished the innings with 241 runs from 6 games at an average of 48.20 with one hundred and one fifty at a strike rate of 88.60 with a best of 110. His consistency was disappointing though, and better was expected of him.
Imran Tahir: South Africa may have been knocked out of the tournament in the league stage, but the Proteas leg-spinner did impress with his performances. In six games, he picked up 13 wickets with a brilliant best of 7 for 45. The effort gave him a series average of 16.15. Tahir’s economy rate 4.56 and strike rate 21.2 were very good as well.
Sunil Narine: Another spinner came to the party in the series. The Windies slow bowler was next only to Tahir with 12 wickets at an impressive average of 23.75 and a best of 6/27 in the series opener. He finished with an economy rate of 4.08 and a strike rate of 34.9.
Josh Hazlewood: The opening bowler impressed with 11 wickets from 7 games, five of them coming in the final. Hazlewood averaged 20.09 with an economy rate of 4.30, and a best of 5 for 50. He came to the party, when it mattered most, in the big match.
--By A Cricket Analyst