Another annihilation of West Indies, another series sweep for Australia

Stafanie Taylor’s 100th T20I appearance for West Indies brought little joy to her and her side as Australia signed off from the tour with yet another comprehensive win, facilitated this time around by the bowling efforts of Jess Jonassen (4 for 7) and Georgia Wareham (3 for 14).

For the third game in a row, West Indies batted first and wound up with a total so underwhelming that their bowlers couldn’t give their side a chance. After scoring 106 and 97 in the first couple of games, West Indies went on to get bundled out for just 81 in Thursday’s fixture at Bridgetown in Barbados.

Only three batters in the West Indies line-up managed to get to double digits as the top-order failed to deal with left-arm spin of Jonassen and legbreaks from Wareham. Medium-pacer Megan Schutt provided the early breakthrough, before the two spinners stepped in and made life difficult for the home team’s batters.

Keeping with West Indies’ batting narrative through the series, there was one batter – opener Britney Cooper this time – who navigated past the early wreckage and held fort for a brief period, but in futility.

Her 35-ball 29 was the best batting effort in an otherwise sorry scorecard, even as Natasha McClean and Sheneta Grimmond attempted to hit their way out of pressure. That lasted 13 and 9 balls respectively, before the tail was wiped out swifty.

Alyssa Healy once again showed urgency at the top, despite the lowly target Australia were asked to chase, racing away to 38 off 15 balls before Afy Fletcher sent her packing. The only semblance of a bright moment for West Indies was that dismissal as Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry then combined to walk Australia past the target in just the eighth over and secure yet another whitewash.

Brief scores: West Indies Women 81 in 20 overs (Britney Cooper 29; Jess Jonassen 4-7, Georgia Wareham 3-14) lost to Australia 83/1 in 7.3 overs (Alyssa Healy 38) by 9 wickets

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