Cricket: Australia revived by Moody and Lee

Australia 252-9 v West Indies
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AUSTRALIA RALLIED from the peril of 119 for 6 to reach a satisfying total of 252 for 9 yesterday in the seventh and final one-day cricket international against the West Indies. Australia lead the series 3-2 with one game having been tied.

Tom Moody hit an unbeaten 50 and Shane Lee 47, the pair sharing the highest partnership of the innings, 56 for the seventh wicket. The 33-year-old Moody brought up his half century off the last ball of the innings. He hit two sixes and a four in his 80-ball innings. Lee's career-best knock spanned 68 deliveries and included five fours.

Fellow all-rounders Brendon Julian and Shane Warne gave the innings a bit of a surge towards the end as Australia realised 81 runs from the last 10 overs. Julian hit two fours and a six in scoring 20 off 12 balls, while Warne scored 20 from 17 deliveries as Australia cut loose.

The West Indies fast bowlers were responsible for Australia's early distress. Australia had won the toss and opted to bat on a pitch with some early life. Mervyn Dillon removed the hard-hitting opener Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting, while Reon King accounted for the Waugh twins, Mark and Steve. In between, the left-hander Darren Lehmann fell to Curtly Ambrose.

The run out of the dangerous Michael Bevan for 34 off 38 balls by substitute Adrian Griffith's direct hit put the West Indies on top. But Moody and Lee consolidated well. Their stand allowed the Australians a final charge, which saw 29 runs come from the last two overs.

Dillon finished with 2 for 36 from 10 overs, while King took 3 for 59 from nine overs.