The West Indies salvaged some lost pride with a 10-wicket victory in the final Test in Perth yesterday, although Australia retained the Frank Worrell Trophy with a 3-2 win in the series.
The Australian captain, Mark Taylor, later accused the West Indian vice- captain, Brian Lara, of fuelling a feud between the two teams in an astonishing personal attack.
Lara had accused the Australians of "all-day sledging" during his 208- run partnership with Roger Samuels the previous day. But Taylor replied that he would have preferred it if the left-hander had resolved the matter on a one-to-one basis "either through the captain or the team management".
Taylor blamed Lara for niggling between the two sides during the third day's play when both captains had to be asked by the umpires to cool their tempers. Taylor and Courtney Walsh, the West Indies captain, were spoken to by Darrell Hair and Peter Willey after what appeared to be an exchange of words between Steve Waugh and Lara, acting as Walsh's runner.
When asked whether Lara was being provocative when he came out as Walsh's runner, Taylor said: "Make up your own mind. I found it very strange to see the vice-captain as the runner."
Matthew Hayden accidentally trod on Lara's foot trying to take a throw from a team-mate, knocking down Lara who later sat down to nurse a sore ankle.
"Brian came out as a runner and fell over. A few of the guys asked him to get up and he didn't like it. He said a few things back and the umpire didn't want it to go any further," Taylor said of the incident.
"I think he is an antagonist. There is no doubt about it. He looks for things to happen, it gets him going and it gets other people away from their game." Taylor said the only incidents during the series had been provoked by Lara.
Australia's collapse after lunch saw them lose six wickets for 101 runs, five of them to Walsh, who bowled unchanged throughout the period. After Curtly Ambrose had produced two fine deliveries to reduce Australia to 32 for 2 at lunch, Walsh removed the Waugh twins Mark (9) and Steve (0) in successive overs after the break as Australia subsided to 47 for 4.
Hayden (47) and Michael Bevan shared a 37-run fifth-wicket stand, but Ambrose finished with 2 for 50 in nine overs, including 19 no-balls with nine in one over. Ian Bishop ended the threatening Hayden-Bevan stand and then mopped up the tail.
Third day; Australia won toss
AUSTRALIA - First Innings 243 (M Bevan 87no, M E Waugh 79; C E L Ambrose 5-43)
WEST INDIES - First Innings
(Overnight: 353 for 7)
C L Hooper c Healy b Reiffel 57
I R Bishop c Taylor b Reiffel 13
C E L Ambrose run out 15
*C A Walsh not out 5
Extras (nb28 w1 b5 lb10) 44
Total (111 overs) 384
Fall: 1-30 2-43 3-251 4-275 5-331 6-332 7-332 8-359 9-367.
Bowling: McGrath 30-5-86-2 (nb4); Bichel 18-1-79-0 (nb12); Reiffel 26- 6-73-5 (nb10 w1); Warne 19-8-55-2 (nb1); Blewett 6-2-19-0; S Waugh 7-1- 26-0 (nb1);' Bevan 5-0-31-0.
AUSTRALIA - Second Innings
*M A Taylor c Browne b Ambrose 1
M L Hayden lbw b Hooper 47
G S Blewett b Ambrose 0
M E Waugh c Browne b Walsh 9
S R Waugh c Hooper b Walsh 0
M G Bevan c Simmons b Walsh 15
I A Healy c Chanderpaul b Walsh 29
P R Reiffel c Adams b Walsh 5
S K Warne c Simmons b Bishop 30
A J Bichel c Samuels b Bishop 18
G D McGrath not out 2
Extras (b2 lb8 w6 nb22) 38
Total (47.3 overs) 194
Fall: 1-7 2-17 3-43 4-48 5-84 6-105 7-110 8-133 9-189.
Bowling: Ambrose 9-2-50-2 (nb15); Walsh 20-4-74-5 (nb1); Bishop 12.3- 1-44-2 (nb3 w6); Hooper 3-0-7-1 (nb1); Simmons 3-0-9-0 (nb2).
WEST INDIES - Second Innings
S L Campbell not out 16
R G Samuels not out 35
Extras (lb2 w1 nb3) 6
Total (for 0, 10.2 overs) 57
Bowling: McGrath 4-1-14-0 (nb1); Reiffel 5-0-24-0 (nb2); Bichel 1.2-0- 17-0 (w1).
Umpires: P Willey (Eng) and D B Hair (Aus).
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